CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for January 6, 2020

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for January 6, 2020:

  • VMware Completes Acquisition of Pivotal: VMware has completed the acquisition of Pivotal Software, Inc. (“Pivotal”), a leading cloud-native platform provider. As a result of the completion of the acquisition, Pivotal’s Class A common stock was removed from listing on the New York Stock Exchange with trading suspended prior to the open of the market today, and Pivotal will now operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of VMware. The transaction represented an enterprise value for Pivotal of approximately $2.7 Billion USD. Pivotal’s offerings will be core to the VMware Tanzu portfolio of products and services designed to help customers transform the way they build, run and manage their most important applications, with Kubernetes as the common infrastructure substrate. The combination of Pivotal’s developer-centric offerings with VMware’s upstream Kubernetes run-time infrastructure and management tools will deliver a comprehensive enterprise solution that enables dramatic improvements in developer productivity in the creation of modern applications. VMware is able to offer product building blocks and integrated solutions that are tested and proven with technical expertise that customers need to accelerate software delivery across data center, cloud and edge environments.
  • Doyle Simons Joins Iron Mountain Board of Directors: Iron Mountain Incorporated has appointed Doyle Simons to its board of directors, effective January 1, 2020. Mr. Simons will be a member of both the Finance and Compensation Committees. Adding Mr. Simons to the board increases Iron Mountain’s board to fourteen directors. Mr. Simons has served as CEO and President of Weyerhaeuser Co., a timber company, from August 1, 2013 until his retirement on January 1, 2019. Prior to this role, Mr. Simons served as Chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland, a corrugated packaging and building products company, from December 2007 to February 2012. Since 2007, Mr. Simons has served as an independent director on the board of directors of Fiserv, a global provider of financial services technology. Mr. Simons earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas.
  • Zayo Announces New Wavelength Route Connecting Montreal to Albany: Zayo Group Holdings has announced a new 100G capable wavelength route from Montreal, Quebec to Albany, New York. The new route will provide multiple terabits of long haul transport capacity between Montreal and major northeast U.S. markets and is expected to be in service by January 2020. The success-based wavelength route will offer full, physical triversity out of Montreal, providing a shorter and more direct path to Albany. From Albany, routes traverse either East to Boston or South to New York City and most other northeast markets. It also provides an attractive additional route from Toronto, Canada’s financial capital, to New York City.
  • 451 Research Announces Q4 2019 451 Firestarter Awardees: 451 Research has announced the recipients of its 451 Firestarter award for the fourth quarter of 2019. Six companies have been recognized by the 451 Research analyst team this quarter as delivering exceptional innovation within the information technology industry. The exclusively analyst-led Firestarters program allows its team of technology and market experts to recognize exceptional innovation, regardless of its origin, and based on the simple, yet rigorous, criterion of impressing its team of analysts. The awardees include GitLab, Hitachi Vantara (Lumada); Incorta; Kenna Security; Radiflow; and Strip.
  • Argo Blockchain Installs 3,616 Bitmain Machines To Boost Crypto Mining Capacity By 75%: Argo Blockchain has taken delivery of 3,616 Bitmain Antminer T17 machines which are being installed and expected to be operational by January 10th, 2020. The new machines represent 159 petahash (PH), an increase of 75% from the Company’s existing installed base of mining machines. Argo is on track to operate a total production base of approximately 17,000 machines, or 640PH, by the end of the first quarter of 2020, increasing the Company’s total mining capacity by 204% from its current base. The remaining 6,384 machines required to achieve this target are on order and expected to be delivered in batches from early January.