CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for June 7
Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for June 7, 2018:
- Telia Launches Finland’s Largest Shared Data Center: Scandinavian telecommunications giant Telia has launched a massive colocation data center in Helsinki. The carrier-neutral facility provides 24MW of power capacity, and its architects label it one of the ‘greenest’ data centers in the world. The site is powered by 100 percent renewable energy and will recycle waste heat from the servers, making 200,000 MWh per year which is adequate heat to supply 20,000 homes in the nearby town of Espoo. The data center on Valimotie 5, in the northwestern suburbs of the Finnish capital, is a €160 million facility providing 34,000 square meters of space – enough for 5,000 racks and up to 200,000 servers.
- Netrality Broadcasts Light Deployment at Houston Data Center: Netrality Properties, owner and operator of highly interconnected network-neutral data centers and colocation facilities, announced that FiberLight has created a Point of Presence (PoP) in the Meet Me Room at Netrality’s 1301 Fannin. Netrality’s Houston data center is purposefully positioned in the nation’s fourth largest city and will grant FiberLight customers with direct access to a critical connectivity hub. Mike Ellison, FiberLight’s Vice President of Enterprise Sales, said, “By partnering with Netrality Properties in the heart of Houston’s central business district, FiberLight has established itself as the newest key interconnection player in one of the largest markets in the U.S.”
- China Mobile to Mature Blockchain Platform for Faster Top-Ups: One of China’s largest telecommunications companies, China Mobile Corporation, is researching how blockchain technology can help resolve mobile data issues. A patent filed with China’s State Intellectual Property Office in November 2016 and released to the public frameworks a strategy to use blockchain technology to decrease the workload on data centers while sustaining the increasing number of customers who want to buy more data. When a customer logs additional requests or transactions, their personal data is also stored on the decentralized blockchain, allowing for faster and more secure verification. The automated platform can then take funds from the customer’s bank account and fulfill the request.
- RagingWire Data Center Honored with Design Award: The Design Excellence Award in Pace Setters went to the RagingWire Ashburn VA3 Data Center. The newest of RagingWire’s data centers, and the first and flagship facility on a new 78-acre campus that will eventually contain seven data centers, the design cabinet said VA3 “is both a great server environment, and a terrific place for people to work, with comfortable high-tech offices and modern amenities along with natural light and an outdoor patio.” The cabinet also remarked on the 16-megawatt facility’s “energy efficiency and sustainability practices.”
- Vodafone & Iron Mountain Announce 100% Renewable Energy Targets, Join RE100: Two companies, telecommunications giant Vodafone and data storage behemoth Iron Mountain, publicized 100% renewable energy targets and dedicated to joining RE100, the initiative stimulating corporate renewable energy targets around the world. RE100, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), broadcast that Vodafone Group and Iron Mountain had both joined RE100 with individual targets to source 100% of their electricity needs from renewable energy sources. Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, said, “I’m delighted to welcome Vodafone Group to RE100. Setting a target to source 100% renewable power by 2025 demonstrates real leadership and a commitment to be a driving force in the clean energy transition.”