Photos: A tour of NSW Govt’s Silverwater data centre – AU

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/Gallery/391129,photos-a-tour-of-nsw-govts-silverwater-data-centre.aspx

NSW Govt data centres on track to be Australia’s greenest

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391098,nsw-govt-data-centres-on-track-to-be-australias-greenest.aspx

Apple moves data storage onto Chinese soil through China Telecom deal

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.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/08/15/Apple-moves-data-storage-onto-Chinese-soil-through-China-Telecom-deal/

China’s 21vianet Acquires VPN Service Provider Dermot

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.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/13/20805-chinas-21vianet-acquires-vpn-service-provider-dermot

Quanta sees revenue growth despite notebook shipment decline in July

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140812PD210.html

India’s switch and router market up 7.24 per cent at $226 million

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.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/indias-switch-and-router-market-up-7-24-per-cent-at-226-million-idc/articleshow/39894329.cms

Microsoft may become first MNC to set up cloud data centre in India

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 ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/microsoft-may-become-first-mnc-to-set-up-cloud-data-centre-in-india/articleshow/39718513.cms

Google Compute Engine Adds New Zones In US And Asia

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.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/05/google-compute-engine-adds-new-zones-in-us-and-asia/

Alibaba Has a Computing Cloud, and It’s Growing, Too

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.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/04/alibaba-has-a-computing-cloud-and-its-growing-too/

ST Telemedia takes 40% stake in China data centre company GDS

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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/st-telemedia-takes-40/1288922.html

Delta Electronics 2Q14 net profit hits record

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140730PD200.html

Govt trial finds smart grids could save $28bn in electricity costs

A four-year $490 million Government trial of the use of smart technologies in the energy sector has found the country could reap $28 billion in net economic benefits over the next 20 years if the devices were rolled out nationally. A report released yesterday by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane – written by four local consultancy firms – analysed the results of the Smart Grid, Smart City project and found the use of such technologies could result in consumers paying hundreds of dollars less a year through reduced energy usage.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390407,govt-trial-finds-smart-grids-could-save-28bn-in-electricity-costs.aspx

THE EVOLVING ASEAN DATA CENTER MARKET

An increasing amount of attention has been focused on the Asia Pacific data center market in recent years, thanks to strong economic growth in China and India, two of the most populous nations on the planet. Usually overlooked is a smaller grouping of countries within this region known as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Formed to promote economic cooperation and regional stability, ASEAN consists of ten countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2014/07/evolving-asean-data-center-market

Flipkart’s CTO explains the Xiaomi launch outage

On July 22, the Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone went on sale on the website of India’s largest online retailer, Flipkart. This was an exclusive launch introducing Xiaomi’s phones to India. Given the marketing bonanza enveloping the launch, a sea of online buyers logged on the site. Buyers started seeing an HTTP Error 503 Service Unavailable response. Amod Malviya, CTO, Flipkart, says the outage wasn’t due to an infrastructure failure. “In fact, we have almost never gone down in the past three years because of that sort of an issue,” he says.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/internet/flipkarts-cto-explains-the-xiaomi-launch-outage/

Taiwan server ODMs may benefit from Project Scorpio 2.0

Taiwan-based server ODMs including Quanta Computer, Wistron and Inventec may obtain orders arising from the beginning of Project Scorpio 2.0, the second version of a project to boost low-cost and highly scalable data center infrastructure jointly by China-based Internet service operators Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent through collaboration with Intel, in September 2014, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140722PD210.html

Growing demand for data centres in Singapore

SINGAPORE: With growing internet connectivity, there is increasing demand for data centres which house hardware servers to support networks and databases. Industry observers say demand in Singapore is also driven by its status as a regional hub. Keppel T&T already owns two data centres in Singapore and it is building a third. It says growth in internet and mobile usage, as well as cloud computing, is driving demand for data centre space.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/growing-demand-for-data/1267844.html

Govt appoints first partners to new data centre panel

The Federal Government has added the first four suppliers to its new data centre services panel following a revamp of its procurement arrangements. The finance department today named NextDC, Datapod, Canberra Data Centres and Australian Data Centres as the first batch of suppliers under the government’s new Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389447,govt-appoints-first-partners-to-new-data-centre-panel.aspx

SubPartners picks NextDC as landing point for APX cables

Submarine cable builder SubPartners will land its APX-West and APX-Central cables in NextDC’s Perth P1 data centre, the company revealed today. The 5300km APX-Central cable will connect Perth and Sydney from the third quarter of 2016, with additional spurs planned for Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart.  The 4700km APX-West will connect Perth to Changi North in Singapore with planned branches to Jakarta, Indonesia and Christmas Island.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389438,subpartners-picks-nextdc-as-landing-point-for-apx-cables.aspx

NTT lobbies Telstra for cloud partnership, as competition from SingTel intensifies

Japanese incumbent telco Nippon Telegraph and Telephone is reportedly lobbying Telstra for a partnership, amidst growing competition from Optus’ parent SingTel. In an article in the Australian Financial Review, NTT urges the Australian telco to use its global network of data centres, which would be connected to Telstra’s own networks. The news comes as Telstra repositions itself from being a traditional telecommunications company towards being a network applications and services (NAS) provider with a focus on south-east Asia.

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/technology/42701-ntt-lobbies-telstra-for-cloud-partnership-as-competition-from-singtel-intensifies.html#

India’s Bombay Stock Exchange halts trading after network problem

The Bombay Stock Exchange, India’s oldest exchange, halted trading early Thursday after it encountered network problems. The exchange, which closed the market shortly after start of trading, resumed trading within about three hours. A number of users were logged out abruptly because of the “misbehavior” of some of the components in its network, BSE said in the afternoon after trading had resumed. It did not say what led the components to malfunction.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/indias-bombay-stock-exchange-halts-trading-after-network-problem/