CAPRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for May 7

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for May 7, 2019:

  • Microsoft Broadcasts Azure Enhancements: Microsoft has announced a series of new Azure services and developer technologies that put advanced capabilities spanning AI, mixed reality, IoT and blockchain in the hands of developers. The company will share these and additional advancements in hybrid cloud and edge computing at its Microsoft Build conference to empower developers. Microsoft announced a new set of Azure AI technology aimed to help developers and data scientists apply AI to any solution; new innovations in Azure Machine Learning simplify the process of building, training and deploying machine learning models; finally, the company introduced several new products and solutions today that continue to address the existing and emerging needs of hybrid cloud and edge computing.
  • Québec Lifts Crypto-Moratorium, Allocates 300 MW for Crypto Mining: The Régie de l’énergie has issued its decision in the blockchain file, and it very bodes well for the many businesses looking to capitalize on the distributed ledger technology, whether through mining cryptocurrency or developing new applications.Tthis according to a press release distributed by Hydro Québec, who officially handled the English announcement of the news. Much to the acclaim of data center developers, the Régie de l’énergie has lifted the moratorium on electricity supplies to be used for crypto mining.
  • STACK INFRASTRUCTURE Appoints Mike Casey as Chief Data Center Officer: STACK INFRASTRUCTURE has announced the appointment of Mike Casey as Chief Data Center Officer. Mr. Casey will lead the engineering, construction, commissioning, and operations of STACK’s data center portfolio. The newest addition to the STACK leadership team, Mr. Casey brings a proven track record of delivering customized data center solutions and achieving high client satisfaction through operational excellence. Prior to STACK, Mr. Casey held senior leadership roles with T5 Data Centers including Chief Operating Officer and President of T5 Facilities Management. Earlier in his career, he was a Vice President in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project and Development Services group and a member of The Staubach Company’s National Contact and Data Center Practice. In 2017, Mr. Casey received The Uptime Institute’s Leadership Award as Operations Pacesetter.
  • Iron Mountain Expands Commitment To Renewable Power In Partnership With RPD Energy: Iron Mountain Incorporated the global leader in storage and information management services, announced an expansion of its commitment to renewable energy through new energy transactions in Texas and Illinois. RPD Energy (RPD), a national leader in green energy solutions, structured the deals that provide Iron Mountain with access to 100 percent renewable power for its facilities in both states. RPD’s flexible, variable energy solutions complement Iron Mountain’s overall mix of purchasing strategies, which include traditional power purchase agreements (PPAs) and on-site projects. The Texas and Illinois transactions amount to over 25,000 MWh of green energy per year over the next three years. This is enough to power more than 3,000 homes annually, and adds to the amount of direct, physical energy in Iron Mountain’s overall energy portfolio supported by renewable sources.
  • Dell + Orange to Partner on 5G, Edge Computing: Dell Technologies and Orange, one of the largest operators of mobile and internet services with 264 million customers worldwide, entered into an agreement to jointly explore developing key technology areas for distributed cloud architectures to deliver the real-time Edge use cases and new services opportunities 5G will create. 5G will require a new breed of platforms supporting a rich catalogue of near real-time edge computing and IoT services. The companies will collaborate on meeting demands for new distributed architectures for 5G that combine the best of cloud and mobility.