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.”
China’s cloud market to explode by 2020, foreign players warned that what’s successful elsewhere doesn’t guarantee success in China
By João Marques Lima Published: 17:07, 24 March, 2017 Updated: 17:07, 24 March, 2017
Changing regulatory and legal frameworks are opening up China to an exponential growth around cloud computing technologies.
The cloud computing sector in China is posed for an exponential growth in the coming years topping $20bn in market valuation by the end of this decade.
This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 40% in a market that was worth $1.5bn in 2013, according to research by Bain & Company and published by the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) in its “2016 Top Markets Report – Cloud Computing”.
The Chinese government has in the last couple of years set out its long-term plans to expand the country’s digital infrastructure and its citizens and businesses reach to technology.
In the DoC report, the body said: “The government views cloud computing as a strategic priority and included it in the nation’s 12th Five-Year Plan.
“The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) subsequently launched pilot cloud schemes in five cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Wuxi.
“China’s development blueprint for the next five years, the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016 – 2020), will likely reaffirm the strategic priority of cloud computing, with the NDRC planning continued investment through 2020.”
Recently speaking at Datacloud Asia 2017 in Singapore, Wing-Dar Ker, president of one of China’s largest cloud providers 21Vianet Blue Cloud, spoke on the growing cloud industry in China.
He said: “Internet companies in China are investing billions into their own cloud businesses in coming years, seeking to take advantage of a market with 680 million Internet users.
“Cloud computing is a strategic priority for the Chinese government, which has piloted cloud schemes in a few cities, will only drive the growth of data centres further.”
In addition, while domestic companies are rapidly creating their own cloud services, Wing said there remains plenty of opportunity in the market for foreign players, especially foreign companies that seek local partnerships to help navigate Chinese regulations as well as share market expertise.
He stresses that domestic competition may be advancing, but foreign cloud computing companies still hold the key when it comes to technology.
Wing also noted that there is a shifting regulatory landscape as the government continues to assess what it deems to be the best way to regulate the sector.
He told the audience that as with many other sectors, foreign companies must be aware that just because one product is successful in other markets, that does not guarantee success in China.
“There are also perceived security and privacy concerns. Competition is fierce as technology continues to evolve and has not matured.
“Entering China without an experienced local partner could be detrimental to operations, let alone market penetration.”
NTT Communications owns now 100% stake of one of India’s largest data centre players
By João Marques Lima Published: Updated: 11:46, 24 March, 2017
Company sets out investment plan of nearly $300m to double capacity in the country as digital services boom.
The rapid M&A wave sweeping the global data centre industry has now been felt in India as Japanese company NTT Communications Corporation (NTT) has been given the go ahead to absorb the whole of India’s data centre colocation provider Netmagic Solutions stake.
NTT owned until now 81.63% of Netmagic. That stake has now been taken to 100% following a transaction where NTT invested $79.13m into buying the remaining 18.37% of the Indian operator.
The acquisition was cleared by the Indian Government this Friday which has consolidated NTT’s place in the Top 10 of global data centre operators by number of facilities at nearly 150.
The approval of the transaction was first pointedly mentioned in a meeting on February 21 by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).
Netmagic currently operates seven data centres across India in Mumbai (four hubs), Chennai, Noida and Bengaluru.
NTT has also announced that following the acquisition, it will invest $296.5m into expanding Netmagic’s footprint.
The investment will see the company’s footprint in India grow from today’s 650,000 sqf of data centre capacity to 1.3 million sqf by the end of 2018.
NTT has today a portfolio with nearly 150 data centre facilities across three regions, including North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
The company has data centres in Japan, India, Malaysia, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, the UK, the US, France, Spain, Austria and Switzerland.
Its global footprint accounts to more than 2.5 million sqft and a power capacity of more than 300 MW.
According to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan, NTT Communications is APAC’s main data centre provider, followed by Jujitsu, Equinix and China telecom.
By 2022, the region’s market, which in 2017 is expected to top $16.27bn, will amount to $31.95bn in colocation and managed services revenues, with colocation accounting to more than 50% of the value.
Pakistan inks South Korean deal on 42-acre IT park with data centre on the way
By João Marques Lima Published: 16:49, 22 March, 2017 Updated: 16:49, 22 March, 2017
Government also unveils plans to build two more technology parks in other major cities.
The government of Pakistan has unveiled plans to build one of the country’s largest IT parks ever which will count with a data centre and be able to accommodate more than one hundred IT companies.
The Islamabad park, part of the country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Digital Pakistan vision, has been priced at 9.2bn rupee ($88m) and is going to be built with the help of a South Korean bank.
A$76.3m loan deal was signed between Pakistan’s Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Tariq Mahmood Pasha and executive director of Korean Exim Bank, Younghoon Chang.
Also present at the ceremony was the Minister for Information Technology and Telecom Anusha Rehman, the Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar and the Korean Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Dong-gu Suh.
The loan will be made under the Economic Development Cooperation Framework (EDCF) arrangement evaluated at $500m signed with Korea in October 2015.
The park is set to include a data centre, 500,000 sqf of office space and a capacity for more than 5,000 workers.
In addition, the park will also include gyms and other sports venues and day care facilities.
Dar said: “The government has a clear programme to a digital and financially inclusive Pakistan.
“[The park] will provide a conducive environment where IT companies would be able to work together and leverage each other’s expertise.
“Pakistan looks forward towards Korea for closer cooperation.”
Chang said: “Pakistan was making headway in the field of IT. Pakistan’s digital landscape will be further expanded through the new IT park.”
Also speaking at the ceremony, Rehman hinted that other IT parks will be built in other cities across the country.
She said: “After Islamabad, international standard information technology parks will also be set up in Karachi and Lahore.”
Huawei to open New Zealand data centre
By João Marques Lima Published: 09:26, 21 March, 2017 Updated: 09:27, 21 March, 2017
Company will also take an extra 100 university students onto its ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme in a push for new talent.
Chinese global services provider Huawei has announced the opening of a cloud data centre in New Zealand following a meeting between the company’s CEO Ren Zhengfei and the country’s prime minister Bill English.
During the meeting, Zhengfei and English discussed the development of national ICT infrastructure and digital transformation.
The company said it will team up with local partners to build the data centre.
In addition to the data centre, Huawei has also unveiled plans to establish Innovation Labs in Christchurch and at the Victoria University in Wellington in a push for its R&D efforts. The Wellington lab is expected to open in 2017.
The Lab will focus on the use of big data, and how to maximize the potential of the Internet of Things through future technology such as 5G.
Huawei said it will also seek new R&D partnerships to establish the Christchurch Innovation Lab.
Furthermore, the company will open up its undergraduate programme ‘Seeds for the Future’ to 100 New Zealand students over the next five years.
The programme enables students to travel to China to learn about technology and participate in cultural exchanges.
Huawei will also open a regional office in Wellington and committed to purchase more goods and services locally, and help local businesses integrate into its global supply chain network.
Zhengfei said: “New Zealand’s open and fair trade environment, and its emphasis on developing new technology, facilitates our ongoing commitment.
“New Zealand has rich tourism resources, and highly developed agricultural and trade sectors. Digital transformation empowered by advanced ICT technology can enable New Zealand to become better connected with the world, and transform its traditional strengths into driving forces of economic growth.”