Xilinx acquires German computer software firm Silexica

Chipmaker Xilinx has announced that it will acquire German software company Silexica.

This comes as Xilinx itself is in the middle of its acquisition by chipmaking giant AMD. The company was purchased by AMD for $35 billion last year to take up its competitor, NVIDIA after NVIDIA acquired Arm Holdings for a record $40 billion.

Xilinx said that the company is planning to integrate Silexica’s SLX FPGA tool suite with its Xilinx Vitis unified software platform to allow software developers to build “sophisticated applications” with Xilinx’s technology.

Maximilian Odendahl, former CEO of Silexica, said that the company’s vision is to “create a disruptive developer tool – one that closes the gap between the software and hardware developer domains”, and its joining forces with Xilinx’s portfolio “fully aligns with [their] goal of making adaptive computing accessible to software developers.”

“We are excited to continue the journey as part of the Xilinx Vitis team,” he added.

“Software programmability is imperative to our long-term goal to accelerate the path from software to application-optimized hardware systems,” says Salil Raje, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Xilinx’s Data Centre Group.

“Silexica’s technology complements our existing Vitis solution and roadmap and will accelerate our ability to attract a wider range of developers seeking to leverage our heterogeneous computing architectures.” he continued.

Financial details and terms of the transaction are yet to be disclosed.

Bloomberg: Digital Realty considering Singapore IPO

Data centre player Digital Realty is considering an IPO in Singapore, according to a report by Bloomberg.

It is reported that the company is working with advisers on the listing. Digital Realty’s portfolio of investments is valued at around $1 billion, Bloomberg said quoting sources.

The IPO, if successful, could raise $300 million to $400 million. Digital Realty would also become the second tech listing of 2021 in Singapore’s stock exchange after tech hardware manufacturer Aztech Global’s IPO in March.

Digital Realty operates 290 data centres all around the world. Twelve are located across the Asia Pacific, three of which are in Singapore’s districts of Jurong and Loyang. The company provides data storage and cloud computing services to a range of industries from finance, to manufacturing, to healthcare.

A representative from Digital Realty declined to comment on the matter.

Australian property developer Hickory forays into data centre business

Australian property developer Hickory has marked its foray into the data centre industry with the launch of its new business arm, Hickory Data Centres.

Hickory Data Centres will be helmed by CEO Joel O’Halloran. The company has already secured a 3.5 hectare site at Truganina, west of Melbourne, and construction of a 36 megawatt data centre is scheduled to commence later this year.

O’Halloran told the Australian Financial Review (AFR) that Hickory Data Centre’s vision is to build, lease, and operate hyperscale data centres for major cloud service providers and e-commerce companies.

Named HDC M01, the Truganina data centre will be 25,000 square metres wide with 12 data halls. Michael Argyou, Director of Hickory, also told the AFR that the facility is a self-funded spec build with no tenant in place. However, Argyou said that they are confident of filling the space thanks to increased demand for data centres in Melbourne.

“From our world-class HBS building technology to the recent launch of FLEX Co-working spaces, we are always on the lookout to expand into new and emerging markets. Entering the data centre sector was the natural next step for Hickory,”

“Data centres are a critical part of our rapidly expanding digital economy. As Australia’s consumption and dependence on cloud continue to increase, we are proud to be supporting the digital infrastructure that will enable Australian businesses to prosper.” Mr. Argyou continued.

Australia’s Stockland real estate to build first data centre in Sydney

Australian real estate developer Stockland is set to build its first data centre in Sydney.

The real estate firm confirmed that it has “obtained SSDA approval for the construction and operation of [its] data centre at M_Park”, located in Sydney’s tech hub of Macquarie Park.

An SSDA approval, or a State Significant Development approval, are projects that are given the green light by the New South Wales state government on account of their economic value.

According to Australian media reports, the new Sydney data centre will be a five-story facility, taking up 6,300 square metres of data halls and 3,125 square metres of office space.

The facility will also have ten diesel generators and underground tanks that will be able to store 360,000 litres of fuel.

Construction is scheduled to begin in September this year, and is slated for completion in March 2023.

Data Centres are fast growing in the ANZ region

Stockland is not the only organisation that is pouring in investments into the data centre industry in the ANZ region. DCI Data Centres, a portfolio data centre company managed by Canadian firm Brookefield Asset Management, has recently also purchased land to set up a new data centre in Auckland, New Zealand.

Like Singapore, new power supply regulations in Ireland to affect 30 data centres

As many as thirty data centres in Ireland are expected to be affected as regulators in Ireland propose to limit power supply in the country.

Applications from data centres to grid operators in Ireland are in such demand that they are putting a strain on the country’s national power supply.

According to the Irish Times, Ireland’s Commission for Regulation if Utilities (CRU) has notified national grid operators Eirgrid and ESB Networks to “prioritise applications for connections to the electricity system from data centres in locations where power supplies are not squeezed.”

Putting a Pause on Data Centre Development

Eirgrid’s Group Head of Regulation, Bill Thompson, confirmed in a letter that the company is facing “a more acute security of supply situation than [it has] had in the recent past.”

Thompson states that the rate at which data centres are seeking to grow their load is “unprecedented”, further citing Singapore as being the latest country to halt data centre development.

In early May, Singapore announced a moratorium on new data centres due to similar concerns about intensive electricity and water use, as well as land use.

For one of the largest data centre markets in the Asia-Pacific, Singapore’s decision may pose a short term stagnation to the country’s data centre growth. There are about 60 data centres in the island nation with a carbon footprint of 357 Megawatts (MW).

Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said that the government will seek to explore more resource efficient alternatives in the meantime.

The CRU in Ireland is also of the view that “intervention is necessary and appropriate.”

Broadcom records $6.61 billion in revenue for Q2, 2021, up 15% year-on-year

Broadcom Inc. (“Broadcom”), one of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers, reported a revenue of $6.61 billion for the second quarter of 2021.

The revenue beat analyst estimates of $6.59 billion and is a 15% year-on-year increase, according to data by Bloomberg.

Semiconductor revenue, at $4.82 million, also saw a 20% year-on-year increase due to the strength in demand for semiconductors across multiple end markets, revealed Broadcom President and CEO Hock Tan.

“Our third quarter outlook projects this year-over-year growth to sustain, as we continue to see strong demand from service providers and hypercloud,” he added.

On the other hand, infrastructure software reported $1.79 billion in revenue, a slight 4% year-on-year increase.

Broadcom’s wireless connectivity chips are used in Apple iPhones and a range of other smartphones, and its switch silicon and other custom designs are integral part of AWS and Google’s data centres, according to Bloomberg.

Kirsten Spears, CFO of Broadcom, also revealed that the company’s consolidated revenue grew 15% year-on-year, and operating profit grew 25% year-on-year.

“We generated $3.4 billion in free cash flow or 52% of revenue in the quarter, and are expecting free cash flow to remain strong in the third quarter,” she continued.

Microsoft wants to unite APAC markets under new cybersecurity council

Microsoft has launched its first ever Asia Pacific Sector Cyber Security Executive Council that will bring together seven markets across in the region to build a strong and coordinated response to cyberattacks.

Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, and South Korea are the first seven members to be joining the council. Fifteen policymakers from government and state agencies, technology and industry leaders, as well as cybersecurity professionals from Microsoft will meet on a quarterly basis to exchange information on cyber threats and cybersecurity solutions.

Microsoft said that the formation of the council marks “the first step towards defending [communities] in [the] cyberspace.”

“Our joint mission is to build a strong coalition, to strengthen our cyber security defense,” said Sherie Ng, Public Sector General Manager at Microsoft Asia Pacific.

The council’s cybersecurity concerns will span across critical sectors including healthcare, transportation, finance, and education.

Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab FASc, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia, added that: “Cybersecurity is an important national agenda that cannot rely solely on the back of the IT team. It should be a priority and responsibility of all individuals, as we continue to see cyber-criminal activities rise exponentially with the proliferation of data and digital connectivity.”

“This coalition certainly establishes stronger partnerships with industry leaders and practitioners that allow us to fortify our security postures and combat cybercrime,” he continued.

Thanks to the pandemic remote work new normal, the Asia Pacific region is most at risk of cybersecurity threats, including cyber espionage. Verizon’s Cyber Espionage Report revealed that the APAC region sees the most frequent occurrence when it comes to cyber espionage attacks, with 42% of organisations having experienced a breach.

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DCI to purchase land for new data centre in New Zealand

DCI Data Centers (“DCI”) has announced that it will purchase a piece of land in Auckland, New Zealand for the construction of a major new data centre in the country.

The Asia-Pacific data centre operator revealed that it has been granted permission from New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office (OIO) to establish its presence in the country with a brand new data centre.

Malcolm Roe, CEO of DCI for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), said that the company is “delighted” to be kicking off its cloud programme in New Zealand as the facilities will accelerate the adoption of cloud services, which is critical for enabling growth across all sectors of the economy.

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“The site is the first step for us in New Zealand and we are currently finalising selection of further sites to meet strong demand,” Mr. Roe continued.

The data centre will be named DCI AKL01 and will be located in Westgate, northwest of Auckland. DCI has also lodged a resource consent application with the Auckland Council for the facility. 

Auckland Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore welcomed the news.

“I am really pleased to see commercial developments ramping up at Westgate. Regional employment and commercial activities based around the whole of Auckland is a critical regional growth factor,” he added.

Founded in 2015, DCI currently has two data centres in the ANZ region, one in Sydney and one in Adelaide. The company also recently announced that it will build a $70 million energy efficient data centre in the state of South Australia.

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NVIDIA reports 84% surge in revenue for Q1FY22, data centre business earns $2.05 billion

Global semiconductor and tech services company NVIDIA has announced its fiscal results for the first quarter of 2022. The company reported a revenue of $5.66 billion, an 84 percent year-on-year surge and beating analysts’ estimates by a dramatic margin.

The company attributes its growth to its three core businesses, Gaming, Data Centres, Professional Visualisation.

Gaming saw a record 106 percent year-on-year growth with $2.76 billion in revenue due to increased sales in GeForce GPUs as well as game-console SOCs.

Data centre revenue was up 79 percent year-on-year with $2.05 billion earned. This was driven primarily by NVIDIA’s acquisition of Israeli-American tech hardware manufacturer Mellanox. NVIDIA announced the acquisition of Mellanox in 2019 for $6.9 billion, and the transaction was completed in April 2020.

NVIDIA has also credited part of its revenue boom to cryptocurrency trading and mining, with its Cryptocurrency Mining Processors (CMP) generating revenue of $155 million.

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NVIDIA reports 84% surge in revenue for Q1FY22, data centre business earns $2.05 billion

Global semiconductor and tech services company NVIDIA has announced its fiscal results for the first quarter of 2022. The company reported a revenue of $5.66 billion, an 84 per cent year-on-year surge and beating analysts’ estimates by a dramatic margin.

The company attributes its growth to its three core businesses, Gaming, Data Centres, Professional Visualisation.

Gaming saw a record 106 percent year-on-year growth with $2.76 billion in revenue due to increased sales in GeForce GPUs as well as game-console SOCs.

Data centre revenue was up 79 per cent year-on-year with $2.05 billion earned. This was driven primarily by NVIDIA’s acquisition of Israeli-American tech hardware manufacturer Mellanox. NVIDIA announced the acquisition of Mellanox in 2019 for $6.9 billion, and the transaction was completed in April 2020.

NVIDIA has also credited part of its revenue boom to cryptocurrency trading and mining, with its Cryptocurrency Mining Processors (CMP) generating revenue of $155 million.

Yahoo! Japan data centre to obtain renewable energy from SoftBank

Search engine Yahoo! has announced that its data centre in Shirakawa, Japan will be obtaining renewable energy sources from SoftBank’s SB Power Corp.

A subsidiary of Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank, SB Power Corp was founded in 2012 with the aim to develop sustainable energy-related services.

Using its proprietary AI technology, SB Power Corp will be supplying electricity services that originate from renewable energy to Yahoo! Japan.

SoftBank said that the renewable energy provided is compliant with the sustainability measures outlined in RE100, a global initiative by charity organisation CDP that aims to promote 100 percent renewable energy use in corporate activities.

This agreement is also in line with Yahoo! Japan’s corporate commitment to its renewable energy shift. In January 2021, the company announced its goal to operate on 100% renewable energy by fiscal 2023.

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Apple’s first data centre in China goes live

Tech giant Apple’s first data centre in southwest China has officially commenced operations this week, according to the country’s state media.

Located in the southwestern province of Guizhou, the data centre is a joint construction between Apple and local cloud company, Guizhou Cloud Big Data Industry Development (“Guizhou Cloud”), with an investment total of $1 billion.

Both parties signed an agreement to build the data centre back in 2017. Previous reports stated that the data centre was initially scheduled for completion in 2020, but it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2018, Apple stated that all of its users’ iCloud information in China will be handled and managed by Guizhou Cloud. The new data centre is expected to further improve user experience in China, as well as improve the overall reliability of Apple’s services.

Thanks to its climate and abundant power supply, Guizhou has become the destination of choice for foreign tech firms that intend to build big data facilities in China. Aside from Apple, major tech players such as Alibaba, Tencent, and Huawei also have cloud computing, big data centres, and regional headquarters in Guizhou.

Besides Guizhou, first-tier city Shanghai has recently seen the opening of a new data centre from Tesla.

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Nokia unveils new data centre switching solution to support colocation and cloud hosting

Finnish smartphone manufacturer Nokia announced the launch of 7220 Interconnect Router (IXR), a brand new data centre switching solution for cloud colocation and hosting operations.

The 7220 IXR is a solution that comprises Nokia’s network operating system, SR Linux, and NetOps, a development toolkit that automates and improves the efficiency of data centre network operations. With the 7220 IXR, data centres are able to conduct data centre switching more smoothly, as well as handle peering traffic needs in data centres.

Steve Vogelsang, CTO and head of strategy for Nokia’s IP and Optical Business, said that the new solution will also be able to power and accelerate the services of next-generation technologies such as 5G, IoT, and AI.

“Data centre hosting and colocation providers increasingly need open data center switching solutions that scale to support growing business needs and integrate easily into their existing data center operations,” he added.

Scott Brookshire, CTO of Energy Group Networks, parent company of international colocation provider OpenColo, said that their company will be deploying Nokia’s 7220 IXR in its data centre colocation and hosting operations.

“Nokia and its SR Linux was an easy choice. We wanted a solution that was extensible, open, supported telemetry and gNMI, and was provided by a company that transforms networking both on the hardware and software side,” he noted.

“We [appreciate] that Nokia builds and supports its hardware, so we have a single vendor to manage and work with should we ever run into problems.” Mr. Brookshire continued.

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Tencent earns $20.6 billion in Q1, cloud and fintech profits surge 65%

Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings has earned $20.6 billion (135.3 billion Yuan) in revenue this year, with much of its profits from a near 65% surge in cloud, gaming, and fintech businesses.

The company released its latest financial figures for the first quarter of 2021, and said increased revenue represents a 25% growth year-on-year.

Much of Tencent’s Q1 revenue came from two streams: one, its cloud and fintech businesses, which reported a 47% surge to $6.06 billion (39 billion Yuan); and two, its value added services (VAS) including mobile games, subscription-based entertainment platforms, and WeChat, one of the largest social messaging apps in China — VAS revenue rose 16% year-on-year to $11.3 billion (72.4 billion Yuan).

CEO Ma Huateng commented that Tencent will continue to enhance product and service offerings in areas including business services and enterprise software, high-production-value games, and short-form videos.

“As we look into the future, we see expanding opportunities in the various verticals in which we operate, enabled by technology innovation and increasing acceptance of digital solutions among users and businesses,” he added.

Tencent’s rapid expansion in East Asia

Tencent’s substantial growth in cloud and fintech illustrate the company’s commitment to the expansion of its services both domestically and beyond. In February, its video-sharing mobile app Kuaishou went public on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Kuaishou, up-and-coming in China, is widely considered to be the main competitor of Douyin, China’s version of TikTok.

Tencent’s cloud computing arm, Tencent Cloud, has also recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MoU) with the metropolitan government of Seoul, South Korea to develop an app for Chinese tourists.

Singapore’s Mapletree buys 29 data centre properties for $1.32 billion

Singapore-based real estate firm Mapletree Industrial Trust (MIT) has entered into an agreement with US real estate company Sila Realty Trust (SRT) that will see MIT purchase 29 data centre properties from SRT.

SRT has agreed to sell its 29 data centre properties to MIT for a total of $1.32 billion. This forms part of SRT’s plan to become a full healthcare real estate investment trust.

Michael A. Seton, President and CEO of SRT, said: “Upon closing this Transaction, we will continue to be focused on enhancing the value of our Company through internal and external growth opportunities which, we believe, will maximize optionality to achieve liquidity for our stockholders within the timeframe communicated during our offering.”

This acquisition from MIT marks the Singapore-listed company’s further expansion into the US data centre industry. The data centres are located across major US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021.

Yuexiu Property partners with Kingdee Group to build tech-powered properties in China

Kingdee Software Group Company Limited have announced that Kingdee Software China Co., Ltd. and Yuexiu Property Company Limited have entered into a strategic cooperation agreement to build technology-powered ‘intelligent’ properties.

Yuexiu Group is one of the top 500 Chinese enterprises. As a subsidiary of Yuexiu Group, Yuexiu Property is one of the first comprehensive property development enterprises in China. Kingdee is a tech provider in the enterprise application software sector for fast-growing enterprises and has a large markeyshare for a decade and half.

Both companies will promote the digital and intelligent construction of Yuexiu Property and the property industry based on Kingdee Cloud Cosmic, the company said.

Lin Feng, vice chairman and general manager of Yuexiu Property, Wu Wei, vice general manager of Yuexiu Property, Zhang Yong, rotating president of Kingdee China, Lin Bo, chief financial officer of Kingdee, Yang Ming, senior vice president of Kingdee, and Xing Wenji, general manager of Kingdee Wojia Cloud, were present at the signing of this agreement.

Lin Feng, vice chairman and general manager of Yuexiu Property, fully affirmed the achievements of the strategic cooperation at the current stage between the two sides at the signing site.

“Yuexiu Property has rich experience in property development and property management. Kingdee Software is among the first-class in the fields of management software and platform structure construction. Next, Yuexiu Property will comprehensively promote Kingdee Cloud Cosmic for in-depth application. The strategic cooperation between Yuexiu Property and Kingdee is the integration of the industry advantages of the two enterprises. We hope to take this as a new starting point to deepen the strategic cooperation between the two sides.”

 

Yuexiu’s digitisation efforts

 

In the digital economy, the need for digital transformation and intelligent upgrading have become the consensus of all enterprises.

Kingdee has helped Yuexiu Property to further its digitisation efforts, to promote the digital and intelligent construction of Yuexiu Property and property industry, and strengthen the strategic cooperation between Kingdee and Yuexiu Property. Both companies will actively embrace advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data and the Internet of Things to boost the leapfrog development of Yuexiu Property’s businesses and build an innovation service platform that would be a benchmark of the industry.

In the cooperation with Yuexiu Property, Kingdee will always adhere to the vision of “becoming the most trustworthy enterprise service platform” and provide good services.

Zhang Yong, the rotating president of Kingdee China, said, “This strategic cooperation marks that both parties, on the continuation of the past and prospect of the future, carry out all-round and in-depth cooperation. Kingdee will give full play to its 28 years of enterprise service experience and Kingdee Cloud Cosmic’s enterprise-grade PaaS platform capabilities to help the digital construction of Yuexiu Property and property industry.”

This is not the first time that the two companies have cooperated. In 2002, Yuexiu Property has already started to use Kingdee’s K/3 products, later upgraded to EAS system in 2009, and then applied Kingdee Cloud Cosmic products in 2020.

Going forward, Kingdee and Yuexiu Property will conduct all-round exchanges and cooperation in the fields of construction technology, intelligent engineering, digital twin, smart community and smart property, and discuss and build industry digital platform together to jointly construct a new property ecology, the company said.

South Korea to pour in $450 billion to become global chipmaking leader

With the global semiconductor industry facing a shortage, South Korea has announced a plan to invest $450 billion (510 trillion Korean won) to supercharge the country’s chipmaking industry, joining the likes of Taiwan, China, and the US to become the global leader in chip manufacturing.

The South Korean government unveiled a national blueprint that will see several ambitious investments in semiconductor research and production. Tech giants Samsung and SK Hynix, the semiconductor manufacturing arm of national telco SK Telecom, will be committing $151 billion (170 trillion Korean won) and $97 billion (109 trillion Korean won) respectively to expand their existing chipmaking facilities.

SK Hynix’s co-CEO, Park Jung-ho further revealed that SK Hynix will be building four new semiconductor plants in Yongin, the largest city in the Gyeonggi-do province in South Korea.

Samsung has also revealed that the company has commenced construction of a new manufacturing line “25 times the size of a football pitch” in the city of Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul. The new factory is scheduled for completion in 2022.

“The entire semiconductor industry is facing a watershed moment and now is the time to chart out a plan for long-term strategy and investment,” said Kim Ki-nam, Vice Chairman and Head of Device Solutions at Samsung.

“For the memory business, where Samsung has maintained its undisputed leadership position, the company will continue to make pre-emptive investments to lead the industry,” he added.

South Korea’s Finance Ministry has also announced a tax deduction ratio of 40 percent to encourage spending on chipmaking, an increase from the previous 30 percent.

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Keppel and industry partners sign deal to supply liquefied hydrogen to DCs

Keppel Data Centres has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with four industry leaders to develop and supply liquefied hydrogen (LH2) for its data centres in Singapore.

Keppel, Linde Gas Singapore, Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and the Netherlands’ LNG Holding B.V. will jointly study the readability of establishing a LH2 supply chain.

The five companies will look into issues such as the viability of having a production and liquefaction plant and export terminal at the exporting country, transportation via ocean-going tankers, as well as an import terminal, storage units and regasification facilities in Singapore.

Keppel’s road to green data centres

This five-way collaboration forms one of many green data centre efforts undertaken by Keppel. The company has been exploring the use of hydrogen to power its data centres in Singapore as far back as 2020, with agreements with Mitsubishi and City-OG Gas Services in place.

Interest in the use of hydrogen as an alternative energy source for data centres is growing worldwide, especially in land-scarce markets such as Singapore. This is because hydrogen combustion does not emit carbon dioxide, and hydrogen in its liquid state occupies 800 times less volume compared to when it is in its gaseous state, allowing for easier storage and transportation.

Mr David Burns, Vice President of Clean Energy at Linde, further pointed out that hydrogen is a powerful energy carrier and is expected to play a significant role in the reduction of carbon emissions, as part of the larger energy transition that is currently underway.

“Due to its versatile nature, hydrogen can be used for many applications, including the decarbonisation of data centres. We are proud to be working with Keppel and other partners in the development of a climate-friendly solution for their operations in Singapore,” he continued.

Mr. Wong Wai Meng, CEO of Keppel, says that this latest move is also in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030, a decarbonisation goal that puts sustainability at the heart of Keppel’s corporate strategy.

The study is expected to continue throughout 2021. The five partners will then decide on the next phase of collaboration at that juncture.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX to install ground stations at Google’s data centres

SpaceX and Google have landed a deal that will see Google’s cloud computing arm, Google Cloud, supply a range of satellite connectivity services to Elon Musk’s space exploration company.

SpaceX’s satellites, Starlink, will be installing ground stations at Google’s data centres across the world to deliver data from more than 1,500 Starlink satellites.

Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX, said that the company is “proud” to work with Google to deliver access to businesses, public sector organisations, and many other groups operating around the world.

“Combining Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google’s infrastructure and capabilities provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect,” she added.

SpaceX will install the first Starlink terminal at Google’s data centre in New Albany, Ohio.

Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President of Infrastructure at Google Cloud, said that Google is “delighted” to partner with SpaceX for the deal.

The Starlink-Google Cloud capability is expected to be available in the second half of 2021.

South Korea’s NAVER Cloud partners with Software Industry Association for cloud growth

NAVER Cloud, the cloud computing arm of South Korea’s web search giant Naver, has announced a partnership with the Korea Software Industry Association (KOSA) that will see the formation of a cloud ecosystem in the country for further industry growth.

Both parties have signed an agreement to promote South Korea’s software industry by leveraging NAVER Cloud’s cloud platform and its corporate networks.

According to South Korean media, KOSA will also be pushing for more collaboration between local tech giants such as Kakao Enterprise and KT.

APAC’s cloud-based services market is worth $2.6 billion

This move by NAVER and KOSA will likely contribute to the continued growth of APAC’s cloud services market. A recent report by ISG revealed that spending on cloud-based services in the region reached $2.6 billion in 2021, with record increases in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technologies.

In South Korea, despite still being in its early stage of development, the country’s SaaS market is currently being supported by big-name international brands including Salesforce and Workday.

“Mutual growth in the SaaS market through cooperation with platform companies will not only help us secure a competitive edge but it is also a life-or-death decision.” said Cho Joon-hee, Chairman of KOSA.

“As transition to SaaS in South Korea continues to become slow when the global SaaS market is growing at a rapid rate, there are growing concerns about foreign SaaS companies dominating the country’s SaaS market.” he added.

ESR Cayman buys property in Hong Kong for data centre development

APAC-focused logistics asset firm ESR Cayman has made its first real estate purchase in the island of Hong Kong for the development of a data centre.

ESR has acquired land in Kwai Chung, situated in the New Territories of Hong Kong, which is the island city’s major data centre cluster.

Further, ESR Cayman plans to work with its capital partners and operators to convert the land into a 40 megawatt (MW) data centre costing approximately $675 million.

Co-founders and co-CEOs Jeffrey Shen and Stuart Gibson said in a press release that the move forms a part of the company’s data centre expansion efforts.

“Hong Kong is an important data centre market in the APAC region with its low electricity costs, limited climate risks and established network capability,” Shen and Gibson pointed out.

“Entering the Hong Kong market is a key expansion strategy as we continue to build our integrated digital and logistics supply chain infrastructure platform to help fuel the new economy in APAC,” they added.

ESR’s latest purchase Hong Kong comes swiftly after the company’s acquisition of a data centre campus in Osaka, Japan in April, which it will further develop for $2.15 billion.

Josh Daitch, ESR Group Head of Fund Management & Capital, and Rui Hua Chang, ESR Group Managing Director, Capital Markets & Investor Relations, described the company’s foray into the Hong Kong data centre market as a “rare brownfield opportunity.”

“Set in one of the ideal locations for data centres and coupled with its meaningful scale, we are confident that the converted asset will be well positioned to provide customers with scalable and flexible solutions while creating long-term values for investors,” they continued.

With both developments combined, ESR Cayman expects to potentially generate up to 250 MW of data centre power across the Asia-Pacific region.

ISG Index Q1 2021: Spending on cloud-based services reach $2.6 billion in Asia-Pacific

Spending on cloud-based services in the Asia-Pacific region reached$2.6 billion in the first quarter of 2021, according to global technology research and advisory firm Information Services Group (ISG).

The company’s latest Asia Pacific ISG Index revealed that technology services spending in the region reached a record 85 percent, up 11 percent year-on-year.

This growth was due to the boom in uptake in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and software-as-aService (SaaS) technologies, which earned $1.9 billion and $292 million respectively.

“The Asia Pacific market continues to be driven by demand for cloud-based services,” said Scott Bertsch, Partner and Regional Leader at ISG Asia Pacific.

However, Bertsch also revealed that managed services such as IT outsourcing (ITO) slumped 25 percent to $390 million.

“On the managed services side, the market for traditional ITO services is struggling, especially infrastructure, while the much smaller BPO segment typically produces uneven results quarter to quarter. Meantime, we are seeing an escalating battle for market share among the hyperscalers, particularly in the financial services sector,” he added.

In line with the company’s findings, managed services in the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) market fell by 19 percent. China, Japan, and South Korea were the only three markets that saw growth in this segment.

Globally, ISG forecasts that cloud-based services will continue to experience an increase in spending, predicting an 18 percent growth in 2021.

“Korean Google” Naver Corp earned $73.4 million in cloud revenue in Q1

South Korea’s Naver Corporation reported an operating revenue of $73.4 million (81.7 billion KRW) for its cloud computing services, a record 71.1 percent increase year-on-year.

The internet services company, which owns and runs South Korea’s national search engine Naver, released its latest financial results for the first quarter of 2021. The Naver search engine, fintech, e-commerce, and cloud, raked in a total revenue of $1.35 trillion (1499.1 billion KRW), a 28 percent increase year-on-year.

Naver’s dramatic revenue increase in its cloud business can be attributed to continued remote work in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the previous quarter the company also supported cloud infrastructure adoption for Korea University Anam Hospital by migrating a Personalised Hospital Information System.

Naver Corp’s international tech expansion

Founded in 1999, Naver Corporation owns South Korea’s national search engine Naver, which is commonly referred to as “Korean Google” due to its dominance in the country. The company also owns Line, a popular instant messaging app widely used in South Korea and parts of Asia.

Most of Naver’s revenue comes from its domestic services, but in mid-April it was revealed that the company is planning for an international expansion.

Chief Financial Officer Park Sang Jin revealed in an interview that Naver is considering an IPO in the US. Its webtoon publishing arm, Naver Webtoon, has also recently acquired Wattpad, a Canadian creative writing platform, for $600 million.

Microsoft plans to build up to 100 data centres every year

Global tech giant Microsoft plans to build 50 to 100 data centres across the world every year.

This grand ambition was announced alongside the company’s launch of its immersive virtual data centre tour on its official website.

Noelle Walsh, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft who leads the team that builds and operates the company’s cloud infrastructure, added that the company is slated to build more data centres across ten countries this year, with Malaysia as the latest location where it plans to establish its first data centre region in the country.

Microsoft has also recently inked agreements to build data centres in the states of Georgia and Texas in the US as well as Israel.

Microsoft currently operates over 200 data centres in 34 countries worldwide. Latest findings from Synergy Research Group reveal that the tech titan leads the global data centre spending market with Dell and Huawei.

Microsoft to establish first data centre region in Malaysia

Tech titan Microsoft has announced the “Bersama Malaysia” initiative, a plan to establish the company’s first data centre in Malaysia.

The announcement comes as part of the tech giant’s plan to assist the Malaysian government in the country’s digital transformation. In February, Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin introduced MyDigital, a digital economy blueprint that seeks to supercharge the country’s digital ecosystem through domestic and foreign tech investments.

In partnership with PETRONAS, the country’s leading oil and gas company, a MyDigital Alliance Leadership Council will be formed to allow greater collaboration between Microsoft and the Malaysian government.

“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone for Microsoft in the 28 years we have been operating in Malaysia. We share the government’s commitment that digital transformation must be inclusive and responsible,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President of Marketing and Operations at Microsoft Global Sales.

“The upcoming data centre region will be a game-changer for Malaysia, enabling the government and businesses to reimagine and transform their operations, to the benefit of all citizens,” he added.

The data centre region will offer access to Microsoft’s full suite of cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.

Microsoft also says that it will digitally upskill 1 million Malaysians by the end of 2023.

Malaysia’s digital transformation ambitions

 

Malaysia’s MyDigital initiative aims to invest approximately $3 billion to $4 billion (RM12 billion to RM15 billion) on both foreign and domestic cloud service providers over the next five years. Aside from Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and national telco Telekom Berhad have been given the green light to build and manage hyperscale data centres.

The Prime Minister said that the investment from Microsoft fortifies Malaysia’s position as a potential regional data hub.

“As we cement the Microsoft partnership today, I hope this is just the first green shoots of a broader meadow of investments in Malaysia for Microsoft and other players,” he commented.

K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia, noted that public-private partnerships are “key enablers”  to propel Malaysia’s digital economy forward.

“With over 200 employees and 2,000 partners in the country, we will continue to support a digitally-enabled government, empower businesses to build resilience digitally, and bridge the digital opportunities for Malaysians. Together, we stand with Malaysia,” he said.

This new data centre region already has clients. When available, PETRONAS and Southeast Asia major telco Celcom Axiata Berhad have agreed to access Microsoft Cloud’s services from the new data centre region.

“We highly applaud Microsoft’s plans to establish its first data centre region in Malaysia, providing access to secure, scalable, highly available, resilient and sustainable cloud services for the government, and across multiple industry verticals,” said Idham Nawawi, Chief Executive Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad.

“As the anchor telco tenant, we look forward to bringing the benefit of this data centre to our customers and partners,” he continued.

Germany’s Contabo opens new data centre in Singapore

German internet service provider Contabo has announced the opening of its new data centre in Singapore.

The company, where its virtual private servers (VPS) are known for its competitive prices, aims to lower the cost of VPS deployment by entering the Asian market via Singapore.

“In pursuit of expanding global availability of our services we are adding a brand-new region in Asia on top of the existing Regions in Europe and the US.” said Aleksander Kuczek, CRO of Contabo.

Contabo says that its facility in Singapore retains the same German quality with the same rack design and the same network equipment, sourced from providers such as Hewlett Packard and Dell. The data centre is also ISO-certified and equipped with disaster protection infrastructure, such as its state-of-the-art nitrogen fire suppression system.

The data centre offers its flagship range of servers, including its popular High-Performance VPS series and its Virtual Dedicated Servers and AMD EYPC Dedicated Servers.

Indonet telco buys 6,000sq m of land for data center in Jakarta

Indonesian telecommunications firm Indointernet Tbk (Indonet) has revealed that it has purchased two plots of land spanning 6,000 square metres for the construction of a data centre in Jakarta.

This move comes swiftly after the company’s IPO at the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) in February.

The purchase was made through its subsidiary, PT Ekagrata Data Gemilang (EDG) on 15th April this year. The land was bought from real estate firm Sentra Graha Sentosa for $16.6 million (Rp 241.7).

“After the pandemic hit Indonesia and the world for more than a year, there has been a decline in the property market which has resulted in land being sold at prices below market value,” noted Indonet.

“In relation to this, EDG views that this period is the right time to acquire land at the best location with the best prices for the construction and expansion of Edge Data Centres,” the company continued.

The land transaction is equivalent to approximately 26 percent of the company’s equity value, recorded at $63.9 million (Rp 93.08 billion).

Indonesia’ emerging cloud and data centre scene

Indonesia’s large and dense population means that the market is an ideal location for cloud and data centre growth. Both domestic and foreign tech organisations have made significant strides in investing in the Southeast Asian market.

Last year, Google opened its first cloud region in Jakarta. In January, DCI Indonesia, the country’s leading data centre operator, went live on the IDX.

Founded in 1994, Indonet was the first commercial internet service provider in Indonesia. The company provides ICT solutions to businesses to accelerate digital transformation efforts in the country.

Tesla is building a data centre in Shanghai this June

Tesla, founded by Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk, will build a data centre in Shanghai by the end of June this year.

The news was confirmed by Tesla China’s Head of Communications, Grace Tao.

According to the South China Morning Post, the move forms part of the electric vehicle (EV) company’s plan to adequately handle the data collected from its EVs after the China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology revealed its push for more stringent regulation surrounding data collection.

This also comes after reports about the Chinese military’s ban on Tesla vehicles in its facilities due to the same data collection concerns.

In March, Elon Musk, who is also the founder of SpaceX, assured consumers at the 2021 China Development Forum that Tesla vehicles are not used for spying.

“If Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere, we will be shut down,” he said.

Tesla’s Shanghai data centre is slated for completion at the end of June this year, but the operation date has not been confirmed. However, Tao also revealed that Tesla will also conduct R&D efforts in China in the near future.

Japan’s NTT opens new data centre in Silicon Valley

Japanese telecommunications giant NTT has completed its hyperscale data centre in Silicon Valley, officially entering the US data centre market.

Named SV1, the facility is located in Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara. The four-storey facility spans 160,000 square feet with 64,000 square feet of IT space. It has a capacity of 16 Megawatts (MW). Power densities in the data centre range from 7 kilowatts (kW) to 20 kilowatts per rack.

Much like NTT’s existing facilities in Japan. SV1 also contains disaster protection features, such as a base isolation system that is able to protect the establishment against earthquakes.

SV1 is NTT’s third completed data centre campus this year. In February, the company opened two data centres in Chicago and Hillsboro, Oregon with capacities of 72 MW and 126 MW respectively.

As one of the most prominent tech players in Asia, NTT has an expansive portfolio of data centre facilities in Japan and beyond. The company already has 11 data centres in its home country, and is planning to build more data centres in Asian markets including Malaysia, Indonesia, and India.

How Bussr and Nekla partnership could be a gamechanger in Digital Payments

Singapore-based transport technology provider Bussr will offer its passengers a digital payment option through payment provider Nekla.

This partnership millions of underbanked users to pay for Bussr services easily. Nekla is founded by Silicon Valley and Wall Street pioneers.

Nekla is creating a global payment ecosystem which can be accessed by anyone with a $30 smartphone and data access. Download the app, deposit local currency to your account from a third-party financial service provider, or deposit cash in a retail store. You then have digital currency that can be used almost anywhere on earth.

Bussr was founded two years ago by entrepreneurs Hussein Abdelkarim and IM Shousha. The app is a platform that caters to all segments of South-East Asia’s US$30 billion mobility market including ride-sharing, public buses, private buses, scooter rentals, and car pooling.

This partnership will allow Bussr to rapidly expand the scope of their operations to the 5.7 billion people in emerging markets in Asia, Africa, and beyond. It’s numbers like that which make Bussr believe they will earn a large share of the global transit and ground passenger transportation market that is predicted to reach US$908.8 billion by 2027.

Bussr currently operates across more than 500 cities, with over 830 transport operators, 60-plus payment partners, and more than 100,000 retail stores. While Bussr has already seen more than 12 million passengers use their platform in less than two years, they believe it is Nekla’s digital-based payment platform that will lead to ubiquity on a global scale.

The under-banked conundrum

A challenge Bussr has been facing, which Nekla addresses, is meeting the demand from emerging markets, where 1.7 billion adults are still locked out of the conventional banking system, even though half a billion of that population have access to the internet. This means over a third of the planet’s adult population is unbanked.

Take the example of Vietnam. According to a study in 2018 by Euromonitor, World Bank and Bain and Temasek, 69 per cent of the Vietnamese adult population do not have a bank account, the highest rate in Southeast Asia. https://w.media/vietnams-underbanked-are-fintech-startups-ready-to-take-on-telco-giants/

For Bussr, this means millions of customers who want to use their platform, but have no reliable way of paying.

Nekla’s technology can certainly address the issues of providing service to the unbanked with access to money, all the while benefiting from its inherent strengths of trustworthiness and transparency. But what really captured Bussr’s attention was how Nekla could make digital payments beginner-friendly and accessible to millions of people, according to company executives.

Front-line financial technologies, despite the headlines, are far from reaching mass adoption worldwide. After all, most people don’t have time to study complex algorithms to make a simple payment.

Bridge between real world and digital finance

Nekla believes that they can bridge the divide between the real world and the digital finance space, and trigger a global, mass uptake of digital finance with a beginner-friendly, easy-to-use payment and lending platform. Bussr’s Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) technology serves both as a mobile app for private travelers and a full journey ticketing, payment, and fleet management solution for cities and enterprises.

Its AI platform continuously monitors millions of data points to help large-scale transport operations perform at optimal efficiency for both passengers and operators.

Bussr is backed by high-profile investors, such as Bridford Group, Peng Ong of Monk’s Hill, Le Mercier Group, Jack Selby of Thiel Capital, Altitude Partners, Angela Huang, Duncan Clark, Founder of China BDA, Alibaba early investor and author of the book ‘The House That Jack Ma Built, Andrew Huang of Fountainvest, and Alfa Intelligence Capital. There are also strategic angel investors from Facebook, PayPal, Lyft, Spotify, Zoom, Didi, and Impossible Foods. The Bussr app operates in 2,500 destinations in South-East Asia.

On its part Nekla’s management team has managed the world’s largest internet ventures, led major digital transformation projects for governments and global consulting firms like PwC and Deloitte, and guided industry leaders, acting as Microsoft’s Chief Architect and Google’s Enterprise Architect in billion-customer markets.

With this experience and knowledge behind it, and with the backing of such influential partners, Nekla believes it can make Digital Finance the new norm for mass-adopted payments and lending around the world.