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Continued cloud adoption could eliminate 1bn tonnes of CO2 by 2024

The world’s ever-increasing reliance on energy-hungry data centres underpinning the cloud is the subject of much scrutiny and alarm. But analyst house IDC has checked this concern by quantifying the environmental benefit of workloads continuing to move to hyperscale mega-data centres compared to being kept on-premises in less efficient enterprise data centres.

Fire sends OVHcloud Strasbourg data centres up in flames

A fire has engulfed at least one OVHcloud data centre in, Strasbourg France prompting the cloud provider to urge customers to kickstart disaster recovery plans.

Capgemini secures £600m deal to run Met Police IT estate

Capgemini has been awarded a seven-year contract to run the Metropolitan Police’s IT infrastructure.

The French outsourcing and consultancy giant will handle the Met’s service desk and data centre infrastructure as well as providing network services, end-user services, a cybersecurity and security operations centre, mobile voice and data and managed print, states the contract award notice.

UK colo Amito nets £40m investment from Harwood Private Equity

UK-based colocation company Amito has secured a £38.7 million investment from Harwood Private Equity to help grow its business.

The data centre owner and operator, which owns a Tier 3 facility in Reading, said it will use the funds to support an “ambitious” expansion plan.

London to gain 110MW of data centre capacity in 2021

415MW of additional data centre capacity is expected go live across the so-called FLAP data centre markets in 2021, according to CBRE’s latest colocation number crunching. 

The extra capacity – 100MW more than was added in last year’s record-breaking growth — will take the Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris markets beyond 2000MW of total supply.

Cisco completes $4.5B acquisition of optical interconnect giant Acacia

Cisco has settled a legal dispute that threatened to jeopardise a planned multi-billion-dollar merger, with the company announcing its $4.5b acquisition of optical interconnect giant Acacia had at last closed.

BT pens 100% renewable energy deal with Total

The three-year deal will see electricity supplier provide BT green power from 2022 Total will supply BT Group with renewable electricity for three years from next April, the companies have announced. Total signed a contract with the UK telecom giant that will see the electricity supplier provide a mix of solar, wind and hydro energy… Read More

Research highlights looming 5G infrastructure energy efficiency challenge

“Telecom operators making meaningful energy and cost reductions are doing so by evaluating the entire ecosystems around their network operations – people, objectives, infrastructure and partners,” said Scott Armul, vice president for global DC power and outside plant at Vertiv.

Cyxtera confirms $3.4 billion SPAC merger

“Cyxtera is at an exciting inflection point, poised for significantly improved growth and profitability in an industry with powerful secular tailwinds,” said Jeff Smith, Chair of SVAC and CEO of Starboard.

Telefónica flogs four data centres to Asterion child company

Telefónica is cashing in on four more data centres, selling the facilities to same company set up by investment management firm Asterion to manage its 2019 fire-sale.

The European telecommunications giant will fetch around €100 million for the four data centres, writes El Economista, which first broke the news.

UK’s IXcellerate starts work on new $500m Moscow data centre campus

The UK data centre operator said in a press release that the data centre is set for commissioning in the second half of this year, with  IXcellerate CEO Guy Willner telling DCD the facility will start with 4MW of capacity in Q3 before 8MW of additional load is added in Q4 or early 2022.

Scientists fabricate smallest ever processor through graphene “crinkling”

Physicists claim to have made the smallest microchips ever which could help servers and smartphones run thousands of times faster.

Researchers from the University of Sussex crinkled a strip of graphene and used other 2D-materials, in a process similar to nano-origami.