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.

HSS Engineers eyeing partnerships with data centre specialists

Malaysia’s HSS Engineers Bhd is looking to kick-off the development of data centres in Malaysia and South-East Asia, as technology usage has surged post the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its executive vice chairman Tan Sri Kunasingam Sittampalam said the company is engaging with global specialists and is in an advanced talk with one of the parties involved.

“At least one of them is at the very final stage of discussion. They do work with Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and Apple Inc and they do not have a partner in this part of the world. We will sign a memorandum of understanding with them soon,” he said in a virtual press briefing after the company’s sixth AGM.

Sittampalam said that the pandemic has caused businesses to transition their operations online which has led to a high demand for data centres.

One of the key drivers for companies such as HSS Engineers to get into data centres has to do with the Singapore government’s recently imposed a moratorium on the establishment of new data centres, due to power and land shortage. “Neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia can benefit from the spillover demand,” said Sittampalam.

“The sector in Malaysia is expected to experience revenue growth of more than US$800 million (RM3.3 billion) by 2030. In addition to this, industry statistics anticipate the data centre market in SouthEast Asian countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, to grow at 14 per cent compounded annual growth rate to US$3.5 billion in the next decade,” he said.

He added that the company is leveraging its project management consultancy (PMC) experience to directly pursue opportunities with Digital Nasional Bhd for the implementation of 5G technology in the country.

When asked if HSS Engineers is in talks with the government for 5G, Sittampalam said: “Actually, the government has called for a bid and we have participated in it. I cannot disclose further on it,” adding that the project consists of multiple stakeholders, project complexities and intensive resource requirements.

As such, it would require significant coordination in the implementation which is a scope similar to the group’s current role as DMO (delivery management office) for multiple projects under the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority.

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AWS Frankfurt experiences major incident due to ‘environmental conditions’ in its Data Centre

Users of Amazon Web Services in Frankfurt experienced connectivity issues today (June 11). A single Availability Zone in Amazon Web Services’ EU-CENTRAL-1 Region has experienced a major incident, which in all likelihood was a fire. AWS in a Tweet said: We are investigating connectivity issues for some EC2 instances in the single Availability Zone in the EU-CENTRAL-1 Region.

Around half an hour later, AWS updated the Tweet and said: “We can confirm increased API error rates and latencies for the EC2 APIs and connectivity issues for instances within the single Availability Zone in the EU-CENTRAL-1 Region. This was caused by an increase in ambient temperature within a subsection of the affected Availability Zone. Other Availability Zones within the EU-CENTRAL-1 Region are not affected by the issue and we continue to work towards resolving the issue.”

AWS also reported that staff were unable to enter the site for safety reasons.

 

 

Later, AWS provided an update and said: “Environmental conditions within the affected Availability Zone have now returned to normal level. The vast majority of affected EC2 instances have now fully recovered but we’re continuing to work through some EBS volumes that continue to experience degraded performance.”

Kinesis Data Streams, Kinesis Firehose, Amazon Relational Database Service, and AWS CloudFormation were also impacted by this outage.

Amazon also stated that while its operators would normally had been able to restore cooling before impact, a fire suppression system activated inside a section of the affected Availability Zone.

“When this system activates, the data centre is evacuated and sealed, and a chemical is dispersed to remove oxygen from the air to extinguish any fire.” It also let clients know that the fire suppression system that activated remains disabled.

In the meantime, AWS staff had to wait for the local fire department to arrive and update on the building’s condition. “The building needed to be re-oxygenated before it was safe for engineers to enter the facility and restore the affected networking gear and servers,” said AWS.

However, there were some damages. AWS said that a very small number of remaining instances and volumes that were adversely affected by the increased ambient temperatures and loss of power remain unresolved.

AWS is not the first to experience ‘environmental conditions’. In March, one of OVHcloud’s facilities in Strasbourg (France) was ravaged by a fire.

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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.

Drax and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries partner for the world’s largest Negative Emissions Project

Drax Group and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Engineering Limited have signed a long-term contract which would allow Drax to use its carbon capture technology, in what would be the largest deployment of negative emissions in power generation in the world.

As a part of the deal, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will develop new centre of excellence for Carbon Capture and Underground Storage (CCUS) in London as well as looking at ways to strengthen its supply chain, including the potential production of its proprietary solvent in the UK. Advanced KM CDR process is MHI’s technology based on an advanced and proven technology for recovering CO2 from various sources of flue gas.

The contract, which combines UK and Japanese prowess will see Drax license MHI’s unique carbon capture solvent, KS-21, to capture CO2 at its power station near Selby, North Yorkshire, the company said.

Drax is the first company to sign a contract to deploy carbon capture technology at scale in the UK. Drax is already the largest decarbonisation project in Europe, having converted its power station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal, reducing its emissions by more than 85 per cent. By deploying BECCS technology, Drax aims to become carbon negative by 2030.

The first BECCS unit at Drax could be operational as soon as 2027, supporting thousands of jobs across the North of England as soon as 2024, and capturing and storing at least 8 million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2030.

Kenji Terasawa, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, said: “We are very proud to have been selected as Drax’s technology partner and we firmly believe that our carbon capture technology will make a significant contribution to the UK and wider global community achieving their net zero targets. We look forward to expanding our presence in the UK and developing a centre of excellence for the deployment of carbon capture technology across Europe, the Middle East and Africa region.

“MHI aims to continue reducing greenhouse gases globally by providing reliable and economically feasible carbon capture technology, supported by research and development activity over 30 years and commercial records around the world.”

 

Cutting Carbon Emissions

 

The project combines MHI’s proven and world-leading technology with offshore geological storage under the North Sea, helping the UK achieve its target to cut carbon emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 and demonstrates global climate leadership ahead this weekend’s G7 in Cornwall and of COP26 in Glasgow in November.

As part of the agreement, MHI plans to locate its core CCS team at the company’s European headquarters in London and explore additional employment opportunities in the UK in future. MHI is also looking at ways to strengthen its supply chain, including the potential production of its proprietary solvent in the UK.

Drax has already successfully trialled MHI’s carbon capture technology in a pilot that started in 2020 to test two of MHI’s proprietary solvents (KS-1TM and KS-21TM).

Will Gardiner, Drax Group CEO, said: “The world urgently needs to move from making climate pledges to taking climate action. This game-changing contract between Drax and MHI could contribute to a decade of global environmental leadership from the UK and provide further stimulus to a post-Covid economic recovery.

“Carbon capture technologies like BECCS are going to be absolutely vital in the fight against the climate crisis. Subject to the right regulatory framework being in place, Drax stands ready to invest further in this essential negative emissions technology, which not only permanently removes CO2 from the atmosphere but also delivers the reliable, renewable electricity needed for clean, green economic growth.”

With rapid cloud adoption, Talent continue to be elusive in Middle East

As the usage of cloud computing surges, the availability of skilled talent continues to be a challenge for enterprises. The GCC region is no exception.

“One of the most important things that we need to look at is the skill gap or talent shortage that exists in any part of the world, especially here in GCC.

One thing which we have seen is that ever since the pandemic began, everyone has been trying to move the workload to the cloud,” said Jayakumar Mohanachandran, Group CIO, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group.

According to a Markets and Markets report, the Middle East cloud infrastructure services market size is expected to grow to 8.79 billion by 2022 at a CAGG of 27.0 percent.

Requirements have been coming in from small and medium enterprises toward the MNCs who are trying to migrate the workloads and trying to find out which workload can be moved where, when and in what kind of a time frame. “Along with this what came up is the shortage of cloud management in terms of manageability because cloud management is not like anything else. There are various security and vulnerability issues which revolve around cloud management,” said Mohanachandran.

He further added that one thing which is important to note is that there will be a decrease in visibility and control because what we have today on premise tomorrow when it moves to cloud we really don’t know what is happening on the other side. We also are not aware about the other areas. For example, the data residing on premise we have full control over that as compared to when it is moved to the cloud. For example, iCloud if we delete something from iCloud we are never really sure if that is deleted completely. Such factors trigger the skill gap in terms of cloud management.

Microsoft has launched a cloud society as well and has trained about 150 thousand IT professionals in the Middle East and Africa. There are multiple programs that are happening in parallel.

“We have seen Microsoft or AWS and all of these companies coming up with a lot of initiatives. This is not something that we are trying to move the responsibility from our side to CSP. It is important that we skill our resources because there are a lot of risk elements that might come up during this journey. We need to make sure that the cloud management and our people are skilled, particularly our team members and technology leaders. It is their responsibility to capitalise the training and courses and the people are reskilled and trained well in the respective technologies so that the process of migration is hassle free,” added Mohanachandran.

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.”

3 out of 4 Indians more optimistic about use of tech in future: EY

Around 71 percent of Indians are of the view that the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to greater use of technology in their daily lives in the future.

The EY Connected Citizen Survey was conducted by Ipsos MORI, with 1000 respondents from India between the age of 18 to 50, and globally 12,100 respondents across 12 countries.

According to a new ‘EY Connected Citizen Survey,’ Respondents in India hold a favorable attitude towards technology and see an important role for technological innovation in public service delivery.

 

Changing online behaviour

 

The survey further pointed out that 55 percent of Indian respondents stated that they use the internet at least once a day, while 38 percent of respondents stated that they use the internet all the time for personal use (e.g. website access, email, social networking, etc.).

In terms of activities, 78 percent of respondents used social networking sites, 75 percent used the internet for shopping, while 74 percent used it for streaming TV, music or videos.

Looking ahead, 81 percent of the respondents think that technology will change the way they bank and shop, 80 percent of the respondents think that it will change the way they work/study, and 79 percent of the respondents think that it will change the way they entertain themselves.

“Digitization is the new normal and the Indian Government was quick to adopt technologies, especially during the pandemic, to deliver safe, secure and improved digital services to all citizens.

Going forward, a more inclusive digitalization approach including unique digital ids, smart portals and mobile apps, integrated digital platforms, etc. on the back of design thinking, customer experience labs and data analytics will help the government design their services to make each touchpoint better, faster and more efficient, and to move towards more proactive and even predictive service delivery to Indian citizens, said Gaurav Taneja, Partner and Leader, Government and Public Sector, EY India.

 

Data Privacy standards

 

About 80 percent of Indian citizens feel that the government and public services in India have been effective in using digital technology to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Respondents in India are more likely than average to use mobile applications to provide feedback on public services. They are comfortable with technology replacing face-to-face human interaction and are inclined to use an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot to communicate with the government.

They want the government to prioritize making certain services available online including pension planning, resources to help people set up businesses and providing more ways for citizens to have an online say in government decision making.

Over the past year, the pandemic has increased the need for governments across the world to offer more services remotely, and in some cases, they have been delivered entirely online.

This has resulted in the generation of much larger volumes of citizens’ data which is then collected by governments. Compared to other countries, there are fewer concerns about data privacy in India, the survey said.

Around 63 percent of Indians feel comfortable in sharing their personal data with the government online in order to access a service, while 34 percent don’t feel comfortable in sharing the same.

Similarly, 57 percent feel comfortable in sharing their personal data with a company in order to perform a transaction and 48 percent feel comfortable in sharing their personal data through social networking services.

Globally,53 percent of those surveyed think that privacy and security risks around how their data is shared outweigh the benefits.

At the time of the survey, eight in ten participants said they were happy with their quality of life prior to the pandemic (81 percent)while less than half were satisfied at the time of the survey (45 percent).

When it came to the use of public services, 40 percent of the respondents feel that making more use of online and digital technologies in the provision of public services would make the biggest difference to the quality of public services they receive.

39 percent of the respondents stated that providing online resources for people to learn new skills or look for a new job and making much more government and public services available online, respectively, should be the key priorities for the government of India.

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Why Hybrid Cloud is getting increased acceptance in Middle East

Since the onset of the pandemic, most organisations have decided to move to the cloud.

Even though vendors make it sound easy, the process of migration involves various factors that need to be kept in mind and accordingly work on a strategy for the same.

These were discussed at W.Media’s Middle East Cloud and Data Center Market Insights 2021 in a panel titled ‘Cloud Computing & Data Centre priorities & Outlook for a new decade’. The panel was moderated by Akshaya Gaur, Senior Partner- Banking Technology & Digital Transformation, The Partnership Consulting.

 

Impact of COVID-19 on DC and Cloud Adoption

 

“The last year has been a remarkable journey for every digital or technology leader. The digital push or the digital transformation journey which the organisations were going through was already there. COVID-19 has accelerated the digital transformation journey.

One of the important aspects of the digital transformation journey is the cloud transformation journey and organisations are taking small steps. Particularly in the Middle East region, they were still in the initial stage of moving their applications to cloud.

As and when the pandemic broke a lot of organisations did not have a choice. The workforce was pushed to work from home, a lot of flights were restricted and mobility was restricted. In such cases it is important to equip the workforce with applications that are cloud-enabled and cloud-ready,” said Piyush Chowhan, CIO, LuLu Group International.

He further added that even in LuLu Group International the migration towards cloud has been accelerated and at a very fast pace has enabled a lot of applications to be cloud-ready.

But, that according to him is not a long-term solution. There are two kinds of reactions that people need to take, during that time the business continuity was important and there were challenges that employees were facing and it was important to make sure that there was a more distributed cloud computing environment so that it would be convenient for people.

A more long-term view would be focusing on modernise all the applications and how we can rescale and re-platform some of the legacy applications to make them cloud-ready.

Putting a non-cloud native application on cloud is a failed strategy. It is important to make sure that the application is cloud-native and cloud-enabled, only then it would be possible to get the benefit of cloud.

“If we talk about cloud computing, it is an on-demand availability of computer systems which have different service models like public, private and hybrid cloud.

Ever since the cloud adaptation has started, hybrid cloud is the most prominent structure that has been adopted by companies and different service models are there like infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, software-as-a-service, mobility-as-a-service, and security-as-a-service.

One can see that a wide landscape of cloud computing has emerged and that is the reason why cloud computing is considered as a critical and core component of businesses and IT,” said Sheeba Hasnain, Senior IT & Digital Transformation Specialist, Government Entity.

She further pointed out that earlier the cloud was there and cloud computing was available but as soon as the pandemic began, the demand and adoption have accelerated in the market.

There are various reasons for this. Firstly, people started working from home and as soon as following the issue pertaining to the internet access had emerged worldwide and it was required to cope up with the increase in demand.

Everything became dependent upon the internet and the availability of resources because of which cloud adoption has become an important factor for every organisation.

Not only large but even SMBs are adapting to the cloud because traditional data centres are a capex based model which is a highly capital intensive model and there are various things that need to be taken care of. But, if one takes the on-demand infrastructure, service or platform then one just needs to work.

Based on the demand the capacity can be increased or decreased and at the same time, scalability and flexibility are also an issue for any expanding demand at the country level.

Cloud is dealing with various areas and along with that, it is also providing disaster recovery and security.

 

Regulatory Requirements

 

Regulators around the world are increasingly mandating companies to follow compliances when it comes to data.

“When we are based in the UAE and doing business with any party in Europe, GDPR becomes important. GDPR does apply to a company based out of UAE if you are doing a transaction with them and if your customer is based out of that particular region.

Similarly, if you are looking at UAE as a country it is always very stringent and they have been doing this for the last few years to ensure that data protection and data privacy is taken care of,” said Chowhan.

He further added that the UAE protection laws also clearly talk about having the right framework, regulatory, and compliance on the organisation’s side if dealing with the data of the customers and it is important to follow those regulations otherwise the organisations could be at a risk.

Piyush Chowhan further added that it is important for organisations to be aware of the existing law.

For an organisation that is operating from multiple countries, it is important to study all of it and build an application that builds a common denominator so that it meets the basic criteria of all the regulations.

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SK Corp makes strategic investment in US clean energy company Monolith

In an effort to ramp up its clean energy business, SK Corp., the holding company of South Korea’s SK Group, has made a strategic investment in Monolith Materials Inc.

The holding firm of South Korea’s No. 3 conglomerate said it has signed a deal to acquire stakes in Monolith, , an American hydrogen company. However, it did not provide specifics of the investment amount.

Monolith uses renewable electricity to convert natural gas to hydrogen and carbon black, which is used in the automotive and industrial sectors. Its emission-free hydrogen produced via a plasma-based process is classified as “green hydrogen.”

SK Group, whose businesses include petrochemicals, natural gas and electric vehicle batteries, is speeding up its transition to eco-friendly energy sources, and has expanded investment in hydrogen to use it in power plants and vehicles instead of fossil fuels.

In January, SK Group acquired a 9.9 per cent stake in U.S-based hydrogen fuel cell maker Plug Power Inc. and agreed to form a joint venture to help provide hydrogen fuel cell products to Asian markets.

Also, in August last year, SK Holdings reportedly paid US$300 million for an 8.9 per cent share in the world’s first hyperscale data centre operator Chindata Group.

 

The Hydrogen option

 

Hydrogen is beginning to emerge as an important part of the clean energy mix needed to ensure a sustainable future.

Falling costs for hydrogen produced with renewable energy, combined with the urgency of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions, has given clean hydrogen unprecedented political and business momentum, according to a report by International Renewable Energy Agency.

Hydrogen can also help improve air quality and strengthen energy security.

Recently, South Korean refiner Hyundai Oilbank said that it will work with Air Products & Chemicals Ltd., the world’s leading hydrogen supplier, to develop hydrogen technology and business models.

 

 

 

 

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STPI to set up 12 Centres of Excellence in India

Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) said that 12 CoEs have been recently approved and will be launched soon namely AIC STPINEXT, a CoE in Health Tech, Big Data & AI at Bengaluru.

An IoT in Agriculture CoE at Akola, a CoE in Efficiency Augmentation at Bengaluru, FinTech CoE at Gandhinagar, SmartAgri IoT CoE at Patna, a CoE in Emerging Tech at Bhubaneswar and CoE in Industry 4.0 Technology at Vizag and 5 CoE in each of the remaining 5 NE capital cities.

Gangtok (IT Applications in Healthlcare & AgriTech), Itanagar (GIS Applications including Drone Tech), Kohima (IT Applications in Graphic Design), Aizawl (Gaming), Agartala (Data Analytics), the company said.

For nurturing start-up ecosystem and to create world class software products by Indian start-ups, STPI will be establishing domain-centric Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in various emerging technology areas such as AI & Computer Vision, IoT, Fintech, Block chain, Augmented & Virtual Reality, Gaming& Animation etc through a collaborative model.

STPI has in the past launched 13 CoEs at Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Mohali, Bengaluru, Pune, New Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Shillong, Imphal and Lucknow.

Software Technology parks of India under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India working with the objective of encouraging, promoting, boosting Software Exports, and nurturing the startup ecosystem in the country commemorated its 30th foundation day on 5th June 2021, the company added.

“Reimagination, recreation, restoring, and repositioning are in the DNA of STPI. We are constantly evolving apropos the dynamic needs of the Indian IT industry.

We have also infused inclusiveness and competition in the work culture of the organization. And all these have contributed to setting up 13 CoEs in various emerging technologies and subsequently planning for the launch of next 12 CoEs in a time-bound manner.

These CoEs will play a pivotal role in revving up R&D, innovation, IP creation, and product development, making India a product nation in times to come,” said Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI

Dr. Rai Further added that “Today our head is held high by fulfilling our primary mandate of boosting IT/ITES exports from the country. From INR 17 crores IT/ITES exports in 1992-92 to INR 5.08 lakh crore during 2020-21 despite pandemic”

The company further added that under STPI’s BPO Promotion Scheme, at present 247 BPO/ITES units are operational in 102 cities with reported direct employment of 41,628 persons. IT/ITES/EDSM export has grown from INR 37,000 crores in 2005-06 to INR 205,130.63 crores in 2020-21 from Karnataka

For the inclusive growth and dispersal of the IT industry in smaller towns of the country, STPI through its BPO promotion schemes has been providing incentives to BPO units for establishing their operations.

The impact of these schemes is evident with the pan India presence of BPO/ITES industry established under these schemes.

At present, 247 BPO/ITES units are operational in 102 cities with reported direct employment of 41,628 persons.

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Alibaba Cloud Expands its Asia Footprint: Opens DC in Philippines

Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, announced that it plans to build its first data center in the Philippines by the end of this year.

The new data centre will extend the reach of Alibaba Cloud’s offerings in the Philippines, ranging from elastic compute, database, security and network services to machine learning and data analytics capabilities. Local businesses across sectors such as financial technology (FinTech), e-commerce, education and media will be able to adopt and implement cloud technologies more efficiently and better position themselves to capture the emerging opportunities in the country.

Alibaba Cloud’s new data centre will be constructed in Manila and bring the company’s total availability zones to 76 spread across 25 regions worldwide.

“Cloud computing has become central to the digitalisation of businesses in the Philippines and around Asia. With our first data center in the country, we will be able to better support Philippine enterprises in adopting cloud technologies and preparing for a digital-first future. We look forward to building out the cloud ecosystem in the Philippines and contributing to the digital economy in Asia, leveraging the synergy with other hubs in the region,” said Leo Liu, General Manager for Hong Kong, Macau, and Philippines, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

 

Expansion drive in Asia

 

This is a part of its expansion drive in Asia and further supporting the digital transformation journeys of the country’s diverse community of enterprises.

“Alibaba Cloud’s upcoming data center launch underscores our commitment to equipping Philippine customers with secure, reliable and scalable cloud solutions. It is important for local enterprises to have access to reliable cloud architecture to efficiently meet the evolving needs of Filipino consumers,” said Allen Guo, Country Manager for the Philippines, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

To adequately support Philippine businesses’ digitalisation, be them conglomerates or one of the country’s vast number of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), Alibaba cloud has formed partnerships with more than 20 organizations across the retail, healthcare, Fintech, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), business process outsourcing, media and education sectors.

Last year, Alibaba Cloud announced the formation of the Philippines Ecosystem Alliance to fast-track the digitalization of local businesses and support the government’s Cloud First Policy. The company also aims to train 50,000 local IT professionals and help 5,000 businesses migrate online by 2023.

To encourage the adoption of cloud technologies among local enterprises, Alibaba Cloud established a local team in the Philippines and trained them to address the specific needs of clients and deliver a personalized customer service experience.

Alibaba Group is the world’s third leading and Asia Pacific’s leading IaaS provider by revenue in 2020 in U.S. dollars, according to Gartner’s April 2021 report.

“Our strategic roadmap for APAC includes targeted investments to facilitate the digital transformation of local businesses. We see these investments as all the more timely given the impact of the pandemic and the sharp rise in demand for digital business tools. Equally important is our focus on talent development and nurturing a digitally-competent workforce, which we see as a key challenge for many businesses to overcome going forward,” said Selina Yuan.

Further, Jeff Zhang, President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, today announced Project Asia Forward with an initial USD1 billion funding and resources to support startups, developers and new talents in Asia-Pacific at the 2021 Alibaba Cloud Summit

“As the leading cloud service provider and trusted partner in APAC, we are committed to bettering the region’s cloud ecosystem and enhancing its digital infrastructure. Our focus on innovation and data center investments, as well as talent development is in anticipation of a digital-first future.” said Zhang.

 

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Major Websites down due to outage: Cyber attack suspected

Multiple major websites were not accessible briefly on Tuesday, due to an outage at cloud service provider Fastly.

Users in Singapore and around the globe were unable to access several major websites including the likes of Amazon, Reddit, New York Times, CNN, Twitch, Reddit, the Guardian, and the U.K. government’s home page on Tuesday evening (June 8) after it was hit by technical issues.

Attempts to access these websites returned the error code 503, which means “service unavailable”. Fastly, confirmed the outage on its website and said that it was investigating potential impact to performance with its CDN [content delivery network] services.

According to Fastly’s status page, its network was facing issues that caused “degraded performance” across all of its 81 data centres in the North America, South America, Europe, South Africa, India and Asia Pacific regions, including two data centres in Singapore.

Fastly also added that it had identified the issue and was implementing a fix. In a statement it said: “The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return.”

 

 

Fastly is a widely used service by web publishers and services and provide Edge cloud platform – a technology through which websites can store or “cache,” content in servers around the world. This allows users to retrieve the information more quickly instead of having to access the site’s original server.

Earlier in the day a broadband outage had hit Singtel’s users.

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Demand for DC space in India expected to increase exponentially: Savills

The Indian data centre industry is experiencing a huge surge in demand. There has been a significant increase in the amount of data that is being used by the people not only in India but around the world.

With a restriction in people movement, a majority of businesses have gone virtual.

The government of India’s initiatives such as digital India and emphasis on self-reliance and data protection through data localisation is expected to increase the volume of data in the country, which will result in an increased demand for the data centre and cloud services.

Demand for data centre space is expected to increase by around 15-18 million sq.ft. across major cities in the next 4-5 years, according to a Savills report titled ‘Poised for Growth: Data centres in India’.

McKinsey has identified India as the second fastest-growing digital economy and projected that the IT and communications sector will double in size by 2025 to contribute US $355-435 billion to GDP.

 

Demand Drivers

 

India is increasingly seeing an opportunity in edge data centres. The smart city initiative and the adoption of 5G, IoT, AI are driving the demands for edge data centres.

The Savills report further added that the Finance Minister of Government of India, Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the government is planning to roll out a data centre policy enabling the private sector to establish data centre parks in the country.

“Data is the new oil’, she pointed. Various states including Maharashtra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu are already offering several incentive schemes for setting up data centre parks in their states.

An increase in the adoption of cloud services is another reason for an increased demand for data centres. According to an IDC report the India public cloud services market, including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS reached $1.6 billion in H1 2020.

A NASSCOM report pointed out that cloud spending in India is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 30 percent to reach $ 7.1 billion in 2022.

This is mainly driven by demand for cloud archiving, cloud backup, and disaster recovery. The COVID19 pandemic has led to a shift in the adaptation of cloud services that are more secure and scalable.

A surge in data usage and increased mobile broadband penetration in India. According to the Nokia Mobile Broadband Index 2021, India has 702 million mobile broadband users and broadband penetration at 45 percent as of December 2019.

The data usage in India is likely to increase further due to an increase in the number of 4G subscribers. India has the second-highest internet subscribers after China, the report pointed.

Nokia’s Mobile Broadband India Traffic Index 2021, stated that the data traffic grew by 36 percent in 2020 in comparison to the previous year, mainly driven by 4G data consumption.

The report also added that the average monthly consumption grew from 0.8 GB in 2015 to 13.5 GB in 2020 due to increased online video consumption and data subscriptions.

The data traffic has grown to 60 percent in the year 2020, 77 percent devices are 4G, smartphone usage per hour of a person was 5 hours per day, added the Nokia Broadband Index 2021.

According to a Frost and Sullivan report the E-commerce penetration has increased to 3.0 percent in 2020 from 0.4 percent in 2017.

Currently, cities like Mumbai, Chennai, NCR, Bangalore and Hyderabad have a great potential to become the data centre hub in APAC due to the availability of high bandwidth speed, lower power tariffs and presence of hyperscalers along with the availability of state-of-art infrastructure is likely to fuel the growth of India’s data centre market.

 

Colocation and Captive Data centre

 

The geographic location, favorable climatic conditions, availability of power, proximity to customers, fiber connectivity and real estate costs are some of the key selection criteria for site selection before setting up a data centre.

The question here then arises which ones would organisations prefer in India?

“There is no simple formula to decide Captive or Colocation Data centre as companies shall do the detailed and comprehensive analysis from their business perspective as to what is best suited for the company as it may differ from company to company.

Uptime Institute has come out with a Framework called FORCSS (Financial, Opportunity, Risk, Compliance, and Sustainability & Service Quality). The organizations can use this framework to evaluate which option is best for their company,” said NK Singh, Founder & CEO, Data Centre Guru.

He further added that for the last 10 years the industry is witnessing an increase in adaptation of Colocation/Cloud Data centre as compared to a captive data centre and the few data points explain it better (Captive Data Center/Colocation Data Center):

 Year  Captive DC  Colocation DC
 2010  80 %  20 %
 2013  75 %  25 %
 2015  65 %  35 %
 2018  50 %  50 %
 2020  40 %  50 %

The advantage of Colocation Data Center as compared to Captive are the following:

Highly reduced Capex

Highly scalable

High Uptime

Improved Physical Security

Improved effectively

It was challenging for captive data center customers to meet reliability during the COVID period. However, it was much safer with colocation

“Demand drivers for Data centers have also changed. Earlier the Data Center was majorly built by enterprises or governments.

However, with an increase in demand for cloud, OTT and e-commerce have also fuelled the demand for Colocation Data Center,” added Singh.

IoT, AI, and ML will further boost the demand for Colocation & Edge Data Center.

Edge Data Center can be Captive as well as collocated. More than 50 percent of the demand for Data Center is driven by hyper scalar where they want Colocation Data Center only.

Most of the enterprise data centers are old and don’t have scope for expansion. Due to the advantages of Colocation over Captive, now almost all the enterprises are preferring to go for a colocation data center rather than a captive one.

“Majorly, captive data center demands are being supported by the government. i.e. state data centers and government departments or PSU’s are still using captive data centers.

With an adaptation of Edge Data Center, we may see some increase in Captive Data Center as normally Edge data centers are small in size and customers may decide to leverage their assets for this. But the trends are clearly indicating adaptation of Colocation over the captive,” concluded Singh.

“Tier 3 & 4 data centres will have equal scope in the industry. In today’s digital journey where data management and its security plays a vital role, it becomes imperative for IT leaders to adopt the best hosting services.

Multiple factors are to be considered such as architecture, designing, planning, implementation, traffic management, data replication, backup, restoration, uptime & availability, performance monitoring, data security, compliance, network and device monitoring are the ones to name out a few. The list is whopping though!,” said Vinod Nair, Head Data Centre Ops, HDFC Ergo.

Cloud has its own set of benefits. Nair added that cloud, colocation data centre, hybrid, tier rated or on-prem, a through scope, vision and strategy should be in place to gauge out the best fitment when it comes to data centres.

“The larger ones will look for a cloud model and smaller organisations will be looking for something called community cloud.

This is what is going to emerge in the future especially in countries like India because we are clear in how we want things to work out,” said Dr. Suresh Shan, Head Innovation and Future Technology, Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services Limited.

He further added that corporate digital is moving away from customer digital because so far the organisations have been satisfying the regulators and the stakeholders.

As a result of the post COVID19 impact, everything will move from the corporate digital to the customer digital.

By going digital the organisations are trying to dominate to meet their financial requirements. The financial companies are closely working with their customers.

Every organisation in the coming future will be focusing more on the customers, therefore the demand for a community cloud will increase. It is not a public or a private cloud. It is a cloud which the end customer will decide as to what they wish to choose and what aspects they would want to add for their organisations.

The community cloud will create an earn-to-pay model. Data centres will move to a multilingual setup.

“District level cloud data centres will be expected in future because in India if you see the amount of data available is huge and we try to engage closely and diversify the expectations of the customers.

The research that I’m working on focuses on how data will be more behaviour based and converted into business benefits. The transformation is moving from corporate to the customer,” added Shan.

He further underlined that it is important for the organisation to decide as to what part of their data should be a part of the colocation data centre and which data should be with them because the expectation is that of a community cloud.

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Broadband outage hits Singtel users

Some Singtel users experienced outages in their fibre broadband connectivity on June 8.

In a Facebook post at about 7.50 AM on Tuesday, Singtel said that it has completed an “overnight maintenance session” for some fibre broadband customers. It advised people to perform a “sequential reboot” of all their routers if they could not get a connection.

Outages were reported in areas including Tampines, Ang Mo Kio, River Valley, Punggol, Sembawang, Hougang, Yishun, Bishan and Upper East Coast.

In a message Singtel said: “Restoration is underway for affected broadband services. Meanwhile, so you can stay connected, we will be waiving your local mobile data charges (for the number) until services are fully restored.

Singtel added that its engineers were “refreshing affected fibre broadband connections progressively to resolve the issue”. “Some customers may experience a momentary interruption in their connections during this time,” added Singtel.

Recently, Singtel had said that it is looking to sell off its Infrastructure assets including subsea cables and data centres.

Outages have been steadily increasing due to a combination of factors – from natural disasters such as fire to additional stress on the  infrastructure as a result of a surge in technology usage. In March, one of the data centre facilities of OVHcloud in France was ravaged by a fire.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

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Schneider Electric Launches Industry-First All-In-One Liquid Cooled Modular Data Center

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the launch of a liquid-cooled, EcoStruxure Modular Data Center, All-In-One Module. Integrated by Avnet and containing chassis-level precision immersion cooling from Iceotope, the new prefabricated module will allow the most CPU and GPU-intensive high performance computing (HPC) edge applications to be deployed with greater reliability in harsh and remote environments. From industrial manufacturing and automotive sites, to telco, military, mining, oil and gas, this market-first enables real-time data to be processed faster with greater innovation, efficiency and lower latency.

Housed in a 20’ ISO standard container, the new All-In-One solution accommodates a standard 60kW IT load, with IT capacity of up to 336kW available as a custom-made solution. The system also includes an 80kW Galaxy VS 3-phase UPS, complete battery back-up, fire protection, fully integrated heat rejection and redundant cooling. Remote monitoring and management of both the physical environment and IT equipment is enabled with the award-winning EcoStruxure IT software.

As part of the EcoStruxure Modular Data Centers range, the Liquid-Cooled All-In-One prefabricated module delivers a fast, flexible and predictable solution, offering the same quality and functionality as a traditional, stick-built facility. It enables new data centre capacity to be designed, built and installed in a fraction of the time taken to acquire and develop traditional data centre environments. All equipment is factory-installed and tested to provide resilient and predictable performance with decreased risk from day one.

Increased security, resiliency and efficiency with chassis-level precision immersion cooling:

Designed for sustainable operations, the new All-In-One module combines high efficiency with an ultra-low PUE <1.15, with some sites today showing that PUE of 1.03 can also be achieved. The use of liquid cooling reduces the requirement for air handling equipment, simplifying the cooling infrastructure and eliminating the need for fans. This offers the dual effect of lowering infrastructure energy use, making more power available to the IT load and improving the reliability of the environment. It also reduces maintenance and service complexity through the exclusion of electro-mechanical devices, which require regular upgrades and replacement.

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Using Iceotope’s Ku:l 2 liquid-cooled chassis enclosures integrated with Schneider Electric’s NetShelter Liquid-Cooled rack system, mission-critical IT equipment is completely isolated from the environment and precision immersion-cooled in a sealed enclosure which is impervious to dust, gases and humidity. Secure and tamper-proof, computing, storage and networking equipment is provided with an extra level of physical and I/O-connective security.

“Today, demand for the most powerful CPUs and GPUs has risen in practically every IT application, while at the same time, competition for space has quickly become acute,” said Robert Bunger, Program Director, CTO Office, Schneider Electric. “The new All-In-One Liquid-Cooled Prefabricated Data Center Module meets the need to deploy compute-intensive processing power in a compact, secure and dedicated edge environment, which can be deployed almost anywhere in as little as six weeks.”

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How interconnection is powering Asia’s businesses into the Cloud

Call it the next wave of cloud adoption. With public cloud adoption in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region expected to continue to outstrip the pace of growth in North America and Europe, businesses in the region are re-evaluating how they connect to the cloud.

Many enterprises across Asia now have a range of assets residing in a mixture of both public and private clouds. For example, research firm IDC predicted that public cloud services spending in APAC (excludes Japan) will reach US$48.5 billion in 2021, outpacing the US and Western Europe.

Traditional networks – even those primarily carrying business traffic – are increasingly taxed by heavy content and latency-sensitive applications. Video traffic, eSports/gaming, rich media and streaming music consumption, as well as an ever increasing array of mission-critical applications which are running directly from the public cloud, are increasing the demand for data centre interconnection and cloud interconnection.

With cloud adoption gathering pace across Asia, businesses are re-evaluating how they connect to private and public clouds and are increasingly turning towards Software Defined Interconnection®.

 

Making interconnection part of your cloud strategy

 

To reduce their dependency on a single cloud, a growing number of enterprises in Asia have put in place a strategy around multiple public clouds, a vast majority of which are maintaining a mix of public and private clouds.

In terms of interconnectivity, the network mix has to shift in parallel, allowing for workloads to move seamlessly between public and private cloud platforms, while creating a consistent architecture across both environments. Flexible and agile interconnections between a corporate site and the cloud or data centre can help protect businesses against service failures and outages.

The need to move traffic between data centres or public clouds is driving demand for dedicated, low-latency, high bandwidth interconnection. The shift of workloads into the public cloud havehighlighted the appeal of greater business flexibility and agility delivered as a benefit of on-demand capacity and pay-as-you-go pricing.

Business leaders are seeing opportunities to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increase the agility and scalability of their existing on-premises storage and compute by extending their data infrastructure to the public cloud.

Although one of the biggest drivers of increased bandwidth requirements is coming from the adoption of business software applications (being consumed in the public cloud) the same holds true of those applications in a private data centre.

What this means is that data centres and public clouds now need to talk to each other, so businesses need to deploy interconnection which is as flexible and agile as the dynamic digital assets they already rely on.

 

A new way to interconnect

 

Software Defined Interconnection® platforms like Console Connect are transforming how businesses connect to the cloud.

Through the platform, businesses can self-provision direct connections to leading cloud providers and data centres throughout Asia, leveraging the network infrastructure of PCCW Global; one of the region’s largest high-performance networks.

The PCCW Global network provides a direct and dedicated connection to the cloud that avoids the public internet, offering greater levels of network security and performance. The platform is available in more than 80 data centres in 12 markets across Asia, enabling users to flex bandwidth on-demand between key Asian markets in a few simple clicks.

Using Console Connect, businesses can quote, order, deliver and manage their direct network connections to leading cloud platforms, including AWS, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Tencent. The technology allows businesses to move workloads between their data centres and the cloud in near real-time – and ultimately provides business-critical connections that are simple, secure and flexible.

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India Public Cloud services market expected to reach $9.5 billion by 2025: IDC

The Indian Public Cloud services market is expected to reach $9.5 billion by 2025.

According to IDC’s ‘Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker’, report, cloud services revenue reached $3.6 billion in 2020 and grow at a CAGR of 21.5 percent.

The Indian public cloud services (PCS) market, include infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions, and software-as-a-service (SaaS).

For the second half of 2020, the Indian public cloud services market totalled $1.9 billion, the research agency said.

“Public clouds played a critical role for organizations in 2020, driven by business continuity, flexibility, and agility. The coming times will see enterprise objectives directed towards digital resiliency, and cloud will be the foundation to it all.

Cloud will become crucial as organisations expedite the development process and deployment of business applications to meet the changing work and business environment,” said Rishu Sharma, Principal Analyst, Cloud and Artificial Intelligence, IDC India.

 

Growth Drivers

 

SaaS continued to be the largest component of the overall public cloud services market, followed by IaaS and PaaS in 2020.

The spending continues to accelerate, with the top two service providers holding 49 percent of the Indian public cloud services market for 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to be the key driver of cloud adoption as enterprises continued their investments in cloud infrastructure, platforms, and software to improve the resiliency of their business operations and equip themselves to tackle successive waves of the pandemic.

As business objectives aim at gaining resiliency, IDC expects cloud adoption to be further accelerated for rapid digital innovation.

“Even though enterprises in the country have been discussing cloud adoption for the past few years, the COVID-19 pandemic forced enterprises to expedite their cloud strategy. This accelerated cloud adoption in the country by several years.

Businesses started adopting cloud to host a wide array of applications ranging from email servers to many complex systems like data warehousing, advanced analytics, etc. There was also an increased migration of enterprise applications to the cloud.

Moreover, the remote working induced by the pandemic propelled the demand for remote storage capabilities and also resulted in increased adoption of cloud-based collaboration tools, VDI applications, etc.,” said Harish Krishnakumar, Senior Market Analyst, IDC India.

A lot of organisations have been shifting to cloud ever since the pandemic began in 2020.

“It is also important to carry out a cloud assessment. In the current times we have a number of cloud providers and various data centres with private cloud approaches.

It is important to carry out the assessment to decide what fits your organisation the best,” said Shobhana Lele, CIO, The Bombay Dyeing Manufacturing Company Limited.

According to an Infosys survey, cloud adoption doubled every two years & can add $400 billion in profit.

“There’s a strong correlation to the bottom lines of corporations and cloud transformation.

It’s good to see that we are able to add direct value to the bottom line of enterprises we work with and this study has proven that we have a phenomenal opportunity,” said Narsimha Rao, EVP and head of cloud, infrastructure and security services, Infosys.

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As tech usage surges, investments in infra funds expected to rise in the Middle East

On the back of a surge in tech adoption, investments in infrastructure funds are expected to go up.

“Digitisation in the consumer and business segment through higher data penetration, usage and adoption of 5G/ IOT has led to a growth of digital infrastructure and an increase in connectivity across the Middle East. This has drawn investment for data centers to the GCC region especially,” said Radhika Kapoor, Consultant, Capitel.

She further added that as we see multiple infrastructure funds are looking to invest and cloud providers and tech giants are entering the market such as AWS, Microsoft and Tencent.

There has also been immense growth in the area of cloud computing in the Middle East. As people are getting a better understanding of the workings of cloud computing people are becoming more comfortable in adapting the technology. The cloud adoption has seen a huge surge in the Middle East.

5G and edge computing are the emerging technologies that most countries are looking to adopt, which could open up new business opportunities.

The Middle East is home to more than two dozen sovereign wealth funds such as Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Mubadala Investment Company, Qatar Investment Authority.

 

Growth opportunities

 

According to a report in Arthur D Little titled ‘Middle East digital economy outlook- Special report: Growth opportunities in UAE, Pakistan and Oman’. During the pandemic there has been a clear acceleration of this digital transformation.

More rapid technology adoption and industry disruption is forcing faster 5G and cloud deployment. Customers have been more accepting of change and new ways of working.

Regulators have been more relenting, enabling faster adoption and greater experimentation with digital solutions. Remote working, contactless payments, and autonomous systems are now part of everyday norms.

The report further added that post-pandemic, global economies are grappling with the twin challenges of how to recover from a severe economic downturn and adapt to the disruption that has occurred.

Governments, businesses, and households operate and interact differently in the new normal. It is recognised that the digital economy has taken a major step forward, with multiple technologies and solutions entering our lives for good, our behaviors and preferences irreversibly altered.

We have also come to realize the digital economy is more resilient.

Reliance Jio develops interoperable 5G solution

Reliance Jio and Qualcomm, along with Radisys Corporation, have developed an open and interoperable interface-compliant architecture-based 5G solution.

According to Reliance industries annual report, Jio is accelerating the rollout of digital platforms and the next generation 5G stack. As a part of this push, the companies have developed an open and interoperable interface-compliant architecture-based 5G solution with a virtualised RAN (vRAN),

It further highlighted that India is at the forefront of a global digital revolution. This 5G solution will accelerate the development and rollout of indigenous 5G network infrastructure and services in India.

 5G brings ultra-low latency and ultra-high bandwidth enabling unprecedented experiences and services and unique applications in private networks.

Qualcomm and Jio have successfully tested 5G solutions in India, achieving a 1Gbps milestone on the Jio 5G solution, pointed out Mukesh Ambani, MD and Chairman.

The 5G RAN Platform has crossed the 1 Gbps milestone on the Jio 5G core network and 5G smartphones, adding that the feat not only underlines Jio’s 5G credentials but also signifies the entry of Jio and India into the gigabit 5G NR product portfolio.

Jio has infused over USD 50 billion investment since its inception to create the largest and advanced digital and connectivity ecosystem in India, with a wide range of apps and platforms.

In growing its ecosystem to make India the world’s premier digital society and economy, Jio is not just enhancing the experience of its existing 426 million customers but is also accelerating the transition towards digital for the next 300 million mobility users, 50 million homes and 50 million micro, small and medium businesses, according to the report.

Jio has also completed the testing of indigenously developed end-to-end Jio 5G Radio and Core Network Solution.

Over the next few years, Jio would focus on creating a “robust” wireline network across the country, offering high-speed connectivity and a bouquet of digital services to every home and enterprise.

In India, 5G is expected to create an economic impact of 1 trillion by 2035 and the implementation of 5G and other related technologies will help in accelerating the process of digital communication.

5G will lead to a rapid expansion of the flow of information technology across education, manufacturing, health care, agriculture and financial and social sectors.

India expected to have 900 million internet users by 2025: IAMAI

India is expected to have about 900 million active internet users by 2025.

According to an Internet and Mobile Association of India’s report, this is a 45 percent user growth when compared to 622 million user base as of 2020.

The report further added that even though the internet penetration in urban areas is two times more than the rural area, the usership in rural areas has been witnessing the fastest annual growth.

The report also underlined that the internet users grew by 4 percent in urban India reaching 323 million users (67 percent of urban population) in 2020, digital adoption continues to be propelled by rural India, registering a 13 percent growth to 299 million internet users (31 percent of rural population) over the past year.

This indicates that there’s a lot of headroom for growth in rural India and this would help in bridging the urban-rural digital divide.

However, the growth rate of AIU (those who have accessed the internet in the last one month) has progressively reduced over the years and is the lowest in the last four years, the findings pointed out.

Small towns account for two out of five active internet users, while the top nine metros account for 33 percent of the active internet users in urban India.

The report underlined that of the 1433 million population in India, 622 million individuals are AUI, translating to about 43 percent of the total population (across urban and rural India).

But, considering that a sizable population still doesn’t actively access the internet in rural India, there is huge headroom for growth in the coming years.

The proportion of male to female AIU remains almost the same in rural and urban India.

In urban India, the ratio between male to female Internet users is around 57:43 while in rural India, the ratio between male to female Internet users is 58:42, a media report added.

“By 2025, there would be a greater number of internet users in rural India than in urban India. Given this, the digital ecosystem will need to evolve to address the specific needs of this emerging demography. Vernacular, Voice and Video will emerge as the game changers for the digital ecosystem over the next few years,” said Biswapriya Bhattacharjee, Executive Vice President, Insights Division, Kantar.

It found that nine out of ten active internet users access the internet every day and on average spend 107 minutes or about 1.8 hours actively on the internet daily.

The proportion of daily users is marginally higher in urban India as compared to rural India, AIU in urban India is spending 17 percent more time as compared to rural India.

The growth in internet access is being driven by mobile devices, both in rural and urban areas, given their affordability as well as the availability of cheaper data plans.

Accessing the Internet through a mobile device has clearly become the first choice, the report added.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the process of digital transformation not only in India but across the world. People are relying more on the internet for doing their work.

Remote working or the work from home culture is more of what people are adapting to as it is making their lives easier with the restriction in movement.

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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.

AWS to open Data Centres in the UAE region

Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to open an infrastructure region in the UAE in the first half of 2022.

The new AWS Middle East (UAE) region will consist of three availability zones (data centers) and become AWS’s second region in the Middle East, the company said in a statement. AWS provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs for organisations globally.

In 2019, AWS opened its first Middle East data centres in Bahrain. These efforts need to be seen in the backdrop of a surge in tech adoption in the Middle-East due to restrictions placed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are excited to build on the great momentum of cloud adoption in the Middle East by providing more choice for customers in the UAE to run applications and store data locally,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure, AWS.

“The new AWS Region supports the UAE’s focus on promoting technology innovation that has made it a thriving global hub for entrepreneurs, e-governments, and multi-national businesses. With the new region, organisations of all sizes will be able to innovate faster and serve end-users with even lower latency across the region.”

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) said the deal was part of its efforts to attract investments that build technology capabilities and accelerate innovation.

Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, said, “AWS’s expansion into the UAE is a testament to our rapidly growing innovation ecosystem that will benefit from access to the world’s leading cloud platform and its advanced technologies and solutions. Building on Abu Dhabi’s smart infrastructure and digital transformation, AWS’s investment will further enable innovators and companies with globally-relevant solutions to realize new opportunities in the UAE and beyond.”

AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting customers’ business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that leverage multiple Availability Zones.

Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected through redundant, ultra-low-latency networks.

Globally, AWS has 80 Availability Zones across 25 geographic regions, with plans to launch 18 more Availability Zones and six more AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.

Other hyperscalers are also eying the Middle East. Recently, Chinese tech giant Tencent said that it will officially make its first entry into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market with the construction of a data centre in Bahrain.

Tencent Cloud has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) to build an internet data center and a public cloud infrastructure in the region.

 

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How 5G and Edge computing could reshape biz in the Middle East

5G and edge computing are the emerging technologies that most countries are looking to adopt these technologies, which could open up new business opportunities.

So, what is the scope for these technologies in the Middle East market? At W.Media’s Middle East Cloud and Data Center Market Insights 2021 keynote session titled ‘5G and Edge- What it means for business in Middle East’ Waleed Ali, Senior Specialist Digital Government, Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies, Government of Qatar did a deep-dive.

By 2025 MENA region is forecasted to have over 80 million subscribers of 5G which means that we will see an increase in the 5G connections.

The increase in the connection is due to new digital behaviors for example virtual meetings and events due to the COVID19 pandemic the users started getting dependent more on fast connections to continue with their work but with a digital lifestyle.

“The demand of 5G is not only from the normal user but there is also a great potential for B2B opportunity and this is going to be the main driver for investing in 5G and 5G is important for the industry and we will see 5G operators connect users to 5G with a great speed.

But at the same time entities like the government and businesses are connected to the data centres and to each other to share the data to its users and this is the B2B opportunity,” said Waleed Ali.

He further added that currently, cloud computing is moving closer to the users because of 5G.

There is a shift in the landscape of the data centres from the traditional data centres and centralised to more distributed data centres because of the speed of the connectivity, low latency and broadband and the millimetre wave that will allow us to connect massive IoT sensors on devices.

According to a report in Gartner 75 percent of enterprise data will be created and processed outside the traditional data centre or cloud by 2025.

This means that the distributed edge computing will be processed and analyse the data.

“Edge computing is now next or near to the sensors and because of 5G we are able to locally process and analyse the data from the data source and with the help of 5G we can analyse the data and send it back to the centralised data centre for further analysis and decision making,” added Ali.

 

Industrial Ecosystem

 

“The government is one of the most important stakeholders in any smart city. No business can be started without the approval of the government.

Governments are organisations that clearly work on the vision, policy and regulations. Government is also responsible for achieving sustainable development goals, this is an international goal that all the UN states are looking forward to achieving by 2030,” pointed Ali.

He further underlined that the ways in which the government helps in achieving sustainable development goals and it affects the businesses in different ways.

There are cloud providers, telecom providers and businesses that are working towards the adaptation of new technologies. The cloud providers are expected to work on new decentralised cloud solutions.

The 5G rollout is the responsibility of the telecom providers and businesses could also work with them or support this.

The investors are responsible for the financing of the new technology and looking for innovative financing models for investing in the technology.

Academia is another very important stakeholder and is responsible for doing the research and has the ability to find a new prototype for a technology. 5G and Edge computing are emerging technologies.

They are also working towards the capacity building to make sure that the students have the required knowledge and after they graduate they have the capability of working on these emerging technologies.

The involvement and business depends upon the entrepreneurs for the innovative ideas and solving work problems and looking for various ways in which technology can be put to use. A lot of businesses acquire startups that have innovative ideas.

 

Future of 5G and Edge computing

 

“5G and edge computing will increase the performance, availability, data security and workload portability which is very useful in cases where there is a digital event that will require more workload.

Smart cities are one of the famous use cases for 5G and edge computing and when we say smart cities we know that there will be the involvement of a huge number of sensors, buildings and lights.

These sensors will generate big data along with the users. This will help us in achieving the development goals,” said Ali.

He further added that as most people know that the data from the sensors has to travel through data centres which are usually in remote locations due to security and other reasons.

This takes some time while the sensors are transferring the data to the data centre and getting the results.

As per a use case, we will have the edge computing nodes either inside or physically near to the data source which will capture and analyse the data so that there is a low latency connection and near real-time processing due to which decision making becomes faster.

“Second use case for 5G and edge computing is manufacturing. Imagine a manufacturer is manufacturing products in thousands of units per minute or hour. It becomes difficult to keep an eye on the quality and efficiency, the quality assurance process because even if it is automatic, some error is expected.

But with the help of 5G and edge computing, we can control the quality of the product produced per second. Using this kind of manufacturing process, we process the data in real-time which makes it easy to control the defects in real-time,” pointed out Ali.

Giving an example of the connected cars he explained how transportation will be affected moving from point A to point B. The ways in which people, supply chain or goods can move with the help of connected cars.

“The sensors in the connected cars can monitor a lot of things and can send the data with an increased speed to the edge computing and is also capable of receiving any kind of real-time processing about any kind of issues in the car or road and the driver or the device which is controlling the vehicle can take quick action,” pointed Ali.

Video surveillance is another important aspect and the video files that are stored is in huge numbers and it is easier to analyse them next to the sensors of the cameras. In case of any kind of emergency for example a river afloat or file.

The edge computing servers in real-time can process the images coming from the camera and alert the authorities regarding a disaster.

The images being transferred to data centres being analysed and then coming back with the alert might take some time but by using 5G and edge it can be processed near to the location and can be sent further to the centralised data centre for processing.

 

Where are the Opportunities

 

5G and edge computing is an industry innovation. “If businesses are looking forward to trying new innovative approaches then 5G and edge computing will have a huge effect on that along with having the capability and flexibility of tackling the real-world issues and creating values for the business.

There is an increased demand in different domains, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic where people realised that they are heavily dependent upon the technology.

Monitoring the market development is important for businesses as it would help them in engaging with the latest technology that would help in the growth of their business,” said Ali.

He also underlined that it is important to identify the use cases that organisations want to invest in. Prior experience in a particular domain could be put to use in these cases.

Capacity building and trainings are important as businesses need to start training their employees on the emerging technologies as it becomes easier to work with the technologies when it is adapted by the organisations.

Creating new partnerships with other stakeholders is important for businesses as it will help in achieving the required goals.

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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The W.Media Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards is the region’s flagship awards programme, recognising achievements and excellence across all mission critical technology sectors. We are opening the awards to organisations four regions and nineteen categories to encompass the entirety of APAC’s Cloud & Datacenter ecosystem.

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India-based startup Kylas launches a SaaS CRM for SMBs

Kylas, a new age enterprise-grade Customer Relationship Management (CRM) product, has been launched in India for $US 99 per month.

During the last 15 months, SMBs in India have been severely impacted with the uncertainties of start-stop lockdowns, unreliable cashflows and disrupted supply chains.

Covid-19 has forced SMBs to accelerate digital adoption and ensure business continuity in this challenging environment. Kylas is a customisable SaaS product to help small and medium businesses streamline their sales efforts, engage with customers effectively and grow faster.

It was launched with an aim to provide CRM software accessible to small businesses with a pricing of USD 99 (INR 7499) per month with unlimited features, unlimited users, and no hidden costs so that the SMBs can focus on reviving their businesses without the additional burden of increase in technology costs, the company said.

The company further added that, Kylas comes built-in with a host of productivity and collaboration features to improve sales team productivity. It seamlessly integrates with commonly used lead generation platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, IndiaMART, Shiksha.com and many more to accelerate the end-to-end customer journey of Indian SMBs.

Kylas is also launching a ‘SMB Upskilling Program’ with an aim to educate, enable and advise growing businesses about their digital transformation roadmap and operations.

This will be a special 4-week program, during which SMBs will learn about using technology and platforms for business continuity & resilience, marketing (including digital and social media), lead generation and overall digital transformation. The program me will be led and conducted by the leadership team and subject matter experts at Kylas.

“While large enterprises have the resources and wherewithal to undergo rapid digital transformation, SMBs face various challenges such as lack of accessibility to technology, cost constraints and shortage of talent with relevant digital skills.

To bridge this gap and to help SMBs to digitize their end-to-end customer journey, we have built Kylas: The Honest CRM. It has been designed keeping in mind the needs of the SMBs and we believe that our customers can benefit from its enterprise-grade CRM capabilities at an all-inclusive value-pricing.

Additionally, our customer service, SMB upskilling initiative and our future product roadmap will further strengthen the key value propositions of Kylas,” said Ketan Sabnis, CEO and Founder, Kylas.

Over 150 businesses have signed-up for Kylas in the past few weeks leading up to the commercial launch. Kylas draws on the learnings and legacy of its predecessor, Sell.do which is India’s award-winning end-to-end CRM solution for the Real Estate sector, with over 600+ clients across key global markets