CAPRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for May 30, 2019

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for May 30, 2019:

  • Torch Clean Energy Seeks to Build Solar Farm-Data Center Combo in Chester County, VA: RichmondBizSense is first reporting that Torch Clean Energy, a renewable energy company based in Boulder, Colorado, has submitted planning paperwork for the construction of a combination solar farm and data center in Chester county, Virginia. The project will be located on 1,500 acres of a 1,700-acre site. The solar farm will produce 150 megawatts to power either one or two adjoining data centers.  The data center itself will cover approximately 300 acres and employ about 100 workers. The facility has been tentatively dubbed the “Chester Solar Technology Park.” If successful, it will result in $2 Billion USD in investment for the county.
  • Pilot Expands into ColocationGuard’s Brooklyn Data Center: ColoGuard Enterprise Solutions, LLC one of New York’s leading colocation providers and operator of Brooklyn’s only data center, recently announced that Pilot, a leading fully featured network and internet service provider, has launched a new Point of Presence (PoP) at the company’s flagship data center CGNY1. The expansion into ColocationGuard’s Brooklyn data center marks Pilot’s 13th PoP in the New York Metro Area, a significant part of the self-healing, national backbone the company has built. The deployment offers more businesses access to Pilot’s affordable and reliable transit and network services, all with no monthly contracts.
  • Microsoft to Build Two Sustainable Data Centers in Sweden: Microsoft has announced in a blogpost that it will collaborate with Vattenfall, one of Europe’s largest producers and retailers of electricity and heat on two new, highly sustainable data centers in Sweden. The two companies will also collaborate to develop solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the data centers and construct new power infrastructure to provide stable power for the facilities and the surrounding areas in Sweden in the coming years. Over time, the new power infrastructure will help further reduce the carbon footprint of the data centers.
  • NXP to Acquire Marvell’s Wi-Fi Connectivity Business: Marvell, a leader in infrastructure semiconductor solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will acquire Marvell’s Wi-Fi Connectivity business in an all-cash, asset transaction valued at $1.76 billion. The acquisition encompasses Marvell’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology portfolios and related assets. The business employs approximately 550 people worldwide and generated roughly $300 million in revenue in Marvell’s fiscal 2019. This transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of NXP and Marvell and is expected to close by calendar Q1 2020, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
  • DOD Enjoying New Cloud Options form DISA: The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has released a blogpost describing the new Cloud computing platform options they are providing to the Department of Defense, which include a storage service for unclassified data not unlike Dropbox, titled millDrive. The system was unveiled internally March 1. According to the release, the service is compatible with Android and iOS mobile devices and provides access to data via a web browser, mobile device, or desktop app. The service offers two levels of storage – 20 gigabyte or 1 terabyte drives for use by individuals or to be shared by a group.