Jan 14, 2021

Data center leader Digital Realty moves global HQ to Texas

datacenter
colocation
DigitalRealty
Scott Birch
2 min
Digital Realty CEO A. William Smith says moving headquarters from tech hub San Francisco will allow it to better serve its increasingly global customer base
Digital Realty CEO A. William Stein says moving headquarters from tech hub San Francisco will allow it to better serve an increasingly global customer b...

Data center leader Digital Realty has announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters from San Francisco, California to Austin, Texas.

The company, which has more than 280 facilities in 49 metros across 24 countries on six continents, says the move will strengthen its existing presence in Texas and allow it to better serve its increasingly global customer base. Digital Realty will maintain a presence in San Francisco – widely regarded as one of the world’s leading technology hubs – but the relocation of the corporate headquarters to Austin reflects the company’s established track record of success and growth in Texas, along with its extensive investment in the state. 

Digital Realty’s roots in Texas date back to 2002 and around 20% of its North America workforce are based there. Today, it owns more than 30 data centers across Texas, accounting for more than four million square feet and over 100 megawatts of customer capacity.

“The central location, affordable cost of living, highly educated workforce and supportive business climate have helped make Texas an epicenter for business activity and technology growth,” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer, A. William Stein. “As we continue to make strategic investments to best position Digital Realty for long-term growth, we are confident our expansion in Texas will help us meet the needs of our more than 4,000 global customers while continuing to deliver value for our stakeholders, employees and the communities we serve around the world.” 

50 Fortune 500 companies make HQ in Texas

Digital Realty has invested in 2323 Bryan Street in Dallas, bringing online additional colocation capacity to meet growing needs. It has also invested significantly in renewable energy in Texas, including wind and solar, intending to have more than 70% of the Texas portfolio powered by renewables by mid-2021. 

“We are excited that Digital Realty has chosen Texas as the new home for their corporate headquarters, and I thank them for their expanded investment in the Lone Star State,” said Governor Greg Abbott.  

“Digital Realty joins other global technology leaders and more than 50 Fortune 500 companies now headquartered in Texas. We are seeing increasing investments from innovative businesses thanks to our young, growing, and educated workforce, and our pro-growth economic policies that help job-creating businesses to thrive.” 

Digital Realty supports the world’s leading enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions.

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Jun 24, 2021

Brave's new privacy-focused search engine is now in beta

Technology
Brave
searchengine
privacy
2 min
Brave, makers of the privacy-focused Brave browser, has launched their new search engine, Brave Search, in public global beta

Brave, the creator of a popular ad-blocking browser, has opened a public beta of its privacy-focused search engine, Brave Search. 

The search engine was previously announced in March when Brave acquired Tailcat, and since then there have been over 100,000 users who signed up for preview access and testing. Brave recently passed 32 million monthly active users (up from 25 million last March), and Brave Search is the latest product offered by the company in its suite of privacy-preserving tools. Brave already offers privacy-preserving Brave Ads, Brave News, and a Firewall+VPN service.

Brave Search is available in beta release globally on all Brave browsers (desktop, Android, and iOS) as one of the search options alongside other search engines, and will become the default search in the Brave browser later this year. It is also available from any other browser at search.brave.com

"Brave Search is the industry’s most private search engine, as well as the only independent search engine, giving users the control and confidence they seek in alternatives to big tech,” said Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave. 

“Unlike older search engines that track and profile users, and newer search engines that are mostly a skin on older engines and don’t have their own indexes, Brave Search offers a new way to get relevant results with a community-powered index, while guaranteeing privacy. Brave Search fills a clear void in the market today as millions of people have lost trust in the surveillance economy and actively seek solutions to be in control of their data,” added Eich.

How does Brave Search work?

Brave Search uses its own index and ensures ‘a fully anonymous search’. It is transparent in how search results are ranked and integrates with a privacy-preserving browser on desktop and mobile.

In order to present an alternative to big tech, Brave decided to build its own index rather than rent it from Google or Microsoft, as other smaller search engines are currently doing. Brave Search includes anonymised contributions from the community to improve and refine results. However, there are types of queries and certain areas such as image search, for which their results are not relevant enough yet, and in those cases, they are using APIs until they can expand their index. 

Brave Search is not displaying ads during this early part of the beta phase, but will offer options for both ad-free paid search and ad-supported free search later.

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