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Malaysia on the fast lane to become Cloud Computing Hub – Malaysia Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit 2020

Malaysia Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit, organized by W.Media, took place virtually on October 8, 2020.

The digital event saw the coming together of more than 200 IT (Information Technology) and DC (Datacenter) professionals, business leaders, and other technology enthusiasts who discussed the future of the cloud, datacenter, 5G, IoT (Internet of things) in South East Asia, particularly Malaysia.

Cloud and datacenter were at the center of discussion and were closely knitted in almost all panel discussions and thought leadership presentations.

Let’s look at some of the key highlights of the digital event.

Malaysia Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit 2020 – the major highlights

As mentioned in the starting of this write-up, cloud and datacenter technologies were one of the hot topics of discussion at the event.

Let’s explore the reason why.

Malaysia stands at the very edge of transforming into a full-fledged cloud computing hub and many factors or driving forces are leading towards this mega shift. In the budget 2020, the Malaysian government earmarked a whopping amount of MYR 21.6 bn into the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP). This move indicates the government’s focus on accelerating digital transformation by promoting more cloud adoption and roll-out of 5G connectivity through Malaysia.

The event included key sessions by leading cloud and datacenter professionals who shared their views on the digital future of Malaysia and the growth drivers.

Let’s look at some of the key session highlights.

Role of Enterprise Architecture (EA) in driving digital transformation across organizations

In his opening presentation, Aaron Tan DaniChairman, IASA ASIA PACIFIC, shared how a well-defined EA blueprint can help organizations successfully implement their digital transformation goals. Quoting a prediction by Gartner, “By 2025, organizations will predominantly focus EA on delivering business outcomes from the perspectives of their business ecosystem” he said digital transformation has become the need of the hour. According to him, 2025 is this year- 2020 only, due to the COVID-19 induced push for getting digitally transformed.

Source: Malaysia Cloud and Datacenter Digital Summit, 2020

He further shared key designs of EA principles that can drive digital transformation across organizations, as well as the key challenges faced by enterprises when moving from computerization to digitalization.

Importance of cybersecurity and risk assessment during cloud migration

Highlighting the key cloud migration challenges and risk assessment, Sina Manavi – Group AIA, shared how cloud migration is not as easy as it sounds. Presence of multiple vendors, agents, servers, administration overheads, integration issues, etc. make the process a bit complex for the first-time movers. He shared a few cloud migration challenges faced by almost every organization willing to step into the cloud:

  • What security controls to use?
  • Building a cloud security framework
  • Building a data protection framework
  • Planning for legacy apps, asset inventory, etc.
  • Access to automation tools and integration capabilities

He further shared a few solutions to overcome the above challenges. According to him, setting up a cloud risk management and governance framework can simplify the cloud migration. He also emphasised the role of cloud service providers in helping organizations swiftly move towards the cloud.

Source: Malaysia Cloud and Datacenter Digital Summit, 2020

Lack of knowledge and cloud data management – key challenges to cloud adoption in Malaysia

In his session, Malaysia Cloud-First Strategy, IR. Wan Murdani Mohamad, shared Malaysia’s direction in accelerating cloud adoption from 2017 to 2021. The Malaysian government has set a target of achieving 50% cloud adoption by the year 2024. The focus in 2021 would be on the implementation of cloud-first strategy in the public sector.

To accelerate cloud adoption, Malaysia is focusing on two high impact domains – Governance and People. Formation of cloud computing committees and upskilling competencies across people through cloud awareness program are key strategies to speed-up the cloud adoption across the Malaysian economy.

He further stated lack of knowledge, skills, and experience in the cloud followed by cloud data management complexities as the key challenges that can hinder cloud adoption.

Digital Infra and cloud – the key drivers of datacenter growth in Malaysia

In his thought leadership presentation, Sabarinathan Sampath – SVP & COO, ZNet Technologies, shared his outlook on the datacenter growth in South East Asia, specifically Malaysia, and how cloud and digital infrastructure plays a key role in driving this growth.

Source: Malaysia Cloud and Datacenter Digital Summit, 2020

The presence of digital infra components like 5G, automation tools, cloud computing, and APIs can make businesses agile and help them in providing great user experience and build long-lasting customer relationships.

With its proactive measures to drive cloud adoption – from improvements in connectivity, energy sustainability, and business sophistication to enabling MYR 16 billion revenue opportunity for service providers with the advent of 5G, Malaysia is on a fast lane to cloud adoption.

Apart from key sessions and presentations, the event also had interviews of Wan Murdani Mohamad, MDEC, Vidit Arora, Securonix and interactive panel discussions like:

  • Next-gen Cybersecurity – How can Malaysia do better?

The participants were Alvin Teoh, MDEC; Peter Leong, Technology Program Director; Vidit Arora, Securonix; and Moderator: Fong Choong Fook, LGMS

  • Data Centers at the Crossroads: Transformational Strategies

The participants were Ong Chin Seong, PIKOM; Tan Tze Meng, MDEC; Mohamad Rejab bin Sulaiman, TM One; Rhys Cole, Powershield; and Moderator: James Rix, Arcadis UK

The event was sponsored by MDEC, Open Computing Singapore, HR.Exchange, Securonix, Insyghts Security, etc. DHN was one of the media partners.

Overall, it was an insightful event with a lot of takeaways for those in the cloud, datacenter, and technology domains.

If you missed the live event, you can watch the on-demand session to know more about the topics that were discussed.

If you’re looking to attend more such cloud and datacenter focused events, get ready to join Thailand Cloud and Datacenter Digital Summit on 4th November 2020. Register for this upcoming cloud event through this special link.

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VMware launches Carbon Avoidance Meter to reduce environmental impact of datacenters

VMware has unveiled a Carbon Avoidance Meter (CAM) that will help data center operators to reduce the environmental impact of data center usage.

Announced at the RADIO (Research and Development Innovation Offsite) conference, the CAM will provide near real-time carbon scores which will determine the level of carbon footprint and energy usage.

Based on the levels of carbon footprints, the CAM will offer valuable suggestions to reduce the footprint. The scores will be calculated on the basis of telemetry data which is sent to VMware via the VMware Skyline.

VMware Carbon Avoidance Meter will also help in analyzing power consumption to learn about the amount of carbon offset credits required for the data center. Customers can also know the times in a day when they can shift workloads for utilization of more sustainable energy resources.

In addition, CAM will also allow customers to dynamically compute the load based on CPU types in near real-time, calculate loads of monitored systems, and calculate carbon footprint on the basis of data center usage in given geographies.

“An increasing reliance on technologies such as mobile and cloud computing has led to significant energy generation from data centers. To mitigate their impact on the environment, companies need to assess their contributions to climate change and implement products and services that automate and optimize this process, thereby reducing energy outputs,” said Ray O’Farrell, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, VMware.

“At VMware, we are committed to empowering our customers with the resources and tools they need to ultimately reduce environmental impact across our vast customer and partner ecosystem.”

Also read: Top 10 best data center service providers in India 2019

With CAM, VMware is taking a further step toward its 2020 ambition to create transformative technology that can power a better future for the Earth. The company has a goal to reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency efforts and the procurement of renewable energy and carbon offsets.

VMware’s ultimate aim with the Carbon Avoidance Meter is to develop best practices for customers and set standards for data center energy reduction and green computing.

The new solution will be available to VMware Skyline customers later this year via the VMware Skyline Advisor.

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WorldStream Expands Global High-Volume Network, Adds PoP in Milan, Italy

WorldStream, a fast-growing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) hosting provider with security-focused services including dedicated servers, colocation and DDoS attack mitigation, has expanded its high-volume global network to include a Point of Presence (PoP) in one of IRIDEOS’ fifteen data centers in Italy, in Milan. This network expansion will add to WorldStream’s already established network capabilities in Southern Europe, further optimizing network speeds and latency rates for Italian customers serviced by WorldStream.

Since its foundation in 2006, WorldStream has built a proprietary global network with a total capacity of currently 10Tbit/s (!), with a maximum network utilization of 50 percent to provide customers with high-scalability options and the ability to easily mitigate the impact of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

With more than 90% year-on-year revenue growth figures and currently more than 15,000 dedicated servers under management in its company-owned data centers in the Netherlands, WorldStream delivers its security-focused IaaS hosting services to a global customer base which includes cloud service providers (CSPs), managed service providers (MSPs), systems integrators (SIs), broadcasters, Internet service providers (ISPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), SMBs and enterprise companies.

As the 3rd largest national economy of the Eurozone and the 8th largest in the world, Italy turns out to be an important target market for WorldStream. That’s why the company has now deployed a network Point of Presence in one of IRIDEOS’s Italian data centers, in Milan.

Also read: QTS expands international platform with acquisition of two data centers in Netherlands

100G Global Network, DDoS Mitigation

The new PoP allows WorldStream to further enhance its network speeds and latency rates in this area. The PoP in Milan extends WorldStream’s network capabilities which already includes a peering connection with the Milan Internet Exchange (MIX) that connects WorldStream’s 10Tbit/s capacity network with multiple regional connectivity providers. The WorldStream global network that includes multiple transit providers and 28 Private Network Interconnects (PNIs) is connected to seven more Internet Exchanges including AMS-IX, NL-IX, DE-CIX and ECIX.

“Low latency, high-speed, high-redundancy and extreme security measures are key ingredients for the proprietary global network we have established since 2006,” said Lennert Vollebregt, CEO and co-owner of WorldStream. “I could share a lot of details on the technical specifications of this fully 100G equipped global network, about the cutting edge DWDM technology we’ve deployed as well as mitigation techniques, but I think the results speak for itself. Very recently we’ve experienced several large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on our network, with attacks of even 350Gbps and more, but our 10Tbit/s network volume and scrubbing techniques were easily capable of protecting the availability of our clients’ IT and web infrastructures. The EVPN-VxLAN capabilities of our global backbone will allow us to further expand our product offering by creating borderless network services, Twin/Multi Datacenter services and hybrid cloud solutions. The new PoP in Milan will further enhance these capabilities as well as the network speed and latency in Southern Europe.”

WorldStream Sponsors Lamborghini Super Trofeo

In line with its Dutch origins and expanding worldwide network, as well as to illustrate the speed of this high-volume global network, WorldStream in February 2019 announced its sponsorship of Danny Kroes in the Lamborghini Squadra Corse Super Trofeo Europe & World Championship for season 2019. The Lamborghini Super Trofeo is a racing championship that runs on three different continents which kicked off in February in Dubai. Races in the Middle East, Asia, North America, and Europe are on the calendar. It also includes races at the Silverstone circuit (UK), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Nürburgring (Germany), Zandvoort (The Netherlands), and Misano Adriatico in Italy.

In recent years, driver Danny Kroes competed in several TCR championships. Last year this Dutch driver competed in the European Championship. In 2019 he has made the switch to the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo with 620 rear-wheel horsepower.

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Datacenter

Amazon invests heavily on India datacenter to meet data localization norms

Amazon is increasing its investment in data center infrastructure in India to more effectively meet the data localization policies of the country.

Government of India is adopting stronger data protection laws for the IT and e-commerce companies that operate in the country. Last year, the government had made it mandatory for all the companies to store the financial data of Indian users in India only.

The aim of data localization is to protect the data and information of citizens against identity thefts, data breaches, etc.

Amazon has its data center in Mumbai with two availability zones. This is an AWS Asia Pacific region that has been developed to meet compliance standards and offer high levels of security to AWS customers.

The company has invested around Rs 1,380 crore (around $198 million) into its data services arm, as per the documents by Paper.vc. This datacenter delivers cloud computing services for the purpose of data storage, hosting, and data protection.

Along with its e-commerce business, the company also operates Amazon Data Services India and Amazon Internet Services.

The recent investment in the data center in India will help Amazon to establish a stronger presence in the country and compete effectively against its cloud rivals like Microsoft and Alibaba Cloud.

“My bet is on Amazon seeing a massive opportunity that only it can effectively leverage with the new data localizations norms in India. One can expect to see new data center locations coming up alongside India-specific localization solutions,” said Vivek Durai, founder of Paper.vc.

Also read: Top 10 best data center service providers in India 2019

Earlier this year, Oracle also announced its first data center in India, claiming that it is the sixth biggest country for them in terms of revenue.

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Modular Data Center Market to hit $50 Billion by 2025: Report

According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc, the Modular Data Center Market to hit $50 Billion by 2025.

The growth of the modular data center market is driven by increased cost-effectiveness of prefabricated technologies in business operations. The major cost benefits offered by IT facilities are in the deployment, installation, operations, and maintenance costs.

These advantages allow small-scale businesses to easily deploy and maintain their business operations with reduced capital expenditure. The large facilities incorporate modern technologies that require high operational expenses & maintenance services. Business sectors are spending large amounts of money on installing preventative maintenance solutions to predict component failures or downtime.

However, modular facilities being portable in size and design do not require such costly tools to manage the system components and devices, propelling the modular data center market demand.

The rising demand for edge computing in business operations will augment modular data center market share. The businesses are dependent on IT infrastructure that is cost-effective and close to the network source, providing better data transmission speed & accuracy.

Edge computing differs from traditional data centers as they bring processing power from the center of the network to the edge, closer to where the data is consumed by a computer, smartphone, or other device by deploying smaller & decentralized servers.

Prefabricated facilities are offering several features such as ease in deployment, unique design & architecture, and portability. These modular data centers are being installed at remote locations/sites to address the latency and bandwidth issues by linking to regional data centers whenever needed and improving the user experience. Such factors are driving the adoption of edge computing, fueling the modular data center market size.

Businesses operating in the IT & telecom sector require the speedy deployment of data centers. The modular facilities are fully integrated with network connections, servers, power lines, monitoring units, fire detection units, security, storage, and cooling. The customers are not required to buy these additional hardware components separately and appoint an in-house technical team to install and manage them.

In the modular data center market, IT & telecom industry is witnessing a high adoption of the facility to improve the scalability and flexibility of its business operations. With the rapid business expansion or relocation of a business base, the enterprises are dependent on the IT equipment that can be easily shifted or deployed to a new location, accelerating the market growth.

In 2018, solutions accounted for over 80% of the modular data center market revenue. With the increased demand for energy-efficient operations, several manufactures are incorporating advanced technologies into the power & cooling devices. For instance, Schneider Electric SE is offering optimized cooling solutions specifically designed for prefabricated SmartShelter modules and containers.

Moreover, with the rapid expansion of business operations, the IT facility size is also increasing simultaneously for supporting the data management tasks, driving the demand for modern IT solutions. Increasing demand for data storage & applications from enterprises will drive the demand for solutions in the modular data center market over the forecast timeline.

Over the years, the modular data center market in North America is witnessing a high growth. The region is one of the earliest adopters of the technology owing to the region’s stable economic conditions and developed infrastructure. The growing use of internet services and connected devices has led to a rise in the demand for modular data centers in the region.

Suggested reading: Top 10 best data center service providers in India 2019

In the U.S., an increased adoption of these facilities for military & defense applications has also been witnessed. The U.S. Army is implementing modular data centers in other countries. In February 2019, the U.S. Air Force announced its plans to install a prefabricated facility at British Royal Air Force’s Lakenheath base in the UK.

Moreover, the awareness of green data centers that support green initiatives coupled with government regulations pertaining to power efficiency is expected to aid the market growth. Standards, such as ANSI, are imposing strict regulations for the construction & operation of green data centers.

Major companies participating in the market include Cisco Systems, IBM, Baselayer Technology, Huawei Technologies, HPE, Dell, Schneider Electric SE, SGI, IO Data Centers, BladeRoom Group, Vertiv, Cannon Technologies, Eaton, Flexenclosure AB, CommScope, Rittal GmbH & Co. KG., and Stulz GmbH, among others.

These players are engaged in partnerships to develop innovative technologies that will improve business operations and IT performance. For instance, in June 2016, Stulz GmbH announced its partnership with Technology Space Integration (TSI) for developing a modular data center kit.

This partnership will allow the company to offer a complete solution the modular data center market for prefabricated facilities in from high-performance computing to telecom racks & cabinets with the integration of STULZ cooling technology.

Source: https://www.gminsights.com/industry-analysis/modular-data-center-market

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QTS expands international platform with acquisition of two data centers in Netherlands

QTS Realty Trust, a leading provider of software-defined and megascale data center solutions announced today, as part of its global growth strategy, the expansion of its operations internationally with the acquisition of two operating data centers in the Netherlands.

QTS acquired the two data center assets, totaling approximately 30 gross megawatts currently built out, from TCN SIG Telehousing B.V. for approximately $44 million, including closing costs.

QTS currently anticipates approximately $15 million of additional capital investments required for recommissioning of the two facilities. This additional investment, in addition to the initial purchase price, represents an upfront cost per megawatt of approximately $2 million, which is materially below the average cost to build in the Netherlands market.

“The data center industry has increasingly become a global business, particularly among our target hyperscale customers. The European market, in particular, has experienced a significant rise in demand, with 2018 representing a record year of absorption across the four largest European markets,” said Chad Williams, Chairman and CEO – QTS.

“This acquisition advances our global expansion strategy and provides a platform for future growth internationally at a significantly de-risked entry point. Acquiring strategically located facilities at a competitive price aligns with our overall growth strategy and has clear long-term benefits for our customers and shareholders.”

The two data center assets are located in the cities of Groningen and Eemshaven, which are located northeast of Amsterdam. The Netherlands remains one of the top European markets for data center users due to competitive utility and operating costs, availability of renewable power resources and proximity to diverse connectivity options to other major European markets.

Also read: QTS Announces Software-Defined Interconnection Service Featuring AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud

The Groningen facility currently has built-out capacity representing approximately 10 gross megawatts of power and 45,000 square feet of raised floor data center space. The Groningen data center is largely stabilized with approximately 20 colocation tenants and a weighted average remaining tenant lease term of approximately 3.5 years. The facility represents one of the most interconnected data centers in the Netherlands market with more than 10 network providers and internet exchanges on site including NL-IX and Eurofiber.

The Eemshaven facility, which is currently vacant, was originally constructed to support a single hyperscale tenant and has built-out capacity representing approximately 20 gross megawatts of power and 113,000 square feet of raised floor data center space.

The facility is strategically located adjacent to multiple hyperscale customer-owned data center deployments, including a 500+ megawatt data center campus operated by one of the largest hyperscale cloud providers in the world. In addition, the facility is located in close proximity to multiple transatlantic fiber cable landings providing access to multiple markets within Europe and North America.

QTS anticipates investing incremental capital over the next several quarters to recommission the facility and expects to position the Eemshaven data center with sellable capacity in late 2019. QTS expects the Eemshaven facility to support its ongoing hyperscale growth initiatives and has already engaged in preliminary discussions with multiple potential anchor tenants. 

“We are pleased to welcome QTS to the northern Netherlands region,” said Robert van Tuinen, Manager Strategy & Business Development – Groningen Seaports NV.

“Groningen Seaports NV operates the Eemshaven seaport which has experienced a significant increase in interest and deployments from global hyperscale data center providers looking to take advantage of dense undersea fiber connectivity options to surrounding European markets. QTS has established an impressive operating track record in the US and we look forward to supporting their continued expansion as part of the ongoing growth of the Eemshaven and Groningen data center markets.”

In conjunction with the acquisition of the two data centers, QTS has entered into a partnership with Zentrys Group B.V. (“Zentrys”), a Netherlands-based data center operations company that has maintained day-to-day operations of the Groningen and Eemshaven facilities for the past five years. Zentrys will continue to provide on-site data center operations, maintenance and customer support for both of the acquired facilities.

In addition, QTS has entered into a separate partnership with Eurofiber, a leading international provider of fiber infrastructure, who will provide local sales and marketing support in addition to robust fiber connectivity.

Through its partnership agreement, QTS will be able to offer its customers access to Eurofiber’s innovative DCspine platform for on-demand cloud and data center networking, providing connectivity between QTS’ Netherlands data centers, surrounding European markets and subsea cable landings in Eemshaven.

QTS expects these partnerships will accelerate the Company’s European market penetration while reducing execution risk in a new market and maintaining continued high-level customer support. 

Financial Impact

As a result of the low basis acquisition price relative to in-place power capacity at the Eemshaven facility, combined with contracted, in-place revenue at the Groningen site, QTS expects this transaction to be breakeven to its 2019 OFFO per share.

The Company anticipates a significant potential OFFO per share accretion opportunity upon incremental leasing in the future, particularly at the Eemshaven facility which has substantial power capacity fully built out and available.

QTS purchased the two data centers utilizing a combination of cash on hand and availability under its existing revolving credit facility. The acquired facilities are expected to contribute approximately $3 million in annualized recurring revenue and approximately $1 million in annualized adjusted EBITDA at closing.

The transaction closed on April 23 and is reflected in QTS’ 2019 financial guidance which was updated to reflect the acquisition in conjunction with QTS’ first quarter 2019 earnings release.

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Microsoft to build two massive Azure data centers in Western US

Microsoft is going to expand its cloud infrastructure presence in the Western United States by developing a couple of new Azure data centers in Arizona.

Over the last year, the company has purchased land at two locations in the City of Goodyear, Arizona. The new Azure data centers will be developed at these locations. Microsoft purchased the first site last year for around $48 million, and the second site recently for $37 million.

“As part of our plans to support the growing demand for cloud and internet services in Arizona and across the western United States, Microsoft recently purchased land at two locations in Goodyear, Arizona, where we intend to develop world-class data center facilities,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.

“Although early in our development process, we’re making the commitment to pursue LEED Gold certification for the facilities we develop in Arizona.”

Microsoft already has its cloud availability presence in the Western US. The new data centers will join the existing ones in West Central US, Utah, US Gov in Arizona, West US in the San Francisco Bay Area, and West US 2 in Washington State. Overall, Microsoft currently has 54 Azure regions across 140 countries, which is more than any other cloud provider.

Microsoft said that its new data centers will be more energy- and water-efficient as compared to traditional data centers. These data centers will also generate less waste and support human health.

Also read: Microsoft doubles commitment to reduce company’s carbon footprint

Reports suggest that it is a five-building data center project, which means that Microsoft will develop three more buildings. As per the development agreement, each of the building will consume up to one million gallons of water every day.

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Switch Datacenter Group sells its Amsterdam AMS1 Data Center to Equinix

Switch Datacenter Group today announced the transfer of its AMS1 data center and operations to Equinix, Inc. – in an all-cash transaction for €30 million ($34 million).

Switch Datacenter Group sees it as a logical next step on its path to strengthening their focus on the colocation wholesale market and customer-specific site development for enterprises and hyperscale customers.

Over the last couple of years, Switch Datacenter Group has evolved from a high-end classical retail colocation provider into a professional designer, developer and operator of high-end (wholesale) data centers. Switch Datacenters has made significant investments in R&D and the development of state-of-the-art data center infrastructure technologies including patented indirect adiabatic cooling technology and OCP-ready (Open Compute Project) data center infrastructures.

‘’As the Amsterdam data center market is booming and many new companies are entering the local playing field, we see there is a strong need for a flexible, experienced data center development & operations company in this Amsterdam market to assist customers in finding the right location, assuring connectivity and power, while also offering a full data center services portfolio around a proven concept of long term SLA based DCaaS sites,” said Gregor Snip, CEO and founder of Switch Datacenter Group.

“Over the years, Switch has created the right skillset and references in this market. At first as a hosting company and later on as a renowned retail colocation provider, while we are now for years already highly experienced in building, designing and improving data center sites. Now it is the right time to bring this unique knowledge forward and focus even more on becoming a data center technology development leader.”

Other Wholesale Data Centers

“The transfer of the AMS1 data center to Equinix shows that Switch is respected and trusted by leading global players,” said Edgar van Essen, Managing Director of the Switch Datacenter Group.

‘’This message is in line with the trust received from many other market leading names in the industry who trust us their ICT infrastructures and business. It is also another proof that the world starts to know Switch as a highly capable, innovative, state of the art data center development company.”

Suggested reading: Top 10 best data center service providers in India 2019

Switch Datacenter Group runs two more high-end data centers in the Amsterdam metropolitan region and is actively involved in the planning of more wholesale data centers to come.

The transaction was guided and completed by AC Niellsen Data Centers, represented by Frank de Fremery, as exclusive broker for the project on behalf of the shareholders Plain Vanilla Investments (represented by Coen Binnerts) and SDC Holding (represented by Gregor Snip).

Image source: Equinix

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Microsoft doubles commitment to reduce company’s carbon footprint

Microsoft is almost doubling its commitments to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and bring sustainability at the core of every part of business and technology.

The tech giant has been investing since 2009 to reduce its carbon emissions, with an aim to cut its operational carbon emissions by 75% by 2030. However, the rapid changes in the environment suggest that Microsoft needs to invest more in order to reach its aim.

The company said that it will nearly double its internal carbon fee to $15 metric ton on all carbon emissions. This higher fee will help in maintaining carbon neutrality and put sustainability in business and technology to drive sustainable outcomes.

As part of this, Microsoft is taking steps in four areas. First, the company will build sustainable campuses and data centres. At its headquarters in Redmond, Microsoft is constructing 17 new buildings while removing fossil fuels from these buildings. Further, the entire campus will run on 100% carbon-free electricity.

Second, the company will include new datasets and open source APIs for environmental applications in its AI for Earth program. The aim is to use technology and capture a massive amount of data about the health of air, water, land, as well as the well-being of wildlife.

Third, the tech giant will work closely with existing and new customers to make use of artificial intelligence (AI) and digital technologies so that sustainability challenges can be addressed. As per a PwC report, use of AI can increase global GDP by 4.4%, while decreasing global greenhouse gas emissions by 4%.

Fourth, Microsoft is joining the Climate Leadership Council (CLC), an international policy institute, to advocate environmental policy changes and promote a national carbon pricing approach.

Also read: Microsoft deploys eco-friendly datacenter under the sea in Scotland

“The magnitude and speed of the world’s environmental changes have made it increasingly clear that we must do more, and today Microsoft is taking steps to do just that,” said Brad Smith, President and CLO at Microsoft.

“We’re taking action to put our own house in order, while increasingly addressing sustainability challenges around the globe by engaging our strongest assets as a company — our employees and our technologies.”

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Huawei to embrace Open Rack standard in its new public cloud datacenters

Huawei Technologies is adopting the Open Rack initiative in its new public cloud datacenters around the world. The company aims to optimize the environmental sustainability of its datacenter racks.

Proposed by Open Compute Project (OCP), the Open Rack is an initiative designed to redefine the datacenter rack. It integrates the rack into the datacenter infrastructure and handles the interdependency of all the things in a datacenter, including power grids and gates in the chips on each motherboard.

Adoption of Open Rack will help Huawei to optimize the energy used by servers, drive operational efficiency, and reduce the time required to install and maintain racks.

“Huawei’s strategic investment and commitment to OCP is a win-win,” said Mr. Kenneth Zhang, General Manager of FusionServer, Huawei Intelligent Computing Business Department.

“Combining Huawei’s extensive experience in Telco and Cloud deployments together with the knowledge of the vast OCP community will help Huawei to provide cutting edge, flexible and open solutions to its global customers. In turn, Huawei can leverage its market leadership and global datacenter infrastructure to help introduce OCP to new geographies and new market segments worldwide.”

Huawei is already a Platinum member of OCP. The company is investing and showing its commitment to OCP and the open source community with the new move.

Additionally, Huawei Technologies has also announced that it will expand its work with the OCP Community. The company will put its efforts on extending the design of Open Rack standard and further enhance time-to-market and reduce TCO.

“Huawei’s engineering and business leaders recognized the efficiency and flexibility that Open Rack offers, and the support that is available from a global supplier base. Providing cloud services to a global customer base creates certain challenges. The flexibility of the Open Rack specification and the ability to adapt for liquid cooling allows Huawei to service new geographies. Huawei’s decision to choose Open Rack is a great endorsement!” stated Bill Carter, Chief Technology Officer for the Open Compute Project Foundation.

Also read: The state of global environmental sustainability in data center design

Apart from Huawei, the other hyperscale internet service providers who have adopted the Open Rack include Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.

Recently, Huawei also collaborated with Intel and other industry leaders to form a new consortium for Compute Express Link (CXL) technology and accelerate datacenter performance.

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