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The Data Center Knowledge News Roundup brings you the latest news and developments across the data center industry — from investments and mergers to security threats and industry trends.
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1. New Chips From Meta and Ampere
On Thursday, chipmaker Ampere Computing announced its AmpereOne chip for cloud providers and enterprises constructing their own private clouds. According to the company, the chip, featuring 192 cores and a custom ARM-compatible design, is built to balance high-performance with energy efficiency.
Not to be outdone, Meta, too, announced plans for its own custom accelerator chip, MTIA, alongside a new “AI-optimized data center design” and a “16,000 GPU supercomputer” dedicated to AI research. MTIA, says Meta, will be used to support the workloads of internal AI models.
2. Watson AI Is Back, Baby
Amid the great AI race, IBM announced a new AI-driven data platform for enterprises: watsonx. While not the first Watson we’ve seen from IBM, the company hopes that this tool’s focus on scale, affordability, and data ownership will distinguish it from its past iterations as well as current competitors in the artificial intelligence space. But is watsonx doomed to repeat Watson's story of overpromising and underdelivering?
3. EU Antitrust Arm Investigates Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure is under the microscope of the EU’s antitrust enforcement arm for allegedly leveraging its market position and misusing confidential information to squeeze its cloud-service competitors out of business. Regulators have launched an informal probe to investigate Azure’s business practices. Depending on their findings, this could lead to a formal investigation and potential fines.
4. Wrapping Up DCW 2023
Data Center World 2023 took place in Austin, Texas last week, and it proved a critical platform for data center specialists and tech experts to address the industry’s most pressing issues. In this article, Steve Hill, who was on the ground in Austin, reflects on three major industry challenges — and the potential solutions — highlighted during the event: (1) increasing power and heat density, (2) making site selection and construction more efficient, and (3) minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and improving water as part of sustainability efforts.
5. ENERGY STAR Guidance for Colos
Under its well-known ENERGY STAR label, the EPA has released a new set of best practices to help colo customers minimize their energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprint. Developed with input (and bias) from major data center players, Equinix and Iron Mountain, the guide offers strategies for tackling setup and infrastructure issues, including airflow management, operating temperature, proper cabling, and server efficiency. Whether or not this guidance is as green as it could be, it comes at a pivotal time, as the pace of digitalization accelerates and businesses turn to colocation data centers as an alternative to operating their own.
That’s all for this week. Which of these stories is most important to you? Let us know in the comments below!