Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, during a gathering of CEOs and other executives at Microsoft's main campus September 23, 2015 in Redmond, Washington. Ted S. Warren-Pool/Getty Images
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, during a gathering of CEOs and other executives at Microsoft's main campus September 23, 2015 in Redmond, Washington.

Top 5 Data Center Stories of the Week: March 8, 2019

Here are some of the biggest stories we covered this week

Bare-Metal Cloud Firmware Security Fail Isn’t Limited to IBM – by Far - "This is really a broader industry concern about the firmware layer being effectively ignored by almost everybody.”

Can Alphabet Become the Next Big Cybersecurity Vendor? - Backstory, a nascent Alphabet cybersecurity unit’s first product, aims to protect enterprise infrastructure on-prem and in the cloud.

Microsoft Launches First Cloud Data Centers in South Africa - Even without local data centers, Microsoft has been the leading cloud provider in the country, according to analysts.

Facebook to Sell Bandwidth on Its New Inter-Data Center Fiber Routes -The company hopes to monetize unused bandwidth while improving broadband penetration in rural America.

'No Facebook Data Center in China' Is a Convenient Sacrifice - Privacy wasn’t a battle Facebook could win in China. Beating WeChat would also be hard.

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