Here's a roundup of some data center industry news announcements from earlier this week:
- Emerson Network Power (EMR) yesterday announced a 5 percent price increase for its Liebert and Knurr-branded products, citing higher commodity costs. "We're experiencing significant cost increases in many of the materials used in the products we manufacture," said Chuck Spears, president, Liebert North America, Emerson Network Power. "We'll continue to collaborate with our suppliers and aggressively focus on cost containment to minimize the impact on our customers as these costs continue to increase."
- Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative has bought a 4-acre site in Prince William County, Virginia for a new 250-megawatt substation fed by dual grids, which is slated for completion in nine to 12 months. The substation will support the Innovation Executive Center is being developed by Reston-based Waterford Commercial. "This is the first step in developing a true state-of-the-art technology park with the ability to serve demands of data centers, mission critical facilities and other organizations requiring higher power loads with total reliability," said Dan Gonzalez, managing partner at Appian Realty Advisors LLC in McLean. Innovation is the home of a data center built by Power Loft.
- The Red Sea Group said a moratorium on dark fiber sales by the Grant County Public Utility District in Washington State may have a negative impact on its ability to attract data center tenants at the Titan Building near Moses Lake. Red Sea, which bought the Titan Building last year, has asked the PUD to revisit a policy to sell only lit fiber.
- Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) will supply the Department of Homeland Security with secure data center information technology under a task order that could be worth as much as $391 million, the company said yesterday.