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Women in the data center industry
Wednesday was International Women’s Day—and an opportunity to both celebrate women’s achievements and highlight continuing injustices.
Women in tech rarely receive C-suite (especially CEO) positions, and when they do, their businesses receive less funding than their male counterparts. Last year, women-founded startups received only 2.1% of VC funds raised.
Research has shown that this is especially true in the data center industry. In a recent poll of server warehouse operators, 20% did not employ a single woman.
Data center operators may benefit from job openings for women while giving “primary consideration” to operators.
Meta Plans For More Strikes, TSMC Hires Engineers
Of course, this week continues the pattern of layoff announcements. After the first round of layoffs in November, Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to cut thousands of jobs in the coming days.
In contrast, Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, plans to hire a whopping 6,000 engineers by 2023.
Market Sours on Intel
The agile market is not impressed with Intel’s new data center-targeted Agilex 7 FPGA transceiver. Intel shares fell 1.8% on Tuesday after the transceiver release.
In the year By 2022, Intel’s data center market share is down 16 percent—with AMD making up most of the lost business.
As Intel tries to reassert its industry leadership and diversify its operations, the company has requested nearly $5 billion in subsidies from the German government to complete a chip manufacturing complex in Magdeburg.
Data centers in unusual locations
By the end of the week, we’ll be very close to having data centers on the moon. Lonestar Data Holdings has completed seed funding to support its Lunar data center plan. If Lonestar succeeds in its mission, the first data center on the moon will be roughly the size of a hardback novel—one that will be powered by giants providing data storage and edge processing.
Back on this planet, DigitalBridge is considering the sale of a minority stake in Vantage Data Centers, and construction is underway for a TikTok data center in Norway, a Microsoft data center in San Antonio, Texas, and an AWS factory in Santa Clara, California.
Measuring and reducing carbon footprints
With data centers expected to consume 8 percent of the world’s electricity by 2030, reducing their carbon footprint is critical to combating climate change.
To measure and ultimately improve data center energy efficiency, The Green Grid has released an improved proprietary cost calculation tool—focusing on the impact of various liquid cooling systems.
Other great reads on DCK this week
7 ways to protect confidential data in the cloud. Klaus Haller takes an in-depth look at the main methods and technologies to help protect sensitive data in the public cloud – from access control to anti-aliasing and everything in between.
Aligning data architectures with cloud cost optimization. Chris Tozzi explains in detail the different data structures in the cloud and provides guidance on how cloud-based data storage, management and processing strategies can achieve the best return on investment.
The changing state of data center audit requirements. If your data center audit strategy is stuck in the 2010s, this article is for you. As new laws emerge and old ones evolve, stakeholders must monitor and respond to these changes if they are to remain compliant with regulatory and industry auditing standards.
After the holiday server meltdown, Southwest partners with Amazon. Months after a server outage that left thousands of passengers stranded, Southwest Airlines has partnered with AWS to address issues with the airline’s technology infrastructure and improve the customer experience.
Twitter faces second outage in a week, Musk calls it ‘brittle’ Twitter has seen its second outage in less than a week, prompting criticism from users, including owner Elon Musk, who called the platform he bought for $44 billion “broken.”
That’s it for this week. Which of these stories is most important to you? Let us know in the comments below!