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CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for November 27

 
Nov 27, 2017
by Josh Anderson

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for November 27, 2017:

  • McAfee & SkyHigh NetWorks to Join Forces: McAfee and Skyhigh Networks today announced a definitive agreement to combine businesses, with McAfee acquiring Skyhigh Networks for an undisclosed amount. The move comes less than eight months after McAfee established itself as one of the world’s leading pure-play cybersecurity companies, dedicated to being the preferred cybersecurity partner to customers. Skyhigh Networks and McAfee will complement each other’s portfolio and mission, allowing customers to modernize their cybersecurity environments and protect their most valuable asset – data – as it moves to the cloud.
  • Zayo to Acquire Spread Networks: Zayo has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Spread Networks for $127 million in cash. Spread Networks owns and operates a 825-mile, high-fiber count long haul route connecting New York and Chicago. The acquisition will provide Zayo’s customers with the lowest latency and most direct fiber route between the two cities and additional physical path diversity. This path is particularly important to financial services customers who have trading operations in the key financial markets of New York and Chicago. When combined with Zayo’s fiber routes from Seattle to Chicago and San Francisco to Chicago, many other verticals including content, media and cloud providers benefit from the low-latency, coast-to-coast network. Traffic to and from Asia, which connects through cable landing stations in the Pacific Northwest, are also express connected via the combination of Zayo existing fiber routes and the Spread route.
  • ScaleFlux Adds Xilinx as a Distinguished Strategic Investor: ScaleFlux, Inc., has added Xilinx to the company’s distinguished list of investors. ScaleFlux leverages the architectural advantages of Xilinx devices to deliver on the promise of moving computationally advanced algorithms to data to optimize infrastructure scaling and efficiency for hyperscale and enterprise data centers. ScaleFlux ships the industry’s first production qualified Computational Storage Subsystem (CSS) products for customer deployment. Built upon the unique feature set of low-power Xilinx FPGAs combined with Terabytes of 3D NAND flash and state-of-the-art flash controller technology, CSS provides a galvanic solution for scaling compute intensive application infrastructure. CSS is accessed through turnkey Linux plug-in software packages and easily installs into servers through standard PCIe HHHL AIC and 2.5” U.2 drive level form factors.
  • Siemens to Acquire Solido Design Automation: Siemens has entered into an agreement to acquire Saskatoon, Canada-based Solido Design Automation Inc., a leading provider of variation-aware design and characterization software to semiconductor companies worldwide. Solido’s machine learning-based products are currently used in production at over 40 major companies, enabling them to design, verify, and manufacture more competitive products than ever before. The acquisition of Solido further expands Mentor’s analog/mixed-signal (AMS) verification portfolio to help customers address the growing challenges of IC design and verification for automotive, communications, data-center computing, networking, mobile, and IoT applications. The terms of the transaction are not disclosed. Siemens expects to close the transaction in early December 2017.
  • GDS to Launch Alibaba Data Center in China: GDS Holdings Limited has announced a new data center campus development project for Alibaba Group. Located in Hebei province, the new campus will be developed in several phases, with the first phase of approximately 5,000 sqm of IT capacity currently under construction. Alibaba has committed 100% of the capacity. “We are excited to be partnering with Alibaba for a major build-to-suit project in one of their key hub locations,” stated Mr. William Huang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDS Holdings. “While our core focus will remain on Tier 1 markets, we will also work closely with our major Cloud and Internet customers to help them expand their footprint outside Tier 1 markets. This allows us to strategically position ourselves for additional growth opportunities and will further strengthen our key customer relationships.”
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