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Data centre maintenance triggered Three’s 9-hour network outage

Last Thursday, UK network provider Three was blighted by a network failure that left customers without access to the internet or voice services for almost 10 hours.

As is the way with such outages, many of Three’s 11.7 million customers turned to Twitter to condemn the downtime, prompting the #threedown hashtag to surge to third in the day’s trending charts.

Over the weekend, details finally emerged about the failure’s cause, with Three revealing in a weekend email sent to customers that data centre maintenance work triggered the network issue.


Schneider Electric and NetApp partner on pre-packaged edge infrastructure

Schneider Electric and NetApp have announced they are teaming on plug-and-play hyperconverged solutions (HCI) for the edge, following a previous tie-up the data centre energy specialist made with Cisco.

Schneider is pre-engineering infrastructure integrated with NetApp’s HCI hybrid cloud platform, which will vary for enterprise, remote offices, and small to medium-sized business spaces. The idea is that each customer segment will be able to receive and install infrastructure quickly without having to worry too much about on-site or remote management.


OpenStack Train focuses on security and data protection, extends AI and ML features

The OpenStack Foundation has released the 20th version of its open source cloud infrastructure software, which focuses on security and data protection updates and fresh AI and ML features.

The latest version of the popular project is dubbed Train and will be available for download at 3pm BST. It is the product of 25,500 code changes by 1,125 developers from 150 companies.


HPE’s Cray lands £79m contract for UK’s latest supercomputer

HPE’s Cray has been awarded a £79m contract to supply the hardware for the UK’s next national supercomputer, ARCHER2, the UK Research and Innovation Institute (UKRI) has announced.

According to the institute, the 28-petaFLOPS supercomputer will be capable of eleven times the science throughout of its predecessor, ARCHER, which will end operation in February 2020. ARCHER has 118,000 CPU cores within racks of Intel Xeon E5 v2 processors.


Any takers? Apple puts doomed Athenry data centre site up for sale

The seemingly never ending saga of Apple’s proposed €850m data centre in Athenry appears to have finally reached its conclusion. 

According to a report in The Times, the 500-acre site is being advertised for sale in the US and Ireland as a “ready-to-go data centre development site” named Data Hub West. The sales brochures advertising the plot do not disclose an asking price or Apple as the site’s owners.


Equinix launches $1bn European data centre venture

Equinix has announced the completion of a $1.0bn plus joint venture with GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.

The venture will see Equinix develop data centres in Europe, serving a targeted group of hyperscale companies, including the world’s largest cloud providers.


Lenovo and Intel team up on interstellar research supercomputer

Lenovo and Intel have announced they have collaborated on a supercomputer for one of the world’s leading blackhole research teams.

The Flatiron Institute, located in New York City, is using high-performance computing (HPC) clusters provided by the two companies to support AI-powered research in astrophysics, quantum physics and computational mathematics. To give you a flavour of the institute’s pedigree, it recently helped prove Einstein’s theory of general relativity by discovering that black holes ‘ring’ like a bell.


Alibaba Cloud EMEA distribution deal rounds out Europe expansion

Arrow Electronics has penned a distribution deal with Alibaba Cloud that will see the company distribute the Chinese cloud giant’s full suite of cloud services across EMEA and become the UK’s sole Alibaba Cloud distributor.

Alibaba Cloud dominates China’s $14bn cloud market and has had its eyes on Europe for some time — a market that IDC predicts to grow at a 22 percent rate for the next three years. Last year, the company launched two London data centres and has been forging partner relationships across EMEA since.


Schneider Electric and Iceotope partner on liquid cooling data centre solutions

The partnership, announced at Schneider Electric’s Innovation Summit in Barcelona, will see Avnet provide technology integration services, Iceotope develop the chassis-level immersion cooling technology and Schneider Electric provide the data centre infrastructure.


Cryptocurrency mining giant launches platform to connect miners with data centres

A cryptocurrency mining giant that produces the chips used to generate most of the world’s virtual coins is launching a data centre matching platform to help miners find the best locations to host their mining machines.

Bitmain, which currently dominates the crypto mining hardware sector, is seeking to extend its grip on the industry by helping hardware owners find the most economical locations to host their machines.

Presently there is no easy, centralised, way for mining farms to connect with miners who need facilities in which to host their rigs. As a result, farm owners typically have excess capacity that goes to waste.


Germany shuts down dark web data centre running out of ex-NATO bunker

Data centre hosted sites selling drugs, weapons, fake documents, stolen data and illegal pornography German investigators said they have closed down a data centre in a former NATO bunker that was used to host sites dealing in drugs and other illegal activities. The bunker was acquired in 2013 and managed by a 59-year-old Dutch man… Read More


UK data centre power continuity plans under the spotlight

A new report has urged UK data centres to reevaluate their power contingency plans amid increasing energy outages.

The report, commissioned by temporary power generation equipment supplier Aggreko, said data centres risk costly downtime if contingency plans are not urgently addressed and that power irregularity and ageing equipment are increasing the risk of outages.



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