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CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for May 14

May 14, 2018
by Justin Hughes

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for May 14, 2018:

  • Jury Rules Against Emerson in Facebook Data Center Design Lawsuit: A federal jury in San Jose, CA has ruled that Emerson Electric unlawfully used the proprietary data center design methods of UK-based BladeRoom Group, based on pre-fabricated modular components for speeding up construction, to build Facebook’s first European data center in Luleå, Sweden. Emerson must now pay $30 Million USD to BladeRoom — $20 million for “unjust enrichment” and $10 million for lost profits. Facebook previously settled with BladeRoom out of court, in an attempt to stem further controversy in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
  • data center summitRyanair Goes All in with AWS: ZDnet is reporting that low-cost European airline Ryanair has announced its intention to close the vast majority of its data centers over the next three years, as it moves its infrastructure to the cloud with Amazon Web Services. Furthermore, Ryanair will standardize with all AWS services, including databases, analytics, machine learning, and deep-learning services.
  • Alibaba’s South Asia Extension Strategies Come to Fruition: Alibaba expanded its presence in South Asia with the gaining of e-commerce platform Daraz, stated by the company’s corporate news site, Alizila, the deal for an undisclosed sum will make Daraz a wholly-owned unit of Alibaba. Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang told Alizila, “We are excited for Daraz to become a part of the Alibaba ecosystem. Together with Daraz, we can now empower entrepreneurs to better serve consumers in the region through our technology and expertise.” Since Daraz’s beginning in 2012, Daraz grew into a top e-commerce company in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal.
  • Bridge Data Centres Concludes Purchase of Two Data Centres in Malaysia: Singapore-based Bridge Data Centres finalized the acquisition of two data centres located in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, from Permodalan Nasional Berhad, a Malaysian Government Pension Fund. This announcement follows Bridge’s procurement of the two data centres’ operating businesses in November 2017, in addition to the rights to a dedicated fiber ring in Cyberjaya from CSF Group. Totaling about one million square feet of space and 20MW of critical IT load, the two data centres will be redubbed MY01 and MY02. Bridge released plans to expand its footprint in Cyberjaya with a contiguous development of a further 20MW to service its large customers’ scaling needs.
  • 600 Bitcoin-Mining Computers Stolen from Iceland Seized in China: In January, Advania, an Icelandic IT company, produced video of unauthorized persons stealing computers from a Reykjanesbær data center. In April, Sindri Þór Stefánsson, one of the men held for the burglary, bolted. Allegedly, Sindri was a “free man” then despite having an international arrest warrant issued for him following his exit. In late April, police in the Chinese city of Tianjin confiscated 600 Bitcoin mining computers after a local power grid operator observed abnormally-high electricity usage. With the exact number of the mining computers and that they were never found in Iceland, this seems to be more than a coincidence.
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