GDPR leads to new data centre builds in Germany and France
By João Marques Lima Published: 15:19, 13 March, 2017 Updated: 15:19, 13 March, 2017
Data security and scalability are today’s hot topic and the GDPR is expected to continue to trigger new developments across the EU’s member states.
As Europe prepares for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, several companies are building out their data centre fleet to comply with the regulation.
The latest organisation to announce such move is global cloud-based learning and human capital management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand, which has announced the construction and consequent opening of two data centres in early 2018.
The facilities will be located in France and Germany, and as the company explains in a statement, “will meet stringent European Union regulations and give Cornerstone clients more geographical options for where their talent data is stored”.
The two new buildings will expand the company’s data centre footprint to six hubs, with the US and the UK hosting four of these.
The four data centres in the UK and the US have a combined data storage capacity of one petabyte.
Vincent Belliveau, executive vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Cornerstone OnDemand, said: “Expanding our data centre footprint to multiple European locations gives our clients more choice, as well as the option to have their data housed closer to home.“
José Alberto Rodriguez Ruiz, data protection officer for Cornerstone OnDemand, said: “We take a rigorous approach to data security and scalability, and we ensure proper data segmentation between clients and for each client.
“The sheer volume of client data we handle and house, which will only grow, means we continually develop and invest in our approach to ensure data security, sovereignty and privacy.”
Cloudflare global expansion lands 105th data centre in Rome
By João Marques Lima Published: 11:06, 23 March, 2017 Updated: 11:06, 23 March, 2017
Company also gives some clues on where its next data centre will be as new facilities are expected to be brought online in every continent.
CDN provider Cloudflare has announced it will be opening its 105th data centre in Rome, Italy, after unveiling plans to launch similar facilities in Armenia and Ecuador.
The company has initiated a data centre launch program rarely seen in the industry by unveiling new facilities across the world through a phased-out schedule.
The announcements have all been made on the company’s online blog by Nitin Rao, head of infrastructure at Cloudflare.
Regarding the Rome data centre, he said: “As our global network grows in breadth and capacity, we are able to stop attacks (typically, outside of Italy!), while serving legitimate traffic from our nearest in-country data centre.
“Rome serves as a point of redundancy to our existing data centre in Milan, and expands Cloudflare’s Europe network to 29 cities, with at least five more cities already in the works.”
The company is partnering with local hosting providers, value-added resellers, managed service providers, digital agencies, and eCommerce/SaaS platforms.
Looking at the next announcement, Rao said that “with Rome (R) and Yerevan (Y) live, the only remaining letters that are not as yet at the start of a city with a Cloudflare data centre are E, I and U”.
He said: “Our hardware on its way to a transcontinental city promises to makes that list even smaller.
“After Asia, South America and Europe, our 106th Cloudflare data centre will be back in North America. Everything’s up to date in our next city!”
In the first announcements, the company said it will also add two extra data centres in Latin America, and that customers could count on having more facilities in Africa and Europe on top of North America and APAC.
To be continued…
Chinese investors to demolish UK data centre
By João Marques Lima Published: 15:03, 22 March, 2017 Updated: 15:03, 22 March, 2017
Site to give space to over 200 flats in fight against the housing crisis affecting most of the country’s major cities.
A group of investors from Macau and Hong Kong are getting ready to literally bring down a former council data centre in Birmingham providing space for the erection of a £55m housing development.
The data centre, sitting at Cedar House, was sold to the Far East investment group in 2016. No financials have been disclosed.
Top Capital Group acted as the funder of the acquisition and will be the owner of the facility through a new established company, William Street Investment Co.
William Street Investment Co, which is also set to acquire the land where the building sits, takes its name from the building’s address at 21 William Street, off Broad Street, in Ladywood.
In its place, redevelopment plans show that at least 214 new apartments will be built.
The sale of the data centre was closed after the city’s council leader John Clancy travelled to China in 2016 to explore new trade relationships with local companies and investors.
The money harvested from the transaction will be used by the Birmingham City Council to help fund another regeneration scheme in the city.
Part of the data centre revenue will be used to pay for a debt linked with the purchase of a shopping centre.
Clancy said: “This is excellent news and demonstrates that Birmingham is open for business in a challenging post-Brexit landscape.
“Coming on top of the £2bn agreement with Country Garden to deliver much-needed homes for our citizens, this is proof that Birmingham can attract global investors.
“There is a housing crisis in this country and Birmingham is no exception. We need more affordable homes, we need more social housing, and we need to give people hope.”
John Gunning, speaking on behalf of the consortium of investors, said: “We were impressed by Mr Clancy’s vision and passion for housing when we met him in Hong Kong and are delighted to be investing in homes for Birmingham.”
Paris? No! Etix Everywhere turns to Lille for data centre deployment
By João Marques Lima Published: Updated: 12:18, 22 March, 2017
Hub expected to come online in September in a partnership with Eura DC, a joint-venture between ATE and ARD-COM.
Modular data centre provider Etix Everywhere has become the latest provider to expand outside the Paris region with the launch of a data centre project in Lille Métropole.
The facility is set to be brought online in September 2017 through a partnership with Eura DC, a joint-venture between ATE and ARD-COM, two IT companies anchored in the north of France.
The Luxembourgish private held colocation company named the data centre Etix Lille #1.
The hub has been designed with Tier 3-plus architecture and will, on phase one, host 100 racks and offer an IT capacity of 1,200 kVA (four IT rooms of 240 sqm), and will provide 200 sqm of office space.
Deployment of the infrastructure will happen during a period of 16 weeks due to Etix Everywhere’s modular data centre designs.
The initial work was started in early January and the building construction will be completed at the end of May 2017.
In a statement, Etix Everywhere said that at a crossroad between Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, London and Paris, “Lille is a strategic location for the Etix Everywhere colocation network”.
Louis Blanchot, Sales Manager of Etix Everywhere France, said: “This data centre is a new example of our regional expansion strategy.
“The project is co-financed by Etix Everywhere and Eura DC. Once the data centre is up and running, each partner is in charge of commercialising the infrastructure and developing their own colocation offers, as well as assisting local companies in their digital transformation.”
Since its launch, Etix Everywhere has built nine modules in France and in Morocco. The company has also started construction on two facilities in Brazil and Belgium.
Further expansion is expected across several regions in the coming months, including the UK, Africa, Middle East and more.
Brexit countdown. $2bn data centre operator acquires rival’s London facility
By João Marques Lima Published: Updated: 11:38, 22 March, 2017
Plans for further expansion due to open in Q3 2017 have also been laid out.
European data centre services provider Zenium has completed the acquisition of Infinity’s Stockley Park data centre in London expanding its fleet to six facilities across the continent.
Zenium, which has in the last 15 years raised over $2bn, has now become the sole owner of the facility which has now been named London Two.
The move comes seven days before the UK government officially triggers Article 50 kicking off the official Brexit negotiations with the EU which will result in the country leaving the union.
London Two has 13.62 MW of IT load and 7,135 sqm of technical space across two floors with Active / Active 11 kV dual redundant power supplies.
Cooling of the facility is done through the use of chillers and adiabatic cooling systems.
Zenium said it will continue to support the existing global telecoms tenant currently colocated on the ground floor, whilst further space to be built will provide 4,016 sqm of technical space with 9.32 MW of IT load on the first floor.
The new data space will be available in Q3 2017. No financials related to the deal have been disclosed.
Franek Sodzawiczny, Founder and CEO at Zenium, said: “The key to staying at the forefront of any sector is to be able to move quickly; responding effectively to business opportunities that arise. This is exactly what we have done here.
“We operate in a fast-moving environment so we need to be agile. We invest a lot of time in this space talking to partners, consultants, competitors and other data centre experts, in order to share learnings.
“Most importantly this also enables us to make the right decisions to propel us forward. We see the UK as an important market and will continue to build our data centre portfolio here as and when the right opportunities are identified.”
Zenium’s has over 15 years designed and delivered over 400,000 sqm of raised floor space.
Its portfolio tops 28,435 sqm of technical space and currently includes a data centre campus comprising three facilities in Istanbul, one data centre in Frankfurt and two data centres in London.