Big Storefronts Now Housing Big Data

One of America’s most recognizable bricks-and-mortar retailers will swap out clothes racks for server racks if a new strategy by Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD) pans out.
Sears has launched a new business unit, Ubiquity Critical Environments, with the mission of converting some of the more than 330 closed Sears and Kmart stores into facilities for data warehousing, network colocation centers, and business continuity operations.
Ubiquity will be helmed by chief operating officer Sean Farney, who built and managed Microsoft’s 120-megawatt, 700,000-square-foot Chicago data center. Most recently, Farney was responsible for building and running the global low-latency, high-frequency trading platform for financial services company Interactive Data’s 17 data centers.

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