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Amazon to pump $1.6bn into new AWS region in India

Amazon plans to invest $1.6 billion (£1.23bn) constructing two data centres in India to form an AWS region in the state of Telangana.

The company has sought environmental approval for the construction of the two facilities on the outskirts of Hyderabad. One data centre is proposed at Chandanvelly village in Shabad, the other at Meerkhanpet village in Kandukur.


Vantage Data Centers to build five hyperscale facilities in Europe

North American wholesale data centre provider Vantage Data Centers is launching itself into Europe with the acquisition of Etix Everywhere and $800 million in new funding.

Luxembourg-based Etix owns a sizable European data centre portfolio including a 55MW hyperscale campus currently under development in Germany. The two companies have not disclosed the financial terms of the deal. 


Google and Facebook shelve US-China subsea cable plan

Plans for a subsea cable system linking Los Angeles directly to China and Hong Kong have been abandoned over concerns about a third-party backer’s ties to Beijing.

Google and Facebook applied to the US regulator, the FCC, for more modest plans for the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), that stop in the Philippines and Taiwan, three years after the tech giants announced what would have been the first submarine cable to directly connect Hong Kong and the US.


Eaton acquires Power Distribution Inc.

reland-based power management company Eaton is to acquire mission-critical power distribution company Power Distribution Inc.

Power Distribution Inc, headquartered in Richmond Virginia, posted sales of $125 million last year. In addition to mission-critical power distribution, the company supplies static switching and power monitoring equipment and services for data centres and industrial and commercial customers.


Oracle opens 5 cloud regions, first in Saudi Arabia

Oracle has opened data centres in five countries and is on track to have 36 cloud regions by the end of the year, as the tech veteran steps up its cloud computing drive.

The company added local regions in Saudi Arabia (Jeddah), Australia (Melbourne), Japan (Osaka), Canada (Montreal), and The Netherlands (Amsterdam), adding to the ten opened in the last six months and taking Oracle’s tally to 21.


Microsoft patches Azure Stack and App Service security flaws

Researchers at Check Point have identified two major security flaws in Azure that could have allowed hackers to access sensitive data on on-premises machines running Azure or take over Azure servers in the cloud.

The first flaw in Azure Stack, Microsoft’s hybrid cloud platform that allows companies to launch Azure services from their data centres, could have been exploited by hackers to access screenshots and other sensitive information about on-premises machines running Azure.


AMD lifted by 50 percent revenue surge

AMD posted strong quarterly earnings last week, with the chipmaker netting $2.13 billion in revenue, a 49.9 percent increase from the previous year.

Wall Street’s eyes were on AMD following rival Intel’s solid quarterly earnings, helped by its buoyant data centre division. 


Cisco brings Kubernetes on-prem for HyperFlex customers

Cisco has announced a “container-as-a-service” platform based on Kubernetes for its HyperFlex hyperconverged (HCI) environment.

The plug-and-play Kubernetes software package was announced alongside updates to Cisco’s management tools that help IT and dev teams maintain visibility across application domains.


Schneider Electric and Cisco unveil wall-mounted, hyperconverged edge data centre

Schneider Electric and Cisco have unveiled a wall-mounted micro data centre for edge environments.

Announced at Cisco Live in Barcelona, the micro data centre is housed in Schneider’s 6U compact wall mount, which allows large edge servers, networking equipment and a UPS to be safely fixed to a wall. Schneider claimed the mount is 60 percent less intrusive than traditional wall mount enclosures.


Simec Atlantis provides update on ocean-powered data centre project

Green developer Simec Atlantis Energy has provided an update on its plans to hook a tidal stream power array to a data centre.

The company intends to design and build the world’s first ocean-powered data centre near the MeyGen development in Scotland, an offshore tidal energy project Atlantis launched in 2010.


Intel defies gloom with data centre-driven gains

Intel has posted solid quarterly and full-year revenue forecasts fuelled by an uptick in data centre chip sales.

The chipmaker’s sales in Q1 2020 and the year as a whole are set to outpace analysts’ expectations and wider industry trends, thanks to surging demand from public cloud providers for the company’s server chips.


NTT Ltd. consolidates data centre firms into global unit

London-based NTT Ltd. has formed a new division incorporating the data centre companies that previously sat under NTT Communications.

NTT Ltd. was formed after Japanese telecommunications giant NTT Corp. consolidated NTT Communications and two other of its key IT businesses into a single $11bn (£8.7bn) entity, making it Japan’s largest IT company.

The IT provider’s newly-formed Global Data Centers division incorporates e-shelter, Gyron, Netmagic, NTT Indonesia Nexcenter, RagingWire and others.



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