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Top Five Data Center Stories: Week of August 4

For your weekend reading, here are the most popular stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this week:

What’s Behind AT&T’s Big Bet on Edge Computing – Hyper-scale cloud has big advantages in scale and efficiency, but for some things you need to have the computation done closer to the problem. That’s what AT&T is promising with its upcoming edge computing services that will put micro data centers in its central offices (think telephone exchange), cell towers, and small cells.

DCK Investor Edge: JLL Says Cloud Data Center Hunger Has Subsided – Absorption of data center space available for lease “returned to normal levels after record leasing in 2016.” Cloud providers, who were largely behind last year’s record leasing, are still a major force in the market this year, while data center construction across the US is heating up.

What Europe’s New Data Protection Law Means for Data Center Operators – The new European General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect next May and applies to any company, anywhere in the world, that collects sensitive data about European customers or employees. GDPR also comes with onerous breach notification requirements and high penalties for failing to comply, and data center operators may become prime targets for regulators’ enforcement efforts once the new rules kick in.

Data Center Trends Shift Staff Workloads – Data centers are becoming lean, efficient strategic assets as they adopt cloud computing, XaaS, self-provisioning models, colocation, and other still-emerging technologies. Achieving the promise of these technologies, however, requires changing work assignments and updating skill sets.

Microsoft’s Cloud Market Share Grew More than Anyone Else’s Last Quarter — Analysts – Now that top cloud providers have released their quarterly numbers, Synergy Research Group has had a chance to augment the numbers they released a couple of weeks back, but there are no surprises. The future remains rosy for the industry — at least for the top players.

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