Data Centre Industry Update – 19th August
Globally, we are seeing a surge in data centre activity. This surge is largely brought about by remote working as a result of COVID-19. This is a turning point for work-management structures and the data centre industry as a whole.
This seismic growth in online activity has created jobs in technology, engineering, construction and more as a result. Last week, we revealed that Tik Tok will be bringing its European operations to Ireland, among other world developments.
Here are this week’s updates:
Update – 19th August 2020
- Construction by Facebook has begun on an $800 million data centre in Gallatin in Nashville, Tennesse, covering nearly one million square feet. This will be Facebook’s 17th data centre worldwide and is set to create 100 high-paying jobs. It will be supported by two new solar energy projects.
- Switch has announced plans for 2021 to launch security robots for data centres – for its own use and for sale to other enterprises. The high tech robots are set to have 360-degree cameras, heat sensors for visitor temperatures, number-plate recognition for vehicles in the car park, and continuous monitoring.
- In response to increased demand for cloud services in Europe, Polish operator Beyond.pl plans to expand its second data centre in Poznań. This will see it quintuple the site’s energy capacity from 8MW to 42MW, expanding to 45,000 sq metres. It will be kitted out with high density 20kWracks to cater for anyone from hyperscalers to SMEs.
- Despite the pandemic, Lenovo has reported significant revenue growth during its first fiscal quarter, with an increase of 20% in data centre revenue year over year, generating $1.6billion in revenue. Huge revenue growth is owed to increased demand by cloud service providers including Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud.
- Kilkenny-based Gaeltec Utilities is set to begin infrastructural work on Facebook’s new Danish data centre. Working on the Odense campus, the firm will play a key role in the expansion of of the data centre, upgrading an existing substation and power infrastructure to cater to growing demands for more data capacity.
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