CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for October 3

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for October 3, 2018:

  • Stulz Partners with Cloud&Heat to Create Water-Cooled Micro Data Centers: German cooling specialist Stulz and distributed computing startup Cloud&Heat teamed to make compact, water-cooled data center enclosures that repurpose warm water for heating. As a piece of the partnership, Stulz will also support Cloud&Heat in its sales and marketing efforts. The first joint product is a 40kW data center-in-a-box capable of accommodating standard 19-inch servers. The hot water direct cooling system created by Cloud&Heat will be available as an equipment option for the Stulz MicroDC series, launched in March. Furthermore, Cloud&Heat will be equipping Stulz with the software for pump control, temperature regulation and remote monitoring.
  • PhoenixNAP Provides Dedicated Servers with Nvidia Tesla GPUs: PhoenixNAP began offering dedicated servers featuring Nvidia Tesla GPUs which allows hosting that involves individual servers, that then deliver the websites or applications of a single user. The servers will utilize four or eight Nvidia Tesla V100 and P40 GPUs, connected using NVLink or PCIe 3.0 interconnects, along with Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Ian McClarty, president of PhoenixNAP, said, “After talking to our clients and discovering that Nvidia Tesla is their top choice for graphics-heavy workloads, we decided to make it a part or our standard offering and further empower innovation in their organizations. Gaming companies, science institutions, enterprises, and mid-market organizations using AI for business intelligence can particularly benefit from leveraging this data center summitplatform and we are thrilled to be able to support their needs.”
  • Ireland’s Data Commissioner to Inspect Facebook Cyber Attack:Ireland’s data commissioner, Helen Dixon, is likely to open a formal investigation into the conditions that allowed hackers to access up to 50 million Facebook accounts. Due to new EU rules, this investigation could make the company vulnerable to huge fines for serious data breaches. A spokesman for Irish Data Protection Commission commented, “Before we would launch any investigation, there are steps that would have to be taken in relation to information gathering and preparing the scope of an inquiry. Furthermore, we would need to establish under which provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018 we would conduct it. We are currently engaged in those steps.” Data experts believe an inquiry is inevitable, and Liam McKenna, a partner at Mazars accountants in Dublin, said the Facebook breach was a “very significant” event, and Ms. Dixon was “under pressure to be seen to respond”. Under GDPR, she has the power to impose fines of up to 4 per cent of a company’s global turnover for the most serious data breaches.
  • CTERA Networks Locked in $30 Million Funding To Grow Asian Cloud Storage Offerings: CTERA Networks obtained a $30 million USD Series D growth equity funding round to support its global expansion. The round was directed by Red Dot Capital Partners, a Temasek Holdings-backed growth fund, with the support of new investor Singtel Innov8. The new investment will assist the expansion of CTERA’s global sales and delivery organization, with an emphasis on growth in Asia, and particularly in Southeast Asia and Singapore. Furthermore, it will be used to support the continued development of CTERA’s patented file services technology. Yaniv Stern, managing partner at Red Dot Capital Partners, who will join the CTERA board, said, “CTERA addresses one of the hottest topics in IT today, which is how to provide corporate users with secure and accelerated data access from any device to any cloud. We were highly impressed with the unparalleled level of security provided by the solution, and the pedigree of customers and partners CTERA serves.”
  • Blockchain Ecosystem Komodo Forges Relationship with University of Texas at Arlington: Komodo Platform publicized a new collaboration with the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in a move to maximize collaboration and development. As part of the agreement, Komodo will provide funding for two senior design projects, as well as scholarships for two undergraduate students and two graduate students for one academic year. The two senior design teams awarded the grants will develop applications on the Komodo blockchain. In particular, these students will build blockchain-based apps that serve the same purpose as existing, widely-used applications. The idea is to create blockchain-based versions of apps that have already proven to be useful and popular. In addition, Komodo is sponsoring an educational blockchain competition. Students from high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities across North Texas will be eligible to participate in the competition.