As users of white-box servers (produced by ODMs and sold directly to clients) mostly need a large number of small-size, low-power and inexpensive models pre-installed with Linux and customized to some extent, white-box servers are mostly rack or micro types instead of towers or blades. The users usually have in-house technical teams to handle their servers’ maintenance and find server brand vendors’ designs limiting their operations; therefore, they have turned to supplies directly from ODMs.
Equinix is building its fifth Tokyo data center roughly a year after it built the fourth one there. The $43 million data center will be about 55,000 square feet, providing total capacity of 725 cabinets in two phases. The first phase will provide 350 cabinets and is schedule to open in the first quarter of 2016. The data center is in response to strong demand from financial services, cloud, and content providers for interconnection services in Tokyo.
U.K.-based Colt Group announced intent to acquire Japan’s KVH for €130.3 million (about $162 million). KVH expands Colt’s capabilities in key Asian markets and its ability to serve multi-national customers overall. The transaction is subject to shareholder approval. The two companies have complementary businesses with similar technology, platforms, business models, and product sets. Both KVH and Colt are owned by Fidelity Investments, which bailed Colt out in 2001 when the telecom bubble burst.
Whoops! WeChat is China’s most popular chat app by a country mile, but the folks behind China’s new WeChat Phonebook were left apologizing on Thursday after its Wednesday launch was marred by severe technical problems. WeChat Phonebook has garnered a lot of interest in China as a way to make your phone smarter and cheaper. The app offers free VOIP calling (as long as you’re on wifi) and a variety of convenient services like automatic contact list backup, syncing WeChat avatar images with your contact list, easy group texting, etc.
Datacentre operator, NextDC, has upgraded its earnings guidance for 2015 following significant growth in 2014 service revenue. NextDC chief executive, Craig Scroggie, delivered the news at the annual general meeting. Scroggie said datacentre services revenue across all five operating facilities grew 237 per cent to 30.4 million in FY14. “Importantly, the majority of this revenue is recurring and underpinned by international and domestic customers and service provider partners that are forming long term relationships with NextDC,” he said.
BENGALURU: Seeing a $2 trillion promise in India’s cloud market, Microsoft has decided to spend Rs 1,400 crore on setting up three data centres in the country. In a filing with the Registrar of Companies, the US software giant said it has started work on setting up the cloud data centres in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. The company is setting up local centres in a bid to capture the India market, especially customers in the banking and telecom industries, which have had data sovereignty concerns.
The first real estate investment trust comprising data centres will be listed here next month and promises to be one of the largest and most highly anticipated initial public offerings of the year. Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation (Keppel T&T) aims to list Keppel DC Reit on Dec 12 once it has won shareholder backing at an extraordinary general meeting on Nov 25. The offering is estimated at $811 million, according to a circular released yesterday to the bourse.
Telstra has unveiled its new data centre facilities in Clayton, Melbourne – two years after announcing it would pour $100 million into its construction. “Over the past two years, we have created a world-class purpose-built facility which adds more than 40 percent capacity to our current data centre capability and forms an integral part of our cloud infrastructure,” said Telstra property executive director John Romano in a blog post. “The Clayton build has been a huge effort – in excess of 550,000 man-hours worked by a peak workforce of 180 people.”
SINGAPORE: Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T) is planning to list Keppel DC REIT on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange (SGX). Keppel T&T Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pang said on Monday (Nov 10): “There has been a surge in demand for data centres, driven by a growth in e-commerce, cloud computing, and big data. “Increasingly, these new generation data centres are also required to adhere to high environmental and security standards, areas which require significant knowledge and investment.”
Telstra has opened a new 2000sqm datacentre in Clayton, Victoria, to host WMware Cloud’s service, VCloud Air. The 6MW datacentre will also be leveraged to host vendor Cisco’s cloud offering as well as internal IT infrastructure to support Telstra’s back office systems (Siebel etc). The opening follows last week’s vForum announcement it would host VMware’s hybrid Cloud service as part of its growing Cloud strategy. The datacentre will add more than 40 per cent to its datacentre capability and will consist of two 1000sqm data halls.
Indonesia’s civil service management is still undergoing “radical” change to make the government more transparent and accountable, following changes that started in 2009, the National Civil Service Agency has told FutureGov. The government implemented a policy five years ago to make the whole process of government more transparent and accountable, and increase public participation, which Bima Haria Wibisana (pictured), Vice Chairman of the agency discussed in a recent interview.
Quanta Computer reportedly has received new orders from Google for servers recently and will start supplying in the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources. Quanta declined to comment on its orders. Quanta had been the sole server supplier for Google’s databank center before the search engine company switched about 80% of its orders to Inventec in the second half of 2014. Quanta’s new server orders are likely to account for 50% of Google’s total purchases of servers in early 2015, the sources estimated.
Telco M1 has opened a new five-storey data centre in Jurong that is tripling its computing power in its quest to make its new fibre offerings more appealing. The centre will offer services such as Internet bandwidth and surfing, computing resources and storage. Clients will also be able to get applications such as digital phone systems, digital signage and wired and wireless network security. M1 is partnering companies such as Hitachi Data Systems, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung to provide these services.
Pacnet has officially opened its new data centre in Tianjin, China (TJCS1) to address growing demand for data centre and managed services in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. This was announced by the provider of integrated technology solutions in the Asia-Pacific region yesterday. The new facility provides Software-defined Networking (SDN) capability to give full network control to its customers to self-provision bandwidth on demand based on their business needs, the company said in a statement
Australia has become the highest growing co-location market in the world, adding data centre floor space at a rate of knots in the last three years, according to analyst firm TeleGeography. The analyst firm said retail co-lo capacity reached over 130,000 square metres in Sydney and almost 87,000 square metres in Melbourne this year, having grown at around 30 percent compounded annually from 2011.
A Chinese company has developed the country’s first homegrown servers, built entirely out of domestic technologies including a processor from local chip maker Loongson Technology. China’s Dawning Information Industry, also known as Sugon, has developed a series of four servers using the Loongson 3B processor, the country’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday. “Servers are crucial applications in a country’s politics, economy, and information security. We must fully master all these technologies,” Dawning’s vice president Sha Chaoqun was quoted as saying.
MUMBAI – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Monday it plans to set up a data centre in India next year to store local user data, as the fast-growing company seeks to deflect concerns about privacy that could hamper its efforts to expand overseas. The move by privately owned Xiaomi comes after it said last week saying it was migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations.
BANGALORE: IBM is setting up its first cloud data centre in India to gain a bigger share of the cloud computing market in the country. The company has built a 30,000 sq ft data centre facility in Airoli, on the outskirts of Mumbai. The new Mumbai IBM Cloud Center is part of a 15 cloud center expansion, and a $1.2 billion investment by IBM Cloud to grow its cloud presence around the world.
The National Development Council (NDC, 國發會) and Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. (中華電信) held a License Charter Ceremony for the nation’s first government-owned cloud computing data center, in Taipei, Friday. The data center constructed by the NDC is slated to be run by Chunghwa Telecom. In the future, the data center will provide Taiwanese people with innovative nationwide and cross-field cloud computing services.
Several days after the 123 Agreement on the US-Vietnam civil nuclear cooperation took effect on October 3, the cooperation agreement between the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM) and Lightbridge Corporation was signed as a first step in the implementation. The agreement was signed by VINATOM’s director Tran Chi Thanh and Jonathan Baggett, Vice CEO of Lightbridge Corporation, in Hanoi on October 17. Local newspapers commented that the agreement showed significant improvement in the strategic relations between Vietnam and the US.