Big week for big datacenters

Major datacenter announcements, launches, and projects reflect the state of a still growing industry.

The biggest datacenter story of the week so far is Google's announcment of their plan to spend three-quarters of a billion dollars to build a datacenter in the Netherlands. But there's a lot of other activity going on in the datacenter market.   

Like Google, Amazon is in the process of selecting a site for their newest datacenter, announced as a $1.1 billion facility that will be built somewhere in central Ohio. I say somewhere because there has been a sudden jump in interest from potential sites in Ohio, with more than one local community trying to get Amazon’s attention. The town of Hilliard has apparently cut a deal to trade $10 million in tax offsets for the construction of a facility that will put over $200 million back into the local economy.

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Analysts who have been claiming that they see the growth of the datacenter market slowing will argue that this $2 billion in datacenter investment is effectively in proprietary datacenters and doesn’t reflect on the commercial datacenter business. And if these were the only announcements this week, they would be correct. So let’s look at the commercial business.

IBM announced this week that they were opening a new datacenter in RTP that is dedicated to providing resiliency services for their customers. The 72,000-sq. ft. facility is going to focus strictly on providing services to IBM’s disaster recovery, backup, and business continuity services. These cloud-based services, as Mike Errity, the Atlanta-based vice president of business continuity and resiliency services for IBM, stated in an interview in the Tringle Business Journal are “providing our clients with an alternate location for them to conduct their business in. As we all know, we operate in an 'always on' world. Our clients require their systems and data and information and networks to always be available, and, in the event something occurs that disrupts their mission-critical business processes, we help them move from one location to our location.”

In Dublin, Ireland, Digital Realty Trust has opened the first phase of a new datacenter campus. It is the first Tier 3 Certified facility in that country and the 10,000 sq. ft. of raised floor space with 2 MW of power is the first of a four-building planned expansion of DRT’s capabilities there.

All this is happening and it’s only Wednesday.