A number of Australia Post’s payments and communications systems have gone offline after scheduled IT upgrades over the weekend had unintended consequences. The organisation is currently working to restore functionality to a number of systems – including EFTPOS and Bank at Post – following the outage. Retail outlets and stores are currently only able to accept cash due to failures with the electronic payments facilities.
Servers shipped in the Taiwan market in 2014 were worth NT$11.11 billion (US$352 million), growing 18.3% on year. NT$8.88 billion or 79.9% was due to brand vendors and NT$2.23 billion or 20.1% to direct-sale white-box ODMs, according to IDC Taiwan. Shipment value for volume (entry-level) servers increased 28.6% on year and accounted for 83.7% of total shipment value. Mid-range enterprise servers slipped 36% and took up 5.8%, and high-end enterprise models grew 1.5% and accounted for 10.5%.
Equinix, one of the world’s largest data centre (DC) operators, opened its third DC in Singapore on Wednesday. This will be its flagship DC and its largest in the Asia Pacific region. The International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre will be known as SG3. It has been specifically designed to meet the safety and data security guidelines set out by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). A company spokesman said the opening of the DC demonstrates Equinix’s commitment to satisfy growing market demand for premium data centre services from financial services and cloud computing companies across the region.
Smart Cities, Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) data generation will drive an explosion in data use in the region – but are public sector organisations ready to address the Big Data opportunity? CenturyLink’s launch of a cloud node in Singapore yesterday was in response to this pent up need from customers, said Gery Messer, Managing Director for the company in Asia Pacific.
BENGALURU: Amazon Web Services, the global e-tail giant’s cloud infrastructure arm, said it has no plans to open a data centre in India anytime soon. According to Adam Selipsky, vice president for product management and developer relations, data centres are opened if there is a significant body of customers that need their IT infrastructure to be closer to their users. “We have a lot of Indian startups that have been explicitly going after non-Indian consumers. We are quite used to that phenomenon,” he said.
Apple has joined the Facebook-established Open Compute Project in line with its plans to set up new cloud data centers and replace servers used in existing data centers. Some Taiwan-based white-box server makers have obtained orders from Apple and will begin shipments soon, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
CenturyLink, Inc. today announced the availability of CenturyLink Cloud in Asia Pacific. The public cloud platform – available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada andGermany, and now through one of CenturyLink’s data centers in Singapore – delivers enterprise-class control, agility, scalability and security backed by an industry-leading global network. With the expansion of the public cloud platform to Singapore, businesses in the Asia-Pacific region can turn to a single, trusted provider for public and private cloud infrastructure, managed services, colocation, networking and support for advanced hybrid scenarios.
Australia’s data centre operators are in a race to scale out their facilities to meet the capacity demands of cloud providers and to prepare for the internet of things. Executives for the largest four operators – Equinix, Global Switch, Digital Realty and NextDC – used a panel discussion at the Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit to discuss the pressure to build at scale while lowering costs. All agreed that data centre operators needed to demonstrate available capacity and their ability to scale in order to be considered a potential host for cloud service nodes.
SINGAPORE: ST Telemedia on Tuesday (Mar 17) announced that it has completed the acquisition of land to develop its flagship data centre facility in Singapore. The communications, media and technology investor said the land is located at Defu Lane and is in close proximity to mature data center clusters. The 150,000 square feet facility will be built with the highest Tier-III industry standards, as well as other building certifications such as LEED and BCA-IDA Green Mark.
When Telstra’s managed data centre general manager Jon Curry first outlined his master plan for a revamped data centre campus at Clayton in Victoria two years ago, he’d already learned a thing or two about design and construction. Two years on, and with the modernisation and expansion works complete, he has a couple of key learnings to add.
Australia Post’s general manager for service integration and operations Claire Bourke estimates that IT has improved infrastructure delivery timeframes by 45 percent since completing a major two-year transformation. “What that means is we can reduce project delivery times and we can bring forward revenue benefits to our businesses because they can deliver new products and services quicker,” she tells delegates of the Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit last week.
The findings indicate that businesses in the highly virtualised category will rise from the existing 11 per cent to 35 per cent by 2017. As many as 445 business and IT managers and decision makers participated in the VMware Vietnam Business Survey conducted from January to March 2015.
NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said it will set up a data centre in India by June in a bid to address security concerns that the company has intermittently faced in the country, as it announced plans to launch two devices — RedMi 2 and MiPad — within a fortnight. Xiaomi, which entered India last year, has been planning to set up a local data centre that could incur significant investment, besides setting up a research and development centre and beginning manufacturing smartphones locally for a market that has become its second most important after China.
The much anticipated infrastructure refresh cycles and the new greenfield projects, which the government is planning to launch soon, will be the major drivers of growth for India’s storage and servers market. The server and storage vendors have their eyes set on the programmes such as ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’, both of which are expected to lead to the rise of a large number of greenfield projects.
Alibaba’s cloud computing service Aliyun announced that its data center in Silicon Valley has started trial operation and is providing cloud services to users in North America and around the world. This is reportedly Aliyun’s sixth data center, following those opened in Hangzhou, Qingdao, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen. It also means that Aliyun will start competing with Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure in the cradle of cloud computing.
NextDC has released a beta version of its ONEDC portal as a subscription-based cloud platform, aiming to help simplify the management of data centre assets and infrastructure in both the company’s and its competitor’s data centres. ONEDC provides a single dashboard through which data centre and infrastructure managers can view the performance of data centre assets and devices across mutliple locations.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Mar 10, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Today, IBM announced the opening of its newest SoftLayer cloud center in Sydney, Australia. As part of IBM’s $1.2 billion investment to expand its cloud services, the new facility joins Melbourne in meeting the growing customer demand for scalable cloud solutions with global reach in Australia.
ZTE Corporation has launched its green uSmartDC solution. This solution, covering all data center links from equipment room construction to multi-DC management, helps customers build efficient, elastic, and cloud-based DCs. With a leading power usage effectiveness (PUE) value, the ZTE uSmartDC resolves customers’ major issues around the DC, and helps them to improve their competitiveness in the market.
GIGABYTE and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC) today announced the commercial availability of GIGABYTE’s MP30 server platform. Powered by AppliedMicro’s X-Gene Server on a Chip solution, the MP30 platform offers customers compelling performance-per-watt capability. The MP30 platform enables its users to optimize server hardware for specific workloads, thereby improving performance and value and reducing total cost of ownership.
Demand from emerging markets such as Russia and China for white-box servers directly supplied from ODMs has been increasing, pushing related ODMs to accelerate their paces on establishing full product lineups, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Because of the US government’s PRISM surveillance program, many Internet players in emerging markets are planning to establish in-house datacenters, boosting demand for datacenter hardware and bringing new business opportunities to Taiwan-based white-box server ODMs, the sources said.