Sep 2, 2020

Cologix expands Midwestern presence with vXchange purchase

Data Centres
colocation
Cloud
Harry Menear
2 min
In order to widen its footprint in Minneapolis, Cologix has purchased a 16,000 square foot facility from vXchange
In order to widen its footprint in Minneapolis, Cologix has purchased a 16,000 square foot facility from vXchange...

Cologix has completed the purchase of another data centre facility in support of its expansion into the American Midwest. On Monday, the company announced that it had finalised a transaction with data centre operator vXchange that will result in Cologix taking over a 16,000 square foot data centre facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

The facility, named MIN4, is located in the 511 building - a colocation technology centre in the downtown Minneapolis - where Cologix already operates three other facilities. 

The purchase brings Cologix’s total footprint in the 511 Building to more than 60,000 square feet. The 511 building operates as the primary data interconnection hub for the Northern Midwest, and the end of the “northern route” to established tech hub Seattle. 

"This acquisition expands Cologix's capacity in the most connected building in Minnesota," said Laura Ortman, President and Chief Revenue Officer of Cologix. "We are delighted to welcome new employees and customers, who now can access our robust ecosystem of networks, clouds and partners through the Cologix Platform. Additionally, the added capacity helps us to meet the demand of our current and future customers as they grow and build out their IT infrastructures at the digital edge."

Cologix’s expansion in the Midwestern region is reportedly in response to growing demand for colocation services in and around Minneapolis. 

According to CBRE’s 2019 US Data Centre Trends report, the Minneapolis market experienced a growth in net absorption (data centre capacity actively being used by customers) of 3.6 MW last year. Even though data centre providers added 1.5 MW of available capacity in 2019, market vacancy dropped down to 30.1%, making it the 12th busiest data centre market in the US. 

This year, as COVID-19 increases global and domestic data centre traffic, Minneapolis seems poised to take advantage of robust cloud and hybrid growth in the coming year. 

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Jun 21, 2021

NUS and NTU launch cooling project for tropical data centres

NTU
NUS
datacentres
Sustainability
3 min
A project by The Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore aims to find cooling solutions for tropical data centres

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have announced a project in an attempt to source and develop new cooling solutions for data centres located in tropical areas. According to the companies, the programme costs S$23mn (US$17.1mn) and plans to research, build and test innovative and sustainable cooling solutions. 

The Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT)

The NUS and NTU say that the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT) will act as a research point and innovation hub for the project. Facebook, along with the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF), is also involved, providing funding for the programme. Further support from other partners includes the Infocomm Media Development Authority, Ascenix, CoolestDC Keppel Data Centres, Red Dot Analytics, and New Media Express. 

Commenting on working with the companies, Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure, Alex Johnson, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to partner NUS, NTU, Keppel Data Centres and the CoolestSG community to develop innovative solutions that reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of the average data centre, particularly those located in tropical areas like Singapore”. 

The NTU and NUS highlight that Singapore houses 60% of Southeast Asia’s total data centre market, and aims to supply 12% of the country’s total energy needs by 2030. This results in the need to reduce the carbon footprints and power consumption of data centres, meaning more innovative cooling solutions are required, the NTU and NUS said. 

Professor Chen Thuan, Deputy President of Research & Technology at the NUS, said: “Data centres are a critical enabler of the digital economy, but the average data centre can exert a significant environmental burden. Aligned with RIE 2025, sustainability is a key research focus of NUS, and our researchers have deep expertise in developing integrated solutions for tropical, urban and Asian settings”.

How will the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT) help to provide cooling solutions?

According to the NUS and NTU, the STDCT will be built using equipment such as a novel desiccant-coated heat exchanger and a StatePoint Liquid Cooling System (SPLC) designed by both Nortek Air Solutions and Facebook. The institutions also say they will adopt chip-level hybrid cooling to ensure servers remain cool. 

Furthermore, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) will aim to manage the “smart operations” of the technologies so that the data centres are water and power efficient, as well as able to preserve equipment and servers. 

The NTU and NSU said in a joint statement the combination of the cooling technologies could reduce energy consumption “significantly” and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25%, compared to traditional air-cooled data centres. If adopted industry-wide across the entire tropical region, the energy usage of the data centre industry could potentially be lowered by at least 40%”, the companies said. 

The STDCT is expected to be operational by 1 October 2021.

 

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