T-Systems, the IT service provider arm of German telco Deutsche Telekom announced this week that the company plans to integrate all of its cloud services onto a new unified, fully-redundant cloud infrastructure platform. The company says its standardisation efforts will help increase the automation and flexibility of its services, and allow enterprises to implement more robust data residency and data privacy policies.
Datacentre services and colocation provider Equinix announced the launch of its latest datacentre in Japan Thursday, located in Osaka. The company said its carrier neutral approach will help better serve its international customers and grow its hosting business in the highly competitive market.
EDF Group, a global consortium of energy companies, announced a partnership with IT service providers Bull and Osiatis Monday that will see the two companies build a private cloud platform for EDF’s digital collaboration assets. Serving 160,000 users, the platform will be one of the largest of its kind in the world according to the companies.
Savvis, a cloud and managed services provider owned by CenturyLink is set to build out a hybrid cloud datacentre in Toronto. The company said the move will enable Savvis to capitalise on an impending boom in the Canadian outsourcing and cloud market.
It goes without saying that despite significant technical advancements in past years, datacentres are power hungry mammoths, and the choice on where to build them depends among other things on the availability of a robust power supply. But new research from Microsoft exploring the use of rack-integrated hydrogen fuel cells could herald an entirely new way of thinking about the datacentre, and extend them to new regions where conditions previously made their deployment logistically or financially unviable.
In a bid to add more cloud capacity Oracle announced Tuesday that it will build out a four new datacentres in Germany and Canada, which will run a range of the company’s software as a service offerings. The new datacentres will be online by the end of Q2 2014 and help Oracle cater to organisations that need to conform to regional data privacy and data residency legislation.
In a bid to bolster its global cloud platform Dimension Data announced today that it will roll out four new datacentres over the next few months. The company said the new facilities will serve growing demand for its infrastructure as a service.
IBM Labs announced Friday that the company has been awarded a patent for a method that allows datacentre operators to dynamically allocate compute and networking resources to lower-powered or underutilised systems. The company says the invention will help “green” cloud computing and reduce the energy consumption of datacentres, and allow service providers the ability to offer consumers a trade-off between performance and energy efficiency.
Large multinational corporations tend to have very complex datacentre estates, largely resulting from years of growth and multiple acquisitions. And while research published this week by Gartner suggests a twin data centre topology – usually two per continent – is optimal from both cost and risk perspectives, many of these businesses actually operate 20-40 across the globe, equating to more than four per continent. But despite the many recognised benefits of datacentre consolidation, non-IT roadblocks can derail streamlining efforts according to Rakesh Kumar, research vice president at Gartner.
Web giant Google has pledged to invest €450m into its datacentre in Hamina, Finland. The firm has announced it will triple the size of the existing facility, which opened in September 2011.