Data Center News Roundup: IPOs and Storage Sales

In this week’s top data center news stories, insights into Arm’s upcoming IPO, plummeting storage sales, and a data center on wheels.

Dylan Fisher, Digital SEO Content & Copy Editor

September 15, 2023

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Data Center News Roundup: Top Data Center News
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1. Storage Sales Decline

High living costs, surging interest rates, and geo-political turmoil have finally caught up with the storage industry after a period of strong growth. In Q2, server sales revenue dropped by nearly 12% year-on-year, and forecasts anticipate further slumps through the end of the year. Analysts are predicting negative revenue growth for both enterprise servers and storage in 2023 — with hopes for a recovery in 2024.

2. A Data Center on Wheels

Verizon’s newest mobile data center, the Mobile Onsite Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) vehicle, will serve as a portable data center for providing “5G, edge compute, security, and connectivity to locations that are in need of that type of service.” Leveraging local data processing capabilities to reduce latency and efficiently manage data, the vehicle may have use cases in testing enterprise applications, conducting bridge and mine inspections, and surveying farmland.

3. With Looming IPO, Arm Pitches ‘Purpose-Built’ Chips

Alongside what will likely be the largest IPO of the year, Arm Ltd. is highlighting a shift toward a new “purpose-built approach” in its chip design strategy. Arm’s move aims to take advantage of the growth of companies in the cloud computing and IoT spaces, positioning the company as a competitor to its chip-making customers.

4. Compass Datacenters Moves Into Sears HQ

Following the trend of data centers moving into vacant office buildings, Compass Datacenters has acquired the former Sears headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Village officials hope that the acquisition will fuel investments and jobs in the Chicago suburb.

5. The Water Consumption of Generative AI

Tech giants including Microsoft and Google are facing a surge in water consumption, particularly in major data center regions, as a result of the development and use of advanced AI models. Drawing on research from the University of California, Riverside, the AP reported that the uber-popular ChatGPT uses an estimated 500 milliliters of water for every 5 to 50 prompts or questions — depending on season and server location. As generative AI tools become more popular, how will we address their water consumption and associated environmental impacts?

About the Author(s)

Dylan Fisher

Digital SEO Content & Copy Editor

Dylan Fisher is the Digital SEO Content & Copy Editor at ITPro Today, Data Center Knowledge, Information Week, and Network Computing. He's the author of "The Loneliest Band in France." He lives with his wife, Danielle, and their two adopted dogs, Rosie and Daisy, in Atlanta, GA.

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