What does Google and Playboy have in common?
By João Marques Lima Published: 00:29, 17 March, 2017 Updated: 00:29, 17 March, 2017
Company wants to put an end to the dumb-looking data centre by transforming empty walls into gigantic canvas and exports mural idea to Ireland and Iowa.
Google is on a mission to transform the outside of its large data centres across the globe by creating giant murals with art from well-known artists.
Following the makeover of its Oklahoma and Belgium facilities, the company has now also decorated the outside of its data centres in Dublin and Iowa, US.
In the Irish capital, art works are authored by Fuchsia MacAree, while in Council Bluffs, Google picked Gary Kelley.
By choosing Kelley to decorate its data centre, Google has entered the artist’s portfolio that also includes work with Playboy magazine.
Watch bellow the official videos explaining Google’s mural story and the works in Dublin and Iowa.
Intel, HPE, IBM exec comes out as Lenovo data centre trump card
By João Marques Lima Published: 12:19, 24 March, 2017 Updated: 12:19, 24 March, 2017
$45bn Chinese multinational tries to reverse falling revenues in its newly formed Data Center Group with an executive shakeup.
In its last attempt to invert a revenue free-falling business arm, Lenovo has hired Kim Stevenson from Intel to serve as the company’s senior vice president and general manager of the Lenovo Data Center Group.
The move comes as the company’s shares dropped 67% in 2016, and revenues in the newly formed Data Center Group fell 20% when compared to 2015 amounting to $1.1bn.
In a statement, the company said: “The newly formed business units will lead Lenovo’s charge into five market segments: data centre infrastructure; the software-defined data centre; high-performance computing and artificial intelligence applications; “hyperscale” systems, and data centre services.
“Each will be led by a general manager with responsibility for definition of offerings and go-to-market strategies in the segment, as well as responsibility for the entire business end-to-end.”
Stevenson will be responsible for overseeing the infrastructure side of the group, including the company’s core data centre products and solutions portfolio.
Past experience includes spent eight years at Intel leading the company’s Client, Internet of Things and System Architecture (CISA) Group and serving as Intel CIO for four years.
Before Intel, she spent seven years at the former EDS holding a variety of positions including vice president of its Worldwide Communications, Media and Entertainment (CM&E) Industry Practice. She began her career at IBM.
In addition to Stevenson’s appointment, Lenovo has also shifted three of its employees into other positions in the leadership board.
Laura Latrello, vice president and general manager, will continue in her role leading the data centre services segment. Newly appointed business segment executive leaders will report directly to Kirk Skaugen, executive vice president & president, Data Center Group.
Paul Ju has been named vice president and general manager of hyperscale, Madhu Matta has been appointed vice president and general manager of High-Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence, and lastly, Radhika Krishnan has been made executive director and general manager of Software-Defined Data Center.
Zimbabwe’s TelOne lights up Chinese-backed data centres
By João Marques Lima Published: Updated: 10:26, 24 March, 2017
Minister calls for businesses to give up on building their own infrastructure and enter shared facilities to save up on foreign capital.
Zimbabwean telecommunications operator TelOne has opened two of the country’s first data centres under the National Data Centre project.
The main hub, TelOne Data Centre, is located in the capital Harare and was built at a cost of $4m.
The development is also a sub-project of the National Broadband (NBB) Project under the $98m China Exim Bank facility.
TelOne said in a statement: “TelOne is in the process of transforming its business model from a fixed landline provider to a broadband-based business.
“The transformation will see TelOne becoming a fixed mobile converged company with emphasis on broadband, cloud and digital services.”
The company said the data centre has been designed to serve several different verticals, including government institutions, parastatals and industry players like banks and other big data corporations.
TelOne Data Centre offers co-location, disaster recovery, back-up and storage, bandwidth rental and cloud services. In addition, SMEs and individuals can opt for web hosting and rack space rental.
The opening ceremony was attended by ministers and TelOne’s executive board, including Supa Mandiwanzira, Zimbabwe’s Minister of ICT,
In addition to the data centre in the Zimbabwean capital, the company has also launched a second facility in Mazoe, circa 37Km from Harare.
Mandiwanzira said: “A lot of players here including banks, some big corporates, some government departments have deployed their own data centres.
“As Minister, however, I would like to extend my call for infrastructure sharing even to yourselves so that we avoid duplication of infrastructure and consequently save the country the much needed foreign currency.”
The rising adoption of mobile services and the need to adopt cloud technologies is driving the need for data centre construction across the continent.
Recently, South Africa’s Teraco raised $91m from Barclays Africa Group to aid the construction of one of the largest data centre footprints in the continent.
All across Africa, governments are now looking into consolidating their IT infrastructure and a popular choice seems to be the construction of National Data Centres to be used by businesses and the public sector.
A wave of data centre contracts has also seen several internet exchanges sign into such data centre environments.
Huawei vows to build data centres across all world regions, in all major countries
By João Marques Lima Published: 15:38, 23 March, 2017 Updated: 15:38, 23 March, 2017
Company reiterates primarily focus in public cloud services and private cloud construction.
Huawei has shed some light on its plans to become a cloud world power by unveiling its plans to build dozens of data centres outside the APAC region.
Speaking to Data Economy, Ma Yue, VP of Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group, said: “We have a roadmap to build data centres across Asia-Pacific and in addition to that, we are actively working with partners around the world to build data centres.
“We have plans for data centres across the world including Asia-Pacific and the regions outside of it in all major countries.
“We will build data centres in all key regions around the world.”
Asked to specify which regions the company was mostly focusing on, Yue jokingly responded: “Specifically in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Commonwealth countries, and North America and Latin America.”
Huawei has this week announced it will open a data centre in New Zealand to help build the country’s digital infrastructure as more business turn to cloud computing.
Yue said: “Our R&D primarily focuses on cloud computing, big data, internet of things, global networks, software defined networks, and we hope that based on these long term, sustainable and robust technologies. We will continue to invest and drive a leading ICT platform at Huawei.
“Cloud is a buzzword and Huawei is able to provide an ICT platform pulling a synergy across cloud level, the hype level and the device level.
“Various data transmitted through devices will be able to, through the network, be computed on the cloud. And in cloud computing our primarily focus is public cloud services and private cloud construction.
“Together with our partners, and this includes our partnerships with telcos, we are actively expanding the cloud computing business.
“Data centres are a key focus, key direction of our endeavours.”
CenturyLink reinforces data centre alliance with NetApp
By João Marques Lima Published: Updated: 11:57, 23 March, 2017
Sale of data centre portfolio did not mean the end of data centre business to CenturyLink. Only a shift in focus.
CenturyLink has entered the NetApp Unified Partner Program in its latest attempt to expand its range of data centre offerings following the sale of its entire data centre fleet to BC Partners.
Through the program, CenturyLink will make available to customers NetApp storage solutions designed for enterprises and small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs) in multiple market segments including the public sector.
The agreement will enable CenturyLink to provide a range of NetApp hardware and licensing solutions, including the NetApp Flex Pod offering on CenturyLink’s global network, to more customers and partners.
NetApp Flex Pod has been built by NetApp and Cisco and is a data centre platform that hosts infrastructure software and business applications in virtualised and bare-metal environments.
The solution is aimed at converged infrastructure, virtual data centre infrastructure and also specialised application environments within enterprises.
Terence Gleeson, vice president, Strategic Partner Alliances, CenturyLink. Said: “We are excited to expand our strategic alliance with NetApp as we continue building our managed services offerings to help companies achieve success with their digital transformation projects.”
Bill Lipsin, vice president, Global Channels, NetApp, said: “Having CenturyLink as part of the NetApp program builds upon our existing relationship.
“Joining the program should enhance CenturyLink’s ability to leverage new opportunities for delivering value-added services, data centre solutions and the customer support needed to thrive in today’s digital transformation.”