The Apple Effect in North Carolina and Other Data Center News

Posted by James Ball on Jul 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

This week, we dive into how Apple’s data centers have impacted life in rural North Carolina; the effect of Bitcoin on immersion cooling sales; a planned $1 billion cell powered data center in the Northeast and more.

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Data Center News Roundup for Friday, July 6, 2018

Ten years ago, Apple set up shop in North Carolina in what would eventually become a corridor of data centers on former farmland. In a short decade, many are calling the project a success as Apple eyes a fourth campus in the Research Triangle that could bring thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investments to the area. In a story from the Charlotte Observer, some county officials describe Apple as the regions “single-biggest taxpayer,” bringing in $1.5 million in revenue and putting nearly 500 people to work. Tight-lipped Apple wouldn’t confirm those numbers to the paper, but county officials say Apple’s investment in the area has led to the ability to build new fire stations, city halls and provide upgrades to the water system. Not without its detractors, some people still remain opposed to the idea of tax incentives for private business. Read the full story here.

How big is the hyperscale data center market getting? According to a report from ResearchandMarkets.com, quite big. The “Data Center Market – Global Outlook and Forecast 2018-2023” reports that as operators train their focus on cloud-based services and Internet of Things, hyperscale facilities will continue to sprout up everywhere you turn. The report predicts a flourishing of data centers of more than 200,000 square feet, with many of the usual suspects behind these facilities, including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. It also predicts global data center revenues to top $174 billion within the next five years. Check out the report here.

Green Revolution Cooling, the company that helped pioneer the idea of dipping servers into dielectric fluid to reduce energy cooling costs, is now known simply as GRC. In a recent interview with Data Center Knowledge, GRC CEO Peter Poulin discusses how cryptocurrency mining has been a boon to his company, thanks to GRC launching a crypto-specific line of servers last fall. Of course, we’ve seen Bitcoin perform enough roller-coaster moves to give even casual observers whiplash, but Poulin says GRC will continue to focus on emerging technologies, such as edge computing and Artificial Intelligence. That, along with the name change, suggests GRC wants to be about much more than just immersion cooling. Read up on it here.

A former Black and Decker plant in Connecticut is soon to be home to a $1 billion data center project in Hartford County, Governor Dannel Malloy recently announced. In a story on Data Center Dynamics, Malloy said the project could bring up to 3,000 jobs and $45 million in taxes over 20 years. With the green light from the state’s environmental regulators, the project will tap into a micro-grid of fuel cells to reduce emissions. The 20-megawatt facility known as Energy Innovation Park will occupy 45,000 square feet, reusing the structure’s gas and electricity infrastructure to further reduce costs. Nearly 50 massive fuel cells will power the data center. Read about it here.

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