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CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for November 26

Nov 26, 2018
by Josh Anderson

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for November 26, 2018:

  • Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo Take Aim at Aussie Piracy Bill: The Australian Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications has become the target of some of the biggest tech giants, who believe that some piracy site-block amendments go too far. The Australian government hopes to expand piracy site-block laws from carriage service providers to online search engine providers. According to ZDnet, the legislation would also “allow faster blocks of mirror sites, reduce the burden of proving that a site is hosted outside of Australia, and expand the legislation to sites that not only have the “primary purpose”, but also to those that have the “primary effect” of infringing copyright.“ Among other complaints, the tech giants say that the bill is too broad, and could pose a risk to legitimate websites who might be blocked.
  • data center summitBitfarms to Go Public in Canada: Bitfarms Ltd has formally commenced the regulatory process to investigate a potential public listing in Canada. “We are currently evaluating a listing in Canada as we endeavour to grow Bitfarms’ visibility, improve our access to capital and streamline expenses,” said Wes Fulford, Chief Executive Officer of Bitfarms in a press release. “Our analysis suggests that Canada has one of the most active public markets in our emerging industry, with several blockchain infrastructure and cryptocurrency mining companies having listed and raised significant capital over the last twelve months.”
  • Christie Spaces Deploys Schneider Electric Edge Center in Brisbane: In other news from Down Under, co-working company Christie Spaces has deployed a six-rack Edge data center by Schneider Electric in its Brisbane, Australia office. Christie Spaces also intends to add similar Edge deployments to their offices in Sydney and Melbourne, among other cities. Christie Spaces’ will now provide their clients with on-site data centers, catering to niches such as app developers, video production, animation, design and data analytics.
  • India’s Cloud Computing Industry to Create 1.7 Million Jobs in Four Years: Great Learning, an ed-tech platform for executives, has released a report that predicts 1.7 million jobs will be created by 2022 within India to support the burgeoning Cloud computing industry. The report expects the local Cloud computing industry to hit $4 Billion USD by 2020 and grow at a rate of 30% thereafter. The most highly sought-after skills for these new jobs will include DevOps, Software-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Automation, and software-defined networking.
  • Nigerian State Agency to Transplant Digital Assets After Fire to Local HQ: Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will transplant all of its digital resources to deep within its own headquarters after the data center that formerly housed all of its assets almost burned to the ground a few days ago. The assets will only move about five miles, still in the municipality of Abuja, but this time in the Jabi district. No cause has been pinpointed yet for the blaze, which is estimated to cost the EFCC millions of Nigerian Naira. The fire reportedly destroyed a great deal of the EFCC’s digital records.
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