Data Center Wind

This week, it was reported that Google will build a $600 million wind-powered data center in Minnesota; a new report shows that data centers are far from dead despite a strong challenge from the public cloud; a primer on cryptojacking and more news.

Data Center News Roundup for Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

The Data, My Friend, It’s Blowing in the Wind

Head about 45 minutes north of Minneapolis and you’ll find the small town of Becker, Minnesota. You may not have heard of it yet, but you soon will, thanks to a planned $600 million Google data center. But it’s not just any $600 million dollar data center. This one will be powered by 300MW of wind power, according to Data Center Knowledge. While the news hasn’t been officially confirmed, it is all but a done deal, DC Knowledge reports. The data center could create as many as 2,000 jobs in construction and 50 full-time employees. It would benefit from a 20-year sales tax exemption, according to the story.

Will Hyperscale Leasing Continue to Soar?

With multi-tenant leasing doubling in 2018 over the previous year, 232 new megawatts of space were created over the last year, Data Center Frontier’s Rich Miller reports. Miller points out that just a few years ago, suites averaged 1.2 megawatts, but today we’re routinely seeing 20MW deals. But with all growth comes a leveling out or a dip, eventually. Just how eventual that time is is the topic of Miller’s newest piece. Issues such as supply chain restraints, variability in pricing and delays in power distribution systems could slow the progress of hyperscale development in 2019, Miller says. Read the full story here.

Enterprise DCs Continue Reign

A new report from Synergy Research confirms that the enterprise data center market saw a boom year in 2018, despite the growth of public cloud services, Tech Crunch reports. Spending on enterprise infrastructure spiked to $125 billion, representing a 13 percent YoY growth. Not to be outdone, the public cloud grew 32 percent, the report says. So much for the death of the data center. Get the scoop here.

More on Cyrptojacking

In case you missed it, the Instor blog this week reported on the ever-growing threat of cryptojacking. With ransomware attacks on the wane, cryptojacking is a quieter, but more insidious threat and it’s becoming a bigger problem with each passing day. Here’s how it works. Instead of holding a company’s digital assets hostage in exchange for Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency, cryptojacking involves running mathematical equations on other people’s computers (and data center servers) to mine currency. The worst part is that it’s hard to detect in the short-run. Many operators won’t even notice it until they see irregularities in their power bills. But there are measures companies can take to prevent or eliminate this threat. Read about them here.