Linode, a leading provider of cloud-hosting services, today announced the expansion of its Asia-Pacific presence with a new data center in Singapore. This new location, created to meet the growing demands of the region’s rapidly growing technology and information sector, marks Linode’s second in the region and seventh overall. “We’ve been making simple cloud infrastructure available since 2003,” COO Thomas Asaro explained. .”
Oracle will open a new data center in Japan this year, the company’s executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison said while speaking at Oracle CloudWorld Tokyo earlier this month. It will be the 22nd Oracle data center worldwide. The data center will serve Oracle’s cloud-based applications, Platform-as-a-Service, and Infrastructure-as-a-service to the Japanese market. As cloud meets enterprise IT, the need for local data centers serving these enterprises is growing. Enterprises like the idea of the hosted model, but often can’t deal with the uncertainty of generic cloud regions outside of a country’s borders or not knowing where data resides.
VMware has opened a vCloud Air data center in aTelstra facility in Melbourne. There are now just under ten VMware data centers in support of its public cloud infrastructure, aimed squarely at the enterprise IT shop. vCloud Air is pitched to those with vSphere environments in their facilities wanting to hook into public cloud. The VMware data center will serve several surrounding cities as well as New Zealand. Serving directly from within Australia reduces latency for those customers and addresses data sovereignty concerns.
Huawei and Sydney-based distributor, iCITA have revealed details of their channel play aimed at carving out a niche in the Australian datacentre market. In January, Huawei named iCITA and Synnex as its distribution partners for the local market. While Synnex will distribute large volumes of IT products across Australia, iCITA will provide channel partners with design consultancy and datacentre infrastructure services. That much was already known.
Microsoft and 21Vianet, a provider of carrier neutral data center services in China, have extended their cloud partnership. 21Vianet will continue to offer Microsoft’s cloud in China, including Azure and Office 365 in China for an additional 4 years under the new agreement. 21Vianet acts as an operation entity for Azure, hosting Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure services and Office 365 in its data centers and handling customer relationships. A renewal agreement extends this setup to 2018 and suggests the partnership is bearing fruit for both companies.
According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, total cloud IT infrastructure spending (server, disk storage, and Ethernet switch) grew by 14.4% on year to US$8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, accounting for approximately 30% of all IT infrastructure spend, up from about 27% one year ago. Private cloud infrastructure spending grew by 18.3% on year to US$2.9 billion, while public cloud infrastructure spending grew to US$5 billion, 12.3% higher than one year ago.
451 Research projects the global colocation market annualized revenue to reach $36.1bn by 2017 in its latest quarterly Datacenter KnowledgeBase (DCKB) release. The DCKB database covers 3,796 individual datacenters operated by 1,094 datacenter companies serving North America (NA); Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Latin America (LATAM). 451 Research is a preeminent information technology research and advisory company with a focus on technology innovation and market disruption.
NEW DELHI: Google is considering setting up a caching, or mirror, server in India which will enable the Internet major to throw up search results quicker and YouTube videos to load faster in the country which is going through a data explosion, thanks to surging smartphone sales. The US search giant has had initial discussions with fibre manufacturer Sterlite Technologies to co-locate the servers wherever the Indian company’s fibre network is being created, Anand Agarwal, chief executive of the Vedanta Group company, told ET.
The third version of China’s data center server technology standard project led by China-based Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are set to be announced at the end of 2015 and the project will cover more standards and adopt a modularized design to help reduce China data centers’ server purchasing costs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. China launched the first version of the project in 2012 and the second in 2014 and the project is rather similar to the Open Compute Project (OCP) that Facebook has been aggressively promoting.
Hong Kong’s data center industry has thrived the last few years, thanks to the growing adoption of cloud computing, big data and mobility. What are the challenges ahead for data center service providers? Are there solutions in sight? On March 25, HK Electric organized a half-day industry event titled “HK Electric Data Centre Symposium 2015.” Guest speakers from SUNeVision, PCCW Solutions, NewTech and HGC GlobalCentre spoke about the challenges faced by data center suppliers, and explored possible solutions. About 200 guests attended the event.
Huawei says its Data Center 3.0 (DC 3.0) architecture, based on resource pooling, software-defined and all-optical interconnecting technologies, will be able to significantly improve the real-time data processing ability of data centers in the future. By using flexible real-time software and hardware resource allocation, there is a significant improvement in the ability of data centers to process data. In addition, the DC 3.0 architecture has a flat configuration and the capability to expand flexibly, providing customers with a cost-effective data center solution.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has recently unveiled its new Cloudline series cloud computing servers, manufactured and developed by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and the two firms’ cooperation is expected to fuel competition in the datacenter server industry in the second half of 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. HP currently has three server models under its Cloudline series all using Intel’s Xeon E5 V3 processors and has started accepting orders for them since the end of March.
Florida-based Atlantic.net’s infrastructure is set to expand with another cloud data center in New York, as well as new international locations in Singapore and the U.K. Atlantic.net began as a dial-up provider, moved into the colo business, and eventually offered a regional Virtual Private Server offering. The VPS business grew, prompting expansion to Toronto, Canada, and Dallas, followed by the company’s first West Coast data center location with Telx in San Francisco. CEO Marty Puranik said San Francisco was the fastest-growing region in company history.
In addition to India, Inventec is also planning to establish plants in Southeast Asia and Japan for server production, mainly to serve its clients’ demand, according to company chairman Richard Lee. Inventec’s main server clients are Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell, bu the ODM has seen the majority of server orders come from HP, which has made aggressive moves in the server market.
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.