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Stonepeak helps raise $1B for digital edge data centres

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, a North American private equity firm, has announced the formation of an independent data centre platform operating under the name Digital Edge. This enterprise will focus on the acquisition and development of data centres and digital infrastructure in the fast-growing APAC region. Digital Edge will launch with $1B in equity capital raised… Read More


UPS failure behind Equinix LD8 data centre outage

A UPS failure was behind the data centre outage at Equinix’s IBX LD8 data centre on Tuesday that caused network issues for a raft of customers.

The former Telecity facility is home to the London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges with over 700 members including ISPs such as BT and Virgin Media.

Issues at the London data centre were first reported around 4am Tuesday morning and impacted companies including Giganet, Epsilon, SiPalto, EX Networks, Fast2Host, ICUK.net, and Evoke Telecom apologised to impacted customers throughout the day on social media.


IBM unveils first 7nm processor, tailor-made for the containerised cloud

After five years of research and development, IBM has taken the wraps off its first 7nm processor, which is packed with features to cater to the demands of modern-day hybrid cloud computing.

The tiny chip is the tenth iteration of IBM’s flagship Power processor range and is destined for enterprise data centres by the second half of 2021.

7-nanometre fabrication is the cutting edge of bitesize chip manufacturing and affords major gains in power efficiency and performance compared to the 14-nanometre process, like that used for IBM’s current-generation Power9 semiconductor. IBM said Power10 will deliver a three-fold improvement in capacity and processor energy efficiency compared to Power9.


Five million UK homes suffered broadband outage last year

Nearly five million people have suffered a broadband outage of three hours or more in the last year, according to new research.

A report by comparison service Uswitch.com said the average home had experienced more than a day – 29 hours – offline in total in the last 12 months.


Huawei-built Papua New Guinea data centre riddled with security flaws

A data centre built by beleaguered Chinese tech giant Huawei for Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2018 is plagued with cybersecurity issues, exposing PNG Government data to hackers.

A report commissioned by the Australia-funded PNG National Cyber Security Centre and authored by a security expert hired by the Australian Government claimed old encryption software employed by Huawei exposed data to threat actors.


Schneider Electric updates partner program to improve sales incentives

Schneider Electric has released updates to its Opportunity Registration Program (ORP) to help European-based APC IT channel partners increase profitability with new discounts and greater profit margins.


Hive Blockchain partners with EcoCooling for ultra-efficient HPC research

HPC specialist Hive Blockchain is partnering with cooling experts EcoCooling to develop environmentally friendly High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure.

The two companies partnered as part of EcoCooling’s involvement in the Boden Type Data Centre (BTDC) project, an award-winning EU initiative researching data centre efficiency.

The BTDC pilot project, in Boden, Northern Sweden, utilises a range of techniques, processes and equipment developed by a pan-European consortium of members. A prototype constructed in 2019 achieved a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.1.


Microsoft’s latest eco-push: recycling data centre servers with the help of AI

Microsoft’s “green summer” just got even greener after the tech giant launched yet another ambitious environmental goal and a roadmap about how it plans to achieve it.

The 45-year-old tech company’s latest pledge is to eliminate waste for direct operations, products and packaging by 2030.

In a blog post, Microsoft President Brad Smith said the company recognised “the urgent need to protect the world’s ecosystems and reduce the carbon emissions that come from the creation, distribution and disposal of waste”.


Global internet speeds dropped by 6.31% during Covid-19

Exactly how the seismic uptake in data consumption impacted connection speeds during lockdown has been a hot topic throughout the pandemic.

A number of providers have released a raft of data showing the disruption to their networks (or lack thereof), but it’s been hard to parse a global picture from the smattering of reports released so far.

For those seeking a conclusive and comprehensive account of how the world’s networks were impacted by the surge in content streaming, video streaming and online gaming by home-bound populations, they can look no further than Cable.co.uk’s pretty exhaustive analysis, released this week.


Lockdown prompts 31% jump in cloud infrastructure spending

Lockdowns implemented due to Covid-19 led to a monumental rise in cloud spending in the second quarter of 2020, according to the latest quarterly figures.

The number crunchers over at technology market watchers Canalys revealed spending on cloud infrastructure services in Q2 surged by 31 percent to $34.6 billion, after companies and citizens across the globe relied on e-commerce, remote learning, content streaming and online collaboration tools to see them through national lockdowns.

“Cloud-based services were pivotal in enabling emergency continuity plans designed to maintain virtual operations during lockdown,” said Canalys Chief Analyst, Matthew Ball. 


EU data centre consultants sound alarm over grid infrastructure resilience

More than half of data centre consultants in Europe have expressed concern about the capabilities of the local grid and energy infrastructure’s ability to meet current data centre demand.

That’s according to a new report from power and temperature solutions company Aggreko, which surveyed 700 data consultants who provide specific consultancy to data centre operators, with regards to design, energy and engineering.

Aggreko conducted the report to gauge how the sector views the resiliency of the electricity grid, as hyperscale, edge and colocation data centre construction continue apace.


US data centre provider Switch taps Tesla battery storage for surplus solar power

US data centre firm Switch and private equity company Capital Dynamics have begun work on three solar and battery storage facilities in Nevada.

The three phases are part of the previously announced Gigawatt 1 project, which combined with an existing phase will provide 555 MW of solar power and 500 MWh of battery storage.



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