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Google set to spend $13bn in US data centre expansion

Written on Sunday, 17 February 2019 12:32

US technology behemoth Google has announced that it will spend $13bn in expanding its US data centre network.

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Irish capital is Europe’s data hub

Written on Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:28

A new industrial revolution is underway in the heart of the Irish capital as clusters of warehouses housing vast quantities of data continue to emerge.

Dublin has really embraced technology in an effort to boost its flagging and shrinking economy following the global crash in 2008. Internet behemoths such as Facebook, Apple and Google all have their European HQ’s in Dublin and the city has become the continent’s No.1 data hub.

A familiar term within the ICT ecosystem is that ‘data is the new oil’ and will fuel the global economy. Those sentiments were echoed by Brian Roe, Commercial Director of Serve-Centric, which is a data center company.

Roe said, “Data is the new oil, definitely.  These powerhouse developments provide 24/7/365 access to the massive data, processing power and storage that digital services around Europe require. People are saying, ‘Well everything is going to come from the cloud’.  Well where's the cloud? The cloud is data centers."

Ireland’s industry lobby group Host has said the new phenomenon has become the unlikely engine room for everything from video streaming to phone apps and social media.    

In addition to this, progressive government incentives, a highly-skilled workforce and high connectivity to Europe and America are helping attract data center construction investment which is expected to reach nine billion euros ($10 billion) by 2021.

The sector employs 5,700 people in full-time equivalent roles including 1,800 as data center operators, according to a report produced for Ireland's investment agency. Many of Ireland’s brightest young talent were forced to emigrate after the recession, but many are no returning to avail of the exciting new opportunities presented by Dublin’s transformation into a tech hub.    

Data has become a hot topic in Europe following the introduction of GDPR. Enterprises have been forced to examine their data harvesting and storage practices in a more forensic manner. Consumers have also now been awakened to the dangers of providing their data online following the high-profile Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal which emerged last year. 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) -- which provides cloud services for hire -- is a particular concern for Paul O' Neill, a researcher based at Dublin City University. "The ethical implications of hosting AWS data centers in Ireland are potentially vast," he said.

AWS, which has announced plans to expand its Dublin operations, sells controversial facial recognition technology to US police.

"These corporations are or have been involved in many of the dominant controversies and debates of our contemporary networked era including privacy, data breaches and surveillance.”

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Mirantis, the provider of an OpenStack distribution has partnered with NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) to offer fully managed private OpenStack as a service in NTT Com Enterprise Cloud and its data center services across the globe.

Mirantis Managed OpenStack is a managed private cloud based on Mirantis OpenStack software. Mirantis says it gives customers 24x7 "as a service" operations by Mirantis and up to 99.99 percent SLAs on Mirantis' 100 percent open source software and tooling.

NTT Com will offer Mirantis managed OpenStack on NTT Com Enterprise Cloud's metal-as-a-service. NTT Com says the partnership will offer customers global flexibility for off-premises deployments, a rapid on-ramp to OpenStack services without complexity, and alternatives for total cost of ownership reduction.

NTT Com's Enterprise Cloud, which leverages OpenStack in its core engineering design, serves global enterprises in their IT transformation journeys. Metal-as-a-Service, NTT Com says, delivers a fully automated on-demand service model and is natively connected to its own closed network. It provides 10Gbps connectivity between NTT Com’s global data centers and the cloud.

Mirantis CMO and co-founder, Boris Renski, said the partnership would enable Mirantis to deliver instant-on, hands-off managed cloud experience for its global customers with compelling economics. “With direct presence in 87 countries and regions, NTT Group commands the largest data center footprint in the world," he said.

AWS opens Mumbai data centers

Written on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 07:04

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened its Mumbai ‘Region’, its sixth in Asia Pacific. AWS says more than 75,000 India-based customers are already using other AWS Regions. “Starting today, global and India-based developers, start-ups, enterprises, government organizations, and non-profits can leverage the AWS Cloud to run their technology applications from infrastructure in India, and provide even lower latency to India-based end users,” AWS said.

AWS defines a ‘Region’ as being “a physical location in the world where we have multiple Availability Zones.” Each Availability Zone “consists of one or more discrete data centers, each with redundant power, networking and connectivity, housed in separate facilities.” The new Mumbai Region has two Availability Zones at launch.

It adds: “Availability Zones are connected to each other with fast, private fiber-optic networking, enabling you to easily architect applications that automatically fail-over between Availability Zones without interruption.” AWS says: “Customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance.”
AWS CEO, Andy Jassy, said the company’s 75,000 Indian customers, along with others, “Have asked for an AWS India Region so they can move their applications that require low latency and data sovereignty.

AWS also recently opened its third AWS point of presence (PoP) in Delhi for its content delivery network (Amazon CloudFront) and DNS service (Amazon Route 53). It joins Mumbai and Chennai, and is part of the global AWS network of 56 edge locations across the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

AWS also announced that in the past 12 months the number of Indian partners joining its partner program had grown over 80 percent. “AWS SIs such as Infosys, TCS, Wipro, HCL, Accenture, PwC, Blazeclan, Minjar, Frontier, Intelligrape, Progressive, Cognizant, and Team Computers are helping enterprises migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications on AWS, and are providing a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services for customers’ AWS environments,” it said.

AWS ISVs in India include SAP, Microsoft, Adobe, Druva, Freshdesk, Manthan, Indusface, Newgen, RAMCO, Seclore, Mediology, Mithi Software, Vinculum, Infor and Splunk.

US based global data center operator, Equinix, has formed a strategic partnership with China’s state-owned telecoms equipment manufacturer Datang Telecom Group, which holds a cross regional Internet Data Center (IDC) license in Beijing and Shanghai.

In a statement, Equinix said Datang would become its service delivery partner in China enabling Equinix to expand further into the growing domestic enterprise market.  “On behalf of Equinix, Datang will offer Equinix customers in China a broad range of interconnection services, including Equinix Cloud Exchange, that leverage Equinix's years of operational expertise and experience in delivering data center services around the world,” Equinix said.

It added: “As the service delivery partner for Equinix in China, Datang will offer additional value added services to Equinix customers in China – making for an easier and richer experience for Equinix's global customer base to do business with Equinix in China.

Equinix will continue to operate three of its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in Shanghai via the partnership with Datang. Meanwhile, Equinix says it will continue to extend the reach of its global platform to 145 data centers.

Published in Telecom Vendors

USA FIBER Announces Major Dark Fiber Peering Platform Win

Written on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 13:40

USA FIBER announced the activation of one of the largest integrated telecommunications carriers in the United States on its newly installed dark fiber platform in Ashburn, VA. The carrier selected USA FIBER for its innovative ring and drop peering structure, allowing complete access to all of the Ashburn data centers cost effectively, with new fibers and high performance specifications on the network.

According to Loudoun County Economic Development up to 70 percent of the world's internet traffic flows through Loudoun's data centers each day. Loudoun is home to more than 60 data centers with over 3,000 technology companies housed within, occupying more than nine million square feet of data centers are currently operational or under development. This massive footprint of compute, home to innovative platforms like Equinix, Amazon AWS, Visa continues to grow with available incentives include a six percent sales and use tax exemption on servers, generators, chillers and server-related equipment.

"When we built the dark fiber peering platform for Ashburn we knew that scale, performance, density, and simplicity were key attributes we wanted the market to associate with us. We leveraged our in-house fiber engineering expertise to detail those specifications into every aspect of the platform. It is exciting to see that a multi-billion telecommunications carrier, one of the 5 largest in the US, validated our model and is actively using our dark fiber platform," said Judd Carothers, Chief Operating Officer of USA FIBER.

The dark fiber peering platform offers clients complete access to USA FIBER's new Ashburn ring and the ability to connect to up to 35 data centers across a single pair for a flat monthly recurring fee. USA FIBER has built the newest dark fiber platform for the Ashburn, VA market enabling 7 miles of 100% underground, highly scalable fiber optics to serve even the most demanding of applications.

FiberLight Partners with Carrier-1

Written on Thursday, 07 April 2016 06:54

FiberLight, LLC has a new partnership with Carrier-1 Data Centers to deliver connectivity from Carrier-1’s Dallas data center located at 1515 Round Table to Infomart Dallas, the hub of connectivity for the Southern U.S. and one of the most connected carrier-neutral data centers in the nation. The fiber solution provides Carrier-1 customers another diverse route to the connectivity hub, offering direct access and limitless connectivity options to network, cloud and Internet Service Providers (ISP) residing in the 1.6 million-square-foot facility.

Carrier-1“Redundancy is key in the data center business,” states Trey Berndt, Executive Vice President, Carrier-1 Data Centers. “Expanding with FiberLight by adding another route to the Dallas Infomart and 100-plus network providers solidifies our commitment to maintaining 100% uptime. FiberLight’s existing infrastructure allows us to easily tie Carrier-1 Data Centers to the hub of nearly all Internet providers in the Dallas market.”

FiberLight’s partnership with Carrier-1 demonstrates its ability to create a customized dark fiber solution for its customers as well as its intrinsic value to the data centers within the markets that it serves and, by extension, their clients in each data center. FiberLight owns and manages over 1.6 million fiber miles in over 44 metro areas across the United States. It also maintains over 17,000 backbone access points, 1,700 on-net locations and presence in nearly 100 data centers across the country. The FiberLight network within the State of Texas spans over 11,000 miles and brings critical, high-bandwidth applications to carrier, enterprise and government customers.

“FiberLight has a very strong and dynamic presence in the Dallas region and our partnership with Carrier-1 reinforces our commitment to expansion in this growing market,” comments Mike Ellison, Regional Vice President of Sales for Texas at FiberLight. “By deploying our fiber solution to connect its Dallas data center to Infomart Dallas, Carrier-1 and its customers gain direct, secure and reliable access to a host of national and international carriers and other service providers that can elevate their competitive edge and align with their business objectives.”

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Will Develop and Operate Large-Scale, Built-to-Suit, High-Performance Data Centers

Standard Chartered Bank Principal Finance Real Estate (SCB) a unit of Standard Chartered PLC (LONDON: STAN), and Chayora Holdings Limited have reached agreement for SCB PFRE to become the lead institutional investor in Chayora, securing a strategic minority stake and providing equity funding for key Chayora’s data center development projects.

The agreement involves a direct equity stake of up to 19.5% in Chayora Holdings Limited for the anchor data centers located within Chayora’s planned Tianjin and Hangzhou campuses. This commitment by SCB triggers matching equity from Chayora’s prominent domestic strategic partners for these projects.

The investment partnership between SCB and Chayora combines required capital, a wealth of global client relationships and China market expertise with a unique data center campus based platform that will support the needs of both international and premium domestic data center users who require highly resilient, energy efficient, large scale build-to-suit data centers in China. This partnership will also allow Chayora’s international customers to benefit from Standard Chartererd’s wide range of cross border, global-to-China banking and financing solutions for their data center investment and operations.

“We are now at a key inflection point in the critical transformation of China’s economy from investment and manufacturing to consumption and services. Underpinning this transition is the tremendous growth in the provisioning of services, including e-commerce, cloud, ICT, banking and financial services, via the internet. World-class data center infrastructure with long-term scalability that are designed, built and operated to best-in-class global standards is an essential enabler in this transition. We believe that Chayora’s core competence of design capability, power, land and permitting solutions and its world-class, highly experienced management team will make it one of the leading data center solution providers in China.” comments Brian Chinappi, Managing Director and Global Head of Principal Finance Real Estate of Standard Chartered Bank.

“Standard Chartered is a highly respected global-to-China financial institution with proven China market experience, relationships and staying power. Standard Chartered’s equity commitment means that Chayora’s other pre-committed capital injections are triggered and Chayora will now move forward aggressively with an initial development capital capacity of up to US$300m. Standard Chartered Bank Principal Finance Real Estate’s involvement adds both funding and expertise and will materially boost our ability to deliver for our target customers: global Fortune 500 customers and China Inc. champions who are committed to the next wave of Cloud and ICT innovation in China” says Oliver Jones, CEO, Chayora.

Chayora’s core offer is to develop and operate large-scale, built-to-suit, high-performance data centers for individual clients on 5 to 15 year contracts, on multiple strategically located campuses with ‘ready to operate’ robust scalable infrastructure capable of supporting the operation of data centers to world-class standards. Subject to customer requirements, Chayora can offer this on a flexible powered land basis through to a full turnkey and operate solution with a unique modular approach to growth in required capacity as it is needed. As part of the overall solution Chayora offers highly competitive power supply arrangements and green power solutions, project financing solutions and fully transparent contracts with best-in-class global performance commitments in China.

“To date, global cloud, banking and IT services providers have faced a serious shortage of large, scalable, leading-edge data center infrastructure in China. With the announcement of our agreement with Standard Chartered Bank Principal Finance Real Estate and with the support of our trusted domestic partners, Chayora is now superbly positioned to offer our customers leading-edge design and operational capabilities, clear and transparent licensing and regulatory comfort, large and long-term scalable, reliable facilities, superior economics and high supply confidence for power and fiber solutions. Chayora has assembled the full solutions pack to deliver a word-class product to our customers in China.” says Jonathan Berney COO, Chayora.

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