For your weekend reading, here are the most popular stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this week:
Who Leased the Most Data Center Space in 2017? - Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Uber signed the largest turn-key wholesale data center leases last year, according to the latest report by North American Data Centers. Leasing by the hyper-scale cloud platforms overall slowed down year on year.
Three New Submarine Cables to Link Google Cloud Data Centers - Currie, one of the cables, will be funded and owned in its entirety by Google. It will link the US and Chile. Another will be funded jointly with Facebook and others and link US to Europe. The third will land in Hong Kong and Guam.
Peak 10 Changes Name to Flexential Following ViaWest Acquisition - The company that resulted from Peak 10's $1.7 billion acquisition of ViaWest has adopted a new go-to-market strategy, placing focus on interconnection and serving edge data center needs in secondary markets.
Why Switch Isn’t Chasing Super-Wholesale Cloud Data Center Deals - DCK Investor Edge: At an investor conference, the newly public company’s execs indicated they weren’t after large, low-margin leases with hyper-scale companies, preferring higher-margin retail colocation business, where the company can leverage its unique value proposition.
Vertiv Acquires Custom Air-Handler Maker Energy Labs - The company says the deal will bolster its portfolio of large air handling solutions for free cooling for its data center customers, in addition to airports, hospitals, universities, and other critical commercial segments.