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Canadian data centre provider eyes carbon capturing concrete for new builds

Canadian data centre provider Compass Datacenters has revealed of all its facilities will be built with CarbonCure concrete.

The innovative environmental material, developed by fellow Canadian outfit CarbonCure Technologies, is made by injecting re-captured CO2 into the concrete manufacturing process.

According to the CarbonCure, the procedure dramatically reduces the amount of cement required to mix the concrete, which is important as cement production accounts for 7 percent of global CO2 generated. On top of that, it’s a pretty handy way of removing CO2 from the atmosphere.


Schneider Electric inks €1.4 billion deal for German software giant

French electrical equipment giant Schneider Electric has agreed to buy German software company RIB for €1.4 billion.

RIB’s cloud-based BIM software helps digitalise enterprises in the building and construction industries. Schneider said the acquisition will help the company cater to the growing demand for smart and carbon-free buildings.


Amazon to pump $1.6bn into new AWS region in India

Amazon plans to invest $1.6 billion (£1.23bn) constructing two data centres in India to form an AWS region in the state of Telangana.

The company has sought environmental approval for the construction of the two facilities on the outskirts of Hyderabad. One data centre is proposed at Chandanvelly village in Shabad, the other at Meerkhanpet village in Kandukur.


Tech and construction: not so strange bedfellows

On the face of it, there is little to unite the construction and tech sectors. Superficially at least, the construction sector provides a classic example of ‘waterfall management’: strict plans are formed at the outset of a project, and resources are fixed in place, even though the finished product might be three years away. It is a right-first-time, zero defects sector with detailed dependency scheduling. The tech sector, by contrast, is known for its not-afraid-to-fail, agile mindset, eschewing scheduling for creativity. Tech and construction, then, would certainly appear to be strange bedfellows. Times are changing. The proliferation of Building Information Management platforms on construction sites up and down the country neatly demonstrates that tech really can be embedded into the foundations of a building, and by extension, the construction sector. But how do we further embed the two, often conflicting, cultures?


Equinix outlines sweeping global expansion plans

Data centre operator to spend nearly $2 billion (£1.54 billion) building 12 data centres and expanding 23 existing facilities Equinix has detailed an extensive global expansion strategy for 2019, which includes plans to open 12 new data centres in major European and APAC metros. The colocation giant has already opened data centres in Paris and… Read More



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