Mitac Computing Technology, a cloud computing affiliate of the Mitac Group, is expected to achieve a double-digit percentage growth on year in 2015. In addition to increased cooperation with system integrator clients, the company also sees its server and storage OEM business growing, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
In the fourth quarter of 2014, worldwide server shipments increased 4.8% on year, while revenues grew 2.2% from the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. In all of 2014, worldwide server shipments grew 2.2%, and server revenues increased 0.8%. “There were several factors that produced the strong growth in the server market in 2014,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.
Data centre giant Equinix will open its long-touted fourth facility in Australia, the ME1 IBX data centre in Melbourne, in the coming weeks. Equinix first revealed plans for a Melbourne facility in 2013. At the time it said it would invest US$60 million in the 9800 square metre data centre, to be built at 600 Lorimer Street in Port Melbourne, the same street that houses NextDC’s M1 facility.
Australia Post has completed a years-long data centre overhaul that saw the organisation decommission a number of legacy computer rooms and shift into two modern facilities. As part of its ongoing Building Future Ready IT program, AusPost spent the past two years consolidating its data centre footprint from 1500m2 to 610m2, while upgrading from the Uptime Institute’s Tier II to Tier III classification.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently announced cooperation with Taiwan-based Accton Technology to sell switches matched with software developed by Silicon Valley-based Cumulus Networks. The agreement is expected to increase the reliability of white-box data center servers produced by Taiwan-based makers, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Millions of Vietnamese could not access google.com.vn on noon at February 23. Instead of the interface for information search, they saw an image of a young man who seemed to show off his iPhone, and the notice that the website had been hacked by Lizard Squad. Lizard Squad is a black-hat hacking group, known for its claims of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to disrupt services related to gaming.
Datacentre-as-a-Service provider, NextDC (ASX:NXT), has inked an agreement with Microsoft for direct connectivity to Azure via ExpressRoute from its Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth data centres. ExpressRoute will connect NextDC customers directly to Azure through a private, high speed, low latency fibre connection rather than a general internet-based connection.
A large increase in the use of helium-filled hard disk drives (HDDs) in data centers is expected in 2015 mainly because more platters can be held in an HDD of the same volume than an air-filled HDD, according to HGST president Mike Cordano. Along with fast increasing use of mobile terminal devices and development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data applications, global quantity of produced digital data is expected to double every two years, Cordano said.
A Malaysian company has invested around RM30 million (S$11 million) to build a cloud computing and data centre near Senai Airport in Johor, in the hope of attracting Singapore and southern Johor firms keen to lower their information-technology costs. Puncak Semangat, a company controlled by tycoon Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, said the 465 sq m centre will be ready by next year. Later, it will build an even bigger centre on 16,200 sq m of land at the nearby Senai Hi-Tech Park.
Local data centre infrastructure vendors in China are getting more competitive, according to a new report by Gartner. The research firm predicts two-thirds of data centre IT infrastructure spending in China will be obtained by these vendors by 2019. Previously this market was ruled by global data centre infrastructure vendors but local vendors have stepped up their product service quality, cost control and flexibility in customization.
Notebook ODM Quanta Computer has been competing for server ODM orders from Dell, according to industry sources. Quanta Computer was originally a server ODM for Dell and NEC but has shifted the focus of its server business from ODM to white-box production for direct shipments to clients setting up cloud computing data centers including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft.
NEXTDC is examining options to use the roof space of neighbouring buildings to run solar arrays in what would be a major expansion of its renewable energy strategy. Chief operating officer Simon Cooper told iTnews the data centre operator was considering its options to bring solar power to Sydney and Perth. Although both facilities enjoy more hours of sunlight than Melbourne, the buildings have considerably less roof space than M1 in Melbourne, which hosts a 401kW array on its roof.
More than 30 customers have taken space at the recently launched Equinix data center in Melbourne, its first facility in Australia’s second most populous city, the company announced. The Redwood City, California-based colocation giant announced plans to build a $60 million data center in Melbourne, called ME1, in January 2014. Today, one year later, the facility is online and seeing strong user and carrier pickup.
THANE: Senior NCP leader Jitendra Awhad wants the Maharashtra government to allot land to software giant Microsoft Corporation at the proposed Central Business District (CBD) in Thane’s Kalwa area. The proposed CBD is the “best location” for Microsoft to set up its unit, Awhad said, adding that he has urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to allot a plot there to the software major.
Optimistic about software defined network (SDN) development, Facebook is planning to shift its network switch orders from existing brand partners to Taiwan’s white-box suppliers in 2015 and both Quanta Computer and Wiwynn, a white-box server subsidiary of Wistron, are already preparing aggressively to strive for related orders.
Fujitsu’s Perth data centre suffered a major power outage on Sunday following fierce thunderstorms, affecting customers including WA Health. The company’s general manager of data centre service, Michael Gunton, told iTnews that the Malaga facility experienced two incidents during storms that swept across the metropolitan area. He said the first incident lasted 1.5 hours and saw the WA fire brigade attend the facility.
KVH Co., Ltd., Asia’s leading Information Delivery Platform headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, today announced an agreement to launch “JPX-SGX Co-Location Direct”, an exchange-to-exchange ultra-low latency connectivity solution between two of Asia’s premier stock exchanges, Japan Exchange Group, Inc. (JPX) and Singapore Exchange (SGX). The service is a result of a strategic alliance between these two exchanges.
Australia’s largest web registry Melbourne IT has suffered ongoing network issues over the past week related to an issue with the company’s firewall that resulted in it dropping up to half its data packets. The service degradation issues started last Wednesday at the same time as the company struggled with a separate email delivery issue as well as difficulties migrating users off its legacy platform and onto that of its subsidiary NetRegistry, which it purchased for $50 million in February last year.
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it has launched two additional points-of-presence (PoPs) in Singapore to address the growing demand for enhanced network and cloud connectivity within the Southeast Asian business hub. The PoPs feature access to Level 3’s global network and extensive portfolio of Internet protocol (IP), virtual private network (VPN), content delivery network (CDN), broadcast (Vyvx), cloud and collaboration solutions.
Westpac has experienced its second major systems outage since debuting its new online and mobile banking platform just over a year ago, after an overnight system upgrade downed online banking for most of Sunday. Scheduled maintenance on Westpac’s Live platform had been due to run from 11:00pm January 17th to 8:00am the following morning, but users found mobile and online banking remained inaccessible as they woke up on Sunday.