Data Center News Roundup: Ransomware Attack Hits Tietoevry DCs, Industry Joins AI Research Pilot

In this week's top data center news, a ransomware attack hits data centers at Finnish IT firm Tietoevry, and a major public-private AI program is unveiled.

James Walker

January 26, 2024

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Data Center Cyber-Attack 

Finnish cloud and IT services company Tietoevry said restoration work is progressing after a ransomware attack at one of its data centers impacted numerous customers in Sweden. 

On January 20, Tietoevry issued a warning that one of its data centers in Sweden had been subject to a ransomware attack. 

Among the impacted customers was Sweden’s central bank, which filed a police report after some of its IT systems were rendered inaccessible following the attack. 

As part of the fallout, movie-goers have been unable to buy tickets from Filmstaden online, hospitals’ healthcare records systems have been disrupted, and universities have been unable to access staff databases. 

In an update on Thursday (January 25), Tietoevry said it “continues to work around the clock” to restore services for impacted customers. 

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NAIRR Pilot Program 

Across the Atlantic, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a new pilot program that aims to strengthen access to the critical resources necessary to power AI innovation. 

The National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) pilot program is tasked with creating a shared AI research infrastructure that will provide US-based researchers and educators with access to advanced computing, datasets, models, and software. 

The NAIRR program has been formed through a partnership between the NSF and 10 other federal agencies, along with 25 private sector, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations, including AWS, Intel, Meta, Microsoft, Google, AMD, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, NVIDIA, and OpenAI

“To continue leading in AI research and development, we must create opportunities across the country to advance AI innovation and strengthen educational opportunities, empowering the nation to shape international standards and igniting economic growth,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. 

New Data Center Developments 

In construction news this week, the city of Eagle Mountain in Utah will soon be home to another data center after Denver-based Tract confirmed it has acquired more than 668 acres of land west of Utah Lake. 

Related:Electricity Demand at Data Centers Could Double in Three Years

The facility will be the latest addition to the growing tech hub of Eagle Mountain, joining Meta, which is in the process of expanding its campus, and Google, which also acquired a 300-acre parcel in Eagle Mountain. 

In Europe, Maincubes is expanding in Germany with its newest data center in Frankfurt. According to the company, FRA04 is designed to meet the growing infrastructure demands of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence environments.

Eviden has been awarded a contract by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Germany to build the modular data center to host the Jupiter supercomputer, Europe’s first exascale system.  

Under the terms of the deal, Eviden will bring together around 50 pre-built modules – including 20 IT containers, 15 power feed containers, and 10 logistic containers – over 2,300 sq.m to form a complete turnkey data center. 

Elsewhere, the Goodman Group has outlined its expansion strategy in Asia-Pacific as it seeks to strengthen its foothold in the region's burgeoning data center market. 

The company said it has entered into agreements to deliver up to 1,000 MW of power in Japan and has started the construction of a new 50 MW data center in Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong. It also opened a new regional office in Singapore recently to support the growth of its data center business in the region. 

The news comes as AWS is reportedly planning to invest $15.2 billion to expand its cloud computing infrastructure in Japan. 

In India, meanwhile, a joint venture between Digital Realty has unveiled its inaugural data center project in the country. The 10-acre MAA10 facility in Chennai was developed in partnership with Brookfield Asset Management and Reliance Industries

Thirst For Power 

A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) this week indicates that global electricity demand from data centers, cryptocurrencies, and artificial intelligence could more than double over the next three years, adding the equivalent of Germany’s entire power needs. 

There are more than 8,000 data centers globally, with about 33% in the US, 16% in Europe, and close to 10% in China, with more planned. 

Overall global electricity demand is expected to see a 3.4% increase until 2026, the report found. The increase, however, will be more than covered by renewables, such as wind, solar, and hydro, and all-time high nuclear power.  

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About the Author(s)

James Walker

James Walker is the Senior Editor of Data Center Knowledge. He has more than 16 years of experience writing for business and technology publications, with a focus on translating technical issues to make them more accessible and engaging.

Before joining DCK, James was editor of The Daily Swig, an award-winning cybersecurity news website, and his work has been featured in The Times and BBC Online, among other publications. His first full-length book, HIT: Once Upon a Field, was published in 2023.

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