News round up: CITIC Networks partners with BDx, DigitalOcean $5bn valuation, Rack Centre certification

News round up: CITIC Networks partners with BDx, DigitalOcean $5bn valuation, Rack Centre certification


Data Economy shares 10 news stories making headlines from around the world.

CITIC Networks partners with BDx

Big Data Exchange (BDx) has announced CITIC Networks as one of its connectivity partners at its data centre located in Nanjing, China.

Connectivity services from CITIC Networks will be available to its customers connecting through BDx’s Nanjing data centre.

“With the growing amount of economic activity in Nanjing, welcoming highly regarded connectivity providers, like CITIC Networks, is crucial to the success of our business and our commitment to provide world-class colocation services for our customers,” said Bill Gao, EVP and CEO of Greater China for BDx.

“As one of the primary operators approved by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, we know CITIC Networks will help us provide diversified and resilient connectivity options our customers require in order for their businesses to scale and excel.”

Diamanti unveils support for Google Cloud Platform

Diamanti has announced support for the Diamanti Ultima data plane on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with Diamanti Spektra 3.2, enabling users to unleash the full value of hybrid cloud Kubernetes on GCP.

"Survey data from 451 Research, a part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, indicates that, for most companies, the future of IT architecture is a hybrid of on-premises and cloud resources, as well as a combination of multiple cloud providers,” said Matt Aslett, Research Director, Data, AI and Analytics, 451 Research.

“Nearly three-quarters (72%) of respondents to 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud, Hosting & Managed Services, Workloads & Key Projects 2020 survey stated that they currently have, are implementing or are planning a hybrid IT environment that leverages both on-premises systems and off-premises cloud/hosted resources in an integrated fashion.”

Keysource begin critical infrastructure replacement

Keysource has initiated a critical infrastructure project for Garmin and will add to its growing portfolio of brands.

The project will see Keysource undertake full turnkey delivery of additional racks and cooling units to support physical rack expansion, as well as modifying existing chilled water pipework to suit additional cooling unit expansion.

Chris West, Head of Global Accounts at Keysource said, “The Garmin data centre consists of a single row of 42U racks supported by In-Row cooling and modular UPS.

“Having recently completed lifecycle upgrades on the UPS system which included provisioning additional power capacity, Keysource will now oversee the replacement of the 42U racks with 48U racks as part of a project to replace the 2006 In-Row cooling units with new lifecycle replacements.”

Unitas Global unveils first Expedia-like Marketplace

Unitas Global unveils its Unitas Nexus Marketplace, an automated connectivity platform dedicated to connecting enterprise edge locations to the cloud. 

“Gaining visibility into the availability, diversity, and varying costs of network connectivity services has long been an industry-wide challenge,” said Grant Kirkwood, CTO of Unitas Global.

“Unitas Nexus Marketplace is the first fully-automated software platform to find available on-ramps from millions of enterprise buildings worldwide to the global network and then establish connections from those locations to all desired SaaS and cloud services.”

DigitalOcean aims for nearly $5bn valuation

DigitalOcean Holdings Inc is reportedly aiming for a valuation of around $5 billion in its U.S. initial public offering (IPO).

This is a result of the shift to working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating the switch to cloud-based computing.

Reuters reported that the company wants to raise as much as $775.5 million through an offering of 16.5 million shares, priced between $44 and $47 apiece.

Informatica’s cloud customer growth

Informatica has announced programme enhancements to drive cloud-first, cloud-native success for its strategic global partner resources.

Coupled with the holistic end-to-end Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) platform, these enhancements are set to strengthen Informatica’s position as a cloud native company.

“The industry at large is seeing an accelerated interest in moving to the cloud as part of a larger data strategy and the need for an efficient data-led transformation is continuing to grow,” said Scott Holcomb, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

“Deloitte’s business acumen combined with Informatica’s enterprise cloud data management platform is helping organisations move to a cloud-first, cloud-native strategy quickly and efficiently so business can thrive in a post-pandemic world.”

Rack Centre’s data centre certification

Rack Centre has achieved the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, QMS certification.

Welcoming the announcement of the certification, Dr Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director, Rack Centre said, “the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation demonstrates Rack Centre’s commitment to a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement, customer centred focus and excellent service that Rack Centre has demonstrated over the years."

Sims Lifecycle Services collaborates with Microsoft

Sims Lifecycle Services (SLS) is collaborating with Microsoft to support the company in its development of the Microsoft Datacenter Academy.

SLS services Microsoft data centres around the world by collecting equipment to be refurbished, reused, and recycled, as well as facilitate donations to the program.

"My team is very grateful for the work and contributions from Sims Lifecycle Services. It's wonderful to connect with organizations who share similar commitments around education and giving back to communities," said Bob Reitinger, Workforce Development Manager at Microsoft.

"Microsoft is committed to education and skills development, and we must ensure that economic opportunity is inclusive for every resident and organization in our data centre communities."

InterSystems IRIS Data Platform

InterSystems has announced that its InterSystems IRIS data platform and InterSystems IRIS for Health are now available as fully managed services for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

“At InterSystems, we’re committed to providing a concierge-level of managed services to our customers, with cloud provisioning and maintaining secure, scalable, and performant environments on the AWS cloud,” said Scott Gnau, vice president of data platforms at InterSystems.

“Our fully managed cloud services offer customers the best of both worlds - allowing them to harness the power of InterSystems technology in the cloud but without any of the associated worry and complexity.

“This latest offering demonstrates our continued commitment to cloud investments while allowing more of our customers to embrace this opportunity, gaining all the benefits of the cloud, and underscores our best-in-class customer engagement and support.”

Micron updates data centre portfolio

Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: MU) has updated its portfolio strategy to further strengthen its focus on memory and storage innovations for the data centre.

“Memory and storage are critical to the data economy, and the need for data centre memory innovation has never been greater,” said Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra.

“As a leader in memory and storage, Micron is committed to leading innovation to unleash the next generation of data centres.

“Today’s announcement reflects our focus to invest in high-value solutions for customers that also deliver strong shareholder returns.”

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