On Thursday, millions of Wells Fargo banking customers were effectively shut out of their accounts due to a power shutdown at one of its Midwestern data centers. We also take a look at the top data center skills needed in 2019; some possible roadblocks to a floating Irish data center and more.
Data Center News Roundup for Friday, Feb. 8, 2019
Wells Fargo Outage
For the second time in a week, Wells Fargo customers were denied access to their online and mobile banking, thanks to dust activating the fire suppression system at one of the bank’s Minnesota data centers. According to a tweet from Wells Fargo Thursday morning, “We’re experiencing system issues due to a power shutdown at one of our facilities, initiated after smoke was detected following routine maintenance. We’re working to restore services as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.” The situation was resolved and online access was restored around noon Thursday, Pacific Time, but there was no word on why the failover didn’t work.
Data Center REITs ‘On Sale’
2018 was a difficult year for data center REIT investors, says a report on financial website SeekingAlpha. Despite strong performance in leasing, the REITs are underperforming as investments and some analysts are calling them a bargain. To be clear, data center growth is strong, ,with the net absorption up 81 percent YoY in 2018, but with Microsoft and Amazon slowing down their cloud growth, some investors are taking that to mean the entire sector is in bad shape. Learn more here.
Not so Fast with the Floating Data Center
Not long ago, we reported on a planned $40 million floating data center in Limerick, Ireland. It seems the plan has hit a few snags in the form of local businesses that worry the facility will create too much unusable dock space and potentially limit the growth of the docks. Appropriately dubbed the “Barge of Troubled Water” by a headline writer with a sense of humor over at Data Center Dynamics, the facility has garnered at least 20 local complaints, jeopardizing what would be the world’s first barge-based data center. According to the story, the barge would create right around 25 jobs plus another 100 construction jobs and would be finished by next year. Read more here.
Hone these Skills Now
A new report in TechTarget.com outlines the top skills needed for data center admins in 2019. Among the most desired skills are those related to cloud, infrastructure, software as a service (SaaS); as well as application management. Author Clive Longbottom goes on to suggest admins would do well to re-evaluate their data protection framework, making information security a priority. He also touches on the need for DevOps support and an increased familiarity with Artificial Intelligence. See the full story here.