Yahoo — EQIX recently inaugurated the fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, SY4, in Sydney, Australia. This is in line with the company’s 2016 Expansion Plan announced in Mar 2016, under which it planned to open four data centers in Tokyo, Dallas, Sao Paulo and Sydney by the end of the year.
First Post — With the proliferation of cheap smartphones and tablets and the ever-expanding reach of the Internet, Asia—particularly South-East Asia–has emerged as a hot destination for the setting up of data centers. Rise in Internet users together with good economic growth translates into greater data demand.
Datacenter Dynamics — Equinix has opened its fourth facility in Sydney, following hot on the heels of an expansion of its other Australian data center in Melbourne. The $97 million (US) international business exchange (IBX) data center is 4km from Sydneys’s central business district, and already has some 20 customers, according to reports – including network provider Connectivity IT, broadband network Grex, managed hosting firm Servers Australia, and cloud provider Zettagrid.
Datacenter News — China Unicom opened its newest and largest Hong Kong data center last week, which is also the company’s most advanced cloud center beyond mainland China. More than 200 guests attended the opening, including government representatives, China Unicom executives, telecommunications leaders and business leaders.
CXO Today — On June 28, Internet services major Amazon launched its first set of data centers in India, saying that it is spending ‘tens of millions of dollars’ to set up data centers in the country. “The data center will help accelerate growth,” said Shane Owenby, managing director-APAC, AWS in an interview. In India, Microsoft by now has three data centers, IBM has two, whereas many others such as Japan’s NTT also have big data center operations in the country.
Straits Times — A Singaporean start-up is betting US$1.7 billion (S$2.3 billion) on becoming the digital landlord for tech giants building cloud services across Asia and Australia. AirTrunk plans to build data centres in Australia’s biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne, with an anchor tenant already signed up as it targets undercutting rivals with lower prices. In the coming months, it will sign deals to expand into Singapore and Hong Kong.
Datacenter News — Alibaba Cloud announced last month that its data center operations will be expanding, with a second availability zone in Singapore. The company’s Singapore data center opened in 2015 to serve the Asia Pacific region’s growing need for cloud and big data requirements.
Datacenter News — “Innovation never stops” Is CITIC Telecom International CPC’s mission, as the company announced last week that it will be taking a four-pillar approach to expand its Asia-Pacific business growth. The company will be launching new data centers, expanding network coverage, launching new cloud and security services, next-generation ICT development and a managed security services partnership (MSSP) with Fortinet.
Datacenter Dynamics — Hosting provider RootBSD, which specializes in deployments based on the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) Unix version, has expanded its cloud service footprint with a new data center in Hong Kong. Root BSD has a presence in over two dozen data centers around the world, and has added this new one in HKNet’s data center at Evergain Plaza, which is marketed as Tier II facility. HKNet is a subsidiary of NTT Com, and runs a carrier-neutral facility with Tier 1 backbone connectivity.
Channel Life — Global revenue from cloud IT infrastructure has reached $6.6 billion for the first quarter of 2016, a 3.9% growth on slowed demand from the hyperscale public cloud sector. That’s according to new figures from analyst firm IDC, which shows total cloud IT infrastructure revenues climbed to a 32.3% share of overall IT revenues in 1Q16, up from 30.2% a year ago.
Datacenter News — 1-Net Singapore officially opened 1-Net North data center in June, becoming the first commercial data center in Southeast Asia with Tier III Constructed Facility certified by the Uptime Institute. The 1-Net North facility comes as a timely solution to Singapore’s growing emphasis on its Smart Nation vision, the company says.
Amazon’s cloud computing arm has officially introduced its first data center infrastructure in India with the launch of two data center locations in Mumbai. Though thousands of Indian companies were already using Amazon Web Services (AWS), in June last year the tech titan announced its intention to target Indian customers by rolling out dedicated data centers in the region.
First Post — World’s leading cloud computing platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of the Asia-Pacific (Mumbai) Region. The Mumbai region is the sixth in Asia Pacific for AWS, and with this announcement, AWS now provides 35 availability zones across 13 technology infrastructure regions globally.
Datacenter News — NEXTDC has achieved a 4.5 rating from NABERS for its Data-Center-as-a-Service provider technology at its M1 center in Port Melbourne, Australia. The company’s data center certification began in October 2014 through rigorous measurements and efforts from its engineering team. The result minimised IT and energy costs while forming a sustainability strategy and meeting customer demands.
Datacenter News — Fujitsu Australia has today been awarded Australia’s first NABERS data portfolio ratings across six of its data centers, resulting from Fujitsu’s locally-based plans to drive its global Environmental Action Plan Stage VIII. The Plan aims to sustainably develop ICT solutions, reduce environmental impacts, and therefore contributing to society.
Computer Weekly — Cloud platform supplier Interoute has launched a virtual datacentre (VDC) zone in Singapore, to enable businesses to locate applications near users in the country. The service will help potential enterprise customers meet local regulations for cloud computing, by ensuring data stays in Singapore.
Datacenter News — Fujitsu has teamed up with elastic interconnection provider Megaport in a move the company says will allow it to offer customers new ways of provisioning connections to cloud services, including Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. The agreement kicks off with the installation of a Megaport point of presence in the Fujitsu Malaga (Perth), and North Ryde (Sydney) data centers.
Tech Week Europe — Singapore is preparing to test a data centre that can operate in tropical climates without the need for intensive cooling usually synonymous with any data centre operatio. The Tropical Data Centre (TDC), currently planned for a Q3 trial, could help reduce energy consumptions in data centres by almost 40 percent, its designers claim, and is part of Singapore’s ‘smart nation’ green initiative.
Datacenter Dynamics — The cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group has established a second availability zone in Singapore, which it says will provide higher capacity to meet enterprise users’ demands for high availability cloud services and disaster recovery. Alibaba Cloud set up an international headquarters in Singapore last year, and also established a local data center – its second overseas facility at the time, to provide enhanced cloud and big data services across Southeast Asia.
MIS Asia — A new research report from cloud security provider CloudLock argues that more than a quarter of cloud workloads used in corporate environments are “high risk.” Of course, CloudLock is biased; it makes a living spreading FUD about security, tapping into old-school IT fears about cloud computing. Its conclusions are largely foregone.
IT Wire — Demand and growth in the Australian data centre (DC) services market is being driven by big data, IoT, analytics, mobile data, storage, computing power, infrastructure and more. Increasing use of Big Data, IoT applications and analytics software, coupled with growing global mobile data traffic which is expected to increase at 53% CAGR from 2015 to 2020, is seeing enterprises’ demand additional bandwidth, data storage and computing power, as well as infrastructure and services for secure storage and monitoring of data.
Datacenter News — Cloudways has secured integration rights into DigitalOcean’s new Bangalore data center in India, which the company says will extend its reach in India and into other Asian markets. Cloudways Cloud Platform provides a base for the deployment and management of business websites, blogs, e-commerce businesses and web applications.
Enterprise Innovation — Singapore is conducting trials on the world’s first Tropical Data Centre (TDC), which could reduce energy consumption by data centers by up to 40 percent. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said the trial would test how data servers react under various “live” situations, such as peak surges or transferring of data, and in diverse conditions, such as with no temperature or humidity controls.
Last night’s outage to an Amazon Web Services Sydney availability zone is prompting some of AWS’ biggest local customers to reconsider their architectures to mitigate future damaging downtime. AWS has built its brand on reliability as well as flexibility and cost, but yesterday’s storms in Sydney showed that even the public cloud powerhouse isn’t immune to nature.
IT News — Large Australian websites including Domain, Channel Nine, Foxtel Play and Domino’s went down on Sunday afternoon after Amazon Web Service’s Sydney zone suffered a two-hour power outage. AWS first warned of the outage affecting Elastic Compute via its status page at 3:47pm, and an hour later confirmed the issue was related to a power problem. Sydney spent Sunday struggling through severe storms.
Bharti Airtel’s data center brand, Nxtra Data, has signed a deal with colocation giant CenturyLink that will see the two cooperate and share revenue for the Indian market. This partnership agreement will help deliver managed hosting, IT infrastructure and cloud services across the country, the India Times reported.
Datacenter Dynamics — Colt Data Centre Services has started construction of a new data center in Japan and announced expansion of existing facilities in the UK and Germany. The company’s second data center in Inzai, Chiba, will offer 5,000 square meters of white space. Almost all of this capacity has already been pre-sold, even though the site is not opening until 2017.
Datacenter News — Digital Loyang Way has officially opened in Singapore, Digital Realty’s latest premier facility. The next generation data center spans 177,000 square feet and will support 13.2 megawatts of IT load. According to Digital Realty, the Digital Loyang Way data center is designed to accommodate a wide range of customer deployments, from cloud service providers to financial services customers, and has been engineered to meet the applicable technology risk management guidelines of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Datacenter News — Lenovo is expanding its data center services by offering what it calls an ‘expanded arsenal’ of IT solutions, ranging from next-generation software defined storage, the latest servers and hyperconverged appliances. Lenovo has recognised the potential of the data center industry, reportedly worth $87 billion.
Datacenter Dynamics — The largest data center in Turkey has been opened by Turkcell, with the telecoms company also announcing further plans to open two more facilities in the country. The site near Istanbul, in Gebze, will turn the capital city into a regional hub of data as well as act as a node for international data traffic, delivering cloud services to global IT businesses in addition to Turkish public and private sectors.