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UK data centre power continuity plans under the spotlight

A new report has urged UK data centres to reevaluate their power contingency plans amid increasing energy outages.

The report, commissioned by temporary power generation equipment supplier Aggreko, said data centres risk costly downtime if contingency plans are not urgently addressed and that power irregularity and ageing equipment are increasing the risk of outages.

Amsterdam data centre construction could resume next year

Data centre construction in Amsterdam might resume in less than a year following constructive dialogue between industry and government stakeholders.

In July, two local governments in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area announced a pause on the issuing of new permits for data centre projects in their regions, over concerns the speed of construction was threatening the property market and power networks. 

Report: Digital Realty eyes CyrusOne acquisition

The latest organisation interested in acquiring Cyrus One is its data centre rival Digital Realty, according to Bloomberg.

Last month Bloomberg broke the news that Cyrus One was looking at potential suitors after receiving takeover interest, prompting the Texas-based data centre company’s stock to surge.

Has Google achieved quantum supremacy?

Google has claimed to have reached a major quantum computing milestone in a research paper that briefly appeared on a NASA website.

In the research paper, spotted by the Financial Times before it was removed, the company claimed to have designed a quantum computer capable of “quantum supremacy.”

After the news surfaced over the weekend, several commentators weighed in online to explain what the achievement actually meant.

AWS touts ‘most cost effective’ instance for machine learning inference and training

While the cloud has enabled companies of all stripes to harness the power of machine learning, AI workloads like machine learning training and inference are computationally demanding and expensive.

According to some estimates, machine learning inference, the process of using a trained model to make predictions, can represent up to 90 percent of overall operational costs for running ML workloads.

Google to invest €3 billion expanding European data centres

Google’s top boss has said the tech giant plans to invest 3 billion euros (£2.6 billion) to expand its data centres across Europe in the next two years.

Chief executive Sundar Pichai said it will bring the company’s total investments in the continent’s internet infrastructure to 15 billion euros (£13.2 billion) since 2007.

More than half of used data centre racks will be off-premises by 2024

Over half of the world’s utilised racks will be located outside of the data centre by the end of 2024.

That’s according to the latest Infrastructure Market Monitor report from 451 Research, a New York-based enterprise IT analysis firm.

“We expect to see a decline in utilized racks across the enterprise, with a mid-single-digit CAGR increase in non-cloud colocation, and cloud and service providers expanding their utilized footprint over 13 percent,” Greg Zwakman, VP of Market and Competitive Intelligence at 451 Research explained.

Why data storage firm Cloudian is launching a new edge analytics subsidiary

Storage specialist Cloudian is spinning out a new Japan-based subsidiary dedicated to large-scale analytics and AI processing at the edge.

Dubbed, Edgematrix the new company is a majority-owned subsidiary led by Hiroshi Ohta, Cloudian co-founder. The spinoff has raised $9 million in Series A funding from strategic investors NTT DOCOMO, Inc., SHIMIZU CORPORATION and Japan Post Capital Co., Ltd. as well as Cloudian CEO and co-founder Michael Tso and Cloudian board director Jonathan Epstein.

Kao Data to support life sciences with EMBL-EBI deal

Kao Data has announced it is to provide compute capacity to EMBL-EBI, a world leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological data sets.

The wholesale colocation provider said its London One facility will initially supply 1.5MW of capacity to the institute with an option to expand if necessary.

Echelon to squeeze 20MW facility into packed London Docklands

Irish data centre developer Echelon Data Centres has announced the acquisition of a 20MW site in London’s Docklands, the first new facility to launch in the area since the 1990s.

The site will be the company’s first investment outside of its home country. Echelon is putting £150m behind the new data centre and hopes to secure a tenant by 2020. The area is already home to 22 data centres but existing supply is failing to meet increasing demand for low latency services close to the capital’s financial centre.

Oracle OpenWorld 2019: Oracle and VMware announce hybrid cloud partnership, new free Oracle cloud tier for devs

Oracle and VMware have announced a new partnership that will see Oracle’s public cloud integrate with VMware’s data centre infrastructure.

The announcement, made at the company’s annual OpenWorld user conference in San Fransisco, is the latest in a raft of deals VMware has struck with public cloud providers as it seeks to solidify its infrastructure, which is ubiquitous in data centres, as a lynchpin for hybrid cloud environments.

‘World’s first’ ocean-powered data centre planned for Scotland

Green developer SIMEC Atlantis Energy has announced plans to construct the world’s first sea-powered hyperscale data centre in the north of Scotland.

The site in the Caithness region of Scotland will be powered by electricity generated from MeyGen, a tidal energy project SIMEC Atlantis launched 2010 at an offshore site between Scotland’s northernmost coast and the island of Stroma.

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