CAPRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for June 13, 2019

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for June 13, 2019:

  • Pegasus Group Holdings and Plus Minus Power Selected Mohave County, AZ for $3 Billion Data Center: Pegasus Group Holdings, a technology infrastructure corporation that develops renewable energy projects, today announced that it has selected Mohave County, Arizona for the development of its new $3 billion, 340 Megawatt solar powered data center. The Pegasus Group Holdings project, in partnership with Plus Minus Power (PMP), will operate a solar field nicknamed “The Hive.” The field will occupy 717 acres just south of Kingman, AZ on Interstate 40, just north of the Griffith Energy Facility.
  • Intel to Acquire Barefoot Networks: Intel has announced via an editorial blogpost by Navin Shenoy, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Data Center Group at Intel Corporation that they will acquire Barefoot Networks. As an emerging leader in ethernet switch silicon for the data center, Barefoot Networks will help Intel’s Data Center Group meet the rapidly changing needs of hyperscale cloud computing customers. According to Shenoy, once the transaction has closed, the addition of Barefoot Networks to the Intel portfolio will support the tech giant’s focus on end-to-end cloud networking and infrastructure leadership. Furthermore, it will empower Intel to continue to deliver on new workloads, experiences and capabilities for their data center customers.
  • EPS Names QTS as Data Center Industry Green Power Leader: QTS has publicized its ranking on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Top 100 List of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership. QTS is currently using more than 304 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which represents more than 32 percent of its U.S. operations’ total power needs. QTS’ choice to use green power helps advance the voluntary market for green power, as well as the development of those sources. Recently QTS participated in a consortium of data centers that formally petitioned Dominion Energy to increase its use of renewable alternatives such as wind and solar in the Virginia market.
  • Compute North Chooses Kearney NE for Data Center: The Economic Development Council of Buffalo County, and the City of Kearney, are pleased to announce Compute North’s decision to locate data center facilities in Kearney’s Tech oNE Crossing technology park. Compute North, based out of Eden Prairie, Minnesota has entered into an agreement to begin construction at the tech park with a total investment of up to $7.65 million and will create 10 new full-time technology and security jobs. Compute North, an industry leader in high-powered large-scale data infrastructure will establish Kearney, Nebraska as a critical location to expand their blockchain infrastructure. With existing computing operations in South Dakota and Texas, Compute North provides critical data infrastructure for their clients in the blockchain, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and IOT space.
  • Apple Cancels Plans for Second Danish Data Center: Apple has announced that it is abandoning its plans for its data center in the municipality of Aaebenraa, in southern Denmark. It now hopes to sell the land it previously purchased in 2017. The decision is not surprising to industry observers, since the plan, which was at one point projected to cost $921 Million USD, has been beset by delays and bad headlines. Still, local Danish authorities are dismayed. Apple said it instead plans to focus on its data center in Viborg, Denmark, but reports surfaced in April that construction had come to a halt, and workers have been sent home with no instructions as to when to return. Viborg is located in the Jutland region of Denmark.