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CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for November 6

Nov 6, 2018
by Justin Hughes

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for November 6, 2018:

  • Head of Uber Compute Unveils Uber Metal Colo Data Center Deployments: Dean Nelson, head of Uber Compute and founder of Infrastructure Masons discussed his infrastructure goal for Uber, the ride hailing and transportation services company that has grown exponentially over the past few years. Nelson said, “Today we’re in six continents, we have 78 countries, 600 cities, 3 million active drivers, 15 million rides per day, 75 million monthly active riders. We’ve had 10 billion trips in eight years, five billion of which were in the last year.” To handle its existing load, and its potential growth, Nelson’s team have turned both to colocation data centers, and the public cloud, naming it ‘the tripod strategy.’ Nelson added, “It is not on-prem versus cloud, it’s not an or, it’s an and. When you get to scale, you have volumes where you can get to price performance that rivals cloud. But you can’t move like cloud can, we want to be able to say ‘turn it up’ and they have massive scale to do that immediately.”
  • data center summitCarter Validus Continues Growing Health Care & Data Center Assets:Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT II acquired two additional assets in the data center and healthcare sector. Michael A. Seton, Chief Executive Officer and President, Carter Validus told GlobeSt.com that healthcare and technology are two high growth sectors of the economy and they “create more durable income streams for our shareholders.” As such the Indianola Healthcare Facilities Portfolio in Indianola, Iowa, was recently purchased by Carter Validus for $13.8 million in addition to the newly procured Benton Hot Springs Healthcare Facilities portfolio in Arkansas for $30.4 million. In addition, Carter Validus newly acquired the Canton Data Center for $9.4 million. A co-location center, located in Canton, Ohio, the facility delivers 1.5 megawatts of existing capacity expandable to 3.0 megawatts.
  • Data Center Operator, Netmagic to Construct 100-MW Captive Solar Power Plant: IT infrastructure provider, Netmagic created a strategy to build India’s largest captive solar power plant to match the increasing power demand for its data centers in Mumbai. Netmagic, a division of Japan’s NTT Communications, has one of the largest data centers in the country wherein it hosts servers of large banks, ecommerce and internet companies, and MNCs. The company’s current power usage in Mumbai alone is over 20MW. Netmagic MD and CEO Sharad Sanghi, told BusinessLine, “We are looking at the feasibility of setting up solar power plants in Maharashtra through one of our partners. First, renewable energy is good for the environment. Second, even though there is more capex involved, solar energy will help us lower our cost of operations. Government has given some benefits such as duty waiver which we want to leverage. The solar plant we’re looking to build will be around 100 MW. We are trying to understand the regulations and ensure that we are qualified for the government incentives.”
  • Revolutionary Technique from Sandia Halves Water Use at NREL Data Center: Sandia National Laboratories used a new technique that successfully halved the amount of water used to cool a high-performance data center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); the technique substituted a reusable liquid refrigerant in place of evaporative-water cooling towers. The thermosyphon hybrid cooling system saved 1.16 million gallons of water in the first year of operation, cutting the data center’s onsite water usage in half, while continuing to operate at optimal energy efficiency, according to the DOE. Sandia will install a system using the technique at its own facilities in 2019.
  • Cloudflare Opened New Data Center in Nigeria: Cloudflare opened a new data center in Lagos, Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, making this the one hundred fifty-fifth data center of Cloudflare. Cloudflare has witnessed 4% to 7% increase in traffic month on month in Africa. Cloudflare says that the secure facility in Lagos is interconnected to one of the primary undersea cable operators along with a full connection to both the local Internet Exchange (IXPN) and the newly announced WAF-IX Lagos exchange. Now instead of serving Nigeria from Europe (London, Lisbon, and other European locations), content can now be provided locally from Lagos. According to Cloudflare, West Africa’s economy is dominated by Nigeria; but few outside the region recognize that Nigeria is dominated by the phrase mobile-first. A country that is mobile-first means that mobile has eclipsed all other connectivity methods.
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