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National Grid planning £159m IT infrastructure overhaul

British multinational planning massive infrastructure shake-up The National Grid has unveiled a raft of contracts worth up to £159m aimed at revamping the energy company’s IT infrastructure. The grid is seeking proposals for mainframe modernisation, co-location provision, managed services and cloud migration, as it looks to build “next-generation” data centre and network operations. The British… Read More


Interxion to acquire controlling interest in Icolo

Interxion, Amsterdam-based operator of 50 European data centres in 11 countries, has entered into an agreement to acquire a controlling stake of Icolo and its data centres in Kenya. At the same time, Interxion announced a strategic partnership with the Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund (PRIF). Interxion and PRIF will collaborate and co-invest in Interxion’s African expansion initiatives.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020.


Cisco touts world’s first unified networking chip architecture

Cisco has entered the silicon routing space with the launch of what the company claims is the industry’s first universally adaptable networking chip architecture.

The networking giant said the new single-chip architecture, dubbed Silicon One, will handle data far better than processors currently found in networking and switching gear, as well as providing the versatility needed to support complex new technologies like 10G and adaptive cyber security.


“DNA of Things” – New storage technique uses DNA to store data in everyday objects

With data being produced at an exponential rate, research teams and organisations are working hard to improve the efficiency and sustainability of storage technology, leading to a raft of experimental research projects.

Last month, researchers from the University of Alberta demonstrated a new atomic-based storage technique that uses hydrogen gas to rewrite data. And a Microsoft storage project recently announced it had successfully stored the movie Superman on quartz glass.


Is Schneider Electric, Avnet and Iceotope’s integrated liquid-cooled rack a watershed moment for the data centre?

Schneider Electric, Avnet and Iceotope have unveiled the first product of the liquid-cooling partnership the companies announced in October.

At Gartner’s IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference in Las Vegas, the trio debuted the data centre industry’s first integrated rack with immersed liquid cooling.


coolDC opens first data centre in Lincoln

Lincoln-based startup uses groundbreaking cooling technology coolDC has opened its award-winning data centre in Boole Technology Centre at Lincoln Science and Innovation Park. Launched in 2017, coolDC designs hyper-efficient, environmentally-friendly data centres that use renewable energy and convert surplus heat into energy. In June, the company received a Gold-level Certified Energy Efficient Datacentre Award (CEEDA)… Read More


I like to qubit, qubit – AWS debuts quantum computing service

Amazon has finally made its entrance into the quantum arena with the launch of a service for AWS that enables scientists and developers to experiment with the weird and wonderful world of quantum computing.

Braket, named after the common notation for quantum states, launched in preview today and will compete with IBM, Microsoft and Google on the futuristic frontier of cloud-based quantum computing. IBM launched its quantum cloud service in 2016, while Google and Microsoft plan to launch similar services in the near future.


Fujitsu launches single-slot AMD server rack

Fujitsu has unveiled a single-socket server rack that targets data centres owned by Internet Service Providers.

The new server rack will be packed with a 2nd-gen AMD Epyc 7002 processor with up to 64 ‘Zen 2’ cores per chip. Zen 2 is AMD’s latest chip microarchitecture, fabricated on the 7-nanometer node.

“We are pleased to strengthen the business relationship with AMD with the new Fujitsu server PRIMERGY LX1430 M1 based on the 2nd Gen AMD Epyc processor. This joint collaboration will accelerate to deploy AMD Epyc based systems to help customers achieve digital transformation and innovate their businesses,” said Kenichi Sakai, corporate executive officer, SVP, head of system platform business unit.


Report: Amazon prepping revamped data centre chip

Amazon is readying a new data centre processor that is 20 percent more powerful than its predecessor, Reuters reports.

Like Amazon’s first chip, Graviton, the revamped processor will be based on Arm architecture. Amazon is reportedly ditching Arm’s older Cortex A72 technology in favour of the company’s updated Neoverse N1 tech, and the chip is expected to have 32 cores compared to Graviton’s 16.


Hydrogen lithography breakthrough could make atomic-based storage a reality

Researchers have developed an improved atomic storage manufacturing process that could finally make ultra-efficient, high-density storage solutions a reality.

Ultra-high density storage devices have been around for a while and typically rely on single molecules or atoms to store bits of information.


Irish politicians threatened over abandoned Apple data centre

Politicians who backed Apple’s plan to build an €850m data centre in Athenry, Ireland have received letters threatening their families if the now abandoned facility does not progress by Christmas.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Galway Council councillor Gabriel Connolly confirmed he, fellow councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn and other Irish MPs received a disturbing typewritten letter in the post, which reads:

“This is a message to you. The people of Athenry have waited long enough for Apple. They might have endless patience but I don’t.


Blockchain-based cloud storage service reveals pricing and launch date

A distributed cloud storage service that stores encrypted data on the spare disk space of users around the world using blockchain technology has revealed its pricing model and launch date.

Storj Labs’ Tardigrade service has been in beta for developers, businesses and consumers since August and currently has 400 active users. Today, the company has come forward with a pricing model which it claims is more economical than legacy cloud storage providers.



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