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Data centres in China set to consume more energy than the whole of Australia

The energy consumed by data centres in China is projected to exceed that consumed by Australia last year, a new report has claimed.

Greenpeace East Asia and the North China Electric Power University, which jointly penned the report, estimate the sector’s electricity consumption to jump to 267 terawatt-hours (TWh) by 2023, surpassing the 261 TWh consumed by Australian homes and businesses in 2018.


Western Digital to break 20TB hard drive barrier by 2020 as it addresses data centre TCO needs

Western Digital announced it will sample 18TB and 20TB hard drives by the end of the year as it edges closer to becoming the first hard disk manufacturer to break the 20TB storage threshold.

Select companies will get their hands on the 18TB Ultrastar DC HC550 CMR HDD and 20TB Ultrastar DC HC650 SMR HDDs by 2020 with WD planning to start production in the first half of 2020.


OneWeb’s first commercial satellite internet service comes to the Arctic

OneWeb, a startup that aims to deliver broadband globally via a fleet of micro-satellites, has launched the first commercial service of its space-based internet service.

The London-based startup, which closed a $1.25 billion funding round in March, will begin delivering ‘fiber-like’ connectivity to 48 percent of the Arctic in 2020 and plans to supply full coverage to every part of the Arctic Circle by early 2021.


Keppel in talks to build floating data centre off the coast of Singapore

Keppel Corp is in discussions to construct a floating hyperscale data centre off the coast of Singapore. 

Two years ago Keppel Data Centres, a subsidiary of the communications conglomerate, invested $10 million into Nautilus Data Technologies, a Californian floating data centre startup that in December filed a proposal to moor a facility at Ted Russell Dock in Ireland.


Oracle and Microsoft bring multi-cloud interconnection to London

UK companies using Oracle and Microsoft Azure clouds are about to benefit from a huge boost in performance after the two companies announced they are bringing their multi-cloud partnership to the capital. 

The companies said that London customers will be able to connect their Azure and Oracle infrastructure as they announced further support for their multi-cloud service across the world.


VMware laces data centre networking software with intelligent load balancing, security and analytics

At VMware world in San Francisco, VMware announced a range of updates to its NSX networking software that look to improve the security and management of cloud application traffic running on virtual machines, containers or bare metal.

VMware said the updates mean its networking software is now a “complete software-defined networking and security stack built for multi-cloud era”, as the company ramps up its data centre network-virtualisation efforts with software that enables customers to automate data centre workload deployment across edge sites, private data centres and public clouds.


Microsoft to open 31 new Azure edge sites

Microsoft is to open an additional 31 Azure edge sites, bringing its total portfolio of edge nodes to 150 across 50 counties and sub-30 milliseconds latency to 80 percent of the global GDP, the company announced.

“We are adding new edges every week, and our ambition is to provide this level of performance to all of our global audience,” said Yousef Khalidi, corporate VP, Azure Networking.


Nvidia and VMware team up for machine learning hybrid cloud on AWS

Nvidia and VMware today announced the launch of accelerated GPU services on VMware Cloud on AWS, forming an advanced hybrid cloud infrastructure for machine learning workloads.

The new services will allow organisations to migrate VMware vSphere-based applications and containers to VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware’s cloud service that runs on bare metal infrastructure in AWS data centres,


Splunk announces $1.05bn acquisition of cloud-monitoring service SignalFx

With the acquisition of SignalFx, Splunk is seeking to cater to enterprise operations increasingly defined by cloud-native applications and modern infrastructures such as containers and orchestrated environments.


Big Switch unveils fresh range of tools to simplify hybrid cloud networking

Software-defined networking (SDN) specialist Big Switch has unveiled a range of software solutions aimed at simplifying hybrid cloud networking.


Google Cloud, IBM, Intel, Microsoft join consortium to protect in-use server data

Several of the world’s largest tech companies have joined a new effort aimed at helping organisations utilise encrypted server data in-memory while isolating it from other software and applications, enabling them to more securely run applications on-premise, in remote edge sites or in the cloud.


Startup unveils ‘AI supercomputer on a chip’

The Wafer Scale Engine (WSE), designed to process AI applications, comes packed with 1.2 trillion transistors and measures 46,225m², making it 57 times the size of Nvidia’s flagship V100 data centre graphics card, which contains 21.1 billion transistors. While Samsung has previously built a flash memory chip with 2 trillion transistors, Cerebras’s chip stands out in that it’s built for processing.



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