Europe’s first Facebook-like open lab dedicated to open compute and open stack technologies launches in London
By João Marques Lima Published: 10:30, 15 March, 2017 Updated: 00:38, 15 March, 2017
Canonical, Redhat, Cumulus, QCT, Wiwynn, EdgeCore Networks and others set to take part in the works carried out at the lab.
London-based colocation provider Volta Data Centres has, together with open stack and open hardware integrator CSsquared, launched what it claims to be Europe’s first Open Lab for organisations wanting to test open compute and open stack technologies.
The lab is described by the two companies as a mirror to the one set up by Facebook in Menlo Park, California.
Organisations using the facility will be able to deploy and test compute workloads on Open Compute Project (OCP)-approved and OCP-inspired hardware and software before carrying out their workloads migration into such infrastructure and environments.
The facility will be built and operated by CSsquared and Volta Data Centres will house the Open Lab at its Clerkenwell data centre, at the heart of the British capital.
It will be based on 1U, 2U and 4U open compute servers, high performance compute servers, JBOD/JBOF storage devices and bare metal Ethernet switches. It will also include operating environments from Canonical and others.
Jonathan Arnold, Managing Director at Volta Data Centres, said: “We are proud to be a founding member of the The Open Lab and look forward to welcoming the first organisations into this unique European test facility.
“We see a growing interest from European data centre operators to explore the benefits of open hardware and software in a controlled environment.”
Keith Sullivan, Managing Director at CSsquared, said: “Our vision is to bring the huge benefits of the open compute ecosystem – conclusively proven in the hyperscale environment – within reach of European organisations.
“It is new and that can be a bit scary, especially if you have committed to the world view of one of the traditional hardware vendors.
“We are here to help organisation prove the benefits for themselves, and then to make a planned, insight-driven migration to the ‘world of open’.”
‘If you have a bold dream, let’s chase your dream together’: SAP CEO sets up startup fund to drive innovation
By João Marques Lima Published: 14:26, 23 March, 2017 Updated: 14:26, 23 March, 2017
Machine learning, blockchain and lots of data are the key ingredients to join the company’s newly launched startup fund and foundry.
German multinational SAP has launched a $35m startup fund, SAP.iO Fund, to make early-stage investments in software startups that will expand the SAP ecosystem.
In addition to the SAP.iO Fund, the company has also unveiled the global SAP.iO Foundry program, to incubate early-stage startups that build software applications, including those using technologies such as machine learning and blockchain.
At the launch stage, the SAP.iO Foundry will be available in San Francisco and Berlin.
In the German capital, the foundry will be powered by Techstars Accelerator and managed by Techstars, a worldwide entrepreneur network.
These new foundry locations will complement existing SAP.iO startup incubation partnerships with Techstars IoT in New York City and the Junction in Tel Aviv.
The first startup to receive funding from SAP.iO is Parable Sciences, Inc. (Paradata), a big data analytics company based in San Jose, Calif.
Paradata’s use of machine learning to offer supply chain transparency complements SAP Ariba solution capabilities in direct material sourcing and supply chain visibility.
In addition to funding, SAP.iO and SAP will provide the startup with mentorship, customer introductions and access to platform integrations and APIs.
Deepak Krishnamurthy, chief strategy officer, SAP, said: “Our open innovation model continues to deliver value to our customers. In addition to empowering our employee innovators, SAP.iO will use its fund and foundries to invest in entrepreneurs that develop industry-changing software.”
Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, said: “SAP.iO will create a new ecosystem to help accelerate digital transformation for our 350,000 customers.
“We have a message for entrepreneurs: if you have a bold dream to solve one of the world’s most significant challenges, join us and let’s chase your dream together.”
Interxion’s latest customer expansion proves there’s a huge deal awaiting data centres in academia
By João Marques Lima Published: 02:24, 22 March, 2017 Updated: 23:07, 21 March, 2017
This time, expansion happened in France, but it is expected that the amount of such deals will increase exponentially across the world.
Research and educational needs for storage and data analytics compute power are posed to generate large waves of business for data centre providers all over the world.
A recent example of this is the expansion of research and education network, SURFnet, within European data centre operator Interxion’s footprint.
The Dutch network has signed into Interxion’s Paris data centre to leverage further international collaboration through the Advanced-North-Atlantic 300Gbit (ANA-300G) fibre optic cable.
SURFnet’s network infrastructure provides researchers with a way to share large quantities of data across the world.
By expanding its network to Interxion’s Paris data centre SURFnet now has a direct connection to all three of the access points for the ANA-300G cable project, which allows data to be transferred at high speed between North America and Europe.
Along with an access point at Interxion’s Paris campus, the ANA-300G facility includes points-of-presence at data centres in London and Amsterdam Science Park, where SURFnet already colocates its network infrastructure.
Fabrice Coquio, Managing Director at Interxion France, said: “Our Paris campus offers access not only to all of Europe’s key markets for academic research, but many of the gateway markets that can extend SURFnet’s reach globally. We’re proud to be playing a part in helping academics across the globe work more closely to produce meaningful outcomes, as well as helping SURFnet improve resilience.”
Alexander van den Hil, Product Manager at SURFnet, said: “Expanding into Interxion’s Paris data centre is a logical and strategic step in growing SURFnet’s reach, as the Paris campus features some of the best connectivity on the continent for trans-Atlantic and pan-European interconnection.
“This extends our capability and allows us to offer more opportunities for collaboration for the Dutch research and education community and our European partners.”
Amsterdam internet exchange establishes PoP at Digital Realty’s data centre
By João Marques Lima Published: 09:42, 21 March, 2017 Updated: 09:43, 21 March, 2017
54,000 sqf data centre is turned into the 13th home of one of the world’s largest IXs.
Data centre services provider Digital Realty has become the latest operator to host the Amsterdam internet exchange (AMS-IX) with the opening of a point-of-presence (PoP).
The company said this will provide “unprecedented density, speed and reliability of service within the Netherlands and beyond”.
Digital Realty’s Amsterdam Data Tower connects with more than 200 networks from Amsterdam’s Science Park.
The Amsterdam Data Tower has over 5,000 m2 of data space and 9 MW of customer power.
Users of the infrastructure have access to an ecosystem of telecom organisations, ISPs and cable companies available for connection.
AMS-IX has more than 800 connected parties and a peak of 5 Terabits per second (Tbps) internet traffic.
AMS-IX CTO Henk Steenman, said: “Currently we are located in 12 data centres in and around Amsterdam.
“By adding this 13th Point of Presence in Digital Realty we increase our diversity of data centres, which is one of our values being a neutral internet exchange.”
These are the biggest data centre market drivers in Africa today
By João Marques Lima Published: Updated: 00:16, 21 March, 2017
1.2 billion people live in Africa today, yet one one quarter of the population has internet access, according to the International Telecommunication Union. However, the market is changing across the continent and with that in mind, Data Economy spoke with Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director at Rack Centre who explained all there needs to be known about this “sleeping giant”.