CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for January 11

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for January 11, 2018:

  • C3 Acquires EtherneXt: Cloud Computing Concepts, a provider of technology and communications services to small, medium, and enterprise businesses nationwide based in Delray Beach, Florida, has acquired EtherneXt. EtherneXt has been providing internet connectivity, co-location, and managed services to a diverse base of customers throughout North America since 2002. This transaction was completed on November 2, 2018 and C3 has retained the services of Bill Desjardins as a consultant to assist with a smooth transition.
  • Motorola Acquires VaaS: Motorola Solutions has acquired VaaS International Holdings, a “video analysis as a service” provider, for $445 Million USD. Vaas also provides camera technology for license-plate-reader and location-based platforms to track vehicles. “We believe the machine-vision technology that the Vigilant side of this business has built has built is superior,” said Andrew Sinclair, Corporate Vice-President and General Manager of Motorola Solutions’ software business in a story by IWCE’s Urgent Communications. “Obviously, machine vision has continued to evolve and get better and better as cameras, lenses and processing gets better. The technology here is pretty much state of the art, so it’s a technology improvement.”
  • Baidu Unveils Open-Source Edge Platform: At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Baidu unveiled OpenEdge, an open-source edge computing platform. TechCrunch writes that “OpenEdge is the local package component of Baidu’s existing Intelligent Edge (BIE) commercial offering and obviously plays well with that service’s components for managing edge nodes and apps.” Futhermore, “the open-source platform will include features like data collection, message distribution and AI inference, as well as tools for syncing with the cloud. Baidu also today announced that it has partnered with Intel to launch the BIE-AI-Box and with NXP Semiconductors to launch the BIE-AI-Board. The box is designed for in-vehicle video analysis while the board is small enough for cameras, drones, robots and similar applications.”
  • New SquareGM Says Asia PAC Edge Market to Grow 20% by 2024: GM Insights has released a report predicting that the edge data center market in the Asia Pacific will grow at a rate of 20% by 2024, and they owe this to the growth of industrial segments which have led to the generation of a massive volume of data. Moreover, the process of deploying 5G connectivity in China and Japan is taking hold at a rapid pace. The networking equipment segment of the market specifically is anticipated to witness steady growth over the forecast timespan.
  • Industry Says Federal Data Center Plan Needs Changes: Comments have submitted for the Trump administration’s draft data center optimization initiative policy update – and most say that significant changed are needed. The policy update restricts the building and expansion of federally owned data centers, and also changes the way optimization and closure of current data centers are measured. For example, Alla Seiffert, director of cloud policy and counsel for the Internet Association, questioned the idea of “cost savings” being a primary concern, highlighting that it shouldn’t come at the expense of cybersecurity.