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Google has announced game-changing updates to its AI-optimized cloud, featuring fifth-generation TPUs and NVIDIA H100 GPUs. Companies like Gridspace have reported a 5x increase in AI model training speed using the TPU v5e. This move highlights the demands of generative AI and large language models, which have seen their ‘parameters’ increase tenfold annually. Another notable advancement is the introduction of Multislice technology, which supports scaling of AI models beyond the physical limits of TPU pods. This capability is expected to materially boost Google Cloud’s performance. Lastly, as Google and other hyperscalers industrialize, it is increasingly evident that compute is migrating to regional hubs of power with friendly development environments. These hubs are revitalizing our industrial stock and evolving into the central backbone of our modern compute industry.

  • Who Consumes 14 Gigawatts of Peak Hour Power?

    At the moment of this writing it is 119 degrees here in Arizona where I sit. In case you thought data centers were the power consuming scourge we’ve heard of in the past, the broader market of consumer and industrial users suck up huge amounts of unmanaged power when mother-nature decides it’s going to be HOT! The Metro Phoenix, Arizona area is served by two electric utility providers, APS and SRP. On previous 118 degree days they ponied up 6,873 and 7,236 Megawatts respectively during peak load between 4 to 5 p.m. That’s over 14 Gigawatts at peak load in...

  • U.S. Venture Capital Market – Online And Software Industry

    VC investment activity jumped in 2014 by 53% over 2013, growing from $45 billion to $69 billion. The market has sustained momentum with $79 billion in 2015 and $71 billion in 2016. 2017 activity is anyone’s guess at this early stage. Software companies are some of the biggest consumers of data centers. For Q1 2017, 37% of transactions occurred in the software market. In Pitchbook’s taxonomy, “software” is comprised of everything from social media sites, SaaS, Cloud, and traditional on-prem installed software. Also for Q1 2017 seven of the top 10 financings were for the software category (Airbnb, SoFi, Instacart,...

  • Telx Announces Support For FASTER Cable System

    Data center solutions provider Telx announced its support for the FASTER cable system mid-July. FASTER is a transpacific, underwater network that will connect the west coast of the U.S. to the Asia Pacific region. The FASTER system, which is expected to begin operation in the second quarter of 2016, will land in the company's Oregon data center, located right outside Hillsboro. Company officials hope the cable will provide secure interconnectivity to customers on both sides of the Pacific. "We are excited to develop our relationship with the FASTER consortium through the support of this cable system," said Tony Rossabi, Telx's executive...

  • This Is How Amazon’s Servers Rarely Go Down: Part 1 of 3

    By Josh Symonds, March 7, 2017, AppDynamics. Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s best-in-class cloud services offering, had downtime of only 2.5 hours in 2015. You may think their uptime of 99.9997 percent had something to do with an engineering team of hundreds, a budget of billions, or dozens of data centers across the globe—but you’d be wrong. Amazon’s website, video, and music offerings, and even AWS itself, all leverage multiple AWS products to get five nines of availability, and those are the same products we get to use as consumers. With some clever engineering and good service decisions, anyone can...

  • Florida Signs Data Center Tax Incentives

    The Florida Legislature and Governor put the final signatures on its tax package (HB 7109) that includes a sales and use tax exemption for property and equipment and electricity for qualifying data centers. With this legislation, Florida becomes the 27th state to have data center tax exemptions and is one of only four states to exempt data center electricity purchases from sales and use taxes. For simplicity here are the key criteria to attain the exemption: The data center’s owners and tenants must make a cumulative capital investment of $150 million and; The data center must have at least 15 megawatts of...