Data Center

Schneider Electric Licenses Key Patents for Hot Aisle Containment and Cooling Technology From Switch

Switch has licensed its patented hot-aisle containment and cooling technology known in the industry as the Switch T-SCIFs® and the Switch TSCs to Schneider Electric.

“We are excited to conclude this important license, clearing the way for us to incorporate Switch’s innovative hot aisle containment and cooling technologies which will complement Schneider’s product offerings and efficiencies,” said Christopher Hanley, SVP of Data Center Systems for Schneider Electric.

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Apple to build Iowa data center, get $207.8 million in incentives

Apple Inc will build a $1.375 billion data center in Waukee near Des Moines, Appleand Iowa officials said on Thursday, with $207.8 million in incentives approved by the Iowa Economic DevelopmentAuthority.

Apple will purchase 2,000 acres (8.09 square km) of land in Waukee to build two data centers. The company will receive a $19.65 million investment tax credit for creating 50 jobs.

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New caching system to make data centres more energy efficient

MIT scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a new data centre caching method that uses a fraction of the energy and cost less that existing memory storage system.

Most modern websites store data in databases, and since database queries are relatively slow, most sites also maintain so-called cache servers, which list the results of common queries for faster access.

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AWS Direct Connect Service now Available in Equinix New York Data Centers

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the that it has established connectivity into Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect service in the New York region, enabling all Equinix customers in the New York metro the ability to access AWS Direct Connect at all available speeds via Equinix Cloud Exchange™ or Equinix-provided metro connectivity options. The addition of New York brings the total number of Equinix metros offering AWS Direct Connect service to seventeen, globally.

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Rackspace to acquire Datapipe in managed services push

Rackspace plans to acquire managed cloud services company Datapipe, adding 29 data centers across nine countries to its portfolio, along with 825 employees.

Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in Q4 2017 pending regulatory approval, were not disclosed, but Rackspace did say that it would become “by far” the biggest acquisition in its history.

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Extreme Networks Buys Brocade's Data Center Networking Business from Broadcom

Broadcom, one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world has planned to sell its Brocade Communications Systems' data center switching, routing, and analytics business to Extreme Networks in a new deal worth $55 million. The deal is expected to be a major boost to the data center networking business of Extreme Networks. According to local reports, shares of San Jose, Calif.-based Extreme touched the market cap of $703 million, hours after the report. With Brocade data centre portfolio, Extreme Networks’ could well be in a position to expand its technology growth across all sectors. Extreme Networks has set out to make the transaction in cash, with $35 million at closing and $20 million in deferred payments, as well as the potential for performance-based payments to Broadcom, to be paid over a five-year term.

Last year, Broadcom acquired fellow semiconductor company Brocade for $5.5 billion. But, the company has not been able to finalize the deal due to objections from the Federal Trade Commission. Currently, the deal has been put under an extended antitrust investigation by FTC. Broadcom said that it still expects the merger to close in the second half of fiscal 2017, which ends Oct. 28. Broadcom has said it expects the transaction to close before July 30, 2017, the end of its third fiscal quarter.

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The Texas Data Centre Market

The overgrowing popularity of Texas as a preferred data centre market is good news for organizations looking to diversify their data centre expertise. Historically, Texas has always attracted a variety of data centre companies owing to its rich entrepreneurial culture, skilled workforce and business-friendly policies. Also home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, the region continues to supply large land sites for data centers. There is much debate on the future of data centers with the rise of cloud technologies. The growth of hyper-scale cloud operations is expected to play a key role in improving data centre projects. Cisco believes that data centre to data centre traffic will account for almost a tenth of data traffic and internal data centre traffic will account for more than three quarters (77 per cent) of all data centre traffic.

Dallas is considered to have the nation’s lowest power costs, and an economic climate that is favorable for business growth. Dallas is one of the fastest growing markets in the country. Data center companies in Dallas have taken up an innovative approach to build data centre facilities in a timely and cost-effective manner. Over the last several years, corporations like Toyota, State Farm, Pizza Hut, and J.P. Morgan Chase established large office locations in surrounding suburbs north of Dallas.

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