GIGA Data Centers Officially Opens Colocation Facility in Mooresville, North Carolina Offering Capacity up to 60MW

GIGA Data Centers, LLC (GIGA), a new breed of data center provider creating affordable, hyper-scale power facilities with unprecedented energy efficiency, announced the company officially opened its CLT-1 Data Center in Mooresville, NC with a grand opening event that includes facility tours, a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks from local officials.

The new facility leverages a highly energy-efficient modular design first used in turnkey installations provided to enterprise companies and agencies including the U.S. Department of Energy. The data center is connected to the High-Reliability transmission lines fed by two Duke Energy power generation plants supplying green and renewable electricity. In addition, the Mooresville facility represents the latest in data center innovation to cost-effectively support the higher power requirements needed for high-performance computing in AI, financial services, healthcare and many other industry segments where this elite level of compute service has previously been out of reach for the non-enterprise company.

At the event, GIGA President & CEO Jake Ring said: “With our new facility open for business, small to mid-sized companies will finally have access to high-performance compute capabilities at affordable prices.” Mr. Ring attributes the affordable pricing to GIGA’s WindChill® system which provides hot/cold aisle isolation and adiabatic cooling to dramatically lower data center operating costs yet offers flexible rack-power densities from 5 kilowatts up to 50 kilowatts per rack cabinet, all at 4.1₵ per kWhr.

CLT-1 is a 165,800 square foot data center with 120,000 square feet occupying the main data hall. The Tier-3 compliant facility is a complete departure from traditional raised-floor construction and supports power and cooling from 5kW to 50kW per 52U rack, at a guaranteed Power Use Efficiency (PUE) rating of < 1.15. In addition, customers benefit from an exemption of all sales and use tax until 2029, including on electricity. Also, property tax is rebated up to 80 percent until 2026.

“GIGA’s new facility is an efficiency milestone for the colocation industry that places world-class hosting and carrier-neutral services in an ideal location, to offer a lower-priced option over more costly data center fees charged in other markets,” Ring added.


Hosting Provider WorldStream Announces Phase 2 Expansion at Its Flagship Data Center

WorldStream, a fast-growing hosting provider delivering security-focused solutions including dedicated servers and colocation as well as global connectivity and DDoS protection through their proprietary global network with 10Tbps (!) of bandwidth available, today announces a 268-rack expansion at its company-owned, flagship data center in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. This 2nd phase expansion means that WorldStream, within the course of a year will be doubling its facility capacity to 536 data center racks at this location.

As an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider serving clients globally with unmanaged IaaS hosting solutions, WorldStream currently owns two data centers. Both located in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, these facilities are home to WorldStream’s fast-growing number of servers for clients worldwide. The number of dedicated servers installed in WorldStream’s two data centers currently adds up to 15,000 dedicated servers in total. The 2nd phase expansion in WorldStream’s flagship data center allows the hosting company to further grow its dedicated server capacity in its data centers to 20,000 servers, but WorldStream is already eying another greenfield data center build nearby.

“Over the last year, demand for our unmanaged hosting services grew significantly. As a result our flagship data center is filling up quickly, requiring us to expand the capacity at this location a bit earlier than initially planned,” said Lennert Vollebregt, CEO and co-owner of WorldStream. “We commissioned the first phase of development at this flagship data center in June 2018, so exactly a year ago. This initial building phase has a capacity of 268 racks as well, so the expansion plans announced today means we’re now doubling the capacity in this data center.”

“The fast growth in customer demand even forces us to accelerate WorldStream’s plans to construct another data center build at close distance in Naaldwijk,” added Mr. Vollebregt. “We expect to be able to announce these new data center expansion plans quite soon. It will enable us even further to support strong demand for our hosting services from customers worldwide.

N+2 Data Center Setup

The current 268-rack data center expansion at WorldStream’s flagship facility is expected to be ready for commissioning in Q4 2019. This data center features a highly energy-efficient design, using indirect adiabatic cooling technology as well as hot-aisle containment. According to WorldStream’s calculations, it results in a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.15, which is an extremely energy-efficient figure. The energy-efficiency and sustainability of this facility is confirmed by third-party audits and awarded with an ISO 14001:2015 certification, specifying its environmental performance.

WorldStream’s flagship data center features a highly redundant design with an N+2 setup. The facility is also equipped with a fully modular UPS system to facilitate hot-swappable maintenance and avoiding any downtime. Today’s facility expansion includes an investment in two extra 93PM 500kVA Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPSs) and three new generators (2500kVA each). WorldStream utilizes a mix of leading brands for its data center designs – to aim for maximum efficiency and uptime, catering to ‘enterprise-grade’ requirements. These brands include Eaton, FläktGroup and Zwart Techniek (a Dutch provider of generator sets).

The high interest for WorldStream’s hosting services from clients worldwide is partly due to the extremely large volume of bandwidth available in WorldStream’s global network and the associated DDoS protection capabilities it brings, added Nick de Jong, Sales Director at WorldStream. “The 10Tbps of bandwidth volume with 5Tbps utilization attracts cloud service providers, managed service providers and broadcasters alike from countries all over the world – companies with the highest uptime requirements looking for ultimate bandwidth scalability,” he said. “We deliberately invested more than 3 million euros in this global network over the past three years. Now it obviously pays of. This bandwidth volume not only attracts new customers, it also supports existing customers in their high-growth international network requirements.”


VMware brings cloud experience to entire data center with acquisition of Avi Networks

VMware is acquiring Avi Networks to advance its strategy for bringing the public cloud experience to the entire data center.

Avi Networks is a leading provider of multi-cloud app delivery services. Hundreds of organizations around the world including Fortune 500 companies are using its services.

It provides a Software Load Balancer, Intelligent Web Application Firewall, Advanced Analytics and Monitoring and a Universal Service Mesh. Enterprises can run these services across private and public clouds. Further, the services provide support for applications that run on VMs, containers and bare metal.

With the acquisition of Avi Networks, VMware will be in the right position to provide customers a one-stop software-defined networking solution for the modern multi-cloud era.

“VMware is committed to making the data center operate as simply and easily as it does in the public cloud, and the addition of Avi Networks to the growing VMware networking and security portfolio will bring us one step closer to this goal after the acquisition closes,” said Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager, networking and security business unit, VMware.

“This acquisition will further advance our Virtual Cloud Network vision, where a software-defined distributed network architecture spans all infrastructure and ties all pieces together with the automation and programmability found in the public cloud. Combining Avi Networks with VMware NSX will further enable organizations to respond to new opportunities and threats, create new business models, and deliver services to all applications and data, wherever they are located,” added Gillis.

Once the acquisition closes, VMware will integrate load balancing capabilities of Avi with VMware NSX Data Center to help enterprises overcome the complexity of legacy systems and ADC appliances.

The Avi platform automates application delivery with closed-loop analytics, template-driven configuration, and integration with management products. It uses advanced analytics to monitor performance. Avi technology is secure, dynamic and multi-cloud fabric that runs across private and public clouds enabling the applications to remain unchanged while running in different computing environments.

“Upon close, customers will be able to benefit from a full set of software-defined L2-7 application networking and security services, on-demand elasticity, real time insights, simplified troubleshooting, and developer self-service.” said Amit Pandey, chief executive officer, Avi Networks.

The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of VMware’s fiscal year 2020, which closes on August 2. This transaction won’t have material impact on fiscal 2020 operating results.

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Intel acquires Barefoot Networks to boost data center capabilities

Intel is acquiring Barefoot Networks, an emerging leader in Ethernet switch silicon and software, to improve the potential of its data center chips. The chip maker aims to meet the performance and ever-changing demand of the hyperscale cloud.

“We’ve discussed previously the amazing fact that over half of the world’s data was generated in the past two years and only 2% of that data has been analyzed. Driven by that reality, we’re always asking ourselves how we can better enable our customers to harness the potential of this data, by moving, storing and processing it with the speed and efficiency that they demand,” wrote Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel Corporation, in a blog post.

Founded in 2013, Barefoot Networks specializes in the programmability and flexibility required to meet the performance and rising demand of the hyperscale cloud. Acquisition of Barefoot will support the focus on Intel on end-to-end cloud networking and infrastructure leadership. It will also enable Intel to remain focused on delivery of new workloads, and capabilities of its data center customers.

Further, Intel believes adding Barefoot Networks will improve the flow of the information and create more advanced data center interconnects.

“Barefoot Networks team is a great complement to our existing connectivity offerings. Barefoot Networks will add deep expertise in cloud network architectures, P4-programmable high-speed data paths, switch silicon development, P4 compilers, driver software, network telemetry and computational networking,” explained Shenoy.

This deal is likely to close in the third quarter of 2019.

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Edge Data Center market to cross USD 13 billion by 2024, finds report

According to a new market research by Global Market Insights Inc., Edge Data Center market is projected to cross USD 13 billion by the year 2024. The increasing demand for cloud and edge computing is driving the market for Edge, per the report.

Using these technologies, organizations can set up infrastructure facilities closer to their source of data generation. This gives complete control over data processing and storage at the network edge, which is comparatively better than establishing it in a traditional centralized facility.

The application of these technologies in the industrial sector can result in reduced network traffic, low operating costs, real-time data analysis and improved business operations.

Need for a secured data environment is propelling the growth of edge data centers

Edge facilities are pre-built with protection against environmental conditions like humidity, heat, fire, rain etc. Further, the manufacturer products are coupled with various cooling and fire protecting devices which can save infrastructure facilities from any external damage. Thus, the application of these technologies gives an increased level of protection and privacy to the customer data.

IT and telecom service providers witness increased requirements for Edge facilities to meet their high computational power and 5G needs

IT and telecom sector is seeing a huge adoption of edge data center facility due to the rise in the demand of high computational power. The amount of data generated in the telecom market is also growing rapidly, which further requires them to deploy edge-based solutions to lower latency and optimize costs.

Telecom providers need to meet customized demands with a variety of plans they offer. The speed and security of Edge drives telcos towards it.

Also, with the upcoming 5G boom, telecommunication companies will be forced to deploy their facility closer to the 5G towers for faster services.

DCIM solutions are witnessing huge demand in the Edge Data center market

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions are seeing a huge demand in the Edge Data Center market. Increased application of these software for asset management, incident management and data recovery, drives its demand in the market.

IT managers also depend on these solutions to manage data center power and cooling facility.

Accurate data generation, better forecasting, less manual intervention and centralized management are some of the advantages of a DCIM software.

Strong demand for Edge data center installation and integration services

The report suggests a huge demand in installation and integration services in the edge data center due to rise in application of Edge in several business sectors. Companies who wish to deploy these facility via their own IT department have to compromise with the cost. Hence, most the companies, depend on manufacturers to maintain, manage and install these IT facilities. Thus, driving its growth.

Edge Data Center growth by application

IT & telecom sector secured 30 % of the overall market share of Edge data center. BFSI sector also witnessed a huge adoption rate. Concern for security and safety of data were identified as the driving factors. Edge technology will offer them faster disaster detection, reduced risk of loss or theft of data, reduction in data transmission durations and many other benefits.

Source: Global Market Insights

Amongst the region wise Edge data center market distribution and trend, North America edge data centers are projected to grow at 19% CAGR. Increasing adoption of advanced infrastructure facilities in the European countries is the major driver of growth in the Europe region.

Major players identified include Huawei Technologies, Rittal GmbH & Co., Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IBM Corporation, Eaton Corporation, EdgeConneX, Schneider Electric SA and many others.

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Global bare metal cloud market expected to touch $12 billion by 2025: Research and Markets report

Global bare metal cloud market will reach $12.28 billion by 2025, from just $1.43 billion in 2016, according to a report by Research and Markets.

The bare-metal cloud is a type of public cloud service in which the consumer rents hardware resources from a remote service provider. Enterprises across several industries use bare-metal cloud to reduce costs and to have flexibility in IT environment.

The bare-metal market growth is driven by adoption of technology in several prominent industries including BFSI, IT & telecommunication, government and others.

Further, the demand of opening own data center space by enterprises will also significantly drive the market growth. According to the report, the telecom and OTT service providers were already investing in bare metal cloud to establish their own data center space and increase market share.

Small and medium sized enterprises rely on third-parties for cloud hosting systems, but the large enterprises would opt for their own space in future for better security measures.

With datacenters being used in almost all the industries, the bare-metal cloud technology finds its applications majorly in BFSI, manufacturing, government, technology, IT and telecom, retail, and healthcare.

Also read: Global modular data center market expected to touch $59 billion by 2023: KBV Research


Global modular data center market expected to touch $59 billion by 2023: KBV Research

Global modular data center market will reach $59.3 billion by 2023, showing a CAGR of 29% during the forecast period (2017-2023), according to a report by KBV Research.

Modular data center is a portable method to deploy the capacity of data centers. It can be deployed anywhere the capacity is needed. Modular data centers come with purpose-built modules and components, to provide scalability with power and cooling options.

  • By Components:

In 2016, the functional module solutions dominated the global module data center market, and is expected to continue its dominance till 2023.

On the other hand, the services market will grow at a CAGR of 33.9% during the forecast period.

  • By Region:

In 2016, North America held the largest share in global modular data center market, and is expected to be a dominant market till 2023. The North America market will witness a CAGR of 28.2% during the forecast period.

Modular data center market in Europe region will grow at a CAGR of 28.9% during the forecast period.

Whereas, APAC region will grow at a CAGR of 32.3% during the forecast period.

  • By Verticals:

In 2016, the BFSI market held the largest share in global data center market, and is expected to dominate the market till 2023. According to the report, BFSI market will grow at a CAGR of 27.5% during the forecast period.

Healthcare market will grow at a CAGR of 28.3% during the forecast period.

Whereas, the retail market is expected to reach $7800.4 million by 2023.

Also read: Global Remote Infrastructure Management market expected to touch $44 billion by 2023: KBV Research

The main companies outlined in the report included HPE, IBM, Cisco, Dell, Vertiv, Schneider Electric SE, Flexenclosure AB, Bladeroom Group, Eaton, and Huawei.


Kaspersky Lab moving core infrastructure from Russia to Switzerland; opening first Transparency Center

By the end of 2019, data from customers in Europe will be stored and processed in Zurich

As part of its Global Transparency Initiative, Kaspersky Lab is adapting its infrastructure to move a number of core processes from Russia to Switzerland. This includes customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly, including threat detection updates. To ensure full transparency and integrity, Kaspersky Lab is arranging for this activity to be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland.

Global transparency and collaboration for an ultra-connected world

The Global Transparency Initiative, announced in October 2017, reflects Kaspersky Lab’s ongoing commitment to assuring the integrity and trustworthiness of its products. The new measures are the next steps in the development of the initiative, but they also reflect the company’s commitment to working with others to address the growing challenges of industry fragmentation and a breakdown of trust. Trust is essential in cybersecurity, and Kaspersky Lab understands that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability.

The new measures comprise the move of data storage and processing for a number of regions, the relocation of software assembly and the opening of the first Transparency Center.

Relocation of customer data storage and processing

By the end of 2019, Kaspersky Lab will have established a data center in Zurich and in this facility, will store and process all information for users in Europe, North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea, with more countries to follow. This information is shared voluntarily by users with the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) ( an advanced, cloud-based system that automatically processes cyberthreat-related data.

Relocation of software assembly

Kaspersky Lab will relocate to Zurich its ‘software build conveyer’ — a set of programming tools used to assemble ready to use software out of source code. Before the end of 2018, Kaspersky Lab products and threat detection rule databases (AV databases) will start to be assembled and signed with a digital signature in Switzerland, before being distributed to the endpoints of customers worldwide. The relocation will ensure that all newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organisation and show that software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit.

Establishment of the first Transparency Center

The source code of Kaspersky Lab products and software updates will be available for review by responsible stakeholders in a dedicated Transparency Center that will also be hosted in Switzerland and is expected to open this year. This approach will further show that generation after generation of Kaspersky Lab products were built and used for one purpose only: protecting the company’s customers from cyberthreats.

Independent supervision and review

Kaspersky Lab is arranging for the data storage and processing, software assembly, and source code to be independently supervised by a third party qualified to conduct technical software reviews. Since transparency and trust are becoming universal requirements across the cybersecurity industry, Kaspersky Lab supports the creation of a new, non-profit organisation to take on this responsibility, not just for the company, but for other partners and members who wish to join.

Kaspersky Lab’s commitment

As a leading global cybersecurity solutions provider, Kaspersky Lab has always been committed to the most trustworthy industry practices, including strong protection for transmitted data, strict internal policies for data access, ongoing security testing of its infrastructure, and more. With this new set of measures, Kaspersky Lab aims to significantly improve the resilience of its IT infrastructure to any trust risk – even theoretical ones – and to increase its transparency to current and future clients as well as to the general public.

Commenting on the process move and transparency center opening, Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said; “In a rapidly changing industry such as ours we have to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients, stakeholders and partners. Transparency is one such need, and that is why we’ve decided to redesign our infrastructure and move our data processing facilities to Switzerland. We believe such action will become a global trend for cybersecurity, and that a policy of trust will catch on across the industry as a key basic requirement.”

Learn more about Kaspersky Lab transparency principles and the Global Transparency Initiative here

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Spending on data center infrastructure in India will reach $2.7 billion in 2018: Gartner

The spending on data center infrastructure hardware in India is expected to reach $2.7 billion this year, up 2.6% from a year before, as per the leading analyst firm Gartner.

The data center infrastructure hardware is divided into three segments: Servers, External controller based storage, and Enterprise network equipment.

The growth in spending on data center infrastructure hardware will be driven by the rise in spending on the enterprise networking equipment.

As companies modernize their wide area network (WAN) and local area network (LAN) infrastructure to support the digital transformation initiatives, the spending on enterprise networking equipment will grow by 10%, from $1.31 million in 2017 to $1.44 million in 2018.

“Digital business initiatives are forcing infrastructure and operations leaders in India to adopt a hybrid IT infrastructure model that can deliver reliable, innovative and cost-effective solutions to the business in a timely manner,” said Santhosh Rao, research director at Gartner. “This positions cloud computing as a critical component of the hybrid model.”

On the other hand, the spending on servers segment and external controller-based storage segment is expected to decline by 1% and 12.5%, respectively. Gartner said that the decline is marginally a result of enterprises migrating to public cloud.

“Technologies such as software-defined data centers are helping businesses optimize their existing resources, and as a result reducing overall spend on compute and storage resources,” added Mr. Rao.

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Gartner further reported that spending on infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) will significantly increase in 2018.

A majority of Indian organizations leverage cloud services and hyperscale data centers, to develop and host the business applications. Hence, the spending on IaaS services in 2018 will reach $1 billion, a 45.5% increase year over year.

With more organizations moving their on-premise office suites to SaaS-based services like Microsoft Office 365 and Google G-Suite, the spending on SaaS in the country will reach $275 million in 2018, a rise on 37% year over year.

Also read: Top companies that featured in Leaders Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management 2018: Gartner

Gartner will share additional analysis on data center and IT operations trends at Gartner global IT Infrastructure & Operations events.

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In the cloud era, Dedicated Servers remain an attractive option

You have to hand it to cloud vendors — they have incredible marketing. If you are new to infrastructure hosting, you might be forgiven for thinking that the cloud is the only option, that anything else is just so last century.

In reality, dedicated servers remain the go-to infrastructure platform for many experienced engineers. Why? Because dedicated servers are cost effective, offer unbeatable performance, and, most importantly, control.

A dedicated server is just what it sounds like: a powerful computer with on-board processors, RAM, and storage, located in a data center that provides power, cooling, and redundant connections to the Internet.

Cloud platforms use virtual servers, on top of which they layer a hypervisor, guest operating systems, and the user’s software. Dedicated servers are sometimes called bare metal servers because your operating system and software run as close to the physical hardware — the bare metal — as possible.

There are good reasons for a virtualization layer: if you want to deploy dozens of servers in seconds, you want a cloud platform. But that’s not what most server hosting customers need.

  • Cost Effective

Dedicated servers have a reputation for being expensive which isn’t entirely undeserved. On average, a dedicated server costs more than a cloud server, and the cheapest cloud servers are less expensive than the cheapest dedicated servers. But if you compare the price-to-power ratio, dedicated servers come out way ahead. A cloud server with equivalent resources to a particular dedicated server is almost certainly more expensive.

Dedicated servers provide the most bang for the buck.

  • Performance

Because dedicated server software runs close to the bare metal, there’s no virtualization overhead. Every resource is applied to your workload. Additionally, dedicated servers scale further vertically than cloud servers — if you need a really powerful server, go dedicated because you’ll pay less while benefiting from a more powerful machine.

  • Privacy and Security

Public clouds are multi-tenant hosting environments: many organizations use the same underlying hardware. Now, while that’s not necessarily a problem, cloud users have no insight into the underlying network, virtualization layer, and hosting environment. They simply don’t know how seriously the platform takes security or privacy.

  • Control

Most importantly, bare metal dedicated servers provide complete control: it’s your server and you can do whatever you want with it. Managing the server is your responsibility. It’s up to you to keep it secure. But if you know what you’re doing, that’s by far the best scenario. I can’t tell you how often I’ve commiserated with experienced system administrators as they wait for their cloud vendor to fix something that they could fix in minutes if only they had access and control.

For experienced server admins, it doesn’t get much better than an enterprise-grade dedicated server.

Also read: 5 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2018 that will define the cloud industry for good

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