News round up: Kao Data appointment; Talend's Europe data centre; Cologix's Ashburn infrastructure

News round up: Kao Data appointment; Talend's Europe data centre; Cologix's Ashburn infrastructure


Data Economy shares 8 news stories making headlines from around the world.

Kao Data announces two strategic appointments

Kao Data has announced two senior director appointments to underpin its next phase of campus growth and bolster its leadership team.

Following the recent appointment of CEO Lee Myall, Rod Faul joins as Senior Client Director from VIRTUS, and Tom Bethell joins as Business Development Director from Next Generation Data (NGD), bringing over 40-years combined data centre, HPC and telco experience to the business.

“I am delighted to be welcoming both Rod and Tom to Kao Data,” said Lee Myall, CEO, Kao Data.

“By strategically investing in our team and differentiating ourselves through the talent of our people, we’re ensuring the right foundations are in place to deliver our vision of becoming the UK’s world-class home for high performance colocation, HPC and AI, and support the company’s next phase of growth and development.”

Facebook shuts Irish units

Facebook has decided to close its Irish subsidiaries at the centre of the profit shift dispute to avoid taxes in the US, the UK and hundreds of other countries, according to reports.

The Guardian reported that the company’s main Irish subsidiary paid $101 million in tax while recording profits of more than $15bn in 2018, the last year for which records are available.

Macquarie’s expansion of debt facility

Macquarie Telecom Group Limited has amended its existing Syndicated Facility Agreement with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Royal Bank of Canada to provide an additional $50 million of debt capacity.

The additional capacity will be used to fund the increased FY21 CAPEX requirements announced on 11 November 2020.

The expansion takes the total debt capacity available under the Syndicated Facility Agreement to $190 million. Taking into account the additional debt capacity announced, the company has an undrawn balance of $96.5 million

Chief Executive David Tudehope said, “Building world class data centres requires ongoing investment, which we fund through a mix of debt and free cash generated from our trading businesses.

“With interest rates at historic lows, we believe that our current mix provides exceptional value, and gives the Company plenty of headroom to continue our investment strategy.”

Talend opens second cloud data centre in Europe

Talend (NASDAQ: TLND) has announced the opening of its newest European data centre exclusively for Stitch, the company’s cloud data ingestion service.

The Frankfurt-based data centre, operated by Amazon Web Services (AWS), is fully operational and has been hosting customers since early November 2020.

“We are extremely proud to announce that our newest European Data Centre is now open for business, exclusively for Stitch customers,” said Gareth Vincent, SVP of Sales EMEA, Talend.

“We have always been fiercely committed to helping customers meet and maintain compliance with their local data sovereignty requirements.

“This extends to our managed cloud applications. By launching support exclusively for Stitch within the EU, we can help customers navigate the strict regulatory environment, meet their own data and compliance goals, while also offering the same fully-managed data pipeline service that powers thousands of Stitch customers around the world.” 

Cologix launches digital infrastructure in Ashburn

Cologix has unveiled a major shift in its strategy to include a cloud-first offering in response to demand to accelerate cloud deployments at the network edge.

Cologix’s new hyperscale edge data centres enable massive deployments at scale as well as deep connectivity at the very digital edge.

Cologix initiated this new strategy in Montreal and is now deploying it in Ashburn, Virginia as it breaks ground in Data centre Alley, with the company stating that additional locations will follow.

IBM acquires Expertus Technologies

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has acquired Montreal-based fintech company, Expertus Technologies Inc.

The company said the acquisition strengthens IBM’s portfolio as an end-to-end digital payments solution provider and further advances IBM’s hybrid cloud and AI strategy.

“Financial institutions must balance greater demand for secure digital solutions while complying with rapidly evolving regulation,” said Mark Foster, Senior Vice President, IBM Services.

“Expertus’ payment-as-a-service solution expands our hybrid cloud-based payments offerings, transforming payments and treasury management with AI to give financial institutions the flexibility to rapidly innovate and stay competitive as consumer demands evolve.”

DE-CIX doubles Internet Exchange footprint in North America

DE-CIX has doubled its North American footprint with two additional IXs, one now available in Chicago, and one soon to be ready for service in Richmond.

The two locations expand upon and interconnect with DE-CIX North America’s existing multi-service interconnection platforms in the New York and Dallas metro markets.

“As we approach 2021, DE-CIX North America is embarking on a new era of interconnection. By announcing these two very important Internet Exchange locations for DE-CIX, Chicago and Richmond, we will have four key markets fortified for interconnectivity solutions,” said Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International.

“The success of DE-CIX New York, now ranking among the top five IXs in North America with over 260 networks, and DE-CIX Dallas, which ranks among the top 20 IXs in North America with over 90 networks, solidifies our position in the market as the leading neutral interconnection platform provider for Internet peering and cloud connectivity.”

BDx partners with Cogent

Big Data Exchange (BDx) has announced a new partnership with Cogent Communications in the company's Singapore (SIN1) data centre facility.

The addition of Cogent as a new carrier in the BDx SIN1 facility will allow BDx customers to benefit from Cogent’s extensive footprint, network capabilities and range of services.

“This new agreement with Cogent marks the beginning of a strategic partnership which we look forward to developing,” said Sona Singh, Business Development Director at BDx.

“We are proud that Cogent has chosen BDx to partner within the important Singapore market. Together, we offer an even wider range of services for our customers.

“We are pleased to welcome Cogent into our SIN1 facility and look forward to expanding our partnership in the near future.”

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