Edge, clouds and robots. Those were the hot topics with Data Center Frontier readers last month. The clear reader favorite was our new special report on edge computing, which also was the theme in stories about M&A action involving SBA Communications and EdgeConneX.
It was also a bog month for cloud computing, as DCF had a series of stories documenting plans for massive new cloud data center campuses in Northern Virginia. Readers also liked our coverage of the new robotics offering from Switch.
Here are the 10 most popular stories on Data Center Frontier in August 2020, in order of article views:
- Edge Computing and Why It Matters, In 2020 and Beyond: In 2020, edge computing is entering a key transition phase, as an emerging ecosystem confronts the challenges and opportunities of a world transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Digital Realty Plans Massive Cloud Campus in Northern Virginia: Digital Realty plans to build the world’s largest multi-tenant data center campus near Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia. The Digital Dulles campus will create 7.5 million square feet of new data center space in the world’s most active cloud market.
- AWS Plans Massive Expansion of its Cloud Cluster: Amazon Web Services is continuing to expand in Northern Virginia, including a massive data center campus just south of Dulles Airport, which could add up to 2.5 million square feet of cloud computing capacity.
- Microsoft Buys Land in Dulles Cloud Corridor: Microsoft has acquired land in the fast-growing Dulles Cloud Corridor in Northern Virginia, paying about $1.4 million an acre for land zoned for data center use.
- Switch Developing Security Robots to Patrol Edge Data Centers: Switch has developed Switch Sentry security robots to deploy at future edge data centers and enterprise sites. Robots could be an important tool to solve challenges in data center management, as well as contactless commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- SBA Buys JaxNAP Data Center, Eyes Larger Move Into Edge Computing: Tower operator SBA Communications is signaling a larger push into edge computing, which could include more data centers and perhaps thousands of edge modules at the base of telecom towers.
- Edge Computing: New Architecture for a Hyperconnected World: Our special report on edge computing, explores the possibilities of the edge data center and how edge computing is changing the colocation and data landscape of today.
- Edge Pioneer EdgeConneX Acquired by EQT Infrastructure: EdgeConneX has agreed to be acquired by EQT Infrastructure, which says it hopes to accelerate the growth of the developer, which has been a leading player in both edge computing and hyperscale data center markets.
- Layers and Location of Edge Computing: As edge computing takes shape, we are approaching the brink of a new phase for global Internet infrastructure. Edge computing is evolving in tiers, with opportunities in regional data hubs, cities, telecom towers and on devices. Think of it in terms of “edge, edgier and edgiest.”
- Novva Launches to Build Hyperscale Data Center Campus in Salt Lake City: Newcomer Novva Data Centers has unveiled plans to build a 1.5 million square foot campus in the Salt Lake City, Utah market. Novva is led by CEO Wes Swenson, backed by CIM Group, and features an innovative approach to data center cooling.
In August, Data Center Frontier’s guest column series, Voices of the Industry, featured insight from leaders at Nortek Air Solutions, TAS, Vertiv, Eaton, Intel Data Center Management Solutions. Service Express, EdgeConneX and BCS Data Center Operations. Here are the Voices columns that were most popular with DCF readers last month:
- Waste Heat Utilization is the Data Center Industry’s Next Step Toward Net-Zero Energy (Nortek Air Solutions): Kris Holla, Group Vice President, Channel Sales for Nortek Air Solutions, explains how waste heat utilization or heat recycling can work to further data centers quest for energy efficiency and change the industry’s reputation as high energy consumers. However, not all data center cooling technology is suitable for waste heat recovery.
- Set Your Project Team up for Modular Build Success (TAS) : Neil Smith, Vice President of International Business, TAS, explores the benefits, details and logistic challenges of modular construction for the data center industry from start to finish.
- Surging Demand for Telehealth Services Raises the Stakes for Healthcare Edge Infrastructure (Vertiv): Mitzi Amon, Director of Healthcare Marketing at Vertiv, explores the rising importance of healthcare edge infrastructure as Telehealth services surge amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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