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Microsoft to Build Gas-Fueled Power Plant for Data Center in Ireland: Report

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Microsoft has found itself in something of a conundrum with its data centers in Ireland. It received the necessary build permits, but now, notification comes from the country’s electric utility, EirGrid, that Microsoft might need to generate some of its own power until an upgrade to the power system in the Dublin area is completed. Evidently, Redmond doesn’t want any dead time, so it’s heeding that advice.
The story comes by way of The Irish Independent, which reports that Microsoft will be installing 16 gas-powered generators to provide up to 18 megawatts of electricity to one of its data centers, enough juice to power about 18,000 homes. A company spokesman has said that the generators will only provide temporary power to the center “if necessary.”
Related: Microsoft Moves Away from Data Center Containers
The Grange Castle Business Park in suburban Clondalkin, about 5 miles or so west of Dublin, is already home to four Microsoft data centers, as well as data centers operated by Google, Interxion, and others. Last year, Redmond received approval to build four more at the location, at an estimated cost of $1.08 billion.
Other large US-based companies operate data centers in the Dublin area as well, most notably Amazon.
Related: Latest Microsoft Data Center Design Gets Close to Unity PUE
“Space at Grange Castle Business Park is in high demand from international business customers,” the Irish

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Experts Dispute VC’s Forecast that Caused Data Center Stocks to Slump

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The stocks of all seven US data center REITs (there are now six, following a merger that closed Thursday) slid down simultaneously this week, after a well-known venture capitalist and hedge-fund owner said at an investor conference that advances in processor technology will eventually lead to the demise of the data center provider industry.
But industry insiders say his views are overly simplistic, and that history has shown that advances in computing technology only create more hunger for data center capacity, not less.
Related: Alphabet Q2 2017: Enterprise Efforts Pay Off for Google Cloud
Since server chips are getting smaller and more powerful than ever, companies in the future will not need anywhere near the amount of data center space they need today, Chamath Palihapitiya, founder and CEO of the VC firm Social Capital, who last year also launched a hedge fund, said Tuesday afternoon, according to Seeking Alpha, which cited Bloomberg as the source:
Word that Google may have developed its own chip that can run 50% of its computing on 10% of the silicon has him reading that “We can literally take a rack of servers that can basically replace seven or eight data centers and park it, drive it in an RV and park it beside a data center. Plug it into some air conditioning and power and it will take those data centers out of business.”
Related: Microsoft Profit Tops Estimates as Cloud Growth Marches On
Following the event,

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Apple Is Said to Warn Ireland Delays Threaten $1 Billion Project

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. has warned Irish authorities that continuing delays around its proposed data center in the west of the country could jeopardize the $1 billion project, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The iPhone maker, which scouted 19 countries before choosing Ireland, raised concern that the project remains mired in the planning process, according to the people who asked not be named because the matter is private. The plan to build a data center in a Galway forest, due to cover 166,000 square meters, the equivalent to about 23 soccer fields, close to the Atlantic coast was announced in 2015 and had been expected to be completed this year.
Instead, Apple is still awaiting a court hearing into a challenge by objectors into the planning approval for the project. The company is also worried that plans to power the center could also be contested, adding additional delays, though it hasn’t given Ireland a deadline for completing the process, according to one of the people.
Advocates of the Apple project say the delays illustrate a deeper issue: the difficulty executing large infrastructure developments in Ireland compared with other countries. Apple has almost completed a similar project in Denmark that Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook announced simultaneously as part of its biggest-ever investment in Europe, and said in July it plans a second data center in the Scandinavian country.
In Ireland, the forestry site remains largely untouched, as

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Rackspace Adds Multi-Cloud Heft with Datapipe Acquisition

Rackspace has reached an agreement to acquire managed services competitor Datapipe, expanding its management capabilities for multiple clouds at scale, according to an announcement today.
The deal is the largest acquisition Rackspace has ever made “by far,” according to CEO Joe Eazor, and brings to it Datapipe’s experience with high-profile public sector customers in the U.S. and U.K., as well as enterprise services, software, and tooling, and colocation services on four continents, to help customers migrate away from corporate data centers.
It also boosts Rackspace data center presence on the U.S. West Coast, and in Brazil, mainland China, and Russia, all large markets where the company currently has little or no presence. Finally, it gives Rackspace managed services on the Alibaba Cloud.
“The reason we’re buying them is that we want to extend our leadership in multi-cloud services,” Rackspace chief strategy officer Matt Bradley told TechCrunch. “It’s a sign and signal that we’re going for it.” Bradley also said that the combined company will be the largest provider both of private cloud and managed hosting. It will have over 6,700 employees, and $2.4 billion in annual revenue, TechCrunch reports.
Datapipe customers gain Rackspace’s experience with Microsoft, VMware and OpenStack clouds, Managed Google Compute Platform, and managed enterprise applications such as Oracle and SAP.
“Our customers are looking for help as they spread their

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Small Spanish Telco Becomes Investor Darling as Rivals Droop

(Bloomberg) — Europe’s best-performing telecom stock this year has nowhere near the name recognition of competitors such as Telefonica SA, Orange SA or Vodafone Group Plc.
Yet Masmovil Ibercom SA, based in San Sebastian, Spain, has outdone them all, earning its place as the country’s fourth national carrier through acquisitions, debt, investments in fiber-optic broadband and aggressive pricing. The shares have more than doubled this year, compared with a 3.4 percent decline for the 21-member Stoxx Telecom Index.
Investors flocking to a small carrier with barely no broadband of its own in a country that already boasts Europe’s largest fiber network may seems counter-intuitive. But Masmovil is attracting interest by pitching itself as a low-cost provider in a country where the three big players appear more focused on seeking high-spending consumers.
The carrier’s growth is driven by a straightforward marketing strategy: a no-frills offering that doesn’t include pricier content such as soccer combined with mobile and fiber packages that are among the cheapest in the market. Masmovil also has an aggressive fiber deployment strategy, centered around the construction of a broadband network mainly in small towns and rural areas overlooked by the country’s largest carriers. A wholesale agreement with Orange helps it cover larger, urban areas.
Though rivals are beginning to counter Masmovil’s prices with their own low-cost offerings, most analysts aren’t

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As Irma Heads for Florida, One Miami Data Center is Especially Critical

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While data center providers in Houston weathered Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding without any publicly disclosed outages, Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm headed for Florida, will be another stress test for the internet and private network infrastructure in the South. And because of Florida’s strategic importance to network connectivity, the stakes will be higher when Irma makes landfall in the Sunshine State, which the National Weather Service says will happen Sunday.
If some buildings in Irma’s path lose power, the effects on connectivity could ripple well beyond the region that immediately surrounds it. One particular building is especially critical.
Related: After Days at Work, Houston Data Center Staff Finally Went Home
NAP of the Americas, the Miami data center and carrier hub, is the biggest network gateway between the US and Latin America, and companies in the US that rely on it alone to serve customers south of the border would not be able to reach those customers if it goes offline. In addition to being a cross-continental gateway, Miami, and especially the NAP, serves as the primary interconnection hub for most Latin American networks.
“Miami appears to be the only strategically critical communications node in the hurricane’s path,” Jon Hjembo, senior analyst at the telecommunications market research firm TeleGeography, said. “From a network perspective, what’s so worrisome about Irma targeting

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Use a Data Center in Irma’s Path? Here’s How Not to Lose Your Data

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As a massive clean-up effort continues in Texas from Hurricane Harvey—expected to be the second most costly storm in the US behind Hurricane Katrina with total losses between $45 billion and $65 billion—residents and businesses, including data center operators, in Florida are bracing for yet another cruel blow by Mother Nature.
Now a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 mph, Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida late this weekend after ramming the Leeward Islands in the West Indies, according to the National Weather Service. The Caribbean and all of the Sunshine State are now under a state of emergency.
Related: Harvey: Hurricane Preparation Tips for Data Center Managers
Forecasters fear the worst, saying total losses from Irma could exceed those suffered at the hands of Katrina.
Only time will tell if data centers in Florida come out as unscathed as those in Texas. While more than 100,000 homes and businesses in the Houston area lost power as a result of Hurricane Harvey, torrential downpours and flooding, data centers in the area did not get flooded and were largely spared major utility power interruptions.
Related: After Days at Work, Houston Data Center Staff Finally Went Home
While one of the major data center providers, CyrusOne, switched to on-site generator power at one point, that appeared to be the only adjustment needed by the four companies with data centers in the area.
Equinix, Data Foundry, Digital

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Meet the WHIR at THE MERGE SHOW This October

For many, this time of year means back to school and routine, but what fall represents to many in our business is the full swing of conference season. There are many conferences and trade shows coming up over the next couple of months as we work to wrap up a strong 2017 and set our sights on the technologies and trends that will define the hosting and cloud industry in 2018 and beyond.
THE MERGE SHOW is a new conference that takes place this October 14 – 18, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. which combines The Domain Conference, CMS Summit and a WHIR Networking Event for one major show that is not to be missed.
Register Today! 
From the MERGE! website:
THE MERGE SHOW is a group of conferences – like a ‘worlds fair’ event – hosting different events within MERGE! (new and old) with technology and domain names at the core. One of these is the well attended THEDomain Conference, in its third year. A continuation of a long-standing gathering of a who’s who in the domain space. This event draws people to sunny Florida every fall, for its wealth of good networking, content, and opportunities, as well as being a who’s who of experts on appraisal, brokering, registries, registrars, domain advertising, registration, TLD Applications, email services and other investment opportunities.
Your MERGE SHOW Ticket covers access to all non-closed sessions at all the sub-events, the networking events, the seminars, and more.
THEDomainConference is just one of many other sub events,

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