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    [EN] CloudHQ unveils massive new Manassas data center


    A view of the roof of the new CloudHQ data center in Manassas, Virginia shows some of the
    152 Kyoto Cooling units supporting the facility. (Photo: Rich Miller)


    Rich Miller
    August 8, 2017

    CloudHQ knows how to make an entrance. This week the company plans to deliver on the largest lease in the history of the data center industry, presenting an anchor tenant with 35 megawatts of space at its Manassas Corporate Center.

    The massive new building marks an auspicious debut for CloudHQ, the newest player in the Northern Virginia data center scene. The 460,000 square foot MCC1 facility can support more than 43 megawatts of data center space, allowing the company to house its anchor tenant and an additional 8 megawatts of multi-tenant space.

    CloudHQ marks the return of Hossein Fateh, one of the industry’s master builders. As co-founder and CEO of DuPont Fabros Technology, Fateh built more than 260 megawatts of data center capacity for many of the leading players in the Internet sector. Fateh stepped down from DFT in February 2015, and took a year off from the industry. In May 2016 Fateh launched CloudHQ, and secured a huge lease with a leading hyperscale customer.

    The new company has taken a stealthy approach thus far, and hasn’t even launched its web site yet. But CloudHQ comes to market with an experienced team and relationships with marquee tenants.

    “There’s no big need for us to be splashy,” said Jeramy Utara, Vice President of Sales & Leasing for CloudHQ. “Our business strategy is a little different. We would like to be more of a development partner for our major clients. We don’t build on spec. We build new buildings with an anchor tenant, and we work with the largest hyperscale providers.”

    Development Partner for the Cloud Titans

    CloudHQ arrived on the scene just as cloud service providers were super-sizing their requirements, seeking leases of 16 megawatts and above. It has the potential to be a disruptive player in the “super wholesale” market, and plans on working with the major cloud service providers on build-to-suit projects.

    “It’s a custom build. If you’re an anchor tenant, you get an early seat at the design table,” said Utara, who said CloudHQ hopes to work with anchor tenants seeking 20 megawatts of capacity or more.

    As it rolls out its offering, CloudHQ is focusing on Manassas, an emerging data center hub in Prince William County, about 20 miles south of “Data Center Alley” in Ashburn. CloudHQ owns property near Manassas Regional Airport, supported by Dominion Virginia Power’s Clover Hill substation, which has 300 MVA of capacity. The company built eight miles of fiber conduit along Route 234 to bring connectivity to the campus.


    The exterior of the CloudHQ MCC1 data center in Manassas during the late stages of its construction and commissioning.
    At right is the massive Dominion Virginia Power substation that will support the campus. (Photo; Rich Miller)


    One of CloudHQ’s strengths is an experienced team that has worked together on delivering large data center projects. Nearly the entire CloudHQ team worked together with Fateh at DFT, including Utara, VP of Information Technology Dan Molloy, VP of Design & Construction Brian Zemcik, VP of Sales Engineering Faran Kaplan, VP of Electrical Infrastructure Brian O’Hara, and Bob Rosenberger, the EVP of Operations.

    Capturing Economies of Scale

    Like DFT, CloudHQ is focused on building big and capturing economies of scale that can reduce the cost of construction – which in turn allows it to pass savings along to customers. It operates under the wholesale data center model, with customers leasing entire data halls rather than renting capacity by the cage or cabinet, as seen in “retail” colocation.

    The MCC1 building is 1,100 feet long, and spans 460,000 square feet. In addition to the anchor tenant, the building includes space for additional data halls with flexible configurations for size, density and resiliency. There’s also the CloudHQ NOC and offices, and additional office space for tenants.

    To ensure uptime, MCC1 is supported by 28 Cummins backup generators, backed by 200,000 gallons of fuel stored on site in four huge tanks, enough to operate for 48 hours. The facility’s power rooms feature equipment designed to reduce hazard exposure from arc flash events.


    One of the 28 Cummins 2750kV backup generators at the CloudHQ Manassas Corporate Center 1 data center. (Photo: Rich Miller)

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    Like DFT, CloudHQ uses an ISO parallel power design that allows load sharing across multiple data halls while allowing each tenant to be isolated from electrical faults, effectively providing a dedicated electrical service. MCC1 uses a medium voltage power distribution system that reduces cost in the feeder system, as well as limiting power loss from voltage conversions.

    Some of the wholesale space at MCC1 is being offer as low-resiliency space, which operates without generator or UPS support, and is typically used for applications that are not mission-critical.

    “We are getting hyperscalers asking for it, typically for specific products like cold storage,” said Utara, who said Cloud HQ’s lower-resiliency space will be available at a meaningful discounts to traditional N+1 or 2N space.


    One of the power rooms at CloudHQ’s new Manassas data center, seen during late stages of construction.
    The equipment includes features to protect workers from arc flash incidents, including hardened exterior and
    an interior design that channels energy upward, rather than outward. (Photo: Rich Miller)


    A key design principle for CloudHQ is operating “waterless” data centers, using only enough water to support bathrooms and humidification systems. To accomplish that goal, it has become a major user of Kyoto Cooling, also known as a heat wheel. It’s a refinement of existing approaches that take advantage of outside air to improve cooling efficiency and reduce data center power bills.

    The heat wheel eliminates the need for chillers in most operating conditions, but offers advantages over direct fresh air cooling. The system can work without water, which reduces a data center’s impact on the local utility infrastructure.

    CloudHQ has 152 of the Kyoto Cooling 400kW units mounted on the roof of its Manassas data center. The heat wheel spins at 6 rotations per minute, using ambient air to cool the wheel, which then passes through a second chamber and cools the supply air for the data center.

    The cool air from the rooftop Kyoto units at MCC1 is dropped into data halls through openings in the ceiling. Each data hall features a slab floor, with cabinets housed in containment systems with chimneys to vent server exhaust heat into a ceiling plenum.

    Water conservation is a growing priority for hyperscale data centers and their customers, who have been seeking to move away from evaporative cooling systems. CloudHQ estimates that a large data center can use as much as 191 million gallons in a year, the equivalent of water used by 5,300 houses.

    That type of usage can have an impact on a municipalities’ potable water supply, which is why the Kyoto units are being used by CloudHQ, along with other providers including RagingWire Data Centers, QTS Data Centers and Compass Datacenters.

    CloudHQ says it expects MCC1 to operate with a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness,a leading metric for energy efficiency) below 1.2, consistent with the power efficiency goals of leading hyperscale providers.


    One of the long hallways inside the CloudHQ MCC1
    data center during final phases of construction.
    The building is 1,100 feet long, or about the size of
    a Nimitz class aircraft carrier. (Photo: Rich Miller)



    Ready to Compete

    CloudHQ’s arrival brings another experienced player into the market for hyperscale data center projects. The company is ramping up at the same time that DFT, one of the leading players in the super wholesale market, is in the process of being acquired by rival Digital Realty.

    Utara said CloudHQ’s approach is designed to keep costs low and compete hard for projects for cloud providers. The company currently has about 25 employees.

    “We’re a private company,” said Utara. “We are a small team, and we prefer to stay small and nimble.”

    Although CloudHQ includes some elements of a build-to-suit project, that won’t always mean a single-tenant deal. “We’re perfectly fine with single tenant,” said Utara. “Some of our tenants prefer not to be in a single-tenant scenario.”

    CloudHQ doesn’t discuss the identity of its anchor tenant. Several reports on data center real estate have identified the tenant as Microsoft. Suffice it to say that a 35-megawatt requirement is in the realm of only the very largest users of data center space, including the leading cloud platforms. While there have been several individual data center leases exceeding 20 megawatts, we’ve haven’t seen deals larger than CloudHQ’s initial customer.

    https://datacenterfrontier.com/cloud...s-data-center/

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    Vantage Plans $1 Billion Data Center in Virginia's "Data Center Alley"


    An illustration of the planned Vantage Data Centers campus in Northern Virginia

    Rich Miller
    October 10, 2017

    Vantage Data Centers is entering the Northern Virginia market. And it’s not tip-toeing in, either.

    Vantage plans to build more than 1 million square feet of data center space on 42 acres of land it recently acquired in Ashburn’s “Data Center Alley.” The company says it will invest more than $1 billion to add 108 megawatts of IT capacity to the fast-growing cloud cluster in Loudoun County.

    “Northern Virginia really is a ‘go big or go home’ market,” said Sureel Choksi, the CEO of Vantage, which is based in Santa Clara. “It’s the largest wholesale data center market in the world. It’s important for us to invest in a big presence.”

    The expansion been anticipated since Digital Bridge Holdings acquired Vantage earlier this year to serve as a platform for a larger expansion into the wholesale data center industry. At the time, Digital Bridge CEO Marc Ganzi said Northern Virginia was high on the list of potential expansion markets.

    The new Vantage campus will be located at the intersection of Route 28 and Waxpool Road, adjacent to the new Infomart Ashburn campus and less than 2 miles from the region’s primary interconnection hub at Equinix. Vantage plans to build five data center buildings at the site, which it purchased earlier this year. The company hopes to start construction in early 2018 and bring its first data center online in early 2019 with 24 megawatts of capacity.

    Demand from Existing Customers

    “Vantage’s expansion to Northern Virginia is in direct response to demand from our cloud and large technology enterprise customers, who have expansion plans on the east coast,” said Choksi. “Our customer base is cloud providers and very large enterprise technology companies. There’s a lot of crossover between Santa Clara and Ashburn. Northern Virginia is a vital and strategic market for our customers and company.”

    Northern Virginia is also one of the most competitive data center markets in the world. Most of the leading service providers in the data center market already have a presence, and those that aren’t are trying to buy land to enter the market. Vantage arrives in Ashburn with an established track record in Santa Clara, a crowded market where Vantage has sold out all of its data center space and is busy building more capacity.


    The V2 facility at the Vantage Data Centers campus in Santa Clara, Calif.

    “Northern Virginia is a highly competitive market, and it’s warranted given the sheer amount of demand,” said Choksi. “It’s attracted a fair amount of competitors, and a number of newer entrants. We think there’s plenty of room in the market.”

    Choksi said the competitive dynamic in Ashburn has shifted with the recent merger of the industry’s two largest wholesale providers, as Digital Realty acquired DuPont Fabros Technology in a $7.6 billion deal.

    “It’s not lost on us that the number one and number two providers in Ashburn are now one company,” said Choksi. “That means some customers will look for alternatives, and I think we represent an attractive alternative.”

    Building at Cloud Speed

    That’s where the “go big” strategy comes into play. Choksi says the $1 billion investment in Ashburn is more than the company has spent in its home market of Santa Clara. “The focus is on creating options and the ability to deliver capacity as soon as possible,” said Choksi. “We secure a large amount of land, get a commitment from the power company, build large shells and fill them out rapidly. We think the high-touch market we’ve pioneered in Silicon Valley will be relevant in Northern Virginia.”

    Vantage Data Centers was founded in 2010, when it began redeveloping an Intel data center property with backing from Silver Lake. That Santa Clara campus now features four finished data centers, with two more under construction. Vantage has acquired land for a major new campus in Santa Clara, and also operates a fully-leased data center in Quincy, Washington.

    In Santa Clara, Vantage was one of the beneficiaries of the growing interest in variable resiliency, featuring data halls with less elaborate backup power infrastructure than traditional data centers. The company has won multiple deals for lab-style environments, whose high-density compute loads aren’t usually mission critical.

    Choksi doesn’t expect these be a primary use case at first in cloud-centric Ashburn, but says artificial intelligence is creating more high-density workloads, and this will eventually become a more important component of the Northern Virginia market.

    The push into Ashburn continues an active period for the Vantage team, which has remained intact in the wake of the Digital Bridge acquisition. There may be more expansion to come, Choksi said.

    “It’s been a busy year, with the transaction, the new construction and our expansion,” said Choksi. “Our new capital partners have significant dry powder to invest in Vantage and extend its presence and brand. This is the first step.”

    https://datacenterfrontier.com/vanta...center-campus/

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    Cloud computing spending is growing faster than expected

    Most new features are being offered by vendors as cloud services only.

    Steve Ranger
    October 12, 2017

    Spending on cloud computing services is growing faster then previously expected, with software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) two of the most rapidly expanding segments.

    Worldwide public cloud services revenues are expected to grow 18.5 per cent in 2017 to a total $260bn, up from $220bn last year, according to Gartner.

    While that's still a small element of total worldwide IT spending -- which stands somewhere around $3.5tn -- it's a significant number when compared to worldwide enterprise software spending and is expected to reach $350bn.

    In particular the use of software as a service is rising more rapidly than previously predicted, said Sid Nag, research director at Gartner. "SaaS is also growing faster in 2017 than previously forecast, leading to a significant uplift in the entire public cloud revenue forecast."



    SaaS revenue is expected to grow 20 per cent in 2017 to reach $60bn. But how much of that is because companies want to use cloud, and how much of that is because that is what businesses are now being offered by vendors (which are keen to move to away from selling one-off licences to selling potentially more lucrative cloud subscriptions) is somewhat unclear.

    Gartner said the acceleration in SaaS adoption is the result of a shift by software vendors to providing nearly all new application functionality or add-ons as a service, but added: "This appeals to users because SaaS solutions are engineered to be more purpose-built and are delivering better business outcomes than traditional software is."

    Adoption of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is also rising faster than the analysts had predicted, Nag said, as large companies are becoming increasingly confident that PaaS will be their primary form of application development platform in the future. "This accounts for the remainder of the increase in this iteration of Gartner's public cloud services revenue forecast."

    However, the highest revenue growth will come from IaaS, which is projected to grow 37 per cent in 2017 to reach $35 billion.

    The analysts said growth will stabilise from 2018 onwards, as cloud computing becomes part of the mainstream IT spending mix.

    "As of 2016, approximately 17 per cent of the total market revenue for infrastructure, middleware, application and business process services had shifted to cloud," said Nag. "Through 2021, this will increase to approximately 30 per cent."

    Two-thirds of the spending on cloud computing services will go through the top 10 public cloud providers.

    "In the IaaS segment, Amazon, Microsoft and Alibaba have already taken strong positions in the market," said Nag.

    "In the SaaS and PaaS segments, we are seeing cloud's impact driving major software vendors such as Oracle, SAP and Microsoft from on-premises, licence-based software to cloud subscription models."

    However, there are still barriers to the adoption of cloud services. A separate survey by Oracle found that nearly half of the respondents said negative preconceptions have been a strong barrier to IaaS adoption within their organization.

    It also found that only just under half of businesses thought IaaS provides world-class availability, uptime and speed; and more recent adopters were less likely to be impressed by its benefits than longer-term users. It also found that a significant minority -- 45 percent -- of experienced cloud users believe upfront migration costs ultimately outweigh the long-term savings created by IaaS--higher than the proportion of recent users who feel the same.

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/cloud-c...than-expected/


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    Microsoft: 70% of its Exchange users to be using the cloud by fiscal year 2019

    "We are running about a year ahead of where we thought we would be two years ago"

    Mary Jo Foley
    October 10, 2017

    During Microsoft's most recent earnings call, officials said that commercial Office 365 revenues for the first time were greater than non-subscription/perpetual Office ones.

    Currently, according to Microsoft, more than half of all commercial (business) Office users are using Office 365 rather than standalone/perpetual Office. But during some point in the company's fiscal 2019 (which kicks off on July 1, 2018), Microsoft is expecting two-thirds of its business Office customers will be using Office 365.

    That prediction comes from Rajesh Jha, executive vice president of the company's Office Product Group and member of the Microsoft Senior Leadership Team (SLT) inner circle. Jha made the remarks during last month's Deutsche Bank Technology Conference in Las Vegas.

    Jha also said that Microsoft expects 70 percent of its Exchange/Outlook users to be using the cloud, rather than on-premises versions of those messaging products by Microsoft's fiscal 2019.

    "We are running about a year ahead of where we thought we would be two years ago," he said. "Internally we think we're running about a year ahead on the customer's transition."

    Office 365 currently makes up the bulk of what Microsoft calls its "commercial cloud" services. (Other services in that bucket include Azure, Dynamics 365, and Power BI, but not LinkedIn.)

    As of the end of the company's fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 (ending June 30, 2017), Microsoft was at an $18.9 billion commercial cloud run rate, officials said. That was up from $15.2 billion last quarter. Microsoft set the $20 billion commercial cloud run rate goal for itself in April 2015.

    Speaking of LinkedIn, Jha said Microsoft's continued first priority with that acquisition is "to grow our engagement" with LinkedIn users.

    Microsoft so far has not delivered on many of its planned Microsoft-LinkedIn integrations, but I'm hearing Microsoft may have more to announce on this front before the end of calendar 2017.

    Microsoft remains committed to more tightly integrating LinkedIn with Office so that the two will share common identity and profile information. At the company's recent Ignite conference, Microsoft announced integration between Office profile card and LinkedIn data.

    But Microsoft plans to go further on this front, enabling customers to "know the meetings, the trending documents, the people you work with," said Jha, based on the shared identities between Office and LinkedIn. He said "those are the things you would be seeing coming out shortly."

    He also mentioned the previously announced plan to integrate applications like Microsoft Word and LinkedIn web services, which would help someone creating a resume "get the trends for the skills and get that populated right into Word." Microsoft also is likely to expose those creating resumes to the jobs based on the construct and content of the resumes they are writing, he said.

    More integration between LinkedIn and Dynamics 365 is coming, too, he told Deutsche Bank conference attendees.

    "Now if you take LinkedIn and Dynamics together, that's like a $5 billion business, 70 percent in the cloud. Dynamics itself has grown 75 percent year-over-year. So we are very excited about that," he said.

    The big picture for Microsoft and LinkedIn revolves around integrating their respective data graphs, Jha reiterated.

    "(CEO) Satya (Nadella) has talked about the intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge," Jha said. "In many ways Office is the intelligent edge. But the other important node here is the intelligent data, or the intelligent network. So you take a Microsoft Graph, you take the LinkedIn Graph, that's our intelligent network. So we start from that core."

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/microso...y-fiscal-2019/

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    QTS Plotting Major Expansion in Northern Virginia Data Center Market


    QTS Realty Trust has put under contract a 281-acre site near Dulles International Airport


    Huge Metro-adjacent Loudoun site now targeted for data center

    By Daniel J. Sernovitz | Washington Business Journal
    2017-10-17

    A Kansas data center developer has set its sights on a large swath of land near the Silver Line's planned Loudoun Gateway Station, real estate that's been weighed for various uses including a potential new stadium for Washington's NFL team and the 14 million-square-foot International City.

    QTS Realty Trust is under contract to acquire the nearly 281-acre site now being marketed as Washington Dulles Gateway for $80 million and is slated to close on the acquisition later this month, according to sources familiar with the deal. QTS, based in Overland Park, Kansas, operates or manages more than 5 million square feet of data center space, including a pair of Northern Virginia sites in Ashburn and Dulles.
    Representatives for QTS did not return calls seeking comment, and representatives for Loudoun County Economic Development declined to comment.

    Loudoun has emerged as a national data center hub, and the prospective acquisition follows plans by a California-based firm to build a 1 million-square-foot, $1 billion data center campus on a 42-acre site in Ashburn. At the same time, county planners recently pushed back against another pitch for a data center farther north along the Greenway pending the outcome of the county's Envision Loudoun comprehensive planning process.

    A working draft of Envision Loudoun, discussed during the most recent meeting of the Envision Loudoun stakeholders group, identifies the Washington Dulles Gateway site north of Dulles International Airport as one of several candidates for rezoning to transit station-mixed use to take advantage of their proximity to Metro. The property's future use could also be impacted by an airport noise study the county is also considering as part of Envision Loudoun.

    Loudoun County Supervisor Ron Meyer, who represents the Broad Run District that includes Washington Dulles Gateway, said he believes that at least that portion of the site closest to the Loudoun Gateway Station should be set aside for something that would generate more activity than a data center, such as a mixed-use development.

    "Certainly the highest and best use within a half-mile we don't believe to be a data center," Meyer said. "Our county will be doing everything we can to ensure the area within a half-mile of a Metro station will be preserved for the highest and best use."

    Meyer said he believes the buyers, whom he declined to identify by name, are aware of the issue and open to striking a balance that could include data center uses on part of the site and mixed-use closer to Metro. He declined to disclose details of how that might happen.

    The pending sale comes roughly six months after real estate services firm JLL began marketing the property to interested buyers on behalf of the ownership group. The price appears to be significantly lower than initial estimates, which could have come in at around $225 million based on a sale price of at least $800,000 an acre. JLL Executive Managing Director Mark Levy, who declined to comment for this article, previously told me the offering had attracted interest from a broad range of parties.

    JLL was retained to market the property after a court ruling expelled the property's majority owner, developer H. Christopher Antigone, from the operating group overseeing the real estate. Antigone's partners were Dulles Gateway Associates and Tab I Associates, including Jay and Cheryl Taustin and Bruce and Mark Leiner. Jay Taustin is Antigone’s brother-in-law and Cheryl Taustin his sister-in-law. Bruce Leiner runs the Candy Kitchen Shoppes chain, launched by Sam Taustin more than 70 years ago. Mark Leiner is president of The Bonfire restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland.

    Antigone, of Vienna-based Antigone Realty, appealed the lower court's ruling to the Virginia Supreme Court, which dismissed the case and then declined a rehearing in March, putting an end to the legal fight.

    John Farrell, an attorney with McCandlish Lillard who is representing the operating group, declined to comment, as did Antigone.

    Antigone had controlled the Route 606 property for more than two decades. His International City proposal, though never formally submitted as an application with Loudoun, was once envisioned to include more than 4,000 hotel rooms, a major convention center, an entertainment district, trophy office towers and cultural amenities.

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