The center of the country is proving to be the ideal place to add data center capacity. Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft are investing $11 billion in cloud campuses across Iowa, Ohio and Nebraska.
Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has effectively created the cloud market and continues to be a leader in the cloud computing sector. AWS provides an incredible array of services on top of their cloud platform, from storage and networking, to machine learning and game development. Amazon continuously innovates at every level of computing, from the design of their hyperscale data centers down to the semiconductors in their servers.
Headquarters: Seattle, WA
COPT, which is the primary landlord for Amazon Web Services in Northern Virginia, is building two data centers in Ashburn for an unnamed tenant.
Snap’s IPO will be a banner event for the data center industry, as the parent of Snapchat has committed to pay $3 billion for cloud infrastructure from Google and Amazon over the next five years.
Amazon’s cloud computing operation may soon have more than 1 gigawatt of power capacity supporting its huge US-East data center cluster, according to a Greenpeace analysis of the company’s energy use.
Amazon Web Services is developing its own customer semiconductor chips to accelerate its cloud computing network. Amazon’s James Hamilton provided an overview at the AWS ReInvent conference.
Amazon Web Services is expanding rapidly in Northern Virginia, adding data centers to boost capacity in its Amazon US East cloud region. A key partner in this effort is COPT, a real estate developer that works closely with the federal government.
The impact of NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) on the data center industry has entered a new phase, culminating in a court ruling in Paris this week that revoked the approvals for a working data center.
A hard disk drive shortage following flooding in Thailand in 2011 prompted Amazon Web Services to rethink its supply chain. We recap the discussion from re:Invent, including the launch of Snowball, a 50 TV storage appliance to speed data transfer to the AWS cloud.
A look at where Amazon Web Services builds the data centers to power its massive cloud computing network. The company has built data center clusters in Virginia and Oregon, with new capacity coming soon in Ohio.
Amazon’s cloud computing platform has become critical to many of its more than 1 million customers. We look at how Amazon builds its data centers, and the scale and design of its infrastructure.