Aussie data centre turns Australia’s first ever Tier IV Fault Tolerant facility
By João Marques Lima Published: 08:00, 15 March, 2017 Updated: 22:49, 14 March, 2017
Melbourne data centre is now the highest certified data centre in the Australia and one of the few in the APAC region as a whole.
Australia’s first ever data centre to achieve a Tier IV certification from the Uptime Institute has now also turned out to be the first facility in the country to be awarded the Tier IV Fault Tolerant Design Certification.
The certification for the Melbourne data centre covers mechanical, electrical, structural and site elements.
According to the Uptime Institute, Tier IV site infrastructure builds on Tier III, adding the concept of Fault Tolerance to the site infrastructure topology.
A Tier III data centre requires no shutdowns for equipment replacement and maintenance. A redundant delivery path for power and cooling is added to the redundant critical components of Tier II so that each and every component needed to support the IT processing environment can be shut down and maintained without impact on the IT operation.
Micron21 founder, James Braunegg, said: “We are thrilled to be included amongst the few data centres in the world to receive the Uptime Institute Tier IV Design Certification.
“This is a positive first step forward in data centre design for Australia, with rigorous data security standards to help us define a benchmark for excellence.
“Key supporters who helped us on our journey were Blue IoT, Brocade, Cummins Power Generation, Dell, NSFOCUS, Uptime Institute and Vertiv Corporation. We thank them for their valuable support.”
John Duffin, Managing Director, South Asia, Uptime Institute, said: “We are pleased to award Micron21 with the Uptime Institute Tier IV Design Certification.
“Achieving a Tier IV Fault Tolerant Design Certification illustrates that the facility meets the highest standards for infrastructure functionality and capacity as demonstrated on the design documents.
“This ensures that plans are configured to meet uptime goals and provide the critical business infrastructure needed, and is an important first step toward Tier Certification of a Constructed Facility.”
Route Mobile opens Tier 3 data centre in Asia’s ‘commercial powerhouse’
By João Marques Lima Published: 00:02, 22 April, 2017 Updated: 00:03, 22 April, 2017
Provider aims at strengthening service provision reducing latency and delivery times.
Messaging and API company Route Mobile has launched operations at its newest data centre in Singapore.
The Tier 3 hub has been designed to reduce service latency and reduce delivery times in the region.
Having begun operations over the Easter weekend, the new data centre will boost Route Mobile’s data centre network to five, covering key economic locations globally.
Singapore, “a commercial powerhouse and the base of Route Mobile’s Asia Pacific regional head office”, was chosen with its strategic location in mind.
Derek Tan, CEO APAC at Route Mobile, said: “The opening of a Tier 3 data centre in such a strategic location marks another milestone in our journey.
“It highlights our commitment to our international customers, allowing them to benefit from improved latency, reduced delivery times and increased scalability.
“This is key in accelerating the globalization of Route Mobile.”
Salesforce bulks up Japan data centre fleet to bring Einstein to APAC
By João Marques Lima Published: 10:10, 19 April, 2017 Updated: 10:10, 19 April, 2017
Artificial intelligence proves game changer in a region where customers are hungry for faster, smarter and more holistic IT environments.
Multinational software company Salesforce has cut the ribbon on its second Japanese data centre as regional business booms.
The facility, located in Kobe in the country’s Kansai region, has been designed to deliver the Intelligent Customer Success Platform including Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and others.
Salesforce said the solutions have all been made smarter by Einstein, the company’s comprehensive artificial intelligence for CRM.
The provider explains on its website that Salesforce Einstein is an integrated set of AI technologies that makes the Customer Success Platform smarter and brings AI to trailblazers everywhere.
The data centre will be put to use to service more customers in Japan and the broader Asia-Pacific region.
Salesforce is currently enjoying a good wave of business in the APAC region, growing at 30% in constant currency in Q4 of FY17.
The company said that with the addition of the company’s second Japanese data centre in Kobe, Salesforce is poised to deliver the Intelligent Customer Success Platform locally to more customers than ever before.
Some of its local customers include Canon Marketing Japan, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company and Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance.
Shinichi Koide, chairman, president and CEO, Salesforce Japan, said: “We are pleased to announce the opening of our second data centre in Japan. With this new data centre, along with the first local data centre opened in 2011 in Tokyo, Salesforce will be able to continue delivering exceptional reliability and performance to customers.
“The new data centre will support the unprecedented growth we’ve seen in the region and further accelerate the adoption of the Intelligent Customer Success Platform. This is one of our commitments to Japan.”
Huawei and the ABC of the next generation of cognitive data centres
By João Marques Lima Published: 17:05, 18 April, 2017 Updated: 18:44, 22 April, 2017
As artificial intelligence enters the data centre halls, new challenges lie ahead for operators, from deploying the technology to even understanding the next wave of intelligent computing. To find out more, Data Economy spoke to Paul Lo, Solutions Director, Enterprise Business Group at Huawei International while in Singapore.
Google tag teams into APAC group to build Australia, South East Asia submarine cable
By João Marques Lima Published: 11:32, 6 April, 2017 Updated: 11:32, 6 April, 2017
System to help address exponential growth around internet use in the region which has soared 70% last year alone.
A group of APAC telecommunications heavyweights and Google have teamed up to build a 9,000Km submarine cable connecting Singapore, Australia and Indonesia.
Joining Google is AARNet, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra, all of which have entered into an agreement with constructor Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to build the subsea cable system.
Named INDIGO, the cable will connect Singapore and Perth, and onwards to Sydney, and allow connections between Singapore and Jakarta.
The two-fibre pair ‘open cable’ design with spectrum- sharing technology will land in existing facilities in Singapore, Australia and Indonesia.
By building the system with an open design, spectrum ownership within the cable will be shared amongst those involved in the project.
Using coherent optical technology, which uses light to transmit data along fibre optic cables, each of the twofibre pairs will have a minimum capacity of 18 terabits per second, with the option to increase this capacity in the future.
Essentially, this means that INDIGO will be able to transmit an equivalent of 7.2 million high definition online movies simultaneously from Singapore to Sydney.
Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2019.
Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President, Carrier Services, Group Enterprise at Singtel said: “The construction of INDIGO is timely to meet the rising demand for high-speed broadband between Asia and Australia.
“This cable system complements our global connectivity that links Asia, the US, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. INDIGO will be a new data superhighway that facilitates Singtel and Optus to catalyse the development of digital economies across the regions.”
Telstra’s Group Managing Director of Global Services and International David Burns, said: “With internet data consumption growing by 70% in Asia last year alone these sorts of investments in international networks are critical for meeting the needs of connected consumers and businesses.
“This will be an important piece of technology infrastructure connecting South East Asia and Australia, and follows a number of recent network enhancements Telstra has undertaken to meet growing demand for data and better connectivity from our customers across the Asia Pacific region.”