Daily Brief: Facebook tops 2 billion users, Dell EMC reaches $1bn in storage bookings, Naver to build $421m data centre
The Data Economy Daily Brief features a list of short news stories on events in and out of the data centre sphere that are relevant to those operating in this space.
Facebook tops 2 billion users
Facebook has now two billion people registered on the online social network. Facebook continues ahead of its closest competitor YouTube, which has 1.5 billion users.
Facebook’s Whatsapp and Messenger have both reached 1.2 billion users, followed by WeChat (889 million), Instagram (700 million), Twitter (328 million), and SnapChat (255 million).
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, said: “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people! We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together. It’s an honor to be on this journey with you.”
Dell EMC reaches $1bn in storage bookings
Dell EMC has announced that after 419 days since shipping, its Dell EMC Unity family of All-Flash and hybrid flash storage arrays has achieved $1bn in cumulative bookings, making it one of the fastest-growing storage products in company history.
Dell EMC Unity delivers All-Flash and hybrid storage for the midrange with integrated support for block and file data. Since May 2016, nearly 6,000 customers have selected Dell EMC Unity to address block and file storage workloads such as databases, file systems, server virtual machines and virtual desktop infrastructures.
Alibaba invests $1bn into Lazada
Alibaba has put $1bn into one of Southeast Asia’s largest online retailers Lazada in its latest attack against Amazon which is readying its entry into the Asian market.
The investment has raised Alibaba’s stake in the company from 51% to 83%, as total investment amounts to $2bn.
Equinix cuts ribbon on EU data centre
Equinix has opened a $92m data centre in Frankfurt aimed at several emerging technologies, especially autonomous vehicles which will produce large amounts of data and require data centre power closer to the data source.
Also aimed at enterprises, the 72,000 sqf, 1,325 cabinets facility has been built to answer demand for the wider data-intensive economy including electronic trading, data analytics, and further IoT developments.
Naver to build $421m Korean data centre
South Korean-based Naver Corporation has unveiled plans to invest $421m in the construction of a large data centre designed to cope with the booming demand of AI-related applications.
The internet content provider has already acquired a site in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, in the south of Seoul, and plans to build the facility over a period of three years with the opening schedule for 2020.
OVH raises $400m
French cloud provider OVH has closed a €400m funding round to help finance its global €1.5bn expansion planned for the next five years.
Nicolas Boyer, Chief Financial Officer of the OVH group, said: “This new financing provides us with an increasingly robust banking pool, renewing confidence in the group’s international strategy and positioning.”
Data Centre Consortium launches
Several data centre companies have come together to launch the Data Centre Consortium, in an attempt to improve infrastructure and services flexibility globally.
The initiative is led by UK IT professional services company PSTG and has already gathered support from around 20 members including aql in Leeds, Cogeco Peer 1 in Southampton, Custodian Data Centres in Kent, EvoSwitch in the Netherlands, MIGSOLV in Norfolk, and Servecentric in Dublin.