Here’s a roundup of news announcements from the data center and hosting industry:
- Indiana University to Unveil Data Center: Indiana University announced Monday that their $32.7 million data center will be unveiled Nov. 5. The 82,700 square foot facility houses critical computing, networking and storage equipment (over 2.8 petabytes) that serve the University. Indiana University is also home to supercomputers Big Red and Quarry and the hub of Indiana's statewide I-Light fiber network. The University also has an agreement with the Indiana Office of Technology that provides the state with backup data space and network connectivity. The data center will be be the foundation of a new IU Bloomington Technology Park.
- Telecity's Demand-led Capacity Expansion:. European data center provider Telecity Group issued an interim management statement Monday highlighting several positive growth trends. With a healthy pipeline, revenue growth has continued to be in line with management's expectations. Meeting strong customer demand in existing markets, TelecityGroup has delivered incremental new capacity in London, Amersterdam, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Milan to date this year. A new Paris 3 data center is on schedule to open in December 2009. "Our premium data centres continue to win new and expanded customer orders, with the most notable wins in the third quarter coming from the content, connectivity, financial and application provider segments," said Telecity CEO Michael Tobin. Telecity Group operates 22 network independent data centers across seven European countries and is headquartered in London.
- Digital Realty appoints Robert H. Zerbst. Digital Realty Trust has appointed Robert H. Zerbst as an Independent director to the company's Board of Directors. Zerbst is the chairman of the board of CB Richard Ellis Realty Trust and joins 7 other directors on Digital Realty's board. Last week Digital reported third quarter 2009 earnings and said they were still in buying mode, expecting to acquire at least three more data center properties before the end of 2009.
- Cisco acquires DVN set-top box business. Continuing the acquisition spree, Cisco announced a definitive agreement to acquire the set-top business of DVN Limited. DVN provides digital cable solutions in China. The deal for the set-top business will cost Cisco $44.5 million and is expected to close in the first half of 2010. In addition to the acquisition Cisco has entered into a go-to-market alliance with DVN in order to utilize DVN's middleware and advanced applications as well as integration and support services. Another recent Cisco acquisition, Starent, announced that third quarter net income has nearly a 23% year-over-year decline.