Watts to Bits: Your Daily Data Center News Briefing
The European Commission building is pictured on October 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Watts to Bits: Your Daily Data Center News Briefing

Here is a collection of links to recent news you need to know about as a data center professional.

Here is a collection of links to recent news you need to know about as a data center professional. Curated by DCK staff:

Court Says EU Governments Can’t Force Internet Firms to Store User Data

Europe’s highest court has ruled that laws requiring internet companies to indiscriminately store every user’s entire web surfing and messaging record – such as the laws that recently passed in Sweden and Britain – are illegal. The ruling is viewed as a major setback for European law enforcement authorities’ efforts to expand their surveillance powers as they combat terrorism and other crime. Details here

IBM’s Weather Company is Really Good at Forecasting

ForecastWatch, a company that keeps an eye on how accurate various weather-forecast services are, has found The Weather Channel and Weather Underground (both IBM’s Weather Company brands) to be more accurate than other services it tracks. The forecasting system runs on IBM’s cloud platform and uses data analytics and machine learning algorithms to synthesize a single forecast from data included in 162 individual forecasts it ingests. Details here

Facebook Hires Away Big Switch CTO Rob Sherwood

Rob Sherwood, CTO of Big Switch, one of the top data center SDN startups, has left the company to join Facebook. In a blog post, Sherwood said the startup was enjoying a lot of success but he wanted to go back to working in a lab on seemingly insolvable technology problems. Details here

SoftBank Invests $1B in Satellite Internet Startup OneWeb

SoftBank, the Japanese telecommunications and internet conglomerate that among other brands owns ARM Holdings and Sprint Corp., has invested $1 billion in OneWeb, a startup that’s planning to launch hundreds of satellites that will connect vehicles in urban areas and homes in rural areas to the internet. The funding round makes SoftBank OneWeb’s largest shareholder, with 40 percent of the company. Details here

Minnesota Luring US Bank Data Center Build With Incentive Package

US Bank is eyeing a potential $250 million data center project in Chaska, Minnesota, built by Stream Data Centers. State and local governments are putting together a package of tax breaks and grants to sweeten the pot for the bank. Details here

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