CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for February 4

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for February 4, 2019:

  • icolo Begins Construction on Kenya Data Center: icolo.io, an African provider of carrier-neutral colocation services, has began construction of a new data center in Nairobi, Kenya. NBO1, as the new facility will be dubbed, will be located in the neighborhood of Karen. This will be icolo.io’s second data center – their first is located in Mombasa, a coastal city in Kenya. The new data center will boast over 250 racks, covering 624 square meters, and 825 kilowatts of power. The entire facility will cover 4,400 square meters and its redundant, concurrently maintainable power supply will enjoy guarantee 99.99% of uptime. Icolo.io expects that the  data center will serve a number of diverse major businesses in East Africa, including internet service providers, financial services institutions, enterprise customers, and medical facilities.
  • New SquareAlibaba Cloud Launches Second Center in Japan: Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has launched its second data center in Japan. This new facility will cater to rising demand from enterprise customers required to process and analyze a large volume of data using machine-learning technologies. The launch comes with the latest advanced cloud offerings and more than doubles Alibaba’s capacity within Japan. Alibaba Cloud’s Japanese offerings now include over 50 products including elastic computing, image search, data storage, server load balancers, relational databases, security and disaster recovery services. Alibaba expects that customers in the e-commerce, gaming, media, manufacturing and Internet of Things sectors can benefit from the comprehensive suite of products and services, scalable availability and strengthened local disaster-recovery capabilities.”
  • The Graph Has Big Week With Major Capital Infusion & Unveiling of Hosted Service: The Graph has announced $2.5 Million USD in seed-funding, led by Multicoin Capital, a crypto-based hedge fund founded in 2017, as well as the launch of a hosted service for indexing data from Ethereum. The Graph is a query layer for Blockchains, initially focused on Ethereum. Query functionality is a critical piece of development infrastructure. Prior to The Graph, developers had to build homegrown, centralized indexing servers to serve up data for decentralized applications (dApps). This approach takes time, is capital-intensive, and re-introduces centralization, defeating the purpose of the dApp. The new hosted service by The Graph enables developers to quickly index data from smart contracts, unlocking rich new data sources to power dApps. The company plans to offer both centralized and decentralized services in 2019.
  • Facebook Plans Unveiling of First NM Data Center: After a month plagued by scandal, Facebook is hoping for a more positive month and is kicking off February with the unveiling of its first data center at its massive development in Las Lunas, New Mexico. A major even is planned for Thursday, February 7. This is the first two committed data centers. However the massive development, first announced in Fall of 2018, boasts the potential for four additional facilities. In total, the campus has a projected cost of $1 Billion USD and should be completed by 2023. However, the first phase, a 510,000 square foot facility, cost an estimated $250 Million USD. Facebook expects that eventually, each data center will employ 50 full-time staff. New Mexico pulled out all the stops to entice Facebook to the Southwestern state. For example, the state offered $30 Billion USD in industrial revenue bonds for a 30-year property tax break. Furthermore the state offered $13 million USD in funding via the Local Economic Development Act and the Job Incentive Training Program.
  • Verizon Successfully Tests Edge Computing on 5G Network: Verizon engineers have successfully tested edge computing on a live 5G network, cutting latency in half. This will place compute power much closer to the user. Verizon engineers installed Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) equipment and MEC platform software in a newly formed 5G test bed in Houston. The Verizon team enabled an AI-enabled facial recognition application to identify people. Using MEC equipment located in the network facility, the application was able to analyze information right at the edge of the network where the application was being used. As a result, the engineers were able to successfully identify the individual twice as fast as when they duplicated the experiment using the centralized data center.