Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure at Google, speaks during the Google I/O 2014 conference in San Francisco Stephen Lam/Getty Images
Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure at Google, speaks during the Google I/O 2014 conference in San Francisco

Watts to Bits: Your Daily Data Center News Briefing

Here are the enterprise technology and data center news stories you need to know about today

Here are the enterprise technology and data center news stories you need to know about today.

Cloud Orchestration Startup Fugue Raises $41M

Fugue, a cloud orchestration startup unveiled at AWS re:Invent in November, has closed a $41 million funding round. The company was founded by a former Amazon Web Services solutions architect and competes with the likes of Chef, Puppet, and SaltStack.

Details at VentureBeat

Google Hints at Commercial Release of Its Mega-Scale SQL DB Spanner

Google is testing the waters for potentially productizing its home-baked SQL database Spanner as a cloud service. Described in a 2012 paper, Spanner is capable of scaling a single database instance to “millions of machines across hundreds of data centers and trillions of database rows.”

Details at The Register

Colocation Startup CentralColo Expands to Northern Virginia

CentralColo, a Silicon Valley-based data center services startup, has acquired a large data center and office campus in Vienna, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. The company partnered with a local investor on a joint venture, which bought the property from The Meridian Group for $96 million.

Details at Data Center Knowledge

Latest Nutanix OS is Out

Nutanix, one of the hottest hyperconverged infrastructure startups, has released the latest version of its Acropolis operating system, AOS 5.0. The company, which went public last year, has added more than 45 new capabilities in its software and made hundreds of enhancements, calling the release a “huge milestone.”

Details on the Nutanix blog

See also: Incumbents are Nervous about Hyperconverged Infrastructure, and They Should Be

More than 50 Instances of Government Internet Shutdowns in 2016

Advocacy group Access Now has reported more than 50 documented instances of governments around the world blocking internet access for their citizens in pursuit of various ends, which include winning elections, censorship, and in at least one case, to prevent students from cheating on national exams. The number rose from 15 documented shutdowns in 2015.

Details at siliconAngle

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