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CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for August 8

Aug 8, 2018
by Justin Hughes

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for August 8, 2018:

  • Intel Will Upgrade Chip Platforms to Edge Out ADM: Navin Senoy, Intel Corp’s Data Center Chief, has reported to Reuters that they will upgrade their current chip platform and combine the chips with a new memory platform to help stave off competition from Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD) as well as other firms. Intel is the second-largest chip manufacturer in the world by revenue, but saw its shares drop 8.5% in late July. Looking forward, many industry observers expect AMD to eat into Intel’s market share once it launches is next line of chips. Senoy plans to present the rest of Intel’s chip plans this week.
  • Digital Realty to Contract Energy in Bulk to Save Customers Money: Digital Realty will contract electricity supply in bulk to achieve lower prices throughout the year, while simultaneously providing protection against escalating prices during seasonal spikes. “Aggregating cumulative customer load demand across multiple Digital Realty facilities within a given metropolitan area enables us to obtain substantial discounts on our projected utility load for extended periods of time,” said Erich Sanchack, Executive Vice President of Operations at Digital Realty. “These agreements represent some of the lowest-cost pricing within our portfolio. As a result, we are able to help insulate our customers from financial risk and cost volatility, leading to competitive advantage and greater customer satisfaction. We pass the savings directly along to our customers, significantly lowering their total cost of ownership.”
  • data center summitGTT Appoints Two New Executives After Wrapping Up Interoute Acquisition: After completing their acquisition of Interoute, which was announced in March, GTT has instituted an overhaul in the leadership team of their new subsidiary. Jesper Aagaard is the newly appointed Europe Division President – he will oversee responsibilities for all clients in Continental Europe. Martin Ford has been named the UK Division President, which includes not only clients in UK and Ireland but also Africa, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. The initial deal added 15 data centers and 51 colocation facilities to GTT’s portfolio, and follows the acquisition of EasyNet by Interoute in 2015.
  • Western Digital Releases OpenFlex Devices for Data Centers: Building on recent efforts to expand their data center portfolio as well as their contribution to the open-stack community, Western Digital has unveiled a new line of OpenFlex devices that will bring software composable infrastructure to data centers along open standards and architecture. The OpenFlex architecture will disaggregate compute, storage, and network resources in favor of scale and quick orchestration. “The great thing about the flexibility of this disaggregated architecture where you can compose and orchestrate applications very quickly using software is they’re no longer at the mercy of these fixed hardware building blocks,” Western Digital CMO Dave Tang said to ZDNet who first covered the launch.
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