BEIJING – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd IPO-BABA.N said on Friday it will open a fifth data centre in Shenzhen to service AliCloud, the latest sign of its growing investment in the small but potentially lucrative cloud computing business. Established in 2009, AliCloud posted US$38 million (S$47.46 million) in revenue during the quarter ending June, a relatively small slice of Alibaba’s US$2.54 billion in total revenue for the quarter, according to Alibaba’s financial disclosures filed ahead of its imminent initial public offering in New York.
Waste management company SITA has decommissioned its Sydney data centre, migrating all of its applications to Telstra in a painless shift that took just a weekend. SITA had built a new internal data centre in 2010 prior to the appointment of Michael Salas as CIO in late 2011. Salas, a former executive at Perpetual and Ticketek, has spent the intervening years moving staff off “the plumbing” in order to focus on the delivery of business applications.
Air India’s decision to celebrate its first-ever ‘Air India Day’ with a ticket for Rs.100 offer backfired as its server crashed due to ‘unprecedented’ traffic witnessed on Wednesday as lakhs of people accessed its website http://www.airindia.com to grab the unbelievable offer. The site was down from 11 a.m. or before said people who tried desperately to be the first ones to avail themselves of tickets at such a low price. Airline officials said they were not prepared for handling such a huge rush and it would take some time to rectify the problem. Till late evening the site was not accessible.
A company chaired by Howard-era minister Ian Campbell has proposed the build of a data centre in Fairfax’s defunct printing plant at Tullamarine, Melbourne, under a complicated capital raising that requires the backdoor float of a new company. ADX Management Limited, chaired by Campbell and formed on 18 August, 2014, plans to raise capital to refurb the facility after a reverse listing with ASX-listed IM Medical.
NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwired) — 08/27/14 — KDDI, the global telecommunications provider, announces today that it will invest $270 million (28 billion yen) investment in the building of two new Telehouse data centers, “TELEHOUSE OSAKA 2,” and “TELEHOUSE TOKYO Tama 3,” scheduled to open in August 2015 and February 2016 respectively. These additional facilities will take the total amount of global TELEHOUSE data center space to approximately 4.0 million square feet, provided by 46 sites across 13 countries/territories and 24 major cities.
IBM will offer its first SoftLayer cloud services to the Australian market via two data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, the company announced today, with both to go live before the end of the year. The company today confirmed the industry’s worst-kept secret by announcing its $35 million investment to build racks inside a Digital Realty-owned facility in Deer Park, Melbourne, from which it will offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service under the Softlayer brand from next month. The company also announced the same services will be available from a Sydney datacentre within two months.
Expanded facility costs associated with its new datacentres in Sydney and Perth have driven NextDC’s statutory net loss after tax to AU$22.9 million for the financial year ending 2014, but the company hopes to see positive earnings by next year. The Australian-listed datacentre-as-a-service company released its annual financial report (PDF) today, reporting a loss in underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA), adjusted for non-recurring items, of AU$16.1 million in FY14 — an improvement from its loss of AU$20 million in FY13.
BEIJING: IBM will help China’s largest server vendor Inspur International design server systems, the two companies said on Friday, an unexpected development in what has been a politically charged rivalry in the Chinese technology market. Since last year Inspur has aggressively marketed its servers to Chinese state-owned firms as a replacement for IBM (International Business Machines Corp) systems while US-China relations have worsened dramatically over mutual suspicions of cyberspying.
While the server market has been growing at a flat rate for several quarters the world over, India and the Asia Pacific region are the only markets showing promise. Market leader HP is betting on India for better prospects in the segment, a top company official said. Growing popularity of cloud computing, virtualisation and big data is boosting the server market in India, where blade servers and micro servers have been major growth drivers.
The Silverwater data centre is one of two sites built by Metronode for its anchor tenant, the NSW government. While primarily focused on state government agencies, the facilities also host private sector workloads – Metronode general manager Malcolm Roe estimates the ratio is about 80:20 between public and private sector utilisation. Last week, NSW Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet officially opened stage two of the Silverwater facility.
Metronode and the NSW Government expect that this time next year they will have produced the greenest facilities in the country, and the first to reach a five-star NABERS rating. At the opening of the second module of the Metronode facility in Silverwater today, CEO of Green Global Solutions Bob Sharon announced he had fitted the necessary equipment to commence the NABERS assessment process.
BEIJING: Apple Inc has begun storing personal data for some Chinese users on servers provided by China Telecom, marking the first time that the company has stored user data on mainland Chinese soil. Apple attributed the move to an effort to improve the speed and reliability of its service. It also represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, notably Google Inc, which has long refused to build data centres in China due to censorship and privacy concerns.
Chinese Internet infrastructure service provider 21vianet announced that the company has reached an agreement with DYXnet to acquire the entire stake in Dermot Holdings Limited and its affiliates. Dermot operates VPN businesses in DYXnet and it includes Diyixian.com Limited and Shenzhen Diyixian. Virtual private network services provide users online privacy and circumvention services.
Quanta Computer has announced revenues of NT$77.93 billion (US$2.6 billion) for July, up 8.53% on month and 8.63% on year with combined revenues for the first seven months of 2014 reaching NT$508.27 billion, up 10.48% on year. Quanta shipped 4.2 million notebooks in July, down from 4.3 million units in June. Despite having a notebook shipment drop, the company still managed to achieve a revenue growth in July mainly thanks to a better product mix and contributions from non-notebook product lines, estimated some market watchers, adding that Apple’s increased orders for Mac series products also benefited Quanta’s revenues recently.
NEW DELHI: The ethernet switch and router market in India grew 7.24 per cent to over $ 226.4 million in the first quarter, indicating stronger demand ahead after seasonal lows and a slowdown, research firm IDC today said. According to IDC, the ethernet switch, router and wireless LAN market (all combined) stood at about $ 226.4 million in Q1, 2014 compared to $ 211.1 million in Q1, 2013. It was at $ 177.7 million in the last quarter of 2013.
BANGALORE: Microsoft said it is considering setting up its first data centre in India — the fastest growing cloud market for the software giant. The company will become the first multinational to set up a data centre in the country if the plans fructify. “We are considering a data centre in India. There are a lot of different companies that are looking at cloud right now, in anticipation that Microsoft will somehow figure out how to get that work,” said Jim Dubois, corporate VP and CIO ..
Google today announced that it has launched two new Compute Engine zones: one in the U.S. (us-central1-f) and one in Asia (asia-east1-c). Google says this will make it easier for developers to run systems like MongoDB and others that use a quorum-based architecture for high availability by working across multiple data centers. The new zone will run servers based on Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, while the two other U.S. zones Google already offers will use older Sandy Bridge-based machines.
Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has a growing cloud computing business and a hunger for American companies. And soon, it will most likely have a large amount of cash. Will it take on the American cloud giants? It would be an amazing change from the way cloud computing seems to be developing. Public cloud computing is the rental of infrastructure, like raw computing power and online data storage, and sophisticated applications. It is a multibillion-dollar business, expected to grow much bigger, and is currently led by Amazon Web Services, or AWS; Google; and Microsoft Azure. IBM and others also have designs on the market.
SINGAPORE: ST Telemedia and China’s GDS Services (GDS) announced on Wednesday (July 30) that they are partnering to expand and develop the latter’s portfolio of data centres. With the partnership, ST Telemedia agreed to invest an approximate 40 per cent stake into the Chinese data centre services provider. The tie-up will aid GDS accelerate the development of new data centres in key locations in China, according to the companies’ joint statement.
Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics has posted gross margin of 27.43% and net profit of NT$5.264 billion (US$176 million) for second-quarter 2014, with both hitting the highest ever on company record. Of second-quarter consolidated revenues, 60% came from power supplies and components, 19% from energy management devices and smart green life products each, and 2% from others.