CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for May 16

May 16, 2018
by Justin Hughes

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for May 16, 2018:

  • HPE to Purchase Data Center SDN Startup Plexxi: Hewlett Packard Enterprise settled to purchase a data center SDN startup called Plexxi, whose software-defined networking technology is planned to be integrated with its SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure and with its composable infrastructure called Synergy. The eight-year-old Nashua, New Hampshire-based company’s network fabric automates network management using software much like hyperconverged infrastructure automates the management of storage and compute resources. Notably, Plexxi has an integration partnership with HPE’s biggest rival in the hyperconverged market: Nutanix. Nutanix publicized the addition of its own SDN to its software stack last week. Like many players in the space, HPE is looking beyond on-premised deployments of hyperconverged infrastructure. A big part of the rationale for acquiring Plexxi is to gain new hybrid-cloud capabilities; the startup’s fabric works across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments.
  • data center summitBlockchain Backer IBM Aids in Issuing Digital Coin for First Time: IBM, which continues to develop several blockchain-based projects, is now getting into the digital token game by partnering with blockchain company Veridium Labs Ltd. to transform carbon credits into digital coins that can be traded on a decentralized exchange. The tokens will be issued and managed on the Stellar network. Jared Klee, who manages blockchain projects at Armonk, New York-based IBM, described in an interview last week how the purpose of the project is “to make it easier and cheaper for companies and individuals to account for their footprint and neutralize the impact they have on the environment.” According to Klee, about $4.8 billion USD was spent in the past 10 years on carbon credits in the private market.
  • Google Cloud Launches Third Zone in Singapore: Google broadcasted its third Google Cloud Platform (GCP) zone for the Singapore region, which began in June last year. The 46th GCP zone globally is dubbed asia-southeast1-c, and the availability of a third zone plans to make it simpler for customers to build highly available services in Southeast Asia. Dave Stiver, product manager at GCP, wrote in a blog post, “We build every region with the intention of providing at least three zones because we understand the importance of high availability. Customers can distribute their apps and storage across multiple zones to protect against service disruptions.” The third zone in Singapore is most likely housed within Google’s second data center in Jurong, since the first two zones are hosted within Google’s first data center.
  • Cologix Unveils 151 Front Street Expansion Space in Downtown Toronto: Cologix, a network neutral interconnection and data center company, publicized that the last available 10K SQF at Canada’s largest carrier hotel at 151 Front Street is ready for service. The 1.5MW, 2N, customizable space is ready for cloud providers and enterprises needing low latency connections within 151 Front Street. Sean Maskell, President, Cologix Canada, said in a statement, “The 151 Front Street building is the country’s largest and most important telecommunications hub and we are thrilled to be bringing the last available 10K SQF on line for our Customers. The new customizable space is ideal for Customers needing low latency access to unparalleled Network and Cloud choice within 151 Front Street.”
  • Kaspersky Relocates Portion of Operation from Russia to Switzerland to Win Consumer Trust: Kaspersky Labs is pushing back against accusations that its ties to the Russian government can create a security risk when using its anti-virus software by announcing that it will be relocating a substantial chunk of its infrastructure to Switzerland, where an independent group will be able to review its source code. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security told all United States government agencies to cease using Kaspersky’s software due to concerns that it might be forced to share information intercepts with the Russian government. Other governments have joined in on the Kaspersky ban including the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. In a blog post, the company wrote that it will begin moving its “‘software assembly line’ and servers that store and process Kaspersky Security Network data” to Zurich—a process that should be complete by the end of 2018. It will then set up a “Transparency Center” where “responsible stakeholders from government and private organizations with relevant expertise” will be allowed to review its source code, updates, detection rules, and data storage practices. The servers that process and store data for users in Europe, North America, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore will be part of the migration.
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