5 things to know for January 16: Cumulus and Infradata pair, Calgary data centre market upgrade, IBM on Google Cloud




It seems as though there are now more data centre and cloud announcements in this new decade than ever before.

To help you keep on top of things, Data Economy has listed the top five things you need to know today.

  • IBM Power Systems on Google Cloud

Google Cloud announced that it now offers IBM Power Systems as part of its cloud solutions, adding that its customers can run IBM Power Systems as a service on Google Cloud.

“For organisations using a hybrid cloud strategy, especially, IBM Power Systems are an important tool,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, Corporate Vice President, Global Ecosystem at Google Cloud.

“Because of their performance and ability to support mission critical workloads—such as SAP applications and Oracle databases—enterprise customers have been consistently looking for options to run IBM Power Systems in the cloud.

“IBM Power Systems for Google Cloud offers a path to do just that, providing the best of both the cloud and on-premise worlds.”

  • eStruxture and DataHive

Canada based data centre solutions company eStruxture and Calgary’s downtown carrier hub DataHive have partnered in order to bring data centre and interconnectivity services to the Calgary market.

DataHive customers can leverage the space and power provided by eStruxture’s large-scale CAL-1 facility.

“When we expanded our services in Calgary, we committed to helping our customers grow and enlarge their businesses by offering them more options in terms of fully configurable colocation space, high-power density of over 30 kilowatts per cabinet and carrier diversity,” says Todd Coleman, President and CEO of eStruxture Data Centres.

“Thanks to the partnership with DataHive, we are delivering on that promise by ensuring that our customers have direct, secure access to an ever-growing number of network and service providers.”

  • Cumulus Networks and Infradata

Cumulus Networks and Infradata have announced that the pair are joining forces. According to the companies, by using the open networking software from Cumulus, Infradata is even better able to continue to innovate and support its customers in Europe.


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“It is good to note that the appreciation of open network technology among the important cloud networking integrators is increasing,” said Robby van Roosmalen, Sales Director Netherlands at Cumulus Networks.

“They are closely following developments in that area. The high-quality solutions from Cumulus in combination with the specialist knowledge in the field of cloud networking and cyber security at Infradata have the result that organisations can be completely unburdened. We are very happy with this promising cooperation.”

  • Dynatrace Teams With Google and Microsoft

Software intelligence company Dynatrace (NYSE: DT) is collaborating with Google and Microsoft on the OpenTelemetry project.

To further advance the industry and extend the reach of its Software Intelligence Platform, Dynatrace is contributing transaction tracing knowhow and manpower to the project.

“Our goal is to ensure ‘run the business’ software underpinning digital enterprises works perfectly, so we feel it’s important to contribute our expertise to this open source project to improve and advance observability in a broader manner,” said Alois Reitbauer, Chief Technical Strategist and Head of the Dynatrace Innovation Lab.

“The OpenTelemetry initiative will enable developers of cloud-native applications to build standardised observability into their software.

“As this gains momentum, observability will be increasingly differentiated by what can be done with data, versus simply how much data can be collected.”

  • The Trudeau government’s data centre commitment

The Trudeau government is set to commit $197.2m to Shared Services Canada this year to support the migration of 12 data centre facilities, as well as for the “establishment and adoption of cloud services.”

Collectively, the government is seeking Parliament’s approval of $4.9bn in spending, with $676.9m going to benefits and support programs offered by Veterans Affairs.

In addition, $466.7m will go to the Treasury Board Secretariat to cover the cost of negotiated salary adjustments.

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