Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for October 14, 2019:
- For 20th anniversary, OVH Rebrands to OVHcloud: In an attempt to align its identity with its business development strategy in order to support its international growth, OVH is rebranding to become OVHCloud on its 20th anniversary, which was marked by a major event in at Port de Versailles, outside of Paris, late last week. The company’s goal is to offer a European alternative in the cloud market and its 20th anniversary marks a new milestone in its growth. OVHcloud will continue to demonstrate its capacity for international growth, support and innovation. It is resolutely focused on the cloud and intends to contribute to an emerging ecosystem of trusted solutions in Europe.
- ServerFarm Acquires 5NINES Global Holdings: ServerFarm has completed the acquisition of 5NINES Global Holdings and will integrate the orgazisation’s employees, customers, subsidiaries, operations and assets into ServerFarm’s global business. This development expands ServerFarm’s network to several new locations around Europe and the U.S., while boosting the company’s ability to deliver highly effective digital transformations for global enterprises. Since 2016, UK-headquartered 5NINES Global Holdings has developed unique data centre platforms delivering colocation and managed data centre services. Acquiring data centres owned by global enterprises has delivered back to customers an asset-light, consumption-based service, reducing operating costs and releasing previously stranded spare capacity to the market. 5NINES Global Holdings’ rapid success has grown to include operational subsidiaries in the U.S., Finland, the Netherlands and the UK, all of which become part of ServerFarm Global’s operations.
- Google to Triple Its Latin American Cloud Computing Workforce by 2020: Google has announced that it plans to increase its cloud computing workforce in Latin America by 300% to booming support cloud computing services in Latin America by the end of 2020. “This growth has already started and we’ve been expanding teams in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia,’ said João Bolonha, Google Cloud’s director in Brazil, at the Google Cloud Summit in Sao Paulo recently, while also adding that less than 20% of Brazilian enterprises utilize the Cloud. “Inside Latin America, Brazil is our largest market (in cloud computing) and the one with the fastest growth. Also, the customer consumption of cloud computing solutions rose over 300 percent in 2018.”
- Digital Realty Advances Renewable Energy Solutions in Northern Virginia and Oregon: Digital Realty is expanding its renewable energy and sustainability initiatives with a long-term power purchase agreement to source solar power for a portion of its Northern Virginia portfolio and a utility green tariff to supply renewable power to its OR data center development project. These agreements will add 227,000 megawatt-hours of new clean energy to the regional electric grids where Digital Realty operates. The long-term power purchase agreement with ENGIE North America will supply Digital Realty’s Northern Virginia data centers with 107,000 additional megawatt-hours of renewable solar power annually. The 50-megawatt project will bring the company’s total new wind and solar power under contract to 338 megawatts and is expected to come online in late 2020. Digital Realty also signed a green tariff agreement with Portland General Electric which will supply approximately 120,000 megawatt-hours annually to Digital Realty’s data center development project in Hillsboro, OR under the large customer option of the utility’s recently launched Green Future Impact program.
- 451 Research Expands its Reach and Coverage to the Middle East and Africa: 451 Research has announced its expansion into the Middle East and Africa. This move signifies the firm’s commitment to providing essential insight on technology innovation and market disruption to enterprise leaders around the world. 451 Research covers IT innovation from investment to adoption through a variety of research techniques, including face-to-face briefings, end-user surveys, forecast modeling, revenue tracking, in-depth interviews and acquisition tracking. “Given the remarkable growth we have seen in many areas of the IT industry within the Middle East and Africa, it is beneficial for us to make the necessary expansions to support our global view and, more importantly, our view in the areas where our clients need the insight and support,” said Kiran Shah, Global Head of Professional Services at 451 Research.
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