Data Center News Roundup for Friday, March 29, 2019
Cloud Hasn’t Killed Data Centers Yet
Yes, cloud computing is here to stay, but that doesn’t mean the traditional data center is on its deathbed. Despite speculation year after year tolling the death knell for data centers, they’re still standing strong as we enter the second quarter of 2019. This, according to a new story on Data Center Frontier, which cites AFCOM’s brand new “State of the Data Center” report. While the report predicts the cloud will become the dominant model over the next year, it also points out that the cloud isn’t a suitable replacement for data centers. Rather, it is an enhancement to existing ones. Get the full scoop here.
REITs Have Taken a Beating, But There’s Still Value
Data Center Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) had a tough couple of years, but Forbes sees the silver lining in the industry, especially in big players such as CyrusOne, Equinix and our friends at Digital Realty. Taking a particularly close look at Cyrus, Forbes caught up with the company’s CEO, Gary Wojtaszek to talk about the future of the REIT and why it’s still a solid part of any tech-heavy portfolio. Wojtaszek argues that the recent pullback in the sector only means there’s plenty of room for it to tun and possibly generate double-digit returns in the near future. Check it out here.
The Future is Underground
Ah, good old Norway. Always coming up with inventive, futuristic ways to put a new spin on the traditional data center. Just this week, Marketplace.org ran a feature on underground data centers, which are apparently all the rage in the Nordics these days. Describing one such subterranean data center as “like the entrance to a troll’s cave,” BBC journalist Katie Prescott goes on to tell of enormous underground boulevards, tunnels and caves in a data center set directly next to a fjord. The cooling properties are obvious, but there are other reasons for the rise of the underground data center such as tax incentives. Read the full piece here.
Modernization Projects on Most Operators’ Radar
This week, Data Center Dynamics reported on registration data for potential data center product buyers, with the report showing that this is going to be a big year for infrastructure upgrades and retrofits across the industry. Surveying more than 1,000 potential buys, more than 61 percent of them said modernization projects were on their immediate radar (i.e. within the next 12 months). Projects centered on AI and Machine Learning came in at nearly 29 percent, with hybrid IT at 26.6 percent and edge projects at 31.6 percent. Read more here.