In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the emergence of hybrid IT; the world’s first carbon-positive data center; MSNBC’s Jim Cramer talks data center real estate trends; the rise of private connections carrying the lion’s share of B2B traffic.
Data Center News Roundup for October 5, 2018
Hybrid IT Gaining Momentum
Often dubbed a “best of both worlds” solution, hybrid IT sees organizations managing some computing in-house, while tapping third party, cloud services for others. In a new piece this week on Data Center Journal, industry veteran Hervé Tardy examines the rise of hybrid IT, reasons for which include the escalating costs of operating in the cloud, pressure on IT departments to more efficiently store data and the threats of security breaches. Another major factor? The ever-increasing cost of downtime. Citing an ITIC study, Tardy says the average hourly cost of downtime in the manufacturing industry comes in at $5 million, meaning no downtime is acceptable. Enter the hybrid IT solution and its seamless approach. Read Tardy’s piece here.
CEO to Cramer: Data Biz Doing Just Fine
REIT CyrusOne CEO Gary Wojtaszek recently sat down with Mad Money host Jim Cramer to discuss the state of the data business. Despite a rough first quarter in 2018 – along with rising interest rates - REITs have picked up steam again, Wojtaszek says, pointing to the successes of the FANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google). When asked if the data center business is slowing, Wojtaszek answers, “absolutely not.” Watch the interview and Cramer’s analysis of REITs here.
Interconnection Strategies Examined
Equinix VP Tony Bishop writes in Data Center Knowledge this week on the urgent need for companies to either go digital or go extinct. As retailers keep moving into the digital space, Bishop argues that they must take full advantage of the cloud’s scalability. Bishop also argues the best way for B2B businesses to succeed is to use direct connections rather than the public Internet for their transactions. The cost of inaction, he says, is far too great and the stakes too high to ignore. Read his Op-ed piece here.
Central Sweden Welcomes Carbon-Positive DC Facility
If you had to guess where the world’s first carbon-positive data center is, you wouldn’t be far off if you threw a dart at the map and hit the Nordics. EcoDataCenter, located in Falun, Sweden is the world’s first ever “carbon-positive” data center facility, meaning it not only has zero carbon emissions, but that is actually reduces total emissions while in operation. With 1.9 MW of power, the facility aims to serve as proof of concept that not all data centers have to be power hogs. With data centers expected to consume as much as 20 percent of the world’s power in a few short years, some organizations such as EcoDataCenter hope to change that. How does it work? Basically by using green electricity and pulling extra heat from the town’s heating network and wood pellet factory. Learn more here on Energy Manager Today.