Bare-metal switches running SDN fabric by Big Switch in the company's own data center (Source: Big Switch video)

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of January 22nd

For your weekend reading, we present a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week.

Data Center Network Startup Big Switch Raises $48.5M – Big Switch Networks, an open networking software startup attempting to disrupt the incumbent data center networking industry, has raked in another hefty round of venture capital funding.

Top Five Data Center and Cloud Considerations for 2016 – The next few years will be defining moments for the modern data center and the entire cloud ecosystem. We’re beginning to see more markets, industries, and verticals adopting next-generation technologies. All of this impacts the way we design data centers and all of the resource supporting our diverse applications and users.

Data Center Stock Analysts: Data Center REITs Undervalued – JP Morgan sees data center REITs as undervalued but expects faster earnings growth to help close the “valuation gap” with both wireless tower companies and traditional REITs, according to a recently published research note by the firm’s data center stock analysts.

TierPoint Buys Midwest Data Center Provider Cosentry – TierPoint, which targets secondary US data center markets, has been expanding primarily through acquisition. Its biggest move last year was the $575 million acquisition of the entire data center services business of the telecom Windstream.

Cybercrime Fastest-Growing Cause of Data Center Outages – After having risen from being behind 2 percent of outages in 2010 to 18 percent in 2013, cybercrime caused 22 percent of data center outages in 2015, reported in a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Emerson Network Power.

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