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Microsoft announces three new data centre regions in one week

Microsoft has announced that Italy, New Zealand and Poland will soon be getting their first cloud regions, as the technology giant steps up efforts to increase capacity amid constraints in the wake of Covid-19.

A cloud region is made up of at least two data centres to ensure redundancy and avoid a single point of failure for cloud resources.


Equinix reveals infrastructure demand surge from Zoom and Tiktok

Equinix, the world’s largest data centre provider, has said the Covid-19 pandemic will not majorly impact its bottom line, if at all, as it posted strong Q1 results last week.

The company secured $1.445 bn of revenue in Q1, a two percent rise on Q2 and a six percent growth year on year.


Virgin Media and O2 deal confirmed: Firms pen £31bn mega-merger

Virgin Media and O2 are to merge to create a £31 billion media and telecoms giant, their parent firms have announced.

Liberty Global and Telefonica – the owners of Virgin Media and O2 respectively – had confirmed on Monday that they were in discussions over a possible combination.


BT ditches dividend to accelerate full fibre rollout to 20m UK homes

BT has scrapped its dividend for the next two years as it copes with the fallout from the coronavirus lockdown and will instead increase its full fibre broadband rollout.

Chief executive Philip Jansen, who recently recovered from Covid-19, said a new target of full fibre to 20 million homes by the mid to late 2020s is now in place.


O2 confirms plans to merge with Virgin Media

Mobile operator O2 is in talks to merge with Virgin Media in a move which would create one of the UK’s largest telecoms and media firms.

Telefonica, O2’s Spanish owner, confirmed it is in discussions with Virgin-owner Liberty Global over a deal between the two firms.


CyrusOne joins the EUDCA Board of Directors and Policy Committee

The European Data Centre Association (EUDCA) has announced that colocation company CyrusOne has joined the Board of Directors and Policy Committee as an Associate Member, where it will support the organisation’s efforts to monitor, educate and encourage best practice in data centre policy in Europe and around the world.

CyrusOne is a leading global data centre real estate investment trust (REIT) with a significant European portfolio totalling nearly 150 megawatts of operational facilities and sites under development across Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Dublin. The company has recently stepped up efforts to promote sustainability in the European and wider data centre industry.


2019 was a standout year for the Open Compute Project

A review of the Open Compute Project (OCP) has shown use of the foundation’s certified equipment has risen by 40 percent year-on-year.

The findings come from a report conducted by Omdia and commissioned by OCP which sought to analyse the impact of OCP-qualified gear on the technology industry.


Intel data centre division leads Q1 growth

Chipmaker supreme Intel has released its latest quarterly financials, with the company’s data centre group the standout performer in a quarter interrupted by Covid-19.

Intel’s revenues are split between those gained from PC chip sales, and what it calls “data-centric” sale — chips that service the enterprise IT stack, from the multi-cloud to the edge and back.


WHITEPAPER: Physical security in IT and data centre technology

Vertiv is bringing its CIBSE-approved continuing professional development (CPD) seminars online for contractors, building service and consulting engineers.

The free seminars will focus on popular critical power and thermal management topics. Online or on-demand attendance contributes to CIBSE CPD requirements and attendees will receive a CIBSE-qualified CPD certificate.


WEBINAR: Video Guide: Streamlining your project workflow with E+I Engineering’s BIM Content for Busbar

Vertiv is bringing its CIBSE-approved continuing professional development (CPD) seminars online for contractors, building service and consulting engineers.

The free seminars will focus on popular critical power and thermal management topics. Online or on-demand attendance contributes to CIBSE CPD requirements and attendees will receive a CIBSE-qualified CPD certificate.


Q1: Data centre M&A deals have already passed 2019 total

The value of data centre-related M&A deals that closed in the first quarter of 2020 has already exceeded the 2019 total, according to new market data.

Synergy Data published the latest quarterly stats Thursday, just over a month since Digital Realty closed its $8.4 billion acquisition of Interxion.


WEBINAR: Improve data flow for your digital business

Vertiv is bringing its CIBSE-approved continuing professional development (CPD) seminars online for contractors, building service and consulting engineers.

The free seminars will focus on popular critical power and thermal management topics. Online or on-demand attendance contributes to CIBSE CPD requirements and attendees will receive a CIBSE-qualified CPD certificate.



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