Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for October 9, 2019:

  • Illinois Enacts Tax Breaks for In-State Data Center Builds: Illinois lawmakers and data center professionals are celebrating a $45 Biillion USD capital bill that features tax incentives for data centers. Under the new legislation, qualifying data centers must invest, or have invested, at least $250 Million USD, meet green building standards and employ 20 or more full-time employees. Additional incentives are also available for data centers located in economically disadvantaged areas. This legislation is expected to attract new data center customers to Illinois and will also benefit existing data center customers by incentivizing them to refresh their investments in high-value, high-tech equipment. With this new law, Illinois has further positioned itself as a nationally leading data center market, with competitive pricing, robust power infrastructure, a skilled workforce, extensive fiber infrastructure and a low risk of natural disasters. Digital Realty hosted Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, state legislators and local leaders at its  350 East Cermak Road facility in Chicago to hold a press conference and commemorate the legislation.
  • VMware Completes Tender Offer for Carbon Black Common Stock: VMware and Carbon Black have successfully completed its previously announced tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Carbon Black for a price of $26 USD per share. The Tender Offer expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City Time, on Monday, October 7, 2019 and was not extended. Approximately 64.1 million Shares of Carbon Black, representing approximately 85.1% of the outstanding Shares, were validly tendered in the Tender Offer and not validly withdrawn.  VMware will promptly complete its acquisition of Carbon Black through consummation of a merger of Calistoga Merger Corp., with and into Carbon Black without a vote of the Carbon Black stockholders. Upon completion of the merger, Carbon Black will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of VMware. As a result of the acquisition, Shares of Carbon Black will cease to be traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market, effective today as of market open.
  • Equinix Appoints Sandra Rivera to Board of Directors: Equinix has the appointment of Sandra Rivera to the Equinix Board of Directors. Rivera will also serve as a member of the Board’s Compensation Committee. Her appointment brings the number of directors on the Equinix Board to 10. Rivera is a 19-year veteran of Intel Corporation, where she has served in multiple senior leadership positions, including roles within the Intel Network Platforms Group, the Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group, and the Modular Communications Products division. She currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. Rivera also has extensive experience in global sales, product marketing, segment marketing and ecosystem strategy. She has served in a leadership capacity at Intel on key topics, including 5G, network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN).
  • Guardicore Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace: Guardicore has announced the availability of its Guardicore Centra security platform in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Guardicore customers can now take advantage of the scalability, high availability, and security of Azure, with streamlined deployment and management. Guardicore Centra helps accelerate security migration from an on-premises data center to Azure. Additionally, it supports hybrid clouds and can protect legacy applications for those customers that prefer to keep such applications in their traditional data centers while migrating other applications to Azure. The Guardicore Centra security platform is also among the first cloud and data center micro-segmentation solutions in the market to achieve Microsoft IP Co-Sell status. This designation recognizes that Guardicore has demonstrated proven technology and deep expertise that helps customers achieve their cloud security goals.
  • Cyxtera Continues European Expansion with New Amsterdam Facility and Expanded CXD Platform Availability: Cyxtera Technologies has announced the opening of its latest European data center in Amsterdam slated to commence business operations during the first quarter of 2020. Cyxtera’s newest facility in Amsterdam (AMS1) will provide a world-class, highly connected secure infrastructure platform to help customers in the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape. Additionally, the company announced plans to expand its CXD on-demand data center platform to Frankfurt and Amsterdam. The new Amsterdam facility will expand the company’s global footprint to 2.9 million square feet and 248 megawatts. The facility was selected in partnership with CyrusOne, a real estate investment trust (REIT). Cyxtera is leasing 29,000 square feet of technical space and 3 megawatts of power at AMS1, a data center campus in Polanen Park. The Netherlands is among the most connected countries and one of the most advanced data center markets in Europe. Amsterdam is home to AMS-IX, the world’s leading internet exchange.
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