Here’s our review of some of this week’s news in the data center industry:
Green House Data to build second Wyoming data center. Cheyenne, Wyoming-based Green House Data announced plans to build a second data center in the state – expanding its footprint by 25,000 square feet to meet the growing customer demand for energy efficient IT infrastructure. The second facility will be a Tier 3 facility utilizing 100 percent renewable energy power, boosting total capacity to 4.5 megawatts between the two facilities. The company was profiled last year as using electricity provided by Cheyenne, Light, Fuel and Power, which has partnered on a 30-megawatt wind generation site in Cheyenne. “Wyoming offers many benefits to support high tech companies like ours,” said Shawn Mills, President of Green House Data. “The State and local economic development agencies have provided immense support to encourage our business to expand in Wyoming.” Set to be complete in the first quarter of 2013 the plan calls for a total of 50,000 square feet when at full capacity.
Interxion to build sixth facility in Amsterdam. Interxion (INXN) announced that it will build its sixth data center (AMS6) in its Amsterdam campus area. Scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2012 the 4,000 square meter (43,000 square feet) data center will have 10 megawatts of customer available power. “We are seeing significant demand in Amsterdam for carrier neutral colocation space, particularly among cloud service providers and digital media providers,” said David Ruberg, Interxion’s Chief Executive Officer. “By continuing to expand in this key market, we are demonstrating our commitment to support our customers’ current and future growth plans.” The design calls for innovative features such as aquifer thermal energy storage infrastructure and a highly efficient power topology to minimize the data centre’s carbon footprint.
Nirvanix selected by USC. Nirvanix announced that the University of Southern California (USC) will deploy over 8 petabytes of unstructured data on a Nirvanix Private Cloud Storage solution. The fully-managed solution from Nirvanix will include digital content from multiple USC entities, including the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Digital Repository, a division of the USC Libraries. “In the current economic environment, the combination of hypergrowth in digital content and the need for greater return on investment at all academic institutions is driving the need for a new generation of IT solutions,” said Sam Gustman, CTO for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and Associate Dean of the USC Libraries. “We shifted to the cloud because it provides USC with a geographically diverse and cost-effective way of storing, preserving and distributing our content on a truly global scale.”
IO selected by Binary Pulse. IO announced today that it has been awarded a contract with Binary Pulse, a leader in private cloud and IT solutions for professional services practices. Within the IO Phoenix data center Binary Pulse will use IO’s Data Center as a Service solution, delivered through its modular data center technology platform IO Anywhwere. Binary Pulse will utilize IO’s state-of-the art environment to ensure its professional IT services, private cloud solutions, and physical and virtual hosting services are always available 24x7xForever. “Companies with IT infrastructures in a traditional data center are missing an opportunity to create efficiencies that reduce capital and operational costs,” stated Brant Roberts, CEO of Binary Pulse. “IO’s modular data center platform allows us to only buy what we require to eliminate over provisioning and significantly reduce total cost of ownership.”