CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for November 8

Nov 8, 2018
by Justin Hughes

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for November 8, 2018:

  • Telefónica Business Solutions Utilizes VMware for Its Virtual Data Center Cloud Service: Telefónica Business Solutions is utlizing VMware, Dell EMC, and Intel for its Virtual Data Center 4.0, the next stage of its VDC public cloud offering. Telefónica has teamed with these partners to unveil new features, including Kubernetes-as-a-Service and self-managed MPLS-VPN. Telefónica is interconnecting all of its Virtual Data Center (VDC) nodes to provide solutions for multinational customers in Spain, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. According to a VMware spokesperson, the VDC service is based on VMware’s Cloud Provider Platform, and it allows customers to create virtual infrastructure combining compute and storage as well as advanced networking such as software-defined LAN, SD-WAN, and MPLS Virtual Private Networks. The VMware Cloud Provider Platform also provides management and operations software. It delivers flexible tenancy and self-service options across multi-tenant and single-tenant cloud-hosted environments.
  • data center summitGlobalinx Extends Data Center Campus in Virginia Beach to Reach Submarine Cables: Globalinx Data Centers chose Wirewerks to supply network connectivity and fiber management technology for a 21.5-acre, Tier-III carrier-neutral data center campus Globalinx is building in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 287,000-square-foot facility, which will be constructed in multiple phases, will offer connectivity to the MAREA and BRUSA submarine cables. The campus will have access to more than 30 MW of power through two substations and direct access to multiple terrestrial as well as the undersea cable systems. Greg Twitt, CEO of Globalinx, said, “Globalinx evaluated many manufacturers; however, we were most impressed with Wirewerks and their overall organization. The deciding factor outside of Wirewerks providing Globalinx with a seamless and scalable end-to-end solution with their high-density 4U NextSTEP patch panels, is the level of customer commitment and peace of mind we will benefit from having them as our business partner.”
  • EdgeConneX Purchases Linxdatacenter Facility in Poland: EdgeConneX reported that it procured the Linxdatacenter facility in Warsaw, Poland. EdgeConneX’s procurement will improve services to its network, content, and cloud service provider customers in Central and Eastern Europe as well as local demands. The carrier-neutral Linxdatacenter Warsaw will support requirements ranging from single racks to large custom cages or pods, with capability to scale. It also grants connectivity to the neighboring LIM-Building ecosystem via a diverse fiber path. Dick Theunissen, managing director, EMEA, at EdgeConneX, said, “We are very excited to announce our expansion into Warsaw and to work with Linxdatacenter on a smooth transition to continue the high customer service levels already in place. As we continue to expand globally, we are prepared to meet the diverse needs of our customers to enable them to deliver the fastest and most reliable cloud, content, network and other services to their customers.”
  • Mining for Bitcoin Requires More Energy & Hurts Environment More Than Mining Minerals: Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies need more energy than entire mineral mining industries. Mining for the digital currency requires huge amounts of energy, as powerful computers direct raw computing power at the mathematical process that creates coins, and to create that energy, power plants release almost as much carbon as an actual mining industry. According to a paper published in Nature Sustainability on Monday, Bitcoin mining is even more detrimental to the environment than scouring the Earth for gold, silver, aluminum and copper. The energy cost of Bitcoin continues to grow as the coins’ actual value remains unstable. The four currencies examined in the study were responsible for 3—15 million tons of CO2 emissions over the period in question, with Bitcoin the largest culprit. Carbon emissions vary by country, according to the study: Mining farms in Canada emit the least amount of CO2, owing to the availability of alternative energy sources in the country while China’s crypto operations, on the other hand, emit four times more CO2 emissions than Canada, which has prompted scrutiny from regulators.
  • Digital Finance Institute Nominates Leonovus for Blockchain Company of the Year Award: Leonovus Inc., is honored to be recognized by the Digital Finance Institute and its nomination of Leonovus for the Blockchain Company of the Year award. The 4th Annual Canadian FinTech and AI Awards, to be held November 26th in Toronto, brings together Canada’s FinTech & AI ecosystem for a memorable night celebrating Canadian Innovation. Leonovus was the first company to launch a blockchain enabled hyper-secure multi-cloud software-defined data storage strategy for large enterprises. Michael Gaffney, Leonovus Chairman and CEO, said, “We are honored to receive this recognition and nomination from the FinTech and AI community for contributing to the development of innovative blockchain technology and industry impacting solutions like our unique Blockchain Evidence Locker, a game changer for public safety and law enforcement agencies.”
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