CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for December 6

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for December 6, 2018:

  • Des Plaines Lures Iron Mountain: The City Council in Des Plaines, Illinois has unanimously approved a property tax break to lure Iron Mountain into sealing a deal to build a $75 Million data center at the location formerly used by Hart Schaffner Marx, a manufacturer of men’s suits. The proposed facility will measure 330,000 square feet and cover 13 acres at the northwest corner of Maple Street and Touhy Avenue, Des Plaines.
  • Major Healthcare Players Form Alliance to Find Blockchain Solutions: A group of major U.S. healthcare organizations have joined forces to an alliance with the sole purpose of trialing blockchain healthcare solutions. The group hopes to not only improve data quality but also reduce operating costs. The Synaptic Health Alliance includes Ascension, CVS Health-Aetna, Humana, Multiplan, Quest Diagnostics, UnitedHealth Group’s Optum, and United Healthcare.
  • data center summitBrunei Bank Chooses Rambus for Mobile Payments: Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, the largest bank in Brunei, has selected the Rambus Token Service Provider as part of its mobile payment strategy to enable secure transactions to its customers. The Rambus TSP solution helps secure the BIBD NEXGEN Mobile banking app, allowing customers to digitize their cards and send payments, without revealing any sensitive payment information. The Rambus software platform will replace cardholders’ details with unique reference numbers to minimize the risk of fraud and the severity of data breaches. Unique payment tokens are worthless if stolen. By generating temporary personal account numbers (PANs), or payment tokens, the Rambus solution is a modular platform that combines tokenization with host card emulation to enable payment issuers and processors to securely perform a wide variety of roles in the payment process.
  • Crypto Markets Take Big Hit: Crypto markets fell significantly this week. All major coins suffered serious losses, between 4% and 10%. BitCoin, everyone’s favorite crypto-currency, dropped under the price point of $4,000 USD – a 7% decrease. It bottomed out at $3,846 before leveling out. Ripple, the second-largest crypto-currency, reported losses of 5% in one day, contributing to a 23.7% decrease in the last month.
  • NVM Announces New Management Interface: NVM Express, Inc. today unveiled the pending availability of the NVMe Management Interface (NVMe-MI™) specification. The NVMe-MI 1.1 release standardizes NVMe enclosure management, provides the ability to access NVMe-MI functionality in-band and delivers new management features for multiple NVMe subsystem solid-state drive deployments. NVM Express Inc., offering an open collection of NVM Express specifications and resources on the benefits of non-volatile memory, completed technical work on NVMe-MI 1.1 and the specification is in the ratification process with wide availability anticipated in 60 days. The new management features offer NVMe end-users and original equipment manufacturers more control and flexibility.
  • Vocus Announces Audit to Deal With Security Fail: Vocus, the telecommunications provider out of Australia, has initiated an audit of its physical security assets and practices after highly visible client, Liam Farr, CEO of Maxum Data, posted a video on Twitter in which he pushed an outer door to one of their data centers wide open with a single push. Though the door was supposed to be protected by a digital lock, Farr tweeted that the door had been in such a state for six months despite multiple complaints to Vocus. Farr also noted that the “inner” entrance to the actual facility suffered from the same issue. In response, Vocus tweeted that the issue was overblown, citing numerous other security measures.