This week, we take a look at the twin markets of Northern Virginia and Atlanta, both of which are seeing a flurry of activity; we look at the future of hyperscale and edge computing in Southeast Asia; and seven questions to ask your electrical testers.
Data Center News Roundup for Friday, September 21, 2018
NoVa Continues Winning Streak
Northern Virginia is positively effervescent with activity with four large sites selling to data center developers this month alone, BisNow reports. Calling Loudon County “the world’s hottest market for data centers,” the story cites two parcels (one at 424 acres, another at 78) near Dulles Airport being snatched up and another two in Sterling, each with the intended purpose of housing massive data centers. According to BisNow, the market has added nearly 170 megawatts of space in the first half of 2018 alone, with one data center exec calling the growth “astounding.” Learn more about what’s driving this growth here.
It’s been a decade since the start of the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing Great Recession. As is often the case with downturns, there’s usually a silver lining to be found in all those clouds. For investors in Atlanta, that has come in the form of vacant data warehouses that are springing up as data centers, Atlanta BizJournals reports. The unofficial capital of the south added just under 5 megawatts in the first half of 2018. It may pale in comparison with Northern Virginia’s activity, but is still an impressive figure, given that Atlanta now hosts 215 MW, topping most north American cities. According to BizJournals, colocation facilities are driving much of the demand. Get the full scoop and a closer look at the Atlanta commercial real estate market here.
Southeast Asia: Hyperscale and Edge Update
The annual DCD Southeast Asia event was held in Singapore recently, and the future of the data center was a hot topic, Data Center Dynamics reports. Among the hot topics – edge computing, hyperscale activity and the future of sustainability. As industry experts converged on the conference, the importance of colocation became crystal clear, with researchers reporting that more than 40 percent of enterprises have a colo presence in Southeast Asia. Speaking at the conference, one exec noted that it wasn’t long ago that five MW was the standard in the region, while 20-25 is now considered normal and that 60 MW may be the new normal in a few years. Learn more here.
Seven Questions to Ask Your Electrical Testers
When a new data center goes online, there are some mission-critical questions you should ask of your electrical testers, Tony Baratta writes in Data Center Journal this week in an article titled, “When the Critical Mission is the Data Center.” Among the questions to ask, Baratta says, revolve around ensuring delivery times, staying on schedule (and within scope), avoiding unplanned downtime and important questions about the subcontractors working on your facility. He also discusses safety, training and other key elements in the piece here.