5 things to know for March 25: Penta Infra acquires data centre in Germany, Dandemutande launches public data cloud centre, Azure outage in US

5 things to know from Data Economy

Here are the five things you need to know this morning, March 25, 2020, from around the world directly to you.

Snowflake announces Adobe Integration

Cloud data platform Snowflake has announced a new Federated Data Access (FDA) connector integration with Adobe Campaign, part of Adobe Experience Cloud, to help marketers with a scalable platform for achieving data insights.

The integration enables Adobe Campaign users to extend their data into Snowflake to leverage the benefits of a single, integrated data platform.

“We’re excited that Adobe Campaign customers will now be able to utilize the full benefits of Snowflake for their marketing data,” said Snowflake Head of Media, Entertainment & Advertising, Bill Stratton.

“Snowflake supercharges data insights for marketers by providing a zero-management data platform that scales as marketing data increases, which allows organisations to focus on what really matters most – their customers.”

Research highlights alternative fuel disconnect

The UK’s pledge to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050 is a necessary step-change in the fight against global warming.

In June 2019, the UK government passed into law a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2050.

The move follows recommendations from the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and represents the most forceful pledge by any major economy to transform its energy infrastructure.

Enshrining net-zero into law is significant as it holds the current government and all future governments to account.

Formal legislation of this kind also confirms net zero’s status as the best way to decarbonise industrialised nations in terms of both cost and pace.

The target is regarded by key authorities, like the Carbon Trust and the Energy Transitions Commission, as the most realistic way of averting a catastrophic rise in global temperature without impeding economic development


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Penta Infra acquires data centre in Düsseldorf

Investment company Penta Infra has acquired the former Citibank data centre in Meerbusch, Germany with former KPN CEO Ad Scheepbouwer as a non-executive partner.

The Tier III classified data centre facility is comprised of 9,000 square meters of total space, including 1,700 square meters of raised floor.

The data centre in Düsseldorf has a current capacity of 2MW, and has an upgrade potential to 10MW.

Dandemutande launches public data cloud centre

Zimbabwe-based Internet connectivity solutions provider Dandemutande has set up its first public data cloud centre in the country as the company moves to align its infrastructure to match the needs of the fourth industrial revolution.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is characterised by the growing utilisation of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, 3D printing, the Internet of Things and advanced wireless technologies, among others.

The service allows users to share internet services while maintaining the privacy of each user’s data at the same time minimising companies resources as they only pay for what they use.

Azure outage in West Central US

Between approximately 20:30 UTC on 15 Mar 2020 and 00:30 UTC on 16 Mar 2020, a subset of customers in West Central US may have experienced issues connecting to resources hosted in this region, said Microsoft.

An ice storm in the region resulted in a loss of power to both primary and secondary utility power feeds in West Central US.

This caused the data centre to transition to generator power. A subset of generators failed and UPS units supporting the downstream racks carried the load until their batteries drained. At that point, the affected racks lost power entirely.

“We sincerely apologise for the impact to affected customers. We are continuously taking steps to improve the Microsoft Azure Platform and our processes to help ensure such incidents do not occur in the future,” said Microsoft in a written statement on their website.

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