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Cloud Readiness Index 2018: Asia-Pacific strengthens its cloud capabilities
Mature Asia-Pacific (APAC) economies continue to top the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2018 rankings. Developed by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), the CRI places Singapore and Hong Kong ahead of much larger APAC markets such as China, India, and Indonesia. The CRI also reveals that the readiness divide observed in CRI 2016 has slightly widened despite emerging markets' efforts to leapfrog into digitally-enabled economies. If left unaddressed, this divide could lead to a pervasive unequal access to the potential socio-economic opportunities brought about by digital technologies. Cloud readiness advances steadily as Singapore takes top spot Nine of 14 APAC economies did not move in the rankings, suggesting that cloud readiness is progressing at a homogenous pace across the region. The Singapore, Japan, and Taiwan markets stood out by ascending one rank each, while Hong Kong and Australia respectively lost one and two positions: - Singapore's renowned no-nonsense efficiency is a powerful cloud readiness enabler. It is consistently positioned among the top three economies for most segments and parameters, taking top spot in this year's rankings. - The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are pushing the Japanese government to increase the scope and scale of its cloud readiness. With its high internet speeds, secure environment, and recent privacy reforms, Japan is well positioned to lead regional cloud adoption. - As one of the Four Asian Tigers, Taiwan has long put emerging technologies at the forefront of its economic strategies. Improvements in the cloud governance and infrastructure segments, have for instance, strengthened its ability to drive wider cloud adoption by the public and the private sectors. - Hong Kong's tumble may be indicative of the significant advances made by other APAC economies rather than any specific shortcomings. It remains a strong performer in the cloud infrastructure and security segments, while others do much better in terms of cloud regulation and governance. - Despite falling in the rankings, Australia remains a strong regional contender. Weighed down by its relatively poor cloud infrastructure, it remains a strong performer in other key readiness areas thanks to its forward-looking 'Cloud First' policy. Cloud fundamentals are strong, but wider cloud adoption will require additional efforts Singapore and Hong Kong stand out with outstanding broadband speeds and international connectivity, taking top spot in the aggregated cloud infrastructure and regulation segments. Australia and New Zealand rank highest in terms of cloud governance, well ahead of most other APAC economies. Regarding cloud security, Singapore and South Korea stand out as clear leaders. In 3rd position, Malaysia is the only emerging economy at the top of the cloud security rankings, demonstrating the effectiveness of its recent cybersecurity initiatives. At the other end of the spectrum, Vietnam and China lag behind the rest of the region's emerging economies in a number of fundamental parameters, including privacy, intellectual property protection, and freedom of information. Cloud infrastructure and security remain an issue for Indonesia and the Philippines, while Thailand performs poorly in the aggregated cloud regulation segment. "The ACCA recommends that economies who do not have 'Cloud First' policies consider their implementation, and that economies who have them in place look into developing supporting policies," says Bernie Trudel, Chairman of the ACCA. "These may include cloud vendor registration or accreditation approaches, providing guidance for baseline security standards to enhance cybersecurity, and developing specific data management policies." Inequalities remain and may limit potential growth The difference between economies' CRI 2018 scores averages 2.7 points -- just above the 2.6 of 2016 -- which means the gap has slightly worsened over time. The fact that the eight highest ranking economies remain unchanged between the CRI 2014 and the CRI 2018 suggests that this cloud divide may already be deeply entrenched. Without further intervention, this divide could widen despite the efforts being made by emerging markets to leverage the smart technologies that enable sustainable digital economies. "To reduce the cloud computing divide, the ACCA recommends emerging APAC economies accelerate work to develop initiatives that boost connectivity fundamentals," says Eric Hui, Vice-Chair of the ACCA. "These could be government cloud (gCloud) schemes that improve international and domestic connectivity, as well as national digitisation plans that drive short-term technological innovation in emerging fields (5G, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence) and address longer term development goals." Beyond readiness: unlocking digital opportunities The results of the CRI 2018 paint a useful picture for cloud policymakers and practitioners alike. But they also raise some interesting questions that make it necessary to start thinking beyond simple readiness: - India and China have both made significant progress in driving the region's adoption of cloud-driven technologies, playing central roles in the region's technological development. Yet at 12th and 13th positions respectively, they both remain at the bottom of the CRI rankings. - Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines have recently implemented a number of forward-looking policies that make them attractive destinations for cloud providers. But because these are policy-driven changes, it will be some time before their impact can be felt or even measured. "The ACCA believes there is a clear need for additional metrics that measure the potential impact cloud technologies have on societies," says Lim May-Ann. "Should metrics be available across economies, a new Cloud Impact segment could be included in the CRI, involving a number of indicators such as number of smart cities, number of locally-developed apps, fintech presence and growth, attractiveness to tech start-ups, or IoT usage in industries." "Moving further into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, cloud-based technologies will continue to drive intelligent innovation that connects people, products, and platforms," adds Barbara Navarro, Treasurer of ACCA. "In this context, APAC economies must measure new aspects of their technology policies -- not only their implementation, but also their actual impact on people's lives." Visit http://bit.ly/CRI2018-site to access the Cloud Readiness Index 2018 interactive microsite or click here to download the full report. OPTIONAL MARKET-SPECIFIC STORY ANGLES FOR EDITORS Below are some suggested headlines and story angles for selected economies: Singapore: Maintaining a stellar track record Developed by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2018 shows that Singapore's renowned no-nonsense efficiency is a powerful cloud readiness enabler. It is consistently positioned among the top three economies for most segments and parameters, taking top spot in this year's rankings. Significant improvements in Data Centre Risk, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, and Intellectual Property Protection have pushed it up in those parameter rankings. It has also held on to its past rankings in many other parameters, consistently ranking among the top three economies. This demonstrates the power of strong, coordinated infrastructure and the benefits of flexible regulatory frameworks. Singapore's key weakness can be found in the aggregated Governance segment. A top Business Sophistication scorer, it is brought down by a poor Freedom of Information score. If it wants to continue succeeding, Singapore will have to ensure it balances the need for structured policies with sufficient space for innovation and experimentation. The CRI measures 14 economies across Asia Pacific on ten parameters to indicate how prepared they are in adopting cloud computing. Hong Kong: Finding room to grow Developed by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2018 shows that Hong Kong loses its leading CRI position. Cloud Infrastructure remains one of Hong Kong's strengths, thanks to a strong performance in International Connectivity and Broadband Quality. Along with significant improvements in Cloud Security, Hong Kong clearly positions itself as a world-leading cloud computing destination. Its high score in the Data Centre Risk parameter also makes it an appealing data centre hub. But there is still room for improvement. Hong Kong ranks 5th in the aggregated Cloud Regulation and Governance segments, suggesting either not all aspects of its cloud strategy are solidly executed, or it is not keeping abreast of improving best practices. It has, for instance, lost some rank in three key Cloud Readiness parameters: Government Regulatory Environment, Freedom of Information, and Business Sophistication. The CRI measures 14 economies across Asia Pacific on ten parameters to indicate how prepared they are in adopting cloud computing. New Zealand: Capitalising on unique strengths Developed by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2018 shows that New Zealand has not moved from its 3rd position in CRI 2016. A regional leader, it is especially strong in the aggregated Governance, Regulation, and Infrastructure segments. Its highest marks are in the Power Grid, Green Policy, and Sustainability and the Business Sophistication parameters. To strengthen its position, New Zealand is developing a set of mandatory data breach reporting laws that will soon support its 'Cloud First' policy. A great overall ranking should not, however, distract from the fact that New Zealand's major weakness is the aggregated Cloud Security segment. It may perform well in the Data Centre Risk parameter, but the tumble to 8th in Cybersecurity hinders its ability to rise above its current position. If left to persist, this weakness may grow to dampen the progress already made in terms of cloud adoption. The CRI measures 14 economies across Asia Pacific on ten parameters to indicate how prepared they are in adopting cloud computing. Japan: Making additional progress Developed by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2018 shows that Japan is one of three economies to have climbed one rank compared to CRI 2016. A decidedly mature economy, Japan's performance was at its best in the Regulation and Infrastructure segments. With its high internet speeds, reliable power supply, secure environment, and reliable regulatory frameworks, Japan is well positioned to lead regional cloud adoption. Its most notable improvement was in the Data Privacy parameter, reflecting recent legislative reforms such as the amendments to the Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) and the establishment of the Personal Information Protection Commission (PPC) as a privacy commissioner. In most other parameters Japan remains stable with minor fluctuations in the mid-range rankings. Its most notable weakness was the dramatic fall in Business Sophistication rankings. It also experienced a precipitous fall to 9th rank in Business Sophistication, which may be explained by a tight clustering of scores in the Ease of Doing Business Index, combined with good performances from the mid-range economies. The CRI measures 14 economies across Asia Pacific on ten parameters to indicate how prepared they are in adopting cloud computing. Taiwan: Adapting to changing conditions Developed by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2018 shows that Taiwan has made some encouraging progress on several cloud parameters, making it one of three economies to have climbed one position since CRI 2016. It rose to 3rd in International Connectivity and 4th in Cybersecurity. The Government Regulatory Environment and Freedom of Information parameters have also both improved. Cloud Governance and Infrastructure were Taiwan's best performing segments, which means the foundations are in place for cloud adoption to increase in the public and the private sectors. Taiwan's weakness is Cloud Regulation, mainly due to lower-than-usual scores for the Data Privacy and Intellectual Property Protection parameters. It has also slumped in the Data Centre Risk and Power Grid, Green Policy, and Sustainable Energy parameters. Taiwan can make considerable improvements in the next CRI by tackling gaps in its privacy legislation. The CRI measures 14 economies across Asia Pacific on ten parameters to indicate how prepared they are in adopting cloud computing. Australia: Overcoming structural weaknesses Developed by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2018 shows that Australia's overall cloud readiness is weighed down by its relatively poor cloud infrastructure, leading it to lose two positions since CRI 2016. Despite this tumble, Australia remains a strong regional contender thanks to strong performances in key readiness areas. It continues to be a low-risk location to build data centres and it strongly protects intellectual property rights. Seeing a mature economy with a 'Cloud First' policy rank 7th in terms of Cloud Infrastructure may seem like a paradox, but it can be explained by Australia's unique topographical challenges. Its geographically large territory makes it difficult for businesses and governments to roll out large-scale, next-generation technologies -- as evidenced by the stumbling roll-out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) since 2013. The CRI measures 14 economies across Asia Pacific on ten parameters to indicate how prepared they are in adopting cloud computing.
OWC’s Groundbreaking ThunderBlade Now Shipping in All Capacities
OWC®, has announced that the pioneering ThunderBlade™ external drive is now shipping in four capacities, from 1TB to 8TB. The first–to–market ThunderBlade is the fastest external drive available, with almost unheard of transfer speeds up to 2800MB/s Read and 2450MB/s Write, making it the preeminent production solution for professionals. Insert alt text here Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2018, OWC continues to build on their legacy of first–to–market innovation, proudly designing products that push the edges of possibility in order to support the M&E space. Larry O’Connor, Founder & CEO, said “We at OWC can’t thank our customers enough for allowing us to do what we love so much every day. We strive to build products that will go further and deliver a better return on our customers' technology investments. The ThunderBlade is one more example of a solution that will allow our customers to work more effectively, a product that can literally change the way they create. Everyone at OWC is excited by the boundless opportunities the next 30 years will bring for our customers.” The ThunderBlade is currently deployed to great acclaim in production houses and studios nationwide. Dave Helmly, Sr. Manager, Professional Video/Audio for Adobe Systems Inc. had this to say about the ThunderBlade: "Whether you're working on a 4K, 5K or 8K production or diving into huge Immersive VR environments, loading large complex projects just got easier with the new ThunderBlade from OWC." Insert alt text here The ThunderBlade is available in capacities from 1TB up to 8TB, MSRP from $1,199.99 to $4,999.00.
On-Demand Colocation Provider Datacenter.com Expands Network Eco-System, Adds Cogent Communications in Amsterdam
Datacenter.com, a carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation company that paid more than $500,000 for its domain name while planning a fast global roll-out of large-scale, on-demand data centers in select markets, has added Cogent Communications to its portfolio of carrier networks available in Amsterdam. The opening of a Point-of-Presence (PoP) by Cogent in this highly energy-efficient Datacenter.com ASM1 facility (calculated pPUE: 1.04) will further enhance Datacenter.com’s ability to meet high redundancy and high volume bandwidth requirements set by cloud providers and other demanding clients. Cogent Communications is a multinational ‘Tier 1’ Internet Service Provider (ISP) with a facilities-based carrier network that spans across North America, across the Atlantic throughout Europe, and across the Pacific to Asia. With over 57,400 route miles of intercity fiber and more than 31,250 metro fiber miles available, Cogent provides its services to over 199 major markets globally and interconnect with over 6,150 other networks. “Cogent has a truly global network presence with a highly redundant network design and enormous volumes of cost-efficient bandwidth available,” said Stefan Arbias, Sales Director Europe, Cogent Communications. “Deploying a PoP in Datacenter.com’s recently commissioned AMS1 facility adds to Cogent’s facilities-based global network. Expanding our footprint in Amsterdam is important to Cogent, as the Amsterdam metropolitan region is an important Internet hub for our clients. Here, Datacenter.com surely is strategically located, in the Amsterdam South-East business district, one of the most fiber-dense areas in the world.” High Volume Bandwidth, Cost-Efficiency Adding Cogent to the carrier-neutral and cloud-neutral eco-system of network providers available in Datacenter.com AMS1 bolsters an already diverse bandwidth blend at this large-scale data center in Amsterdam. Cogent will offer end-to-end customer service and network surveillance to Datacenter.com customers. The 54.000 square feet Datacenter.com AMS1 facility boasts true 2N critical power redundancy (allowing for concurrent maintenance without interruption), high-density infrastructure and a scalable data center environment. The facility with 54U (!) racks is designed for scalability and flexibility, suiting the dynamic requirements of cloud providers worldwide. “Cogent is yet another powerful global network being added to our enterprise-grade carrier-mix,” said Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com. “Extending Cogent’s global fiber-optic network into our Amsterdam AMS1 colocation data center is critical to our strategy of building rich connectivity offerings in this facility and Datacenter.com’s soon to be deployed facilities elsewhere in the world. Cogent’s high volume, low-latency bandwidth offerings and the cost-efficiency of its network services will definitely cater to the needs of our customers including cloud providers.” The announcement follows the news of Datacenter.com launching a globally available channel partner program for its on-demand colocation services with month-to month contracts. This channel program is aimed at Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), Managed Service Providers (MSPs), systems integrators and IT consultancy firms, enabling them to package their own offerings with Datacenter.com’s carrier-neutral and cloud-neutral colocation services. “Datacenter.com’s solid brand name, its unique on-demand proposition, its compliant infrastructure and professional management, as well as its ambitious growth plans of rolling-out data centers on a worldwide scale definitely suit Cogent’s strategy of continuously expanding our global network with PoPs located in enterprise-grade facilities,” added Mr. Arbias. “We’re exited about the opportunity to work with Datacenter.com as we are striving to extend our footprint in the Amsterdam and other European markets. It will provide Datacenter.com’s customers with access to one of the world largest and most interconnected networks.”
Bizzabo Makes Advances in SaaS Industry with Signing of 9 New Partnerships for Its Proprietary Event Success Platform
Bizzabo, the world's leading holistic events cloud, today announced further market growth into the SaaS industry with 9 new partnerships including Magento, Zoom Information, InsightSquared, Moz, Namely, RingCentral, Sisense, PayFactors and SalesLoft. Going forward, Bizzabo will exclusively provide its event success platform to enhance each organization's ability to host impactful events that increase strategic partnerships, long-term revenue, client engagement and more key objectives. Amy Rosenberg, Namely, Field Marketing Manager, said: “Working with Bizzabo has transformed Namely’s events. Building local communities across the country is a key part of our marketing strategy. With Bizzabo’s technology, we can scale quickly while giving our attendees a seamless and on-brand experience. Plus, the ROI of each event is no longer a mystery. Now, I can see the direct impact each event has on our bottom line.” Saar Bitner, Chief Marketing Officer of Sisense, an analytics platform that enables organizations to instantly reveal insights from complex data, said: "At Sisense we are obsessed with customer success, and in-person events are an important channel to make sure that we are delivering on that goal. Leveraging Bizzabo's event marketing platform for our user conferences and training events allows us to better engage with clients. Bizzabo also enables peer-to-peer connections between clients, deepening relationships across our client community.” Alon Alroy, Bizzabo’s Co-founder and Chief Customer Officer at Bizzabo, said: “We are very proud to be working with these leading SaaS organizations that are embracing live events as a cornerstone of their engagement and growth strategies. At their roots, each of these organizations are dedicated to adopting innovative technologies to maximize the experience at their events. It is humbling to work alongside these amazing companies in building communities that bring people together with next-gen event solutions.” While growing its roster of global partners, Bizzabo is further expanding its footprint in the SaaS industry. In recent years, Bizzabo has enabled thousands of events to run seamlessly for companies across a wide array of verticals, including media, finance, entertainment, travel, telecommunications and more. The award-winning event success platform offers marketers the means to create rewarding in-person experiences through a streamlined set of tools for event marketing, analytics, automation and personalization. These critical features enable organizations to orchestrate, measure and improve their events. Additionally, Bizzabo currently ranks #14 worldwide by The SaaS 1000 list, which recognizes the fastest growing SaaS companies based on an algorithm that uses six-month employee size growth and overall employee size. This follows shortly after Bizzabo announced a new growth funding round of $15 million. Additionally, the company’s annual recurring revenue grew more than 200% and the team doubled in size over the past year, which reflects the upward trajectory of the company earnings, growth and market share. For more information on Bizzabo, visit https://www.bizzabo.com
TidalScale Holds Press Conference to Announce Establishment of Korea Branch
TidalScale held a press conference at the Plaza Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul on December 7, 2017, to announce establishment of its branch in Korea to strengthen its position in the global market. It also announced that it will provide software-defined servers for companies and public institutions that are in high demand for HPC and Big Data Analytics, enabling them to instantly set up the servers in the scale that they need. Hyperkernel, a key technology of TidalScale, is an inverse hypervisor technology that allows a software-defined server to consolidate all the resources of multiple nodes such as CPU, memory, storage, and network into a single system. Located between hardware and guest OS, Hyperkernel optimizes the virtual CPU and memory moving through patented machine learning in microseconds and moves them to a completely redesigned interconnection network, resulting in increasingly faster and evolved. TidalScale solution supports to consolidate multiple commodity servers into one or more virtual servers, regardless of operating system, thus implementing server environment much easier than the method that the user is currently using, as well as extending the useful life and value of the data center. This enables enterprises to build supercomputer-class systems for large-scale analysis, memory-intensive computing, computing-intensive workloads, and modeling. On top of that, TidalScale stated that it will strengthen its position in the Korean and Asian markets and expand the market by using the momentum of establishing a Korean branch. ▲ Dave Ferretti, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, TidalScale Dave Ferretti, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, TidalScale, stated that the current data is soaring and new economics are required for handling data. In addition, he emphasized that data center infrastructure also requires new definitions, and the use of memory, storage, compute and applications is dramatically changing. Memory on the server will eventually affect performance, and data must be handled through in-memory technology. He added that the data must be handled in a larger memory configuration that fits the cloud environment. IT infrastructure needs to be able to quickly support the right size for the business, and technology is needed to respond quickly to changes such as rapid growth. TidalScale supports these requirements by using multiple commodity servers to configure the size of the computing resources at that time, and to substitute a two socket server for a large server that was replaced for every few years. Larger computational resources, which can be obtained through the new architecture, can perform more complicated simulations. They are also expected to quicken decision-making in real time by handling multiple pieces of information within memory in a situation where the transaction size of financial analysis is getting bigger. Meanwhile, TidalScale has many partners and customers around the world, and Oracle has recently launched a service that incorporates TidalScale’s technology in its cloud. Also, SAP is overcoming the aspect of large memory requirements in HANA operations with the technology of TidalScale. The Korean branch of TidalScale is the first overseas branch, and the reason for the selection is that Korea is the center of the world's memory and flash technology. It is also emphasized that although the domestic business is important, it has a goal to prepare by cooperating closely with memory and flash-related companies in product selling and sales to the world, and to introduce new data center architecture. Moreover, TidalScale configures and operates resources at the right size within the data center through rack-level virtualization, and extends the use of flash tied to a single server. ▲ Jamon Bowen, Sales Engineering Director at TidalScale As things necessary for TidalScale’s ‘software-defined server’, Jamon Bowen, who is sales engineering director at TidalScale, pointed out that it must be able to operate at an appropriate size, be able to produce in-memory performance, be self-optimizing, and be available in commodity hardware. And both the application and the operating system must be transparently usable as if they were used on a hardware basis, without modification. In a traditional software-defined data center, innovation based on “software-defined” has been reflected to storage, network, and management part, and paradoxically, “server” was mentioned as the last piece for making resources be operated at an appropriate size. The existing virtualization technology has a virtualized processor and memory, and is connected to the hardware by a hypervisor, which allows creating only small virtual machines on one server. When adding more capacity, there is a difficulty that the new instance and the changed application have to be applied. Contrary to the existing virtualization where multiple operating systems run on one server, TidalScale's core technology, 'Hyperkernel', is introduced as a “inverse hypervisor” technology, which can integrate all resources from multiple nodes, including processors, memory, storage, and networks, into a single system. This allows a single VM to expand directly to this added resource when adding a resource pool, making it possible without application modification. This allows flexibility in the data center, enabling servers to operate at the right size as needed. ▲ Mobility of processor and memory support in virtualized environments, and optimizations based on machine learning are pointed out as the features. ▲ Park Un-young, Country Manager of TidalScale Korea In this virtualization environment, operating systems and applications use virtualized resources, and the advantage of virtualization technology is that the resources can be moved. It is difficult to avoid performance degradation when going through the network, but TidalScale can increase infrastructure utilization and optimize performance by making not only the processor but also the memory move. Located between hardware and guest OS, Hyperkernel optimizes the virtual processor and memory moving through machine learning in microseconds and moves them to a completely redesigned interconnection network, resulting in increasingly faster and evolved. Based on this technology, it is possible to configure as a single virtual mainboard in one large VM with multiple commodity two-socket systems. In addition, a commodity server can be used as a building block to produce necessary server on a software basis, to implement an operating system and an application without modification, and to implement various configurations with flexibility. Meanwhile, TidalScale's solution is based on Intel processors, and while pool configuration and integrative utilization with different generational platforms are not recommended, it can be configured and used in any direction. What’s more, moving the processor in the movement of resources does not consume much network resources, but memory movement requires bandwidth. In this respect, the performance improvement of network interface on recent platforms will be very helpful for the spread of such solutions. It is also added that a minimum 10Gbps infrastructure is recommended for this solution, and there is a need to look at latency aspects as well. Park Un-young, Country Manager of TidalScale Korea, said that TidalScale's Korea branch has plans to advance into the third country as well as the domestic market. In addition, he pointed out all the markets that need IT as the strategic market, and introduced that it will practically focus on big data and cloud domains. In the big data area, it is possible to enhance the competitiveness of the company by overcoming the difficulties of distributed processing implementation in R analysis. In the cloud area, it is possible to provide flexibility of change in infrastructure scale in software base. It also provides a new profit model for the business and convenience benefits for the customer.
IaaS Hosting Provider 3W Infra Releases Mid-End and High-End, Dell-Powered Dedicated Server Packages
3W Infra, a fast growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider from Amsterdam with global operations and more than 4,600 dedicated servers under management, today announces the launch of its new mid-end and high-End dedicated server plans. These hosting packages are powered by Dell’s latest, 14th generation PowerEdge server technology. 3W Infra expects to enhance its innovative power later on this year by adding AMD-powered (next to Intel-powered) Dell equipment. 3W Infra’s new high-end and mid range dedicated server packages are powered by Dell PowerEdge R440 and Dell PowerEdge R540 respectively. These server hardware types will replace the previous 3W Infra server packages based on R430 and R530. As a provider of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions on a global scale, 3W Infra has thoroughly tested the 14th generation Dell hardware and expects these new dedicated server plans to cater to the efficiency and performance needs, even the most demanding ones of a variety of its existing and new customers worldwide. - 3W Infra Test Bench Data Center Amsterdam “3W Infra engineers have run multiple test with both of these Intel-powered Dell server types on the test bench in our flagship data center in Amsterdam and they found remarkable improvements when compared to the previous generation of Dell servers,” said Roy Premchand, Managing Director of 3W Infra. “Our testing results show that the equipment is delivering serious efficiency and performance enhancements, as promised by Dell.” “Providing up to 140 TB (!) storage capacity, 3W Infra’s new high-end dedicated server offering is able to efficiently handle high-capacity business workloads,” added Mr. Premchand. “This would make the R540 dedicated server package ideal for applications like software-defined storage, messaging, video streaming and virtualization, to name a few. 3W Infra’s mid-end R440 dedicated server plan on the other hand is optimized for high-density, scale-out computing. This makes it an ideal solution for running virtualization applications and web serving. With its dual processor architecture and ample storage and memory, our R440-powered dedicated server is a good fit for HPC applications as well as standard business applications – for businesses looking for performance but also for efficiency within their dedicated server environments.” Equipped with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management together with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance, the new dedicated servers are located in 3W Infra’s flagship data center in Amsterdam – an Open Compute Project (OCP) ready data center with scalable power modules starting at 5 Ampere per cabinet up to 25 Ampere for high-density requirements. Key features of 3W Infra’s new R540 (high-end) dedicated server package include: • Dual Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake-SP) CPU - up to 20 cores • 512 GB DDR4 • Dell Remote Access and Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC9 Enterprise) • Hardware RAID (PERC): Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller • Up to 12x 3.5” SAS/SATA HDD • Supports NVMe SSDs • Up to 20Gbps dedicated uplink to 3W Infra’s high volume (160Gbps of bandwidth), fully redundant and continuously expanding global network • Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, or BSD. • Free-of charge dedicated server setup Key features of 3W Infra’s new R440 (mid-end) dedicated server package include: • Dual Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake-SP) CPU - up to 22 cores • 512 GB DDR4 • Dell Remote Access and Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC9 Enterprise) • Hardware RAID (PERC): Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller • Up to 4x 3.5” Hot Plug HDD • Supports NVMe SSDs • Up to 20Gbps dedicated uplink to 3W Infra’s high volume (160Gbps of bandwidth), fully redundant and continuously expanding global network • Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, or BSD. • Free-of charge dedicated server setup - AMD-Powered Dell Servers 3W Infra already has laid its eye on Dell’s very recently introduced PowerEdge servers (R6415, R7415, and R7425) with AMD’s Epyc 7000 processors inside. As with the Intel-powered dedicated servers launched today, it will support NVMe SSDs. If the promised performance, efficiency and reliability results will turn out to be as great as expected when being put on 3W Infra’s test bench, the company will definitely embrace the AMD technology and have 3W Infra’s dedicated server plans powered by AMD processors. “The R6415 and R7415 servers seem to be able to provide two-socket performance from a single-socket server,” added Mr. Premchand. “This would provide us and our clients with tremendous savings and a much lower TCO figure, savings that would add up as we expect to scale-up 3W Infra’s amount of servers under management significantly in the coming year. The AMD-powered Dell servers are available on the market already, but we will first let our engineers put them on our test bench. In line with 3W Infra’s highly flexible approach and customized offerings though, we may be able to offer these servers – just as any other Dell server type and configuration - before the official dedicated server package launch later on this year.”
QNAP Delivers Affordable 10GbE Connectivity with QSW-1208-8C and QSW-804-4C 10GbE/NBASE-T Switches
QNAP® Systems, Inc. (QNAP) today released the QSW-1208-8C (twelve-port) and QSW-804-4C (eight-port) 10GbE/NBASE-T™ unmanaged switches to help home and small business users upgrade their networks to accommodate 10GbE speeds for bandwidth-demanding tasks. The NBASE-T-based switch delivers a cost-effective solution for improving network performance while using existing Cat 5e, 6 and 6a cables. The QSW-1208-8C has twelve ports, including four SFP+ (fiber) and eight SFP+ (fiber)/ RJ45 (copper) combo ports while the QSW-804-4C has eight ports, including four SFP+ (fiber) and four SFP+ (fiber)/ RJ45 (copper) combo ports to ensure an optimized investment in 10GbE networking. The QSW-1208-8C and QSW-804-4C are also backward compatible with legacy devices, and support the IEEE 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet, EEE) standard for reducing power consumption while maintaining high network performance and quality. "The QNAP unmanaged switch series is excellent for home and small business users," said Ken Cheah, Product Manager of QNAP, adding "the versatility of these 10GbE switches allows users of 10GbE-equipped QNAP NAS and virtually all 10GbE/NBASE-T-ready servers to fully leverage the high-speed potential of their devices, services, and infrastructure for greatly improving workflows and enhancing day-to-day tasks." The QSW-1208-8C and QSW-804-4C can function as a desktop-based or rackmount-based solution (a free rackmount kit is included in the package). Both switches feature a sleek modern design to blend in with other devices in digital homes and offices. The smart fan mechanism enables efficient heat dissipation to ensure high performance while staying near-silent for minimizing background noise. Key specifications QSW-1208-8C: 12-port (4 SFP+ fiber ports, 8 SFP+/ RJ45 copper combo ports) QSW-804-4C: 8-port (4 SFP+ fiber ports, 4 SFP+/ RJ45 copper combo ports) Dual desktop/rackmount; 5-speed (10GBASE-T/5GBASE-T/2.5GBASE-T/1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX), IEEE 802.3az compliant. Availability The QSW-1208-8C unmanaged switch is now available; the QSW-804-4C will be available in April, 2018. For more information and to view the full QNAP NAS and peripheral lineup, please visit www.qnap.com
Datacenter.com Unveils Global Channel Partner Program for Its Flexible, Month-to-Month Colocation Offerings
Datacenter.com, an international data center colocation provider that paid more than $500,000 for its domain name while introducing a flexible month-to-month colocation subscription model three months ago, announces the launch of its channel partner program with global reach. The program is aimed at CSPs, MSPs, systems integrators and IT consultancy firms, enabling them to package their own offerings with Datacenter.com’s carrier-neutral and cloud-neutral colocation services designed for contractual and technical flexibility at one of the main Internet hubs in Europe, in Amsterdam. Datacenter.com launched its on-demand, month-to-month colocation subscription model - called Start Direct Cabinets - at the end of 2017 to cater to the flexibility needs of cloud-oriented companies with dynamic operations and/or hybrid IT infrastructures in place. Now, Datacenter.com brings its highly flexible, cloud-neutral colocation model to the channel of CSPs, MSPs, systems integrators (SIs), IT distributors, IT consultancy firms, and other types of business partners interested in offering colocation services to their clients or referring them to Datacenter.com. - Data Center Amsterdam “Channel partners selected by Datacenter.com will be able to benefit from our significant investments in state-of-the-art carrier-neutral data center infrastructure as well as our competitive price levels,” said Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com. "Initially, the program will be available from our brand new AMS1 facility in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, but soon our portfolio of facilities as well as the program will be expanded into other areas around the world - as we’ve planned a fast rollout of carrier-neutral data centers in strategic markets worldwide. The 54.000 square feet facility in the Amsterdam South-East business district is highly secured and outfitted with enterprise-grade amenities such as redundant N+1 cooling units, 2N power and 2N water supply. Next to that, we’ve used indirect adiabatic cooling technology to maximize energy savings, while the facility is certified as compliant for all relevant data center management regulations.” Datacenter.com’s Channel Partner Program provides a range of benefits for channel partners tailored around the capabilities and requirements of each type of partner. The partner program comes in four flavors catering to the various need and requirements of different types of channel partners: · Lead/Referral Generation – Channel partners may collaborate with Datacenter.com by referring leads, no substantial data center services knowledge is required. The more accounts referred to Datacenter.com, the higher commission percentage partners will receive. The referral partnership is non-exclusive, meaning that partners are allowed to refer their colocation services leads to others as well. Besides that, there are no limits being set to the total number of referrals. · Reseller Partnership – Designed for ‘easy selling’ as the carrier-neutral and cloud-neutral data center infrastructure delivered has an enterprise-grade, ultra-low pPUE figure of 1,04 and there are no long-term contract commitments involved, Datacenter.com offers its reseller partners the opportunity to add new ‘easy’ revenue streams to their portfolios. This type of partnership is typically aimed at IT services partners including distributors who may consider themselves knowledgeable in the field of IT in general or in specific areas. · Solution Integration Partnership – This channel program option is built to help enable IT service providers maximize revenue streams by incorporating Datacenter.com’s enterprise-grade, flexible colocation services with month-to-month contracts into their own services offerings. Cloud service providers (CSPs), managed service providers (MSPs) and systems integrators (SIs) are enabled to seamlessly integrate Datacenter.com’s colocation services into their own (hybrid) services offerings. · Elite Partnership – This program option provides partners the opportunity to collaborate with Datacenter.com on an equal basis and utilize Datacenter.com’s co-branded sales & marketing enablement to drive opportunities that are closed together. Datacenter.com offers these types of partners dedicated technical resources to help them design customized solutions for their customers. Also included are sales & bid management support, for example. Marketing opportunities embedded include site visits, joint press releases, and much more. “The Datacenter.com Channel Partner Program is designed to further expand our reach, but it’s a unique colocation offering we are sharing with our partners so it’s really providing a win-win,” added Mr. Steman. “Our Start Direct Cabinets with flexible, month-to-month colocation contracts; our ultra-low thus highly energy-efficient PUE; our strategically located and highly connected data centers in fiber-dense areas, starting in Amsterdam; not to forget a solid brand name and an organization that’s managed by long-time Internet veterans; these characteristics delivered by Datacenter.com all add up to a really unique offering. We’re convinced that the Datacenter.com channel program will enable easy and lucrative selling for partners signing up to this program.”
TYAN Showcases Embedded Server Platforms to Provide Industry High Standards at Embedded World 2018
TYAN®, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and subsidiary of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation, is exhibiting their latest embedded motherboards to address today’s surveillance, network security appliances and medical instruments environment at Embedded World 2018 from February 27th through March 1st, booth 3-109 in Nuremberg, Germany. “TYAN offers a line of motherboards that feature parts from the Intel and AMD embedded roadmaps which provide long lifespan and extended operating temperature range. With key features including 7-year longevity of supply, wide operating temperature during 0° C ~ 55° C, and EMC Class B certification, our embedded platforms allow for ruggedized servers and platforms that operate much longer than the industry standard 3-year lifespan,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation's TYAN Business Unit. TYAN’s embedded server platforms are designed to meet high reliability and safety requirements, and offer support for industry standard form factors. These platforms conform to higher standards and are ideal for a wide range of industrial controls, networking, surveillance, medical instrument, digital imaging and printing applications. TYAN Product Exhibits @ Embedded World 2018 - Tempest EX S7100-EX: Dual-socket Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor-based server board in SSI EEB (12" x 13") form factor for embedded appliances - Tempest EX S3227: Intel® Atom® processor C3000 series-based server board in Mini-ITX (6.7” x 6.7”) form factor for low power embedded and networking applications - Tempest EX S5542-EX: Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v5/v6-based server board in ATX (12" x 9.6") form factor for entry server deployment - Tempest EX S5545-EX: 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 series processor-based workstation board in μATX (9.6" x 9.6") form factor for embedded applications - Tempest EX S5547: 7th Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 series processor-based board in fATX (9" x 7.5") form factor for appliances deployment - Tomcat EX S8026-EX: Single-socket AMD EPYC™ processor-based server board in EATX (12” x 13”) form factor supports 16 DDR4 DIMM slot with 8 memory channels, 2 NVMe /SATA M.2, 2 OCuLink™ 8x (for 16 SATA 6G connections) and 2 SATA 6G connectors - Tomcat EX S8015: AMD Ryzen™ 7 series processor-based workstation board in μATX (9.6" x 9.6") form factor for embedded applications - Thunder HX FT48T-B7105: Pedestal dual-socket Intel Xeon Scalable Processor-based platform with support for up to 12 DDR4 DIMM slots, 6 PCIe x16 slots, and 4 3.5” hot-swap SAS 12Gb/s or SATA 6Gb/s devices
QNAP Introduces New 6 Gbps Expansion Enclosures REXP-1610U-RP/REXP-1210U-RP for QNAP NAS
QNAP® Systems, Inc. today launched the new REXP-1610U-RP and REXP-1210U-RP expansion enclosures that support 6 Gbps SATA hard drives and SSDs. Designed for expanding the storage space of a QNAP NAS, the new expansion enclosures provide a flexible and budget-friendly solution for organizations to tackle applications with intense data growth (such as archiving, high-resolution media storage, and video surveillance) without needing a large up-front investment. “The rampant growth of data makes a flexible storage expansion solution a priority for organizations,” said David Tsao, Product Manager of QNAP, adding “QNAP provides a wide range of expansion enclosures with various transmission interfaces and price points, fulfilling the need for higher capacity and lower costs to resolve the needs of data storage and backup.” The new REXP-x10U-RP series enables plug-and-use convenience for seamless capacity expansion. With the powerful Storage & Snapshots Manager, administrators can easily configure the expansion operations and monitor the health of each expansion enclosure and the disks within them. QNAP NAS also supports missing mode protection to protect data on the expansion enclosures. The REXP-x10U-RP series performs as a secure and budget backup solution for QNAP NAS. Administrators can back up NAS data to the REXP-x10U-RP on a real time or scheduled basis using RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) or rsync, while the support of QJBOD Express (JBOD enclosures roaming) helps migrate data stored on the REXP-x10U-RP to another NAS without needing a network connection. The REXP-x10U-RP series supports the following QNAP NAS series: TDS-16489U, TES-x85U, TVS-1582TU, TVS-ECx80U-SAS-RP (R2), TS-ECx80U (R2), TS-ECx79U-SAS-RP, SS-ECx79U-SAS-RP, TS-ECx79U-RP, TS-x79U-RP, TS-x73U/-RP, TVS-x71U/-RP Note: A SAS storage expansion card (P/N: SAS-12G2E) is required if the NAS does not have Mini-SAS ports. Key specifications REXP-1610U-RP: 16-bay, 3U rackmount model REXP-1210U-RP: 12-bay, 2U rackmount model Three SAS 6Gbps 4x wide port; hot-swappable 3.5-inch/2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps hard drives or SSDs; redundant power supply units
International Colocation Company EvoSwitch Expands Amsterdam AMS1 Data Center Campus
EvoSwitch, an international and cloud-neutral colocation company with large data centers located in Amsterdam and Washington DC with their cloud interconnection platform EvoSwitch OpenCloud, announces its plans to build a new highly energy-efficient data center in Amsterdam. The new carrier-neutral facility in the Netherlands will be located adjacent to its existing Amsterdam premises, EvoSwitch AMS1. The new EvoSwitch data center is the first phase of a major facility expansion, with a roadmap to expand capacity up to 30 MVA in the coming years. It will add 6,000 square meters (sq. ft.) of colocation space, offering 7,5MW of new capacity to the company’s existing 15MW data center campus in Amsterdam. EvoSwitch’s in-house engineered modular data center building concept features 2N electrical redundancy and ‘Indirect Adiabatic Free Cooling’ with hot and cold aisle containment. It would allow for a low Power Usage Effectiveness figure (PUE= 1.2) thus resulting in a highly energy-efficient and reliable colocation data center environment for customers. EvoSwitch expects its new data center in Amsterdam to be operational in Q1 2019. - Patented Modular Data Center Technology Although completely separated from current data centers present at the campus terrain in Amsterdam, the new EvoSwitch AMS1 data center (AMS1 Campus Hall 7, with Hall 8 and Hall 9 planned for subsequent phases) will be interconnected with existing data center infrastructure through a corridor. As this is an on-campus expansion, it would allow customers to profit from enterprise-grade and network-rich ecosystem features from day-1. Future-proof design amenities available at EvoSwitch AMS1 include colocation racks and private cages featuring redundant 2N cooling, direct access to major Internet Exchanges; an ever-expanding amount of managed services including cloud interconnectivity; the use of 100% renewable energy; 24/7 engineering staff onsite; and a 99,999% uptime guarantee. “Our patented, in-house engineered and highly modular data center design offers stand-alone units with their own multiple UPS back-up solutions, as well as distribution boards, cooling units and fire suppression systems,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO at EvoSwitch. “This allows for highly autonomous and easily scalable data center units being deployed, even as a partial solution within current data center expansion, catering to the needs of cloud service providers and so many other companies with dynamic, high-scalability needs. Combined with third-party accredited security compliance standards in place, including ISO 27001:2013, PCI-DSS, SIOC1 Type II, as well as ISO 14001:2004 and LEED Gold certifications, our added data center space in Amsterdam meets all requirements of enterprises and CSPs across the globe.” - Colocation Demand in Europe EvoSwitch’s new investment in its Amsterdam data center campus, EvoSwitch AMS1, comes as the carrier-neutral data center provider identifies growing demand for more colocation capacity and cloud interconnection services in Europe. “European data center growth in 2017 was faster than ever before, according to a recent CBRE report and JLL report, particularly in Amsterdam and London,” added Mr. Boonstra. “The CBRE and JLL reports result are in line with our own experiences and revenue results this year. Another report from Digital Gateway to Europe mentions some key drivers for the Netherlands being a top-10 data center hub in the world. These key drivers include the wide range of high quality and low-latency connectivity options available; the stability of the energy grid in the Netherlands; and the country’s rapid expansion of ecosystems across networks, as well as cloud and hosting companies.” “These market research reports confirm that we’re on the right track with the EvoSwitch colocation and cloud interconnectivity offerings and current expansion plans at our Amsterdam data center campus,” added Boonstra. “The rapid expansion of cloud ecosystems in the Netherlands in particular is an important factor in growing our customer base. The EvoSwitch OpenCloud cloud interconnectivity marketplace being established in 2015 enables ecosystems of cloud, hosting and networking providers as well as enterprises and startups to establish robust, direct links between networks inside our data centers in Europe and the US. It also allows for secure access at minimal latency to public clouds like AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform. The new data center build will add to the networking efficiency of ecosystem members, allowing for ecosystem growth and even more efficiency across cloud environments.”
On-Demand Data Center Interconnection Platform DCspine Deploys PoP in New Amsterdam Facility Datacenter.com
Datacenter.com, an international data center services provider that paid more than $500,000 for its domain name while introducing a flexible month-to-month colocation subscription model lately, today announces that DCspine has opened a Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Datacenter.com’s new Amsterdam facility. DCspine is an on-demand - fully automated, scalable, high capacity - data center interconnection platform designed for the cloud era. It delivers a virtual Meet-Me-Room (MMR) interconnecting more than thirty Netherlands-based data centers through software-defined networking. Developed and owned by Eurofiber Group, a Netherlands-based provider of digital infrastructure services in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, DCspine is a high capacity, ‘Terabit’ interconnection platform designed to innovate data center interconnection in the Netherlands and beyond. Eurofiber has invested several millions of euros in its DCspine platform to provide carrier-neutral data centers and their customers with the flexibility required to optimize cloud service delivery and meet the requirements set by on-demand services models. The DCspine PoP being deployed in Datacenter.com’s new Amsterdam facility would allow Datacenter.com customers to establish easy, fast and cost-efficient cross-connections (up to 100G per connection) with other data centers in the Amsterdam region and beyond. DCspine can be seen as a Meet Me Room (MMR) for all connected datacenters. The online portal offers Datacenter.com customers the opportunity to establish connectivity ‘on-demand’ with other data centers in both the Amsterdam metropolitan area as well as deeper to the edge of the network. Cloud Service Providers The DCspine Point-of-Presence allows Datacenter.com customers to easily deploy disaster recovery (DR) data center locations thus executing their business continuity plans. It also enables them to ensure network continuity and uptime guarantees during IT infrastructure migration to the Datacenter.com AMS1 facility. The DCspine platform would provide its services truly on-demand, as connectivity products purchased through the DCspine online portal – such as bandwidth or a point-to-multipoint connection - can be ordered, adjusted or deleted at any time 24/7. “Eurofiber has developed the DCspine interconnection platform to capitalize on the need for highly flexible data center connectivity required by cloud service providers,” said Bart Oskam, CTO of the Eurofiber Group. “We applaud Datacenter.com for entering our growing partner ecosystem of interconnected data centers via software defined networking. We expect cloud services providers present in Datacenter.com AMS1 to appreciate our investments in the DCspine interconnection platform.” On-Demand Data Center Infrastructure With the deployment of a PoP in Datacenter.com’s new Amsterdam data center, DCspine has expanded its ecosystem of data centers to over thirty connected facilities in the Netherlands. Next to Datacenter.com, the data center ecosystem includes companies like Equinix, Interxion, EvoSwitch, NLDC, Digital Realty, Alticom, Dataplace, and now also Datacenter.com. DCspine will further invest in connecting other data center locations. Part of a planned targeted global roll-out of large-scale colocation data centers in selected markets, Datacenter.com’s Amsterdam flagship facility opened in Q4 2017 will total 54,000 square feet (5,000 square meters) colocation space upon completion. Datacenter.com AMS1 features a highly energy-efficient design with a calculated pPUE figure of 1.04. Other Datacenter.com facility locations worldwide are soon to follow. Start Direct Cabinets “DCspine is a highly innovative interconnection platform that fully meets our expectations when it comes to establishing flexible and scalable data center and networking infrastructure,” said Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com. “Also DCspine’s flexible contract terms make this interconnection platform a seamless extension to our own on-demand colocation capabilities, as Datacenter.com is uniquely offering Start Direct Cabinets – a pay-as-you-go colocation offering with month-to-month contract terms. Infrastructural and contractual flexibility will help cloud service providers achieve true elasticity within the Datacenter.com colocation environment.” “DCspine is actually revolutionizing the colocation data center market in the Netherlands,” added Mr. Steman. “They are taking a concept like cloud-neutrality to the next level by adding a new level of independence, data center neutrality. Strengthening our own on-demand colocation delivery model, this will allow Datacenter.com customers to instantly and flexibly interconnect with other colocation data centers in the Amsterdam region and also a wide variety of edge locations in the Netherlands.”
Switch Datacenters Launches Global Licensing Model for Rapid Data Center Deployment with Patented Technologies
Switch Datacenters, a European provider of build-to-suit corporate data centers and enterprise-grade colocation facilities, announces the launch of its wholesale Data Center as a Service program enabling rapid data center deployment on a global scale. The program provides organizations the opportunity to license Switch Datacenters’ patented data center technologies and obtain an integrated, full-service data center infrastructure package with highly energy-efficient cooling (calculated pPUE: 1.03-1.06), modular power infrastructure and racks included. Heavy investments in R&D activities by Switch Datacenters have resulted in ‘state-of-the-art’ data center infrastructure featuring Dutch engineered, patented indirect adiabatic cooling technologies; highly modular thus scalable solutions for power supply; and (remote) data center management (custom DCIM software). Lately, substantial effort has gone into integrating these R&D efforts and bundling it into an integrated offering. The result? A highly energy-efficient, fixed quality data center design with a calculated pPUE between 1.03 and 1.06, utilizing pre-fabricated components to reduce time-to-market. The actual pPUE figure will depend largely on the climate where the data center build is being located. Moreover, this data center infrastructure is OCP-ready, which means that it is suitable for Open Rack Systems based on Open Compute Project (OCP) principles. Switch Datacenters’ data centers delivered through the program are being built in the Netherlands, then shipped to worldwide locations depending on customer requirements. Its built-to-suit data center design has already been deployed for IBM in the Netherlands, for example. The design would be a good fit for a wide range of data center deployments including large-scale as well as small-scale data centers, with potential electrical loads from 5 to 100 MW. - Racks, Security, Remote Management Switch Datacenters’ newly launched Data Center as a Service program is an end-to-end solution including the racks and deployment of security technologies onsite. Automated remote data center management tools would allow data centers on almost any scale to run with little onsite engineering support. The program with a global reach provides for engineering capabilities on-site though, to provide deployment quality assurance and ease of operation. Switch Datacenters’ Data Center as a Service program enables organizations worldwide to have a quick-start when deploying enterprise-grade, highly energy-efficient data center infrastructure. The program is aimed at a wide range of potential customers including Cloud Services Providers (CSPs), Managed Services Providers (MSPs), data center owners/operators, hyper-scale data center providers, and real estate owners. Potential licensing partners from a variety of countries worldwide have already shown interest in the Data Center as a Service program, including companies from the U.S., France, Dubai, Sweden, and the African continent. “Our Data Center as a Service program provides hyper-scale data center providers, enterprises, cloud services providers and real estate owners alike the opportunity to deploy new data centers within short-term notice,” said Gregor Snip, CEO and founder of Switch Datacenters. “By joining our program, organizations are able to get their new data centers, even large-scale ones, up and running within about 3-months time - which is quite fast actually. Besides that, our technologies guarantee high levels of operating efficiencies with significantly reduced operating costs.” The Data Center as a Service program offers four major types of options for delivering Switch Datacenters’ in-house developed and patented data center technologies, which include: · Customer Data Center Ownership – a customer obtains full ownership of the data center build. License fees are paid for design, patents for cooling technology and rapid power deployment, as well as maintenance. · Hybrid Data Center Delivery – this option provides for shared ownership and shared responsibilities of the data center build. This model helps to remove the burden of high upfront costs from the customer as Switch Datacenters is participating financially. A customer remains in control though, while able to utilize Switch Datacenters patented data center technologies. · Full Service Lease Data Center – this monthly fee package option provides end-to-end data center deployment and operational services, with the highest level of customer care delivered by Switch Datacenters. Without the usual upfront costs, a customer can immediately take advantage of the professional data center infrastructure being implemented. · Cooling and/or Power as a Service – a customer only pays for the patented cooling and power technologies being implemented. This could be an ideal option for existing data center builds, for companies intending to green their operations by implementing sustainable, energy-saving data center technologies.
Press Conference Celebrating 25th Anniversary of PTC Korea Branch Establishment
On November 1, 2017, PTC Korea held a press conference to celebrate the 25th anniversary of branch establishment at PTC Korea office in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, and introduced customers' strategies for leading 'Digital Transformation' and portfolios to support them. PTC Korea announced that it will strengthen its domestic partnership based on its IIoT (Industrial IoT) portfolio, and establish its position as representative company that leads customers’ digital transformation. PTC's IIoT platform 'ThingWorx' is a software platform that enables simple and rapid application development in complex and rapidly changing IoT environments, supporting inter-object connectivity, machine learning, augmented reality, and integration with device cloud. By combining these holistic IoT technology stacks, PTC helps companies securely connect their assets, develop applications quickly, and ensures that companies wanting to have a business model suited to the super-connection era can achieve sustained growth. PTC stated that it is achieving rapid growth of 40% over last year based on its broad IIoT portfolio and is continuing double-digit growth in domestic market. In addition, 1,200 companies and 250 partners worldwide are using 'ThingWorx' as their IoT platform, and major system integrators around the world are building IoT competency centers based on ThingWorx technology. In particular, it has been used as an industrial IoT of Hyundai Electric's energy solution brand 'INTEGRICT'. ▲ Park Hye-kyeong, Branch Manager of PTC Korea Park Hye-kyeong, Branch Manager of PTC Korea, introduced that PTC is supporting customers with the ability to accelerate their journey to customers' “Digital Transformations”, and PTC Korea was founded on November 1, 1992, so this is its 25th anniversary. Currently, PTC, which is a company with an annual sales of 1.5 ~ 2 trillion won, has a wide portfolio including CAD, CAM and PLM as well as application lifecycle management (ALM), service lifecycle management (SLM), IoT and machine learning. In addition, PTC has consistently achieved double-digit growth, with annual average growth of 18% from 2010 to 2017. It is also classified as a leader in the global IoT platform vendor evaluation or the IoT SW platform evaluation. At the same time, it ranks #1 on IoT SW platform market, and especially in the global augmented reality platform market, VUFORIA has a share of 80%. ‘Convergence’, which links digital and reality, is introduced as a technology innovation of PTC. This helps automate the interaction process between each sides and enables smooth communication to accelerate business optimization and transformation, and IoT and AR were mentioned as the technologies for this. PTC represented industrial IoT as an 'Industrial Innovation Platform', and it introduced that 'Smart Connected Products' is the core of IIoT and digital transformation. TESLA, GE Aviation and John Deere are introduced as good examples. ▲ Four types of 'journeys to digital innovation' were introduced. PTC introduced four types of 'journeys to digital innovation' - digital engineering, manufacturing, services and retail - and recommended to progress transformation by following three stages for each type. In terms of transformation in digital engineering, based on the volatility that is led by software such as 'reconfigurable engine', PTC can afford to cope with various requirements rapidly in engineering and progressive quality control through remote upgrade or performance data monitoring at user environment. As for transformation in manufacturing, 'Smart Factory' is a typical example, and it also has demand for expandability. Smart Factory can exchange information by connecting sensors to facility and equipment and eventually enables optimization of the factory. As for transformation in the retail, the company offers offline and digital-blended shopping experiences by applying digital technology to offline stores, and establishing ‘end-to-end’ platform that connects and integrates complicated supply chain. As for transformation in service, Rolls-Royce and GE's aircraft engine business cases were introduced. While the engine was sold to an airline and contract or request-based maintenance was carried out in the past, the company now introduces a new business model using new technology in the form of presenting service levels and paying the corresponding costs. In addition, there are various examples of new business creation through the transformation of service, and some companies in developed countries have service-based sales of about 40%. ▲ There are three core technologies for the transformation to smart and connected manufacturing. ▲ In Korea, actual results are coming out through cooperation in this regard. ICT technologies for transformation to smart and connected manufacturing include the IoT platform, machine learning and AR. Among them, the IoT platform needs ‘connection function’ to connect various devices easily and quickly, ‘analysis function’ to analyze and optimize incoming data from various devices, ‘application implementation function’ to make it easier for people to understand data, a number of endpoints’ efficient management function, and functions for user experience. Along with this, expandability and security are the basic competencies that the platform must have. Machine learning requires a platform that can support a series of processes, which are finding patterns through vast amounts of data, identifying signs of future work and taking measures. In addition, AR expects to be able to help quick decisions in monitoring and judging data by using systems that are millions of times faster than people. Examples of utilizing these technologies include: quickly looking up information and history of machines, displaying digital forms of key parts by overlapping with real objects, informing users of necessary maintenance information in advance, predicting and recommending possible future failure. In fact, strategic alliances of GE and PTC are introduced as examples of utilizing PTC's solutions. PTC has concluded a strategic alliance to continue to provide manufacturing solutions that can be used within GE's Brilliant Manufacturing Suite (BMS) based on the IIoT platform ThingWorx. At the second cooperation announcement, ThingWorx for Predix is presented for developing apps powered by GE Digital’s Predix. In Korea, Hyundai Electric's energy solution brand 'INTEGRICT' is based on PTC's technology. Through this, the company performs energy solution business that supports efficient energy management from production of existing power equipment to consulting and construction.
QNAP and Netgate Showcase NAS with pfSense Joint Solution for Network Security at CES 2018
QNAP® Systems, Inc. initiated partnership with Netgate®, the world’s leading provider of open source firewalls and security gateways, and showcased a joint solution by implementing pfSense® software on QNAP NAS to create new security and networking deployment at CES 2018 (QNAP Booth No. 40955). Security is of paramount importance for all companies and is also the highest priority for QNAP as a network-attached storage solution provider. In addition to participating in the CVE Numbering Authority (CNA) and supporting McAfee® Antivirus services, QNAP is now collaborating with Netgate to take network security to the next level with the pfSense firewall solution on QNAP NAS. “We are very excited to be working with QNAP,” said Jim Thompson, Netgate’s co-founder and CTO. “Given their market strength in the NAS market, as well as their innovative Virtualization Station, it is logical for customers to want to secure their NAS-based business applications and data from damage or theft. Netgate’s pfSense provides an unbeatable secure networking value play.” “We are pleased to join hands with Netgate to enhance network security. Netgate pfSense provides numerous security options for users to help safeguard their QNAP NAS in a protected network environment,” said Meiji Chang, General Manager of QNAP. Organizations can implement Netgate's pfSense in a virtual machine operated on the QNAP NAS using Virtualization Station, a full virtualization solution for x86-based QNAP NAS with virtualization extensions (Intel® VT or AMD-V). The joint solution – comprised of a full-featured intrusion prevention system through pfSense, and the virtual switch available via QNAP’s QTS NAS system – enables fast and easy internal firewall deployment that safeguards applications running on the NAS. QNAP and Netgate also plan to collaborate on advanced firewall solutions that address the expanded throughput, encryption, and management flexibility needs of enterprise-class organizations. The availability of advanced Netgate secure networking solutions for QNAP NAS will be announced separately.
Riding the AI Wave: QNAP to Unveil Storage Solutions for AI, Demonstrate IoT Mini Server, and Showcase Amazing Companion Robot at CES 2018
QNAP®, Inc. will unleash its full-throttle network-attached storage innovations around artificial intelligence (AI) at CES 2018 (Sands Convention Center, 2nd floor Booth No. 40955), including a new AI developer package along with a GPU-accelerated NAS for AI machine learning, the next-generation single-board IoT mini server for small-scale/private IoT applications or large-scale/public IoT deployments, and a clever new companion robot that performs as an artificially intelligent assistant for home environments. QNAP NAS: Empowered for machine learning AI for model-based services According to a recent Gartner survey, 59% of organizations are still gathering information to build their AI strategies, while the remainder have already made progress in piloting or adopting AI solutions. QNAP has been quick to realize this important IT trend by reaching beyond storage to empower QNAP NAS solutions optimized for AI and graphics processing to efficiently facilitate AI-oriented computational tasks. At the QNAP booth, a live demo will be presented using the high-performance TS-1277 NAS, powered by an AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700 processor, with a high-end graphics card installed to deliver the computing power required for data-intensive machine learning applications. QNAP will also debut “QuAI” - an AI developer package to quickly build, train and optimize AI models running on QNAP NAS products to demonstrate the machine's learning capabilities and exhibit solid results for specific model-based services such as image classification. Given that applications and services will incorporate AI at some level, QNAP combines its hardware and software strengths to deliver cost-efficient AI-oriented big data storage solutions. This can eventually help organizations drive more intelligent usage and identify business opportunities at every level. “QNAP is keen to be one of the first players in the field of AI, and we are very excited to debut our NAS-based innovations for machine learning AI,” said Meiji Chang, General Manager of QNAP, adding “While AI incorporates big data, big computing in the cloud, and powerful algorithms, QNAP solutions are capable of integrating those elements together to help organizations explore advanced user experiences and greater business value.” AfoBot: The companion robot designed for family and home assistance QNAP’s new companion robot “AfoBot” features voice interaction, face recognition and video calls to help foster easy communication, elder care, entertainment, and daily-life assistance. It’s home-oriented design concept is not only for utility purposes but also for enhancing quality of life and greater communication opportunities at home. Small and un-obtrusive, AfoBot is only 10.67 inch (27.1 cm) tall and weighs 1.7 kg (3.75lb), has 32 GB of local data storage, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It provides hands-free voice control to launch programs, commands and actions. It also supports single or four-peer video calls, making it especially easy-to-use for elderly people and connect them to family members and friends as they can use natural speech to interact with the robot. For life assistance, AfoBot supports alarm clock, weather report, automatic photo-capturing, and supports the AfoTalk mobile app for remote control for even greater convenience. AfoBot can also initiate playback of music, video and radio with simple voice commands. “Designed in a focus for home environment, the friendly AfoBot removes the ‘technology gap’ barrier, throws away the keyboard, and uses natural speech to extend ‘real-life’ interactions that makes it easy to become part of the family and helps improve our lives in many potentially life-changing ways,” said Aaron Lee, Vice President of Consumer Solution Business Division of QNAP. QBoat Sunny: An ark to ferry IoT devices and applications The newly launched “ QBoat Sunny” has gained significant notoriety, and CES visitors will have the chance to see first-hand how this 12cm x 12cm single-board IoT mini server works with Philips® Hue for smart lighting, and with Domotz® for premiere remote network monitoring and management for professionals. Featuring Container Station and QIoT Suite Lite, QBoat Sunny allows users to seamlessly manage and monitor IoT applications, devices, and data for a streamlined and highly efficient IoT development experience. QBoat Sunny provides unprecedented processing and storage performance with its AnnapurnaLabs AL-314 processor, 2 GB RAM and two M.2 SATA SSD slots. In addition, QBoat Sunny is equipped with three 1000BASE-T ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A ports, and a M.2 slot for wireless module installation (2230 length). It can connect to versatile IoT development boards, devices, applications, and be used as a server for small-scale/private IoT applications. It can also serve as a fog computing node/gateway in large-scale/public IoT environments, fulfilling a wider range of IoT projects with complete functionality and an affordable price. More about new NAS products TS-328: QNAP’s first 3-bay NAS that allows for building a RAID 5 array with the fewest disks. It is powered by a Realtek RTD1296 quad-core 1.4 GHz processor with 2GB or 4GB RAM available, supports 4K transcoding and playback, snapshots, cross-device file backup and synchronization, and a variety of multimedia applications. TS-x28A: Entry-level NAS available in 1 and 2 bays for home users, featuring a Realtek RTD1295 quad-core 1.4 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM. It provides abundant performance for multimedia/data storage, sharing and streaming functions, complete file and data protection capabilities, and block-based snapshot support. TS-x53Be: Cost-efficient NAS available in 2 and 4-bay, featuring Intel® Celeron® quad-core 1.5 GHz processor with 2GB or 4GB RAM available. It supports dual 4K HDMI outputs and PCIe expansion which provides fantastic long-term possibilities for the NAS to be upgraded to add features such as SSD caching and 10GbE connectivity. TVS-x73e: High-performance NAS available in 4, 6, and 8 bays, featuring an AMD RX-421BD quad-core APU, up to 64GB DDR4 RAM, two M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots, dual 4K HDMI outputs, and hardware-assisted 4K video transcoding acceleration. It provides dual PCIe slots for flexibly installing 10GbE NICs, QM2 cards or USB 3.1 10Gbps cards to fulfill versatile business needs. QNAP marketing and business development personnel will be on-hand to help determine product and marketing strategies for distributors and resellers to grow their business. Accredited members of the worldwide press are also invited to schedule product briefings and request evaluation units for review purposes. The availability of QuAI and the aforementioned new products will be announced separately.
IaaS Hosting Company 3W Infra Launches Global Startup Accelerator Program
3W Infra, a fast growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider from Amsterdam with global operations and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, announces the launch of a startup accelerator program for innovative, Internet-savvy companies around the world with scalable IaaS hosting needs. With its global scope, the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program is intended to help drive growth for startups by offering free and subsidized IaaS hosting infrastructure, engineering resources, and executive mentoring. The 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program is aimed at cloud service providers (CSPs), Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), app development companies and other early-stage, Internet-savvy companies in the process of raising capital, building their businesses and finding ways to accomplish sustainable and scalable business growth. The Startup Accelerator Program has a global scope and will be run out of 3W Infra’s flagship data center in Amsterdam, Switch AMS1. This facility is built for high energy-efficiency and features a calculated pPUE figure of 1.04. Its data center design makes use of patented indirect adiabatic cooling technology and hot aisle containment. Combined with the highly redundant 2N power configuration, this data center would cater to the uptime needs of startups with demanding applications. “As a former startup ourselves, founded in 2014, we are keenly aware of pretty much all startup requirements for transforming an idea into a profitable business,” said Roy Premchand, Managing Director 3W Infra. “We’ve also experienced fast-paced and high growth within the 3W Infra organization where we had to scale-up almost instantly from about 3,000 up to 4,000 dedicated servers under management, so we know what it takes to successfully support startups with ultra-scalable IaaS hosting infrastructure when needed.” Entry-Level to HPC Workloads Packed with all kinds of IaaS hosting products and services for tech startups, the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program provides startups the opportunity to significantly reduce their primary IT infrastructure cost levels while saving money for further company investments and growth. The incubated startups will get free and subsidized access to 3W Infra’s wide portfolio of IaaS hosting infrastructure including colocation as well as dedicated servers – from entry-level servers to packages with the power to support demanding cloud environments with high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. 3W Infra also offers accelerator program startups access to its proprietary and highly redundant global network featuring high bandwidth capacity. To qualify for the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program, startups need to have a unique business proposition with a scalable business perspective. When selecting startups for the accelerator program, 3W Infra will also pay close attention to the skills of team members and founder(s), the viability of their business-plan and operations, and the companies’ infrastructural and organizational investments up until now. Engineering Services “With the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program, we want to get up-and-coming tech startups on 3W Infra’s platform of IaaS hosting solutions early on and invest in their sustainable and long-term success,” added Mr. Premchand. “We acknowledge that every tech startup has its individual requirements though, so we won’t offer them a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, we have established a framework and a menu with all kinds of IaaS hosting options and support.” 3W Infra is also able to add subsidized engineering support services to the Startup Accelerator Program packages through its ‘Remote Hands’ engineering service. This managed service provides ‘remote hands’ onsite, whether a data center is located in Amsterdam, London or Frankfurt. It also includes data center neutral relocation services for IT infrastructures housed in data centers located in the Amsterdam region, Frankfurt and London. The announcement follows the news that 3W Infra attained its ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management together with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance - validated by an independent third-party IT audit company. The certifications achieved would help 3W Infra ensure that they have enterprise-grade controls in place to protect startups’ customer information and payment data while safeguarding business continuity.