There’s no going back. Schneider Electric proves edge computing is HERE with micro data centre launch
By João Marques Lima Published: 17:29, 16 March, 2017 Updated: 17:29, 16 March, 2017
Global provider unveils plug-and-play edge system targeted at the IoT and other edge applications, where process speed is crucial.
Schneider Electric has made one of its strongest bets yet in the edge computing space by launching a range of micro data centre products.
The Micro Data Center Xpress (Micro DC Xpress) line has been created to simplify and accelerate the deployment of micro data centres at the network edge.
The solution includes a complete data centre physical infrastructure and management software in a single self-contained enclosure.
Micro DC Xpress can prove game-changing as more internet of things (IoT), industrial things (IIoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions are deployed across all verticals.
In the car space, for example, micro data centres will assume a key role in the communications happening between the car and the wider infrastructure – roads, signs and other components – as well as the communication with other vehicles.
With that in mind, Schneider Electric’s Micro DC Xpress has been designed to allow IT equipment to be pre-installed by the customer, partner or integrator before shipment.
Customers, partners or integrators have the ability to fully populate and test their solution in-house prior to shipping to their regional or local edge sites, consequently reducing deployment time and risks.
Micro DC Xpress includes Schneider Electric’s Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software suite, StruxureWare for Data Centers, and is built on the EcoStruxure integrated architecture platform.
The solution also includes physical protection capabilities, including key-card functionality to prevent unauthorized access and ensure the safety and security of the environment.
The Micro DC Xpress will be available to order in North America, UK and France in April 2017 and in all of Europe later in 2017.
Chris Hanley, senior vice president, Data Center Systems, Schneider Electric, said: “In our digitally-connected world, businesses and consumers have a low threshold for interruptions to service.
“Edge computing solves real-time data transmission issues by bringing bandwidth-intensive content and latency-sensitive applications close to the users or data sources to ensure reliable connectivity.
“As the market evolves, especially around IoT, we are committed to delivering simplified, cost-effective solutions that enable edge technologies.”
‘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”.