This week, we take a look at Facebook and Instagram’s midweek meltdown; Chicago’s decreasing vacancy rate; an increase in data center build-outs and more news from around the industry.
Data Center Roundup for Friday, March 15, 2019
Build-Outs Are Booming
Who says data centers are on the decline? Not statistics, that’s for sure. Partly due to hyperscale players - but also due to smaller enterprise growth - global data center capacity jumped by nearly 5 percent year-over-year from 2017 to 2018, according to a story on Fierce Telecom this week. The biggest regions of growth included Europe, Africa and the Middle East, which saw an 82 percent uptick. Here in North America, we saw a respectable 4 percent jump over the same period (the 5G rollout isn’t hurting matters), with the report’s authors predicting this trend to continue through at least 2021. Read the full piece here.
Is There a ‘Dislike’ Button?
Even if you were living under a rock, you probably heard about Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other related services crashing for the better part of Wednesday. The culprit, according to Data Center Dynamics, isn’t yet clear, but Facebook is adamant that it wasn’t a DDoS attack. Instead, it has been speculated that the 14-hour-long outage was caused by a “database overload.” Either way, the outage impacted more than 2 billion Facebook and Instagram users worldwide before the service slowly started coming back up Wednesday night. Get the full scoop from Data Center Dynamics here.
BART Building Own Data Center
Perhaps hoping to avoid a another meltdown like the one it suffered earlier this month - one that temporarily brought the system to a grinding halt - San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit service (better known as BART) is poised to open its own data center by summer, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. After last week’s six-hour shutdown, which was caused by a broken network switch, the agency announced that it would upgrade its hardware and software in conjunction with a disaster recovery data center funded by the federal government. The facility is expected to be completed within a month and open by late May. Read more here.
Chicago Still on a Roll
Finally, this week, the nation’s fourth largest data center region posted some impressive gains. Boasting 107 MW of net absorption in Q3 and Q4 of 2018, Chicago’s data center market vacancy finds itself a little less, well, vacant. It’s down from 11.2 percent to just 10.7, according to a Globest story citing the CBRE U.S. Data Center Trends Report. This brings the Windy City’s total capacity to 243 MW. A CBRE spokesperson said the drop in vacancy can be partly attributed to “big data analytics, 5G, gaming, streaming” and other cloud-based services. Learn more here.