Imagine Google, but bigger. Well, that’s exactly what Google is going for as it continues to dominate the hyperscale market. This week, we take a look at Google’s massive nationwide expansion; Amazon’s scrapped HQ in NYC; the past, present and future of hyperscale and the coming impacts of 5G technology on data centers.

Data Center News Roundup for Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

Google on a Tear

Google. The scrappy little search engine company that could. From its early roots at Stanford (did you know its first search algorithm was called “BackRub?”) to its current reign as one of the world’s most powerful brands, Google has seen incredible expansion from Day One. Now, Data Center Dynamics is reporting that the search giant will invest $13 billion in data centers and offices across the United States in 2019. Specifically, the new data centers will be located in Nevada, Nebraska and Ohio. CEO Sundar Pichai rolled out the news via blog post early this week. The DCD article does a nice job of illustrating where the various properties will be and the cost for each. Give it a read here.

5G and Its Impacts on Data Centers

In case you missed it earlier this week, Instor reported on the coming nationwide implementation of 5G wireless infrastructure. In the piece, we discussed the technology’s potential impact on data centers including notes on IoT, cloud gaming, blockchain and other real-life use cases. One thing is for certain: this is a very, very big deal. With investments topping $4 trillion globally for IT, 5G will bring significant changes and improvements to enterprise software, IT services and data center systems. Get the full download here.

Hyperscale Evolution

The term “hyperscale” has come into fashion over the past few years, and for good reason. Cisco is calling for 95 percent of all data center traffic to come from hyperscale data centers from big names such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft before the year 2021. This week, we took a deep dive on the evolution of the hyperscale data center from its early days to its current state. We explore some of the world’s largest data centers, as well. Check it out here.

Amazon Scrapping NYC HQ

While not directly data center-related news, there’s word that the tech giant and world’s second largest retailer Amazon has canned plans for a second headquarters in New York City. You may recall the initial announcement was met with some derision and skepticism from New Yorkers, who have never been known to hold back their feelings. The $3 billion project would have created more than 25,000 jobs, but city and state officials resisted the move every step of the way, leading to Thursday’s announcement that the deal was off. Learn more on Reuters.