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.”

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.”

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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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.

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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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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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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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Indonesia Launches 5G

Indonesia Launches 5G Network

Indonesia has launched the 5G internet network for public use in some parts of the Greater Jakarta area.

This marks a milestone for Indonesia’s efforts to improve its mobile broadband network amid limitations that plagued the frequency allocation in the country.

“The development of 5G throughout the country will become important milestones for our national telecommunications infrastructure,” the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Jhonny G. Plate said, according to a report in Jakarta Globe.

Telekomunkiasi Selular (Telkomsel), the subsidiary of Telkom Indonesia and Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel), unveiled the high-speed mobile broadband network in six upscale residential areas including Kelapa Gading and Pantai Indah Kapuk in North Jakarta, Pondok Indah and ministers housing complex Widya Chandra in South Jakarta, and Bumi Serpong Damai and Alam Sutera in Tanggerang.

The 5G network promises a faster internet connection — 100 times more data when compared to the 4G network, which opens up the doors for Internet of Things (IoT) implementation in homes, offices, smart cities, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Blockchain and others.

 

More cities to get 5G

 

Setyanto Hantoro, Telkomsel’s president director, said on Thursday that the company plans to roll out the 5G networks in others cities soon, including Batam, Medan, Solo, Bandung, Surabaya, Makassar, Denpasar and Balikpapan.

However, Setyanto pointed out that costs remain prohibitive for the company to expand the 5G networks in more cities.

“The ecosystem and capital expenditure that we have to invest is massive. Soo, of course, we can’t roll it to all places in Indonesia simultaneously. Also, if we do it (5G in all places), maybe there are still not many benefits for the community so that the economic aspect cannot be achieved,” Setyanto said. Still, the company seeks to keep the cost low for its users in those cities to try the 5G network. Telkomsel’s users already using the company’s 4G network did not have to change their SIM card, Setyanto said.

Smartphones launched in the past few months are usually equipped with a 5G modem, but for them to work on Telkomsel’s 5G network, they have to support N40, the frequency band of 2,300-2,400 MHz on which the company rolling out its 5G service, the company said.

Only a handful of devices meet this frequency requirement, including Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Apple iPhone 12, Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G, and Samsung Galaxy S21 5G.

 

Availability of frequency bands

 

Currently, the government has only allocated 737 Mhz for telecommunication operators. GSM Association, the global lobby group for mobile network operators, recommended in its policy paper published in March that government must allow operators to occupy low, mid, and high-frequency spectrum to “deliver widespread coverage and support a wide range of use cases,” of the 5G network.

The problem is that Indonesia’s frequency spectrums are now jam-packed by television, radio, and mobile operators.

Minister Jhonny said that the mobile operators need spectrum allocation of at least 2.047 Mhz across the various frequency band to support 4G and 5G deployments, according to the Jakarta Globe report.

This means the government must reallocate the spectrum of 1,310 MHz, almost double the current capacity, and renegotiate the spectrum usage terms with their current holders, the report said.

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Tencent Cloud Opens Four New Internet Data Centers

Hong Kong, June 3, 2021 – With growing customer demand and increasing cloud computing spending all over the globe, Tencent Cloud, the cloud business of Tencent, today announced the launch of four new internet data centers (IDC) in Bangkok, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The addition of the new IDCs places Tencent Cloud’s operation in 27 regions and 66 availability zones worldwide, ushering in the opening of the second availability zones (AZ2) in Bangkok, Frankfurt and Tokyo and the third (AZ3) in Hong Kong in order to addressing the ever-growing business needs around the world.

According to data from Frost & Sullivan1, 52% of organizations globally are using cloud services as of 2020, with another 34% expected to add cloud infrastructure within the next two years. The latest information from Gartner2 also indicates that worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services is forecasted to grow 23.1% in 2021 to total US$332.3 billion, up from US$270 billion in 2020, signifying more growth in the already burgeoning cloud industry in which Tencent Cloud intends to further flourish.

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Poshu Yeung, Senior Vice President, Tencent Cloud International, said, “The cloud industry is quickly evolving and growing, making Tencent Cloud look forward to further demonstrating its commitment to provide customers with more diverse cloud products as well as stronger redundancy and backup options. The launch of the new IDCs in Bangkok, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Tokyo at the same time is a significant development in our strategy to rapidly and efficiently expand our international portfolio. We are also planning to have over 30% growth in terms of our IDCs all over the world by end of this year.”

Keeping up with Tencent Cloud’s momentum of providing groundbreaking and state-of-the-art technologies, the new IDCs are all tier-3 design facilities and are located in prime network hub locations, providing highly-reliable and high-quality BGP integrated with major local and international network operators.

The launch of the new IDCs is the latest step forward in Tencent’s robust growth strategies in terms of global infrastructure. In late 2020, Tencent Cloud has opened its second availability zone in Korea, followed by the first IDC in Indonesia as well as the third availability zone in Singapore in April 2021. The company is set to launch its second Indonesian IDC and its first in Bahrain by the end of the year.

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As investment in Middle East Data Centres go up, Green Energy takes centre stage

Over the last two to three years, a lot of investment in the Middle-East was made by large hyperscalers such as Microsoft, AWS, Huawei and Alibaba.

So, where does the Middle-East stand in the worldwide push towards using moere renewable resources for energy-hungry consumers such as data centres? W.Media’s ‘Middle East Cloud and Data Center Market Insights 2021’ threw some light into the prevalent trends. The panellists included Hessam Seifi, MD, DC PRO BV, Tinboat Arslanouk, Senior Director- Data centre product management, du, Marco Brandstaetter, Regional Director, Middle East and South Asia, DE-CIX and Jim Campbell, Regional Director, RED Engineering

“There has been an effort to limit carbon emission. This is having a major impact on the design of data centres. What we are starting to see now is there is much more focus on where the energy is coming from in the data centre and use more renewable energy to run large campuses”, said Jim Campbell.

He further added that there is a lot of work going on to see the utilisation of hydrogen as a replacement for diesel generators. It is a huge capital investment but in the future, the clients could demand to use these technologies.

The good thing about countries like the Middle East is they have already invested a lot in green energy infrastructure. A lot has been invested in solar power plants.

“Currently it is difficult for green hydrogen technology due to the cost of it but over time things will change. Solar energy for example is now affordable. Hyperscalers are trying different technologies and what will eventually help the industry is that we have different technology paths to reach for example carbon natural or carbon negative,” pointed out Hessam Seifi.

Tinboat Arslanouk stated that the environment is the key focus when talking to the clients; they also want to focus on sustainability and decide accordingly. Nuclear power is a government project and is not for data centres.

We need a bridge into the carbon trading platform. In the UAE, in the near future, about 35 percent of its demand will be green electricity and has to be put in the marketplace (through grid connections) and some regulations are needed within the region. Having a tradable carbon footprint could be beneficial across GCC which will also generate investments.

 

Investment in DCs post COVID-19

 

In the last 18 months, the global demand for DC’s has doubled. The pandemic has accelerated that. “People are going to have a more flexible work atmosphere in the future. People would be working from home or overseas.

It has helped everyone focus their minds to help in developing an infrastructure that suits the requirement and everyone is planning for the future. People are looking to repurpose their office space to make it more of a cohabiting space rather than a fixed desk in an office,” said Campbell.

The pandemic has led to behavioral changes and people have started to use their time more efficiently.

Earlier the travelling used to take up a lot of time when people had to go for meetings but now meetings can be conducted with people in different geographical locations, pointed Seifi.

Why PUE and DC efficiency urgently needs to be relooked in the Middle East market

 

There has been an increase in the demand for data centres in the Middle East market. But with that comes also challenges in and the way in which those challenges can be dealt with.

Additionally, there are also questions on what would be the future of the data centre market and what are the investment trends in the Middle East market? These were discussed in W.Media’s ‘Middle East Cloud and Data Center Market Insights 2021’. The session was moderated by Radhika Kapoor, Consultant, Capitel. The panellists included Hessam Seifi, MD, DC PRO BV, Tinboat Arslanouk, Senior Director- Data centre product management, du, Marco Brandstaetter, Regional Director, Middle East and South Asia, DE-CIX and Jim Campbell, Regional Director, RED Engineering.

 

 

PUE and DC efficiency

 

The whole industry should have a serious look at this. By just managing the temperature correctly you can save a lot of energy. “We have data centres that are being cooled with water at 60 degrees. So hot water cools. As the trend continues the data centre and the colocation industry should be ready for this change.

By bringing a few changes in the criteria the organisations will be saving a lot on the operational cost which can be transferred to some other area depending upon the advantage,” said Hessam Seifi, MD, DC PRO BV.

“In terms of our region here when you speak to large scale data providers they are not just sticking to the traditional designs, they are looking for innovation.

Everything these days is controlled by machines. So if we want to help humans go in those spaces then we can start elevating temperatures and we can then challenge the PUE. It becomes relevant in a metric,” said Jim Campbell, Regional Director, RED Engineering.

He further underlined that there are a few providers that use different cooling technologies but traditionally everyone was interested in air cool chillers but there is a change in the trend but it is difficult.

It is challenging in the Middle East due to high temperatures. It is a very big area, we have cities that are dry and different technologies could be adopted for cooling.

Support is needed from the client’s side as well along with operators and investors to look at the alternatives of cooling solutions that can be adopted to a particular region.

“The problem in the GCC is not only the humidity and temperature but also the weather which is sandy. Deploying evaporative solutions has always been a challenge on the operational side. You have open cooling towers, there is circulating water, sand and other factors which create their own challenges.

We have been successful in operating free cooling during winters after midnight for a considerable amount of time and using higher water temperatures and this has been helping in achieving a good PUE in the region. Stepping away from air cool chillers or 4 to 6 degrees of chilled water.

So supplying waters used in the 20s and using air circulation more effectively has been successful even during the given environment. This also adds some burden on the operation side as there will be things that need to be looked after. Running a data centre with that type of cooling is a more complex operation,” said Tinboat Arslanouk, Senior Director- Data centre product management, du.

du is an Emirates Integrated Telecommunications company that offers mobile and fixed services, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to people, homes and businesses.

The other challenge faced is when setting up the cooling solution it costs more money, so when a data centre is built which uses those technologies the setpoints and the thermal even with points extended it will cost more money.

“To give you an example, liquid emission technologies do not need any chillers even in the worst environment. You just need to circulate 50 to 60 degrees hot water-like liquid and you can cool data centres.

People have been testing it. It might not save a lot in other areas but in an environment like here, it could save millions. I think in the next five years multi megawatts will be moving in this environment.

Which will have a massive impact on the PUE and electricity solutions, and since the need is the mother of all inventions, people will come up with more solutions in the future,” pointed Arslanouk.

 

Boost from Hyperscale DC

 

“The landing of hyperscalers in the GCC boosted our connectivity business. Compute requirements will be far more different from what would be required in a carrier model set-up. We are in partnership with Equinix and are working with hyperscalers.

Hyperscalers will trigger traffic and the traffic needs to be managed and the environment required to manage that traffic requires a different skill set. In three to five years we will also see further growth in edge computing.

Microsoft, AWS, everyone has plans and are working to embed the edge computing even in mobile size in a pizza box concept for latency, IoT. We see all of these fueling eachother,” said Tinboat Arslanouk.

He further added that more hyperscale land in the region and that it thrives and concentrates more traffic and more traffic needs to be serviced by IX models or carrier models. All these fronts are progressing.

Three to four years ago a 2 MW data centre used to be a big data centre in the region serving the colocation requirements. Today hyperscalers are under 5 or 10 MW and there is a divergence in the data centre even from a design perspective to what serves the hyperscalers.

“Over the next three to five years we will see the large-scale hyperscalers come into the region and after that migrate back to the colocation setting where edge computing comes in and that’s where we see the market going. Especially in the Middle East and Africa as well,” added Campbell.

PT DCI launches 4th Data Centre: Anthoni Salim Raises his Stake to 11.12%

PT DCI Indonesia Tbk has launched its fourth data center building, JK5, in Cibitung, West Java, with a total power capacity of 15MW.

In a related development, Anthoni Salim the head of Salim Group, which has diverse investments in banking, food and telecommunications, has increased his stake in PT DCI to 11.12 per cent.

Established in 2011, DCI Indonesia (DCI) is the leading data center provider in Indonesia and the first Tier-IV data centre in Southeast Asia.

DCI Indonesia is home to four purposely-built data centres with a current capacity of 37MW and a planned total capacity of 300MW. With the new building,  DCI’s power capacity at 37 MW, makes it the leader in Indonesia’s data center colocation market, according to a 2020 report by Structure Research.

Further, DCI plans to build up to 15 data centre buildings with a total capacity of 300MW, equipped with internationally certified infrastructure to set a new standard for Indonesia’s data center industry.

Aligning with “Making Indonesia 4.0” , JK5 has been built to support the long-term growth of Indonesia’s digital economy with its market value expected to reach USD 130 billion by 2025. Thus, local data center providers with the best quality and operational excellence must be able to cater to this surging demand as data centers play a crucial role as the backbone in providing infrastructure for Indonesia’s growing digital economy.

 

Facilities for a Data powered Future

Since DCI’s establishment, the brand’s uptime performance has achieved 100 per cent uptime performance for Service Level Agreement (SLA) Operations, the company said.

“We managed to achieve this through the implementation of operational and service excellence which is always one step ahead through the utilization of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) which avoids incidents that may potentially disrupt IT operations,” said Toto Sugiri, CEO of DCI.

Supporting Indonesia’s digital economy

Moving forward, DCI is committed to support Indonesia’s digital economy infrastructure and will continue to focus on operational excellence, while maintaining international standards to become the best and most reliable data center in South East Asia.

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Iberdrola and Mitsubishi Power to jointly develop RE-based solutions

Iberdrola and Mitsubishi Power have entered into an agreement to jointly develop competitive, clean and safe energy solutions based on renewable energy that promote the decarbonisation of industrial production in different regions around the world.

Both the companies will develop green hydrogen production facilities, battery storage systems and electrified heat production facilities with the aim of promoting carbon neutral industries in the short and medium term.

The alliance will bring together the capabilities of Iberdrola, one of the world’s major clean energy companies and a leader in renewables with an ambitious strategy to promote economic and employment recovery based on green principles; and Mitsubishi Power, a leading supplier of power generation and storage equipment, from gas and steam turbines, generators, electrolysis units, battery storage systems and high temperature heat pumps to steam and solar photovoltaic power generation processes.

 

Identify opportunities for RE

 

Ken Kawai, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Power, and Aitor Moso, Iberdrola’s director of Liberalized Business, have signed this co-operation agreement that will create teams made up of experts from both companies to identify opportunities for large-scale carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage projects for industry, one of the most difficult sectors to decarbonise.

Mitsubishi Power President and CEO Ken Kawai said, “Iberdrola and Mitsubishi Power have been collaborating in supporting decarbonisation in power generation sector by providing high efficiency GTCC projects. With using this collaborating experience in GTCC projects, we will jointly develop and deploy the necessary hydrogen infrastructure, battery energy storage systems, and electrified heat production systems to decarbonize the power and industrial sectors.

This joint development with Iberdrola fulfills our mission to create a future that works for people and the planet by developing innovative power and storage solutions to realize a carbon neutral future.”

Aitor Moso, Iberdrola’s director of Liberalized Business, explained that the agreement represents a very important milestone in our strategy of developing alliances with key players in the industrial sector – which is one of the most difficult to decarbonise – allowing it to advance efficient electrification in the short and medium term.

“With the expansion of renewable solutions such as the electrification of heat, battery storage and green hydrogen in industrial manufacturing processes, we are putting our capabilities at the service of an urgent and common goal: to build a more sustainable and emissions-free economic model, offering development opportunities for industry and employment,” said Moso.

 

Green investments to promote economic recovery

 

Iberdrola has been leading the energy transition for two decades, acting as a key driving force in the transformation of the industries and the green recovery of the economy and job creation.

The company has launched a major EUR150 billion investment plan over this decade (EUR75 billion by 2025), to triple renewable capacity and double network assets while taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the energy revolution that the world’s leading economies are facing.

Investments worth EUR120 billion since the turn of the century have made Iberdrola a leader in renewable energy with nearly 35,000 MW installed capacity worldwide, a volume that makes its generation fleet one of the cleanest in the energy industry.

With 98 grCO2/kWh emissions, two thirds below the European average, the investment strategy in clean energy and grids will make Iberdrola a “carbon neutral” company in Europe by 2030.

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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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Tesla sets up a Data Centre in Shanghai

Tesla has announced that it has set up a data centre in mainland China.

This data centre will store the information collected from users, according to South a report by China Morning Post (SCMP). Tesla in a Weibo post said that it has set up a data centre in Shanghai to locally store data collected by its vehicles sold in mainland China.

The Palo Alto based company said that all data generated from cars sold in China will now be stored within the country. Tesla even added that it will add more data centres in future and further promised to take care of the security of the data.

“Car data security is very important,” the automaker said in a Weibo post. Tesla will make every effort to … ensure data security, it added

 

Restrictions on Tesla

 

This development comes in the wake of Chinese authorities, in March restricitng the use of Tesla cars by the military and employees of state-owned companies.

Earlier this year, the Chinese military banned Tesla vehicles from entering its complexes, expressing concerns over cameras equipped onboard, according to Reuters and Bloomberg. This was over concerns that images from cameras on the vehicles could be transmitted to the US. However, Tesla has denied that its vehicles could be used for espionage.

In February, the company was summoned by regulators to discuss the quality of its vehicles made in Shanghai, where it manufactures the Model 3 and the Model Y. Authorities said they were concerned about several problems with the cars, including “abnormal acceleration” and “battery fires”, according to reports.

Laws in China requires foreign companies to store user data on its soil since 2017 when its Cybersecurity Law came into effect. Tesla has now pledged to cooperate with Chinese authorities.

Apart from Tesla, Apple Inc. also hosts the iCloud accounts of its Chinese users in a new data centre in China’s Guizhou province, in the southwestern part of China.

 

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

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.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.

 

Singtel open to sale of Infrastructure assets including Subsea cables and Data Centres

Singtel has set in motion a new strategic direction, in an effort to capture growth and unlock value through a slew of measures.

This new direction is designed to capture untapped digital growth in the 5G era, sharpen the Singtel Group’s focus and improve shareholder value, the company said. Given Asia’s fast-growing digital economies, Singtel will step up the building out of a digital ecosystem with its regional associates, leveraging its scale and reach to capture growth in digital services and grow capital.

This will mean adopting a multi-local strategy, when working with associates to create and port where viable, lifestyle products, services, business segments or even companies across its regional footprint.

 

The Reset

 

With strong investment in leading 5G networks, the Group will realign its core business to drive its quest for 5G market share in Singapore and Australia. The strategic reset centres around three key tenets – leveraging its 5G leadership to reinvigorate its core consumer and enterprise businesses; developing new growth engines in ICT and digital services; and unlocking the value of its quality infrastructure assets.

The move comes as digital economies experience a global growth spurt, amplified in part by COVID-19, creating a new and urgent dependency on telecommunications as a platform.

Group CEO Yuen Kuan Moon said: “This strategic reset is the most significant move in recent years to refocus the business and capitalise on technology proliferation and large-scale digitalisation. With the mass migration online over the last 18 months, the pandemic has also accelerated trends that were already redefining the basis for success for our industry. We intend to use this unique opportunity to make profound changes, restructure and reposition to emerge stronger.”

This needs to be seen from the lens of both- consumer and enterprises. On the consumer front, this means innovating products and services to deliver the best possible customer experience and growing digital businesses in adjacent lifestyle sectors. On the enterprise side, the focus will be on growing 5G enterprise and cloud solutions in Singapore, Australia and the Group’s regional associates.

The Group will also double down on the digitalisation of its operations to drive productivity, make cost improvements and get even more digital.

 

New growth engines

 

“Going digital isn’t new to us but rapid changes in technology require us to keep pace and reset our digital playbook. In addition, COVID-19 has brought headwinds and challenges but also tailwinds of digitalisation that we intend to exploit to propel us forward.

Customer behaviours have leapfrogged, digital-enabled sales interactions have jumped and business operations and processes have shifted irrevocably online. While we have been a telecom company with digital products in the past, we are set on becoming a digital telco, providing easy access to a whole range of digital solutions encompassing connectivity, lifestyle and ICT,” Yuen said.

To capitalise on the large-scale digitalisation underway, Singtel will develop a number of new growth engines, key among these being NCS. After seven straight years of positive revenue growth, mostly on the back of the public sector in Singapore, the ICT subsidiary will be repositioned for growth, with the goal of becoming a B2B digital services champion in Asia Pacific.

Leveraging its strengths and domain expertise in servicing the public sector and the Singtel Group, NCS will set up two strategic business units to focus on the key sectors of government and telecoms. It is also setting its sights on expediting growth in the enterprise sector, particularly healthcare and transport, communications, technology and media and financial services, in the markets of Singapore, Australia and Greater China.

In a Group-wide reorganisation at the start of the year, NCS was carved out as an independent business unit, as a first step towards realising this new remit and ambition. Cyber security remains a key growth driver for NCS and the Group will be reorganising part of Trustwave’s technology services into NCS.

“With its public-sector focus, NCS has been a consistent revenue growth engine for the Group over the years. It makes a lot of sense to develop this growth engine by casting its net further afield into the enterprise sector and markets outside Singapore where we have presence and synergies.

There will be no letting up in the e-government side of the business, but this is a major turning point for NCS – we are growing our capabilities and repositioning ourselves to capture new business from the private sector which should provide a growth uplift from the ongoing digital race” stated Yuen.

Leveraging Singtel’s well-known brand and 5G leadership, such an approach could take the form of partnerships with digital natives and strategic investors with complementary capabilities and capital. A recent example of this is the propagation of the digital mobile brand GOMO, which has been successfully adopted by Optus, AIS, Globe as well as Telkomsel (rebranded as by.U) to cater to their respective millennial customer segments.

Singtel also guided and supported Telkomsel’s participation in a US$100 million Series B funding round in Indonesian e-wallet LinkAja along with other investors like Grab and Gojek. In addition, Singtel lent support to Globe whose fintech arm Mynt recently raised US$175 million at a valuation close to US$1 billion.

“We will be pursuing a hyper-local strategy where we will create, partner, support, and facilitate the propagation of products and services, even companies among the Group, where relevant and monetisable,” pointed out Yuen.

 

Unlocking Infra assets

 

Singtel is also exploring options to leverage its infrastructure assets to unlock latent value and drive growth. The Group currently holds a large and unique portfolio of infrastructure assets including towers, satellites, subsea cables and data centres across the region.

It has already begun a partial sale via auction of Optus’ towers in Australia to maximise proceeds from the sale and seeks to more actively recycle its assets.

“Through the years, we’ve built a suite of quality infrastructure assets to support the growth of our business. Given the disruptions of the past year and the massive pivot online, demand for such assets have surged and made valuations very compelling. The timing is now good for us to improve returns from these holdings where appropriate, to grow the company and maximise value for Singtel shareholders,” said Yuen.

“The quality of our infrastructure assets are the result of years of sustained capital investment and innovations. Given the importance of the digital economy to Singapore and its economic recovery, it is also important that we unlock the value of these assets so that we can continue to reinvest in world-class infrastructure that will sustain an environment for investment and innovation, and support our businesses, our society and our shared future,” he added.

 

Sustainable Growth

 

Singtel’s strategic reset also includes renewed commitments to advance the sustainability agenda while pursuing business growth. Against the pandemic backdrop, this involves embedding more conscious climate action and deliverables into the Group’s recovery plans, harnessing the power of technology to enrich the lives of customers and the broader community, and helping employees develop and grow in the new economy.

Singtel has one of the strongest franchises in Singapore, Australia and the region which behoves us to be a purpose-driven organisation that positively impacts the diverse communities in which we operate, pointed out Yuen.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

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.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.

 

Etisalat expands SmartHub with a new DC facility in Kalba

Etisalat announced the expansion of its SmartHub with the completion of its third location opening in Kalba with a state-of-art Tier 3 data centre facility addressing the growing demand and enhancing geographical diversity.

The new data centre will offer a geo-redundant ecosystem for global players to expand their regional presence. The new facility is also selected to be the landing for Africa-1, a new subsea telecom system connecting Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

This will help SmartHub facilitate faster connectivity to various global partners, the company said.

“As one of the biggest neutral carrier hotels, Etisalat’s SmartHub data centres will be an ICT bridge between continents always supporting critical business activities of global customers.

SmartHub Kalba will enable us to increase our capabilities and global capacity to meet our international clients’ expanding needs for infrastructure across Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and the Americas.

We at Etisalat are committed to making ‘SmartHub’ a preferred location for carriers, cloud service providers, Internet exchanges and companies looking for a carrier grade data centre,” said Ali Amiri, group chief carrier & wholesale officer, Etisalat.

The company further added that the new facility is scheduled to be operational by the first quarter of 2022 providing a robust data centre infrastructure evolving to meet future demands including the landing of a new generation of submarines as well as becoming a disaster recovery hub for Etisalat’s customers in the Fujairah SmartHub.

The Middle East IT infrastructure market expects to grow at a CAGR of over 6% during 2020–2026. Data center adoption has seen a rise and hyperscalers, greenfield data centers, as well as co-location providers, are eying the market, which has publicly stated that data is the new ‘oil’.

The demand for Data Centres has been underpinned by technological advances and the increasing adoption of cloud-based services.

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DUG Technology to build world’s first carbon-free RE-powered campus

Australia-based DUG Technology has unveiled a proposal to build the world’s first carbon-free high-performance computing (HPC) campus powered by renewable energy, with plans to lease 45 hectares of land in  Western Australia.

The facility would become home to one of the largest HPC installations in the world, with the initial 6 MW data hall having a capacity in excess of 200 petaflops, with plans for expansion to multi-exaflop scale once the proposed ten data halls are commissioned, the company said. Capital expenditure would be staged with demand in line with DUG’s HPC strategy to build long lead-time infrastructure early, and populate with compute just-in-time.

DUG chose the Mid West town of Geraldton as it is rapidly becoming one of the world’s premier renewable energy regions. It has an ideal climate for both wind and solar, which complement each other to enable round-the-clock power supply.

With respect to connectivity a commercial high-speed fibre is available and the site is close to the Mid West TAFE which has an AARNET large fibre connection. There is a latency of only 3.5 milliseconds from Geraldton to Perth – which makes it as good as a CBD location.

Subject to approvals, construction is set to begin in the third quarter of 2021 with the Stage 1 data hall due to be commissioned in the first half of 2022.

Using existing cash reserves, the 5 million AUD budget to build the initial data hall has been approved by DUG’s board while details for the energy storage solution remain to be finalised. Just-in-time purchasing for compute allows flexibility and adaptability to evolving hardware availability and client needs.

DUG Technology CEO and Founder, Matt Lamont, said, “As demand for HPC continues to grow exponentially around the world we must invest in world-leading, carbon-free, cost-effective HPC solutions for our clients. We developed our award-winning DUG Cool immersion system to reduce the energy footprint of our data centres. Having the ability to utilise this technology at scale would solidify the Geraldton campus as the world standard in environmentally-friendly HPC.”

 

Campus to utilise immersion-cooling tech

 

The world-class campus would utilise DUG’s patented immersion-cooling technology providing some of the most energy efficient HPC, the company said. It will be powered by solar and wind, and an onsite hydrogen battery system is also being considered as part of the project.

The goal for the campus is to be completely powered by renewables – to accelerate science while simultaneously helping clients achieve their carbon-reduction goals and meet environmental, social, and governance (ESG) requirements.

The project has the full support of the Yamatji Nation Board. The land is expected to pass to the Yamatji Nation Trust later this year as part of the Yamatji Nation Indigenous Land Use Agreement. The planned project includes opportunities and training for the Yamatji people and is also part of the Curtin University MoU partnership with respect to green innovation and radio astronomy.

“We are thrilled with the support we have received from clients such as Curtin University and the SKA team. This project has such important economic, environmental and social implications. We would be delighted to work with the Yamatji people and extremely proud to be bring employment and training opportunities to regional Australia and indigenous youth,” said Lamont.

 

Why Geraldton?

 

Geraldton would become the largest of DUG’s global network of data centres building on expertise gained with the design and construction of its Houston facility at Skybox. The planned new campus turbo charges research and big data science for DUG’s diverse client base across the global technology, tertiary education and resource sectors which includes, Curtin University and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Its location is ideal to play a key role in Australia’s involvement in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project – one of the largest international scientific research projects in history. The Company plans to design and operate the facility to meet requirements for the provision of services to all levels of the public sector.

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres to develop data centres in Indonesia

Singapore headquartered ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) has announced its entry into the Indonesia market.

This will be through a strategic partnership with Indonesian conglomerate Triputra Group as well as Temasek, a global investment company, to develop a new data centre operating platform in Jakarta, Indonesia, the company said.

The new joint venture plans to build their first data centre campus in the Greenland International Industrial Centre, located in Kota Deltamas, Cikarang, Bekasi. This new data centre campus will support the development of multiple buildings and up to 72MW of critical IT capacity. Construction of the first phase is expected to commence in the coming months and is anticipated to be completed by Q1 2023.

“This joint venture marks our strategic entry into the Indonesia data centre market and is an important step for STT GDC to reinforce its position as a leading data centre player in Asia Pacific. We are pleased to have Triputra and Temasek as our partners, both stalwarts with deep market expertise in their respective fields. Indonesia is regarded as the largest Internet economy in Southeast Asia, fuelled by the high consumer adoption rates of digital applications and services,” said Bruno Lopez, President and Group CEO, STT GDC.

Indonesia’s digital economy is projected to be worth US$124 billion by 2025, while the economy will be the world’s 4th largest by 2050. The archipelago is already home to several large, local Indonesian enterprises which form part of the rapidly growing digital ecosystem.

This is aided by an Internet penetration of 64.8 per cent or 171 million people, represented by people under the age of 35 who comprise approximately 67 per cent of the overall Internet users in Indonesia.

 

Exponential demand for Digital and Cloud

 

The partnership is also a reflection of the confidence shown in Indonesia as a recipient of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). In the first quarter of 2021, FDI into the country stood at US$7.72 billion, a 14 per cent increase over the same period in 20205. It is also telling then that Singapore was the top contributor of FDI in 2020 and maintained its lead in the first quarter of 2021.

“Indonesia’s demand for digital and cloud services is growing exponentially and there is no better time for us to be in the data centre industry. The Government of Indonesia initiated the National E-commerce Roadmap and the Roadmap for Indonesia Digital 2020 and 2024 to support an inclusive digital economy, and is gearing the Country for digital acceleration particularly the local enterprises.

We look forward to adding our proficiency in the local Indonesian market to help expand this business even further as we believe in Indonesia’s potential digital growth trajectory. More importantly, this will be a momentous milestone for Indonesia’s economy and we want to support the Government to make this happen,” said Arif Rachmat, Director, Triputra Group.

With this partnership, STT GDC will achieve greater portfolio diversity and strengthen its Asian data centre network to now include the top three most populous countries in Asia namely China, India and Indonesia and strategic locations of Singapore, Seoul and Bangkok, reinforcing its base in Asia’s largest growth markets.

With a global platform of data centres in the world’s major business markets of over 120 facilities across Singapore, China, India, South Korea, Thailand and the UK, STT GDC offers a full suite of highly scalable and flexible data centre solutions, connectivity and support services that best meet customers’ current and future colocation needs.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

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.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.