Saturday, November 25, 2017

Daily Brief: Twitter looking at fake news tool, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company reaches critical stage, first ever European data centre engineering degree launched

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.


Twitter looking at fake news tool

Twitter is said to be considering the addition of a tool that would allow its 328 million users to flag ‘fake news’ joining other social media networks fighting the issue.

According to the Washington Post, the feature is still in a prototype phase, but could allow users to report tweets that contain misleading, false or harmful information.


Germany cracks down social media abuse with hefty fines

Germany has approved a law which will fine social media networks including Facebook, Google and Twitter, if they do not delete user’s posts containing hate speech views.

The law, which could see fines of up to $57m being applied, has been met with criticism from digital and human rights groups as well as social media companies who said the legislation raises questions on freedom of expression.


First ever European data centre engineering degree comes to life

In a European first, IT Sligo has launched the continent’s first-degree programme on data centre engineering.

To be taught online, the BEng. in Data Centre Facilities Engineering course was put together in 18 months with the help of companies such as Google and Microsoft.

Úna Parsons, Head of School of Engineering and Design at IT Sligo, said: “This bespoke new online facilities engineering programme is designed to upskill technical staff to an extremely high standard and in the process, ensure that a pipeline of technical talent is available that meet the growing needs of data centres which underpin global economic activity.”


Microsoft buys Cloudyn

Microsoft has bought Cloudyn, a company “that helps enterprises and managed service providers optimise their investment in cloud services”, explained Jeremy Winter – Director of Program Management, Azure Security and Operations Management.

He said: “This acquisition fits squarely into our commitment to empower customers with the tools they need to govern their cloud adoption and realize the strategic benefits of a global, trusted, intelligent cloud.”


HPE invests in open source cloud infrastructure startup

Open-source-as-a-service company Platform9 has announced it has raised $22m in Series C funding led by Canvas Ventures to advance its cloud delivery model which helps deploy, manage and maintain hybrid clouds with popular cloud frameworks, such as Kubernetes, OpenStack and Fission.

HPE has also participated in the round, as did existing investors Redpoint Ventures and Menlo Ventures. The funding round, which brings Platform9’s total capital raised to date to $36.5m, allows the company to scale its pioneering.


Digital Realty gets $135m mortgage

Digital Realty has announced the closing of a $135m ten-year mortgage on the Westin Building Exchange, the internet exchange for the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, Washington, which is owned in a 50/50 joint venture partnership with Clise Properties.

The mortgage financing bears interest at a fixed rate of 3.29% per annum and matures in June 2027, replacing the existing $101m secured loan bearing interest at 6.37% and maturing in September 2017.


Sonatel opens $17m data centre in Senegal

Telecommunications services provider Sonatel has opened a data centre in Rufisque, Senegal, in a boost to IT infrastructure set to be used by public and private enterprises.

The data centre sits in a piece of land measuring 3.5 hectares and has a total square footage of 37,674 sqf with colocation space amounting to 24,000 sqf.


Pulsant invest £1m in UK data centre

Hybrid cloud services provider Pulsant has announced a £1 million upgrade project for its South Yorkshire data centre.

The site is to go under “a complete mechanical and electrical infrastructure refresh to bring it up to tier 3 equivalent status with N+1 resilience”.


Elon Musk’s traffic-escaping tunnels closer to reality

Multi-billionaire Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to announced that The Boring Company has initiated the installation of lifts that will transport cars from the street to the underground tunnel the company is building in California.

The tunnel is being built bellow the SpaceX building in Hawthorne, LA County. Musk said: “Just installed steel skeleton of the car/pod elevator. Should be operating next week.“