As the UK battles extreme weather conditions for the second week running, the Met Office has revealed plans to build the world's most powerful weather and climate supercomputer.
The country's national weather service announced it will spend £1.2 billion over 10 years building the supercomputer, which will replace the Cray XC40 system built for £97 million in 2014.
The new supercomputer will be deployed to improve rainfall predictions and airport forecasting. Data collected by the system will be used to more accurately predict storms, identify effective flood defence locations and predict changes to the global climate.
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Riello UPS will unveil new modular power solutions at Data Centre World, 11-12 March, as it extends the popular Multi-Power range.
The power supply manufacturer is launching two new power modules, 15 kW and 25 kW both 2U in height, to complement an existing 42 kW option.
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Amazon plans to invest $1.6 billion (£1.23bn) constructing two data centres in India to form an AWS region in the state of Telangana.
The company has sought environmental approval for the construction of the two facilities on the outskirts of Hyderabad. One data centre is proposed at Chandanvelly village in Shabad, the other at Meerkhanpet village in Kandukur.
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North American wholesale data centre provider Vantage Data Centers is launching itself into Europe with the acquisition of Etix Everywhere and $800 million in new funding.
Luxembourg-based Etix owns a sizable European data centre portfolio including a 55MW hyperscale campus currently under development in Germany. The two companies have not disclosed the financial terms of the deal.
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Plans for a subsea cable system linking Los Angeles directly to China and Hong Kong have been abandoned over concerns about a third-party backer's ties to Beijing.
Google and Facebook applied to the US regulator, the FCC, for more modest plans for the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), that stop in the Philippines and Taiwan, three years after the tech giants announced what would have been the first submarine cable to directly connect Hong Kong and the US.
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reland-based power management company Eaton is to acquire mission-critical power distribution company Power Distribution Inc.
Power Distribution Inc, headquartered in Richmond Virginia, posted sales of $125 million last year. In addition to mission-critical power distribution, the company supplies static switching and power monitoring equipment and services for data centres and industrial and commercial customers.
Often, we struggle to discuss the edge - one of the IT world’s hottest trends - because it’s difficult to objectively define it. “The edge means something different to every person,” says Mark Howell, of the Ford Motor Company. Howell oversees the construction of every new IT facility the veteran automaker builds and is the lead for EMEA region design, planning and engineering.
From his perspective, the edge is effectively distributed technology, and need not encompass servers, storage and switches. By that token, Ford’s first edge site wasn’t a micro data centre, but the first remote offices and factories that Henry Ford built all those years ago. The company’s Paris office opened in 1908, the Kansas City assembly plant opened in 1911. By the end of the 1920’s Ford had more than 20 overseas assembly plants.
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With data demands reaching new levels in 2020, the role of the data centre is set to take centre stage for IT leaders. Against a backdrop of constant disruption and increasingly ambitious enterprise and cloud strategies, how do you ensure that your data centre is futureproofed, so that you stay ahead of the game, rather than react to it?
In the far north of Sweden, scientists have built a facility to explore the future of data centres. “We have projects that are looking at innovative control of data centres…projects that would support zero touch data centres…we have started some projects that develop real life demonstrations of the reuse of heat for district heating.” Jon Summers, Scientific Lead at the ICE data centre lab at RISE, the Swedish research programme behind the facility, tells us about some of the innovative work being carried out there.
In September last year, data centre developer and owner Echelon Data Centres, a subsidiary of real-estate veteran Aldgate Developments, appointed Simon McCormick as CTO. McCormick, previously in the data centre leadership team at AECOM, joined the company in a period of rapid expansion.
The Irish-owned outfit currently has five locations in various stages of development, including three €500m facilities in Ireland and a £150m London Docklands facility, the company’s first outside of Ireland and the first to grace the data-centre heavy Docklands since the 1990s.
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2020 will be a momentous year, and a great start to the decade, for edge computing, IoT and data protection. We should expect to see major changes to the way organisations adopt these technologies, as well as how consumers respond to various innovations.
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