May 16, 2020

Google to construct new Tennessee data centre as part of $2.5bn initiative

Google
Data Centres
investment
Sundar Pichai
Jonathan Dyble
2 min
Google
Google has revealed that it will be both expanding and creating a range of new across 14 American states as part of a new country-wide investment plan...

Google has revealed that it will be both expanding and creating a range of new across 14 American states as part of a new country-wide investment plan.

At the groundbreaking of the company’s new Clarksville, Tennessee data centre, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the firm would be committing $2.5bn to the construction and expansion of five data centres across Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia and Oklahoma.

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“People often discuss “the cloud” as if it’s built out of air. But it’s actually made up of buildings, machinery, and people who construct and manage it all,” Pichai said. “Today we employ an estimated 1,900 people directly on our data centre campuses. We’ve created thousands of construction jobs—both for our data centres themselves, and for renewable energy generation. “

In addition to its commitment to data centre expansion, the firm also revealed that it would be investing in new or expanded offices across nine states, creating a range of new jobs across a variety of sectors, from engineering to sales.

“The launch of Google’s data centre in Clarksville is great news for Montgomery County,” said Tennesse Senator, Bob Corker. “These high-quality jobs will benefit families in a real way, and I applaud Google's mission to improve education and advance workforce development for Americans.”

The announcement comes shortly after the launch of the “Grow with Google” initiative, aimed at helping Americans learn and develop the skills needed to get a job or grow their businesses.

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Jul 29, 2021

BT and Microsoft unveil strategic partnership

BT
Microsoft
construction
Technology
Dominic Ellis
3 min
BT and Microsoft launch strategic partnership to accelerate innovation across enterprise voice, cyber security and industry-focused services

BT and Microsoft have launched a strategic partnership to accelerate innovation across enterprise voice, cyber security and industry-focused services in sectors from digital manufacturing to health.

BT has already been named one of the first development partners for Microsoft Operator Connect and Operator Connect Conferencing. The renewed agreement will allow BT to build on this relationship and offer its own branded global managed voice services directly through Microsoft Teams, with an approach that further enhances customer experience and creates new opportunities for growth. 

The strategic partnership will build on BT’s existing portfolio of cyber security services built on Microsoft technology. It will see the companies push forward with the design and launch of a new generation of managed security services to enable and protect the modern collaborative workplace. BT will work closely with Microsoft to develop distinct security propositions to defend customers’ operations across the cloud as well as its own IT estate.

Sustainability and collaboration on digital skills are integral to the partnership. BT and Microsoft will work together on further enhancing sustainability credentials within their supply chains and join forces on promoting digital skills in the communities.

“BT and Microsoft are at the forefront of innovation in global digital platforms and connectivity that will take technology and communication beyond limits,” said Bas Burger, CEO of Global at BT and executive sponsor of BT’s partnership with Microsoft. “This partnership will ensure all of Microsoft’s solutions work ‘Best on BT’ and support both companies’ commitments to improving digital skills in the community.”

Omar Abbosh, corporate vice president of industry solutions at Microsoft, said: “BT can use Microsoft’s cutting-edge tools to develop new communications services that meet the needs and demands of today’s customers. By aligning our visions for communication, connectivity, security and digital technology, Microsoft and BT will support real growth for businesses across the world.”

Microsoft's vision is to transform construction and built environment businesses with design innovation, a supply chain you can control, and a connected, safer, more productive workforce.

Microsoft recently unveiled strong results for the quarter ending June 30:

  • Revenue totalled $46.2 billion, up 21%
  • Operating income was $19.1 billion, up 42%
  • Net income was $16.5 billion, up 47%
  • Diluted earnings per share was $2.17, up 49%

For the year, revenues totalled $168.1 billion (up 18%), operating income hit $69.9 billion (up 32%), net income was $61.3 billion GAAP and $60.7 billion non-GAAP, and increased 38% and 37%, respectively.

“We are innovating across the technology stack to help organizations drive new levels of tech intensity across their business,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Our results show that when we execute well and meet customers’ needs in differentiated ways in large and growing markets, we generate growth, as we’ve seen in our commercial cloud – and in new franchises we’ve built, including gaming, security, and LinkedIn, all of which surpassed $10 billion in annual revenue over the past three years.”

In a trading update last month, BT reported profit after tax £2m, down £446m, due to a "one-off tax charge in the quarter to reflect the remeasurement of deferred tax balances following the enactment of the new UK corporation tax rate of 25% from April 2023".

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