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An accidental release of fire-suppression agent into the data center environment in Europe triggered a chain of events that led to an Azure cloud outage for a group of customers on September 29.
Microsoft Azure engineers attributed what they referred to as a “Storage Related Incident,” which led to systems going down for customers hosting virtual infrastructure in the company’s data center in Northern Europe, to an accident during routine maintenance of the facility’s fire-suppression system.
Related: How to Survive a Cloud Meltdown
From the incident report posted on the Azure status page:
During a routine periodic fire suppression system maintenance, an unexpected release of inert fire suppression agent occurred. When suppression was triggered, it initiated the automatic shutdown of Air Handler Units (AHU) as designed for containment and safety. While conditions in the data center were being reaffirmed and AHUs were being restarted, the ambient temperature in isolated areas of the impacted suppression zone rose above normal operational parameters. Some systems in the impacted zone performed auto shutdowns or reboots triggered by internal thermal health monitoring to prevent overheating of those systems.
Related: AWS Outage that Broke the Internet Caused by Mistyped Command
The staff brought the air handlers back online 35 minutes after the unexpected gas release, returning facility temperature to a normal operational level

 

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. has warned Irish authorities that continuing delays around its proposed data center in the west of the country could jeopardize the $1 billion project, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The iPhone maker, which scouted 19 countries before choosing Ireland, raised concern that the project remains mired in the planning process, according to the people who asked not be named because the matter is private. The plan to build a data center in a Galway forest, due to cover 166,000 square meters, the equivalent to about 23 soccer fields, close to the Atlantic coast was announced in 2015 and had been expected to be completed this year.
Instead, Apple is still awaiting a court hearing into a challenge by objectors into the planning approval for the project. The company is also worried that plans to power the center could also be contested, adding additional delays, though it hasn’t given Ireland a deadline for completing the process, according to one of the people.
Advocates of the Apple project say the delays illustrate a deeper issue: the difficulty executing large infrastructure developments in Ireland compared with other countries. Apple has almost completed a similar project in Denmark that Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook announced simultaneously as part of its biggest-ever investment in Europe, and said in July it plans a second data center in the Scandinavian country.
In Ireland, the forestry site remains largely untouched, as

 

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. has warned Irish authorities that continuing delays around its proposed data center in the west of the country could jeopardize the $1 billion project, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The iPhone maker, which scouted 19 countries before choosing Ireland, raised concern that the project remains mired in the planning process, according to the people who asked not be named because the matter is private. The plan to build a data center in a Galway forest, due to cover 166,000 square meters, the equivalent to about 23 soccer fields, close to the Atlantic coast was announced in 2015 and had been expected to be completed this year.
Instead, Apple is still awaiting a court hearing into a challenge by objectors into the planning approval for the project. The company is also worried that plans to power the center could also be contested, adding additional delays, though it hasn’t given Ireland a deadline for completing the process, according to one of the people.
Advocates of the Apple project say the delays illustrate a deeper issue: the difficulty executing large infrastructure developments in Ireland compared with other countries. Apple has almost completed a similar project in Denmark that Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook announced simultaneously as part of its biggest-ever investment in Europe, and said in July it plans a second data center in the Scandinavian country.
In Ireland, the forestry site remains largely untouched, as

 

As the web hosting and cloud computing markets mature, the mix of companies achieving success in raising venture capital has changed. The industry has attracted well over a billion dollars in investment so far in 2017. However, most successful funding rounds have been focused on software rather than infrastructure.
With Dropbox said to be preparing for an IPO, motivation to find the next internet service unicorn remains high.
At the same time, funds like the initiative launched in May by Cisco, Emery and Texas Tech to support enterprise software and cloud computing companies in Europe show the continuing emergence of non-traditional investment groups in the industry. The fund, managed by Notion Capital, is expected to invest in roughly 20 early-stage companies during the next decade. Startups can leverage the resources of programs like incubators, which can sometimes reduce or delay the need for capital, and some governments offer grants not only for startups, but also for expanding technology companies.
By considering recent funding rounds announced in the industry, several possible trends can be identified. Indeed, it’s important to understand the market for investment in the industry in order to make difficult business decisions about finance strategy.
Cloud Management and Security
The most active area of investment in the cloud and hosting ecosystem appears to be cloud management and security. Tools to provide control and visibility are popular among organizations

 

(Bloomberg) — Europe’s best-performing telecom stock this year has nowhere near the name recognition of competitors such as Telefonica SA, Orange SA or Vodafone Group Plc.
Yet Masmovil Ibercom SA, based in San Sebastian, Spain, has outdone them all, earning its place as the country’s fourth national carrier through acquisitions, debt, investments in fiber-optic broadband and aggressive pricing. The shares have more than doubled this year, compared with a 3.4 percent decline for the 21-member Stoxx Telecom Index.
Investors flocking to a small carrier with barely no broadband of its own in a country that already boasts Europe’s largest fiber network may seems counter-intuitive. But Masmovil is attracting interest by pitching itself as a low-cost provider in a country where the three big players appear more focused on seeking high-spending consumers.
The carrier’s growth is driven by a straightforward marketing strategy: a no-frills offering that doesn’t include pricier content such as soccer combined with mobile and fiber packages that are among the cheapest in the market. Masmovil also has an aggressive fiber deployment strategy, centered around the construction of a broadband network mainly in small towns and rural areas overlooked by the country’s largest carriers. A wholesale agreement with Orange helps it cover larger, urban areas.
Though rivals are beginning to counter Masmovil’s prices with their own low-cost offerings, most analysts aren’t

 

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With ResellerClub presents HostingCon Europe 2015 now just a day away in Amsterdam, the late rush for registrations is on, and the final details are falling into place. Many attendees looking forward to making the most of their networking opportunities are getting on HostingCon Connect and setting up meetings already. While there are too many announcements to fit them all in, let’s take a quick look at some of the exciting and late-breaking developments on the eve of HostingCon Europe 2015.

Perhaps the hottest update is that if you register now with the coupon code “HostingCon40″ you can get €40 off the regular pricem, so you pay only €60!


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Holland Hardware signed up as a Gold exhibitor last week, grabbing a prime booth location. Going into the weekend, there was one exhibitor booth left. Whether it or any sponsorship opportunities remain available may depend on what time it is when you are reading this, so contact HostingCon immediately if you are interested.

The final sessions and product workshops have all been announced. One big addition is HP EMEA Sales and Business Development Manager for Service Providers Robert Stroomberg, who will talk about successful business models and ecosystems for different stakeholders on Tuesday afternoon. Check out the website for all the details you need to set your conference schedule.

 

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The second annual HostingCon Europe is shaping up to be even bigger than the first event. It will be one of Europe’s largest and most productive conferences for any company or individual involved in networking or the internet. For hosts and cloud service providers, it is can’t miss event, and when it comes to who should attend, Martin Wielomski of phoenixNAP said it best: “(A)nyone interested in better reaching or serving Europe should attend.”

For all the latest HostingCon news and information, visit HostingCon – Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers

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When every kind of hosting, cloud and related service provider descends on Amsterdam for ResellerClub present HostingCon Europe 2015, ideas will cross-pollinate, issues will be discussed, and likely deals will even be proposed. Many introductions and HostingCon Europe will lead to referrals, partnerships, or even acquisitions in the future.

Martin Wielomski of phoenixNAP explains why IT service providers need to attend:

“The hosting market in Europe continues to grow as networks expand and local populations demand greater connectivity,” said Wielomski, manager of business development EMEA for phoenixNAP. “The HostingCon Europe show is a reflection of this reality, and a significant shaper of strategies to address the unique needs European markets present. It’s a show that anyone interested in better reaching or serving Europe should attend, and of course we are greatly looking forward to it.”

 

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Networking begins for some even before the plane ride to Amsterdam, with the introduction of the HostingCon Connect networking tool to the conference, and continues through the last event.

The opening networking reception takes place at 5:00 on Day 1, which allows even those who have been manning exhibit booths, session speakers, and even any latecomers to participate. On Day 2 there is a networking lunch from 11:30 to 1:00, followed by the popular WHIR networking event at 6:00. The WHIR event is sponsored by Softlayer, and complimentary drinks and mouth-watering apps, including vegetarian options, will be served. You must RSVP to attend, and a good list of early RSVPs can be seen at the event page. That list also provides an interesting window into companies not yet signed up for exhibit booths but all in on learning and networking as much as they can at HostingCon Europe 2015.

Of course, some of the most fruitful networking at HostingCon Europe will happen at coffee breaks, over late night refreshments or midnight snacks. If you want to be a part of it, take advantage of the early bird rate and register now!

For all the latest HostingCon news and information, visit HostingCon – Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers

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When every kind of hosting, cloud and related service provider descends on Amsterdam for ResellerClub present HostingCon Europe 2015, ideas will cross-pollinate, issues will be discussed, and likely deals will even be proposed. Many introductions and HostingCon Europe will lead to referrals, partnerships, or even acquisitions in the future.

Martin Wielomski of phoenixNAP explains why IT service providers need to attend:

“The hosting market in Europe continues to grow as networks expand and local populations demand greater connectivity,” said Wielomski, manager of business development EMEA for phoenixNAP. “The HostingCon Europe show is a reflection of this reality, and a significant shaper of strategies to address the unique needs European markets present. It’s a show that anyone interested in better reaching or serving Europe should attend, and of course we are greatly looking forward to it.”

 

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Networking begins for some even before the plane ride to Amsterdam, with the introduction of the HostingCon Connect networking tool to the conference, and continues through the last event.

The opening networking reception takes place at 5:00 on Day 1, which allows even those who have been manning exhibit booths, session speakers, and even any latecomers to participate. On Day 2 there is a networking lunch from 11:30 to 1:00, followed by the popular WHIR networking event at 6:00. The WHIR event is sponsored by Softlayer, and complimentary drinks and mouth-watering apps, including vegetarian options, will be served. You must RSVP to attend, and a good list of early RSVPs can be seen at the event page. That list also provides an interesting window into companies not yet signed up for exhibit booths but all in on learning and networking as much as they can at HostingCon Europe 2015.

Of course, some of the most fruitful networking at HostingCon Europe will happen at coffee breaks, over late night refreshments or midnight snacks. If you want to be a part of it, take advantage of the early bird rate and register now!

For all the latest HostingCon news and information, visit HostingCon – Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers

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After a highly successful debut in 2014, ResllerClub Presents HostingCon Europe is not just back for 2015, but bigger and better. With 27 percent of the global internet audience and a rapidly evolving market, it’s no wonder that the European edition of HostingCon was a huge success, and is expected to grow into Europe’s leading annual hosting and cloud industry conference.

The inaugural event last year was attended by many of Europe’s leading companies in the space. It featured 18 educational sessions and dozens of exhibitors. Of the over 400 attendees, the largest group of companies represented was hosting and presence providers at 41 percent, followed by hardware, software, and service vendors at 21 percent. Application service providers and data center and collocation providers were also well represented, and decision makers from businesses in every aspect of the industry were present.

 

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Hosts, data center companies, security providers, domain registries and registrars, and many others exhibited, and with exhibit hall expected to grow by over 50 percent, whoever you need to connect with will be at HostingCon Europe.

There is one month left until the expiry of the Early Bird Registration rate of €80, and opportunities to be a sponsor, exhibit, and even speak to the HostingCon Europe audience are still available, so download the prospectus (pdf), visit the website, and represent your company at HostingCon Europe 2015.

For all the latest HostingCon news and information, visit HostingCon – Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers

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