This week, we take a look at the gradual phasing out of Hydrofluorocarbons and the potential impact on data centers; more booming news from Virginia; RingCentral monitoring data center migration during hurricanes and more.
Data Center News Roundup for Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
RingCentral Monitors DC Migration During Hurricanes
In the wake of Hurricane Florence, which rocked the East Coast recently, there’s word that video conferencing player RingCentral tapped ThousandEyes’ Network Intelligence tool to keep an eye on migration of services to its West Coast facilities during the storm. SDX Central reports that RingCentral features three North American data centers, one of which was in the path of Florence. As the storm neared, the company shut down its East Coast operations, pushing the load to the other facilities temporarily. ThousandEyes uses “cloud agents” to monitor and respond to network issues and ultimately increase performance. Read the full story here.
Alternatives to HFCs
If you’re into the nitty-gritty details of refrigeration science, we’ve got an article for you. Data Center Dynamics recently reported on the gradual phasing out of Hydrofluorocarbons in refrigeration systems, something that could greatly impact data center operators. As you’ll recall, HFCs replaced the more volatile Chlorofluorocarbons in the 1990s, but HFCs remain environmentally problematic, the story says. Alternatives to HFCs include ammonia, carbon dioxide, propane and butane. Dig into the science of it all here.
Digital Realty Makes Another Play
In a deal worth nearly $2 billion, our friends at Digital Realty have recently acquired Brazilian data center provider Ascenty. Currently, 75 percent of Ascenty’s cashflow is from leases and the Latin American data market is expected to experience “healthy growth” over the long term. Learn more about the deal here.
More from Northern Virginia
Finally this week, we’ve reported on the consistently hot data center real estate market in Northern Virginia for some time. Now there’s news that commercial land in Loudon County is going for $1 million an acre. Case in point, a 39-acre tract near Sterling that recently sold for $38.9 million in an all-cash deal. There are also reports that Facebook is pumping another $750 million into Virginia’s Henrico County for three new 500,000 square-foot facilities that will support 1,500 construction jobs and 200-plus full-time jobs.
Check back next Friday for more news from the data center world.