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Top data centre investment opportunities for Scotland revealed in new study

A new study by Host in Scotland has highlighted Scotland as an ideal location for data centre construction. Some factors leading to this conclusion are the temperate climate, the renewable energy capability of the country, and its cost-competitive location. Specialist consultants FarrPoint and TechRE, operating on behalf of Host in Scotland, reviewed data from its… Read More

Data centres use 18% of all electricity in Ireland

New figures by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has found that energy consumption by Irish data centres increased by 31% last year, with data centre usage now accounting for 18% of the total energy consumed in Ireland. Since 2015, the total energy consumed by data centres in the country increased by 400% as a result… Read More

Nvidia valued at $1 trillion, what does this mean for AI and data centre industries?

As Nvidia became the first chip manufacturer to reach a $1 trillion valuation earlier this month, the future of AI and the data centre industry is on everyone’s mind. This milestone resulted from a 25% surge on the heels of an optimistic Q2 2023 forecast. The forecast notably included a sales estimate of $11 billion –… Read More

UKCloud finalises services without disruption to public services, says minister

UKCloud, a cloud company used by government agencies that entered liquidation last October, has finalised services without unexpected disruption to public services. Minister for the Cabinet Office, Jeremy Quin MP, said all UKCloud customers have successfully migrated their services on to alternative platforms. “As such, it is deemed unlikely any claims on the indemnity will… Read More

Security a key factor in choosing a cloud vendor, Alibaba survey reveals

In a survey of 1,000 Asian businesses across the APAC region, respondents said that security concerns were the top factor in their choice of cloud vendor. Respondents to the survey commissioned by Alibaba Cloud said security was number one for 69% of businesses, outweighing other considerations like availability (58%) and cost (55%). Security was also… Read More

Google Cloud turns profit for first time, invests in AI infrastructure

Google Cloud has made a profit according to its earnings report for the first quarter of 2023, showing $191 million in operating income. This is up from a $706 million loss in the same period last year, marking the first profitable quarter for Google Cloud since the company began reporting separately from Alphabet, Google’s parent… Read More

Virtus plans Europe expansion with new data centre campus in Berlin

London-based data centre operator Virtus Data Centres has announced plans to expand outside of the UK, with a new 90MVA data centre campus in Berlin, Germany. The new facility, known as Virtus Berlin 1, is expected to be operational by 2026. Located in Marienpark, the data centre will provide easy access to Berlin’s airports and… Read More

KKR Acquires CoolIT Systems, Advancing in Sustainable Liquid Cooling Solutions

Global investment firm KKR has reached an agreement to acquire CoolIT Systems, a scalable liquid cooling solutions provider for data centres, enterprise, and high-performance computing environments. The deal, valued at $270 million according to the Wall Street Journal, will provide CoolIT with access to KKR’s expertise, capital, and resources. Under this agreement, CoolIT will expand… Read More

Northern Virginia hit with more data centre protests

Community protests are taking place in Prince William County, Northern Virginia, against data centre developments in the proposed ‘Prince William Digital Gateway’. The County has seen recent protests against an Amazon data centre, and is now the site of more disagreements. Protesters Take a Stand Against Prince William Digital Gateway QTS and Compass Data Centres… Read More

AtlasEdge secures €725 million sustainability-linked loan

AtlasEdge has secured a €725 million finance package in the form of a sustainability-linked loan (SLL). This loan, underwritten by a group of banks led by ING, includes sustainability-linked targets for renewable energy usage and data centre efficiency. The €725 million is comprised of €525 million in debt financing. The remaining €200 million is classified… Read More

Vietnam data centre market grows in importance following cybersecurity laws
With cybersecurity and storage laws increasing demand for data sovereignty, Huawei has set its sight on the Vietnam data centre market. Huawei's Data Center Product Manager, Do Van Chung, told Nikkei Asia that Vietnam has the 'opportunity to be a hub' for data centre business, as the population's Internet and social media usage booms. Huawei... Read More

Keppel gets approval for floating data centre in Singapore
On its annual earnings call, Keppel Data Centres announced that it had received regulatory approval to build a floating data centre in Singapore. Keppel issued responses to shareholder questions that included the statement: “We continue to make progress on our Floating Data Centre Module. We have received approval from the regulatory authorities to proceed, and... Read More