Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Now Available Across Seven CoreSite Markets

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Now Available Across Seven CoreSite Markets

CoreSite Realty Corporation has announced the expanded availability of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, which can now be privately accessed from seven of CoreSite’s markets across the country, including Northern Virginia, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston.

CoreSite customers can privately connect to Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 via the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange, which provides high-performance, SLA-backed virtual connections and on-demand provisioning. The integration of Azure ExpressRoute and the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange provides CoreSite customers with the opportunity to establish a fast and reliable private connection into Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365. With an Azure ExpressRoute connection, customers have a natural extension of their data centers and can build hybrid applications that span on-premises infrastructure and Microsoft Cloud services without compromising privacy or performance.

CoreSite customers can efficiently transfer large data sets for high-performance computing, migrate virtual machines between dev-test environments in Azure to production environments housed in a CoreSite data center and optimize replication for business continuity, disaster recovery, and other high-availability strategies.

“We are excited to announce the expanded availability of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connectivity to our customers across seven of our key markets,” said Brian Warren, senior vice president of engineering & products at CoreSite. “We are enabling our customers with the solutions necessary to bring together all of their applications, data, devices, and resources, both on-premise and in the cloud, with predictable, reliable, and secure high-throughput connections.”

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Rackspace Expands Private Cloud Capabilities

Rackspace Expands Private Cloud Capabilities

Rackspace® has announced the general availability of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware®, which will now be built on VMware Cloud Foundation™. With this, customers can enhance the foundational technology that is enabling their move out of the data center and into the cloud with the newest VMware capabilities. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware built on VMware Cloud Foundation will enable full software defined data center (SDDC) capabilities including compute, storage and networking that span the public and private cloud.

VMware Cloud Foundation accelerates IT’s time-to-market by providing a factory-integrated cloud infrastructure stack that is simple to use and includes a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking and security. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware helps businesses maximize their VMware deployments by helping build, operate and optimize customers’ physical and virtual infrastructure, freeing IT resources from day-to-day infrastructure management so they can focus on their core business. Rackspace is one of the largest global providers in the VMware Cloud Provider™ Program and has partnered with VMware for more than 10 years delivering valuable solutions for mutual customers.

Built on VMware Cloud Foundation, Rackspace Private Cloud provides mutual customers with enhanced capabilities and management benefits including:

  • Standardized Architecture: Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware is built on VMware Validated Designs, which are based on best practices, making deployments more predictable and lower risk.
  • Continuous Updates and Lifecycle Management: Continuous updates allow for the most up-to-date VMware capabilities through lifecycle management of VMware components, thereby helping to improve users’ security posture.
  • Leverage Existing VMware Investments: Users leverage the control, flexibility and choice needed to run VMware as easily as they would in their own data center.IT departments can migrate or extend to the VMware cloud with consistent tooling and skills. Consistent infrastructure architecture can be leveraged across multiple locations without the need to refactor code. Mutual customers maintain value of existing investments made in training, VMware technology and familiar tools by accelerating adoption of software-defined infrastructure.
  • Offload Physical and Virtual Infrastructure Operations: Rackspace delivers a hosted model, which eliminates many of the procurement and integration challenges that IT organizations face in their own data centers. Mutual customers also benefit from the ability to scale their solution quickly and as needed without the need for significant upfront CAPEX investments in data centers and hardware.
  • Managed by Rackspace, Powered by VMware: With Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware, customers have access to Fanatical Support® provided 24x7x365 from more than 150 VMware Certified Professionals (VCPs) to help migrate, architect, secure and operate Rackspace hosted clouds powered by VMware technologies.

“Provisioning hardware quickly is no longer considered a value for customers, it’s expected,” said Peter FitzGibbon, vice president and general manager of VMware at Rackspace. “The enhancement in our VMware private cloud delivery model through VMware Cloud Foundation will provide further value to new and existing Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware customers by giving them access to the most streamlined and innovative VMware SDDC capabilities and lifecycle management. We are excited to use VMware Cloud Foundation and look forward to continued innovation on the platform.”

“With a decade of proven success in helping customers meet their business demands, VMware and Rackspace are taking another step together to help mutual customers dramatically shorten the path to hybrid cloud,” said Geoffrey Waters, vice president of Global Cloud Sales at VMware. “VMware Cloud Foundation is the industry’s most advanced cloud infrastructure platform that unlocks the benefits of hybrid cloud by establishing a common, simple operational model across private and public clouds. Together with Rackspace and its renowned Fanatical Support, we will add great value to mutual customers in their digital transformation journey.”

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ByteGrid Chosen By Re-Quest, Inc. For Highly Secure Hosting Solutions

ByteGrid Chosen By Re-Quest, Inc. For Highly Secure Hosting Solutions

ByteGrid Holdings LLC has announced an agreement with Re-Quest, Inc. to provide highly secured technical expertise supporting Re-Quest’s delivery of Oracle hybrid cloud solutions for their customers.

Re-Quest has been successfully assisting customers around the world since 1991, leveraging their investment in Oracle Technology and Infrastructure assets to gain higher returns on investment, lower total cost of ownership and measurable improvement in their business processes.

“Re-Quest prides itself on the high level of business process and technical expertise we bring to every client engagement,” said Ron Zapar, CEO. “Which is why we chose to partner with ByteGrid, providing our customers with high value services across a complete spectrum of Oracle Hybrid Cloud solutions.”

“We know it’s important for Re-Quest to provide their customers with the technical perspective to implement projects that deliver complete customer satisfaction and partner success,” said Jason Silva, ByteGrid’s CTO. “We’re proud to partner with Re-Quest to ensure they’re successful in bringing that satisfaction by hosting their Oracle Hybrid Cloud technology solutions.”

In addition to this new agreement with Re-Quest, ByteGrid serves some of the world’s largest companies and government agencies, including numerous Fortune 50 companies.

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Rob Kakareka Joins Qligent As Manager Of Business Development

Rob Kakareka Joins Qligent As Manager Of Business Development

Qligent has announced that Robert “Rob” J. Kakareka has joined the company as its new manager/business development. A broadcast industry veteran with extensive sales experience, Kakareka is tasked with developing U.S. sales, customer relationships and market opportunities.

Kakareka reports directly to John Shoemaker, Qligent’s director of sales. Atlanta-based Kakareka will focus on selling the company’s innovative, Vision cloud-based monitoring and compliance platform to U.S. broadcasters, including major networks and call-letter stations.

Qligent’s Vision platform gathers and analyzes data from high-end probes that monitor distinct points along the distribution signal path, out to the last mile. This data enables broadcasters to ascertain that they are delivering an optimal Quality of Experience (QoE) for their viewers, and pinpoint technical issues they need to address.   

“I’m excited to be promoting the value and benefits of Qligent’s flagship product, Vision, at a time of rapid change in the broadcast industry,” said Kakareka. “Vision is uniquely positioned to support mission-critical broadcast distribution in a cost-efficient SaaS model as the industry expands from traditional over-the-air, cable and satellite channels to new digital, mobile and over-the-top (OTT) outlets.

“Despite this dramatic IP-centric shift, the broadcast industry remains a close-knit community with unique requirements and workflows,” Kakareka continued. “My goal is to show broadcasters that not only is our technology exceptional, but we have their backs as they venture into new and emerging market opportunities — including a true Monitoring as a Service business model that offloads monitoring, analysis and troubleshooting responsibilities to our managed services layer.”

With a career spanning over 20 years, Kakareka is no stranger to the broadcast industry, having held strategic sales and business development positions for many high-profile brands. These prior posts include Avid (Orad) Graphics Systems (from February 2014 to February 2016), Miranda (February 2012 to March 2014), Pixel Power (February 2008 to February 2012) and BarcoNet (February 2001 to February 2002).

In these national sales roles, Kakareka regularly outperformed sales quotas, broadened customer bases, boosted sales revenues, and built strong customer relationships with broadcasters nationwide. He’s also knowledgeable in all aspects of broadcast television operations, including graphics and virtual reality studio workflows, SaaS digital media services, big data-scaled storage, TV/film production and OTT/cloud workflows.

Kakareka has also tackled complex business development challenges, such as developing new business for Comprehensive Technical Group, while creating new business plans for this system integration firm’s existing clients. While working for systems integrator Technical Innovations/Broadcast Solutions Group (from February 2002 to February 2008), he implemented a sales plan for the rollout of ATSC compliant DTV systems, sold and integrated them at hundreds of stations across North America, among other sales achievements. 

 “In his stellar career, Rob has witnessed this industry’s many transitions firsthand, and that experience will be especially valuable as we engage with broadcasters to demonstrate how our unique, groundbreaking cloud software can solve today’s ‘uncontained’ distribution challenges,” said Shoemaker. “Our company has experienced rapid growth in a short time, and we’re confident that Rob’s industry expertise, insight and track record will help us capitalize on this momentum and significantly expand our U.S. customer base.”    

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EvoSwitch Releases White Paper

EvoSwitch Releases White Paper

EvoSwitch has released a new white paper titled: ‘How to Build a Better Cloud –Planning.’ Aimed at CIOs, CTOs and IT Directors, the white paper provides expert-input to a business-driven planning process for weighing multi-cloud environments and implementing a hybrid cloud strategy.

As a colocation services provider with its data centers located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Manassas (Washington DC area) in the U.S., EvoSwitch serves a considerable amount of clients with hybrid cloud needs. That’s why the colocation company established its cloud marketplace, EvoSwitch OpenCloud, two years ago. Through this marketplace, EvoSwitch customers would be able to quickly and securely interconnect to a large number of other cloud platforms including AWS, Google and Azure.

Partly based on these OpenCloud, hybrid cloud customer experiences as well as cloud management expertise of the author himself, the EvoSwitch white paper released today provides CIOs, CTOs, and IT Directors with business-driven guidance for successfully planning their hybrid cloud strategy. Titled ‘How to Build a Better Cloud –Planning,’ the white paper is written by seasoned data center services and cloud computing professional, Patrick van der Wilt, who serves as the commercial director for EvoSwitch.

EvoSwitch’s new white paper ‘How to Build a Better Cloud –Planning’ counts 30 pages and is available in English. It can be downloaded for free here.

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Equinix Collaborates With SAP

Equinix Collaborates With SAP

Equinix, Inc. has announced that it is offering direct and private access to the SAP® Cloud portfolio, including SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform, in multiple markets across the globe. Dedicated, private connections are available via Equinix Cloud Exchange™ and the SAP Cloud Peering service in the Equinix Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, New York, Silicon Valley, Sydney, Toronto and Washington, D.C. International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers, with additional markets planned for later this year. Through this connectivity, enterprise customers benefit from high-performance and secure access to SAP cloud services as part of a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy.

“Equinix recognizes that enterprise cloud needs vary, and by aligning a company’s business requirements to the best cloud services, they can create a more agile, flexible and scalable IT infrastructure.  With more than 130 million cloud subscribers, SAP has a strong foothold in the enterprise market, and by providing these customers and more with dedicated connectivity to their SAP software environments simply, securely and cost-effectively from Equinix Cloud Exchange, we help customers connect and build a hybrid cloud solution that works for them,” said Charles Meyers, president of strategy, services and innovation, Equinix.

As cloud adoption continues to rise, so does the growth of multi-cloud deployments. In fact, according to the recent IDC CloudView survey, 85% of respondents are either currently using a multi-cloud strategy or plan to do so in the near-term.* Equinix Cloud Exchange, with direct access to multiple cloud services and platforms, such as the SAP Cloud portfolio, helps enterprise customers to expedite the development of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions across multiple locations, with the goal of gaining global scale, performance and security.

SAP Cloud Peering provides direct access inside the Equinix Cloud Exchange to help customers looking to reap the benefits of the SAP Cloud portfolio, with the control and predictability of a dedicated connection. Initially, access will be available for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform, which serve as SAP’s IaaS and PaaS solutions respectively. SAP and Equinix plan to make available SAP SuccessFactors®, SAP Hybris®, SAP Ariba®solutions and others in the near future.

“SAP joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange platform to address customer requirements for enterprise hybrid architecture in an environment that lends itself to the very highest levels of performance and reliability. With SAP’s traditional base of more than 300,000 software customers seeking ways to take the next step in a cloud-enabled world, SAP has established efficient capabilities to deliver on those requirements,” said Christoph Boehm senior vice president and head of Cloud Delivery Services, SAP.

SAP continues to gain traction in enterprise cloud adoption, with particular strength in APAC and EMEA. According to a recent 451 Research** note, SAP’s APAC cloud subscription and support revenue grew by 54%, while it rose by 35% in EMEA and by 27% in the Americas.  Access to these cloud-based services in Equinix’s global footprint of data centers will help drive adoption and reach of SAP cloud offerings.

Equinix offers the industry’s broadest choice in cloud service providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle, Google Cloud Platform, and other leading cloud providers such as SAP.  Equinix offers direct connections to many of these platforms via Equinix Cloud Exchange or Equinix Cross Connects. Equinix Cloud Exchange is an advanced interconnection solution that provides virtualized, private direct connections that bypass the Internet to provide better security and performance with a range of bandwidth options. It is currently available in 23 markets, globally.


*Source:  IDC CloudView Survey, April 2017. N=6084 worldwide respondents, weighted by country, industry and company size. 
**Source: 451 Research, “SAP hits Q4 and FY2016 targets as cloud subscription/support revenue jumps 31%,” February 1, 2017

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ZNetLive Rolls Out Managed Microsoft Azure Stack

ZNetLive Rolls Out Managed Microsoft Azure Stack

ZNetLive has announced that it has made available Microsoft Azure Stack — Microsoft’s truly consistent platform for hybrid cloud, to businesses of all sizes with complete deployment and operational support. This will enable enterprises to seamlessly implement and manage their data in a hybrid cloud environment, while realizing its full potential with benefits like agility, scalability, and flexibility, irrespective of their size or cloud expertise of their IT staff.

Azure Stack provides a secure way to enterprises who wish to use Azure public cloud but reasons like data criticality, compliance and data accessibility prevent them from doing so. An extension of Microsoft Azure platform, it helps them to implement same capabilities that Azure public cloud offers, within their own data centers, on premise. It provides them a secure way to have control over their data that’s safe within their boundaries, behind all their security software. This helps them get the benefits of both the public and private cloud worlds.

Microsoft announced the Azure Stack’s ready to order availability in the recently concluded Microsoft partner event – Microsoft Inspire. “We have delivered Azure Stack software to our hardware partners, enabling us to begin the certification process for their integrated systems, with the first systems to begin shipping in September,” wrote Mike Neil, corporate vice president, Azure Infrastructure and Management, in his blog post.

“Azure Stack is another step by Microsoft in fulfilling its Digital Transformation goals. ZNetLive has always been among the fore-runners in bringing the Digital transformation technologies to the end customers and thus, we decided to offer dedicated support services for Microsoft Azure Stack, while attending Microsoft Inspire in Washington D.C, itself. With Microsoft, we take our next step in creating a digitally transformed world,” said Munesh Jadoun, founder & CEO, ZNetLive. 

ZNetLive’s Microsoft Azure Stack management services will provide benefits, including but not limited to these mentioned below:

One support stop for Azure – ZNetLive will provide completely unified support for Azure cloud and Azure Stack cloud including platform elements like hardware, VMs etc. ZNetLive’s Microsoft certified Azure experts will provide round the clock assistance in creating, installing, operating, monitoring and optimizing cloud environments using Azure Stack. 

Assurance and trust with expertise of handling Microsoft Cloud services – Being the first Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) in Rajasthan, India, ZNetLive has been working closely with Microsoft for over a decade and has been providing Microsoft cloud management services to benefit the end customers by getting them digitally transformed.  

As its long-standing partner, it has earned many Microsoft partnerships like Cloud OS Network Partner, Gold Hosting, Gold Data Center, Gold Cloud Productivity, just to name a few.

Ensuring secure services – With managed Microsoft Azure Stack, the customers can select state of the art, certified data centers of ZNetLive for hosting their Azure Stack cloud. ZNetLive trained technical experts will take care of the application and infrastructure security with regular health check monitoring and recommending security services to help customers meet regulatory compliances.

 “We have been working with Microsoft Azure for a long time now. Before Microsoft Azure Stack, we used System Center 2012 R2 product suite to create private cloud environments for our customers. This led to an increase in costs due to hardware, licensing, maintenance, upgrades etc.

But now with Azure Stack, we’ll be able to provide our customers the same Azure capabilities in their own data centers at much lesser prices. Since the intuitive interface of Azure Stack is same as that of Azure, the team will be at ease creating VMs, cloud databases, and other Azure cloud services with no additional training,” said Bhupender Singh, chief technical officer, ZNetLive. 

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Report: NetOps And Devops Want More Collaboration In A Multi-Cloud World

Report: NetOps And Devops Want More Collaboration In A Multi-Cloud World

F5 Networks has announced the results of a recent survey comparing the views of over 850 NetOps and DevOps IT professionals on their respective disciplines and collaboration practices. Traditionally, the larger IT market has viewed these two groups as somewhat antagonistic toward one other. However, the F5 survey indicates they are largely aligned on priorities, with converging interests around the production pipeline and automation capabilities. Reconciling survey results with the current trend of DevOps turning to outside solutions (such as shadow IT) to deploy applications, an implication emerges that NetOps will need additional skills to adequately support efforts tied to digital transformation and multi-cloud deployments.

In parallel, F5’s Americas Agility conference takes place this week in Chicago, featuring a dedicated focus toward topics relevant to the interplay between NetOps and DevOps. With hands-on experiences such as technology labs and training classes aimed at helping operations and development professionals take advantage of programmable solutions, the event explores how modern applications are successfully developed, deployed, secured, and supported.

Key Survey Findings

NetOps and DevOps respect each other’s priorities: Within each group, over three-quarters of NetOps and DevOps personnel believe the other function to be prioritizing “the right things” within IT, signaling a common understanding of broader goals, and opportunities to increase collaboration between the teams. In addition, the groups are fairly aligned on the pace that apps and services are delivered, with frequency of deployments satisfying a significant majority of both DevOps (70%) and NetOps (74%) personnel.

Support for automation: Both segments agreed that automation within the production pipeline is important, with an average rating of significance on a 5-point scale of 4.0 from DevOps and 3.5 from NetOps. Respondents also reported more confidence in the reliability, performance, and security of applications when the production pipeline is more than 50% automated.

Dissonance around pipeline access: A difference of opinion surfaced around the ideal level of shared access to production resources. Forty-five percent of DevOps believe they should have access to at least 75% of the production pipeline, with significantly less (31%) of NetOps respondents placing the access figure for DevOps that high, hinting at a partial disconnect surrounding expectations and best practices within IT. This misalignment can hamper efforts to streamline processes and deliver applications the business needs to succeed in a digital economy.

Differences driving multi-cloud deployments: The majority of DevOps (65%) admitted to being influenced toward adopting cloud solutions either “a lot” or “some” by the state of access to the pipeline via automation/self-service capabilities. Related, a significant portion of NetOps (44%) indicated that DevOps’ use of outside cloud technologies affects their desire to provide pipeline access “some,” with an additional 21% stating that it influences them “a lot.” One result of this is the use of multiple cloud solutions and providers across IT, further complicating the process of delivering, deploying, and scaling applications that support digital transformation efforts.

“We see some interesting data points around network- and development-focused personnel,” said Ben Gibson, EVP and chief marketing officer, F5. “While DevOps seeks more open access to the deployment pipeline to drive the speed of innovation, NetOps can be much more cautious around permissions — presumably because they’re the ones that bear the responsibility if security, availability, or performance are compromised. Despite different approaches, both groups support each other’s efforts, and seem to agree that more flexible technologies are needed to overcome current business limitations, bridge disparate functions, and position IT to better leverage public, private, and multi-cloud environments. Overall, neither group’s responses seemed particularly well aligned with the ‘us vs. them’ narrative that has loomed large in the media to date.”

Bridging IT Functions between NetOps and DevOps

Taken together, the survey results point to a rising interest in automation and self-service that can be linked to the rapid adoption of cloud-based solutions, and the desired flexibility they provide. NetOps and DevOps each demonstrate a willingness to introduce emerging technologies and methods into the production pipeline. However, the speed of innovation can also push traditional IT operations teams beyond their current skill levels, contributing potential resistance on the path to streamlined future application rollouts. From the survey, DevOps reports a confidence level of 3.6 on a 5-point scale in terms of if they have the skills their job function requires, with NetOps’ self-assessment yielding a slightly lower figure (3.4).

The survey findings are in step with F5’s belief that enhanced education will play a larger role in bringing these two groups together and rallying around shared goals. To that aim, F5 offers a growing library of industry certification programs that help customers tailor their application delivery infrastructures across related disciplines and provide common frameworks for different roles throughout the organization. With testing available at F5’s Agility conferences and other venues, over 2,500 certifications have been earned in the past year. In addition, F5’s vibrant DevCentral community provides a means for over 250,000 customers, developers, and other IT professionals to pool their collective knowledge, learn from each other’s experiences, and make the most of their technology investments.

Looking forward, F5 is focused on enabling shared empowerment between NetOps and DevOps teammates, concurrent with their use of multi-cloud solutions. The company’s programmable BIG-IP® products, along with adjacent technologies such as its container-focused offerings, provide compelling platforms for evolving IT groups to apply valuable acceleration, availability, and security services to make their applications, users, and operations practices more successful. Further detail on the survey results and methodology can be found in a companion report.

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LockPath Included In Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant For BCMP Solutions

LockPath Included In Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant For BCMP Solutions

LockPath has announced it has been included in Gartner Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Program Solutions, Worldwide.

LockPath was one of 12 vendors included in Gartner Inc.’s report, which was published July 12, by Gartner analysts Roberta Witty and Mark Jaggers. The report, which aims to help organizations evaluate business continuity management program (BCMP) software solutions, recognized LockPath as a challenger in the space for its Keylight Platform.

According to Witty and Jaggers, “The 2017 BCMP solutions market — with an estimated $300 million global market revenue — has broadened its IT disaster recovery management, crisis management and risk management capabilities since 2016.”

LockPath’s Keylight Platform supports enterprise BCMP efforts to identify and mitigate operational risks that could potentially lead to disruption. The platform’s integrated and holistic approach to risk management allows organizations to coordinate efforts across the business to continue operations after serious incidents or disasters.

“We are thrilled to be included in this year’s Magic Quadrant,” said Chris Caldwell, CEO, LockPath. “With the number of threats that can adversely impact operations multiplying, our customers are finding value in including business continuity as part of their overall integrated risk management and GRC programs.”


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Report: Shifting Clouds, Surging M&A Shape 2017 Data Center Demand

Report: Shifting Clouds, Surging M&A Shape 2017 Data Center Demand

As consumers turn to their smartphones for everything from streaming video to buying their groceries, the data center industry is stepping up to meet escalating demand for storage. A new report from JLL reveals data center construction in North America is up 43% from 2016 and industry consolidation powered a $10 billion surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the first half of 2017. Meanwhile, cloud leasing activity started shifting to global markets. 

“While M&A activity is surging, leasing has quietly returned to normal in the U.S.,” said Bo Bond, managing director and data center solutions co-lead, JLL. “The acquisition of large amounts of server space in the U.S. by cloud companies continues, but is no longer as frenetic as it was in 2016. Data center users are now turning their attention toward filling out their global data center footprint and making technology investments to keep them ahead in a rapidly changing industry.”

Data center users investing in the future

In exclusive interviews for JLL’s report, top data center users addressed the hot topics in the industry and how they affect their investment decisions. Users revealed the biggest industry changes coming over the next two years:

  • Efficiency programs will install automation to make data center operations more valuable to the core business.
  • Artificial intelligence will help reduce human intervention in data centers and significantly cut time to restore operations in the event of a failure.
  • Artificial intelligence will make greater use of predictive analytics on-site.
  • Processor technology investments will improve cooling and reduce energy usage.

“Data center users are investing in systems that will allow them to use their servers more efficiently and effectively,” said Mark Bauer, managing director and data center solutions market director, JLL. “Essential technological advancements like artificial intelligence to anticipate failures and automation to reduce response time are what the industry needs to keep up with today’s digital consumer.”

Surprising local market impacts

While data center users are looking to expand their global footprint, North America remains an important location for data storage. In fact, revenue and growth is up for data center companies in a big way in North America. The following markets experienced significant shifts in the first half of 2017:

  • Northern Virginia: Supply is growing at a historic rate, driven by its top-tier status in the data center industry. But with a shortage of available big-block spaces, providers are scrambling to bring new inventory online as quickly as possible to capitalize on the market’s low vacancy and pent-up user demand.
  • Dallas/Fort Worth: The first half of 2017 brought changes to the market, with cloud providers officially setting up shop, spurring a 50 percent bump in absorption. Low power costs will continue to be a major advantage for the market.
  • Northern California: Leasing activity regressed to traditional market levels in the first half of 2017 after large providers drove absorption in the region throughout 2016. Moving forward, construction and occupancy costs will continue to decrease as large blocks of space open up for users.
  • Atlanta: Driven by continued success of both tenured operators and newer operators hitting their stride, the market sustained its strong growth from 2016 during the first half of 2017. Providers and users are now evaluating ways to enter the historically underserved market as they look to anchor their presence in the Southeast.
  • Montréal: Following the raging storm of U.S. cloud activity in 2016, big-name cloud providers swooped in to Montréal in the first half of 2017. The timing is right for providers to enter the Canadian market and take advantage of its optimal pricing and low power rates.

For more insights on data center industry performance in the first half of 2017, with research from data center hub markets across the U.S. and Canada, download the report.

Source: CloudStrategyMag