NVTC Presentation: The Data Center Transformation

Welcome to all of you who caught our presentation at the Northern Virginia Technology Conference. Before you dive into the goodies, we invite you to follow us on Twitter and […]

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Here’s the presentation:

Now, on to the links! A good starting point is our overview of the Northern Virginia data center market:

Red Hot in NoVa: Burst of Leasing, New Construction in Ashburn: Digital Realty plans to build up to 2 million square feet of new space in the heart of “Data Center Alley” in Ashburn, Virginia. Data center companies have bought up hundreds of acres of land for future development in northern Virginia, ensuring compute capacity for the clouds to come.

Connected Cars

Virtual Reality

  • New Steps Toward the Future of Virtual Reality: Facebook: “As we continue to make big breakthroughs in the technology behind VR, we’re also investing in efforts to explore immersive new VR experiences that will help people connect and share.”
  • Introducing the Telecom Infra Project: Facebook: “Scaling traditional telecom infrastructure to meet the global data challenge (of video and virtual reality) is not moving as fast as people need it to. Driving a faster pace of innovation in telecom infrastructure is necessary to meet these new technology challenges and to unlock new opportunities.” for everyone in the ecosystem.
  • Why These Two Cable Companies Are Betting on Virtual Reality: Virtual reality may not reach large audiences yet, but that hasn’t stopped traditional media companies from investing in the emerging technology. NextVR has raised a $30.5 million Series A round joined by cable stalwarts Comcast and Time Warner.
  • Next-generation video encoding techniques for 360 video and VR: “The file sizes are so large they can be an impediment to delivering 360 video or VR in a quality manner at scale. We’ve reached a couple of milestones in that effort.”

Data Center Business Models and M&A

Data Center Design

At Data Center Frontier, we’re jazzed about data center design. If you are as well, you’ll definitely want to check out our Design Channel. Here’s a look at some of the stories I reference in my presentation:

Edge Data Centers

Micro Data Centers

  • DartPoints Plans National Network of Micro-Colo Sites: DartPoints plans to create a national network of micro-colocation facilities built in 100 kilowatt increments. These “private colo” facilities are housed within micro data centers designed and built by Schneider Electric.
  • The RuggedPOD Project: RuggedPOD is a revolutionary modular computer chassis that doesn’t require any active cooling solutions. It is based on a sealed tank filled up with organic dielectric oil and electronics to create a new generation of computers.
  • Quarnot Computing: The Q.rad is a smart and connected digital heater, fusion of an electrical heater and a high-performance computing server. Since 2014, several hundreds of households are heated for free with Q.rads, computing remotely for major banks, 3D animation studios and research labs.
  • Nerdalize: By placing high performance servers in homes, Nerdalize creates highly distributed compute cloud without the overhead cost of conventional cloud and co-location solutions. Homes are heated for free and emissions are drastically reduced.