CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for March 14

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for March 14, 2019:

  • CyrusOne London Data Centers Now Running on 100% Renewable Energy: CyrusOne has announced that its London I and London II data center facilities are now running on a 100% renewable energy tariff, a move which the company says will transfer energy annual usage equivalent to 52,000 households to zero-emissions sources. Comprising a combined 23 megawatts of IT power, both CyrusOne’s London I data center in Slough and its London II facility in Prologis Park, Stockley, are now served by Hudson Energy, an independent provider of electricity and gas to businesses across the UK. CyrusOne has also confirmed that all new London data center inventory, including the recently announced 9MW London III facility in Stockley Park, will run off renewable energy. In addition to the reduction in carbon emissions, CyrusOne customers will benefit from reduced unit costs as a result of the highly competitive rates secured through the procurement process and exemptions from the Climate Change Levy.
  • Pantheon Raises $40 Million USD Led by Sageview Capital: Pantheon, a website operations platform for agile marketers, has announced the close of $40 million in Series D growth financing led by Sageview Capital, with participation from existing investors Foundry Group, Scale Venture Partners, and Industry Ventures. With this investment, Ned Gilhuly, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Sageview Capital, will join the Pantheon Board of Directors. Pantheon will use the capital infusion to expand sales, marketing, and product teams so more of the world’s leading companies can more effectively deliver digital experiences that drive results. Pantheon is a WebOps platform for Drupal and WordPress, running more than 285,000 websites in the cloud and serving over 10 billion pageviews a month. As DevOps continues to revolutionize software development, WebOps is impacting web teams in the same way. Key enterprise players like Google Cloud, SendGrid, Tableau, and others currently rely on Pantheon to deliver the seamless, WebOps-driven experiences their customers demand.
  • Toshiba Memory Expands NVMe SSD Portfolio for Cloud Data Centers: Toshiba Memory America has announced the XD5 Series NVMe SSD platform in a 2.5-inch, 7 mm low-profile form factor that is optimized for low-latency and performance consistency in read-intensive workloads. Developed for both data center and cloud environments, the new 2.5-inch form factor XD5 Series is ideal for NoSQL databases, large-scale-out data mining and analysis, and streaming applications. The XD5 Series is also well-suited for Open Compute Project (OCP) applications and systems. Built on 64-layer BiCS FLASH TLC (3-bit-per-cell) 3D flash memory, and featuring a PCIe Gen3x4 interface, the new XD5 SSD 2.5-inch option delivers sequential read performance up to 2,700 megabytes per second (MB/s) and sequential write performance up to 895MB/s with low active power consumption of 7 watts. At one drive write per day (DWPD), the XD5 Series can write nearly 4 terabytes (TB) of random data daily for five years at a consistent performance rate. Random read/write performance is specified at 250,000/21,000 Input/Output Operations per Second (IOPS) respectively, making the XD5 Series a predictable and reliable solution for read-intensive or heavy transactional workloads.
  • Broadcom Announces Industry-First Portfolio of OCP NIC 3.0 Adapters for Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure: Broadcom has announced customer sample availability of its OCP NIC 3.0 adapter solutions supporting the full range of data rates and interfaces from 1GbE to 200GbE. The portfolio includes a wide selection of Ethernet adapter cards with 1-, 2- and 4-port configurations, allowing the industry to easily build high-performance server systems and effectively scale network capacity to meet the demands of high bandwidth applications such as machine learning, high performance computing (HPC), network function virtualization (NFV), and all flash arrays (AFA). Based on proven NetXtreme E-Series Ethernet controllers, the OCP NIC 3.0 adapters provide superior performance and efficiency utilizing a unique set of highly optimized hardware acceleration engines. 100GbE and 200GbE adapters are powered by Broadcom’s state-of-the-art Thor multi-host controller that has the industry’s best performing 56G PAM-4 SerDes and PCIe 4.0 interface. Broadcom offers the most advanced and complete portfolio of OCP NIC 3.0 adapters, enabling data center operators and cloud providers to easily and cost-effectively scale computing and storage resources and adapt to constantly changing requirements.
  • Cohesity to Join Cisco’s SolutionsPlus Program: Cohesity has joined Cisco’s SolutionsPlus program. As a result, Cohesity software will be added to Cisco’s Global Price List. This gives Cisco’s direct and channel sales network the ability to offer Cohesity’s modern backup and recovery capabilities together with Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and HyperFlex from a single source. The Cisco SolutionsPlus agreement includes joint sales, marketing, service and support investments, and alignment of product roadmaps. This growing demand for a joint solution from Cohesity and Cisco comes as customers globally struggle with mass data fragmentation— the growing proliferation of data across locations, silos, and management systems that drives up IT costs and complexity, and prevents organisations from fully realizing their data’s value. To help companies address this challenge, Cohesity has pioneered a modern web-scale platform that consolidates data silos and dramatically simplifies management on-premises and in multi-cloud environments.