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China Telecom begins construction on massive cloud datacentre

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Fixed and mobile operator China Telecom broke ground today on its new cloud computing datacentre in China’s Guizhou Province in the southwest; when completed, the new facility will be one of the largest in the world.

Cloud growth means network traffic will triple by 2017

Cisco says 76 per cent of the network traffic produced by 2017 will stay within the datacentre

A study published this week by Cisco says that network traffic is going to triple to reach 7.7 zettabytes annually by 2017 and and that the bulk of that traffic will remain within the datacentre. Some believe the news highlights the need for better datacentre designs to support the growth of cloud services.

MTN buys datacentre for Ivory Coast

Flexenclosure will install and activate the multimillion dollar project by the first quarter of 2014

Pre-fabricated datacentre specialist Flexenclosure said Friday it has received an order from African carrier MTN Côte d’Ivoire to deliver a 336 square meter customised datacentre in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast.

Open Compute Project cuts failure rates by factor of three

Frank Frankovsky, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook

Headed by Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure Frank Frankofvky, the Open Compute Project was launched two years ago in a bid to integrate open source principles into the design of datacentre infrastructure including servers, switches, cooling and rack design. And though none of the big three – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google – have joined OCP the designs being developed by the community have already demonstrated significant optimisations over today’s datacentre kit.

Grand Theft Auto V may see network issues add to server woes

Rockstar Games says its buying and installing servers round the clock to keep up with demand for the online version of GTA5

Rockstar Games, developer of the popular action game Grand Theft Auto said the launch of the online version of the newest addition to the franchise, Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V), will likely encounter some server and network performance issues while the company looks to add more capacity to deal with higher than expected demand.

Cloud requires a datacentre revolution open source can deliver, says Rackspace VP

Nigel Beighton, vice president of technology, Rackspace

Interoperability in the cloud is something most vendors talk about and all enterprises desire, but achieving the goal of large, scalable, interoperable clouds will require a revolution in the datacentre. This is not happening fast enough for Nigel Beighton, vice president of technology at Rackspace. But as the open source philosophy begins to take hold in the development not just of software but of physical datacentre assets, that revolution might not be too far off.

Rogers Communications acquires Pivot, Granite Networks to strengthen cloud portfolio

Rogers has acquired a total of 10 datacentres this year as the company moves to strengthen its portfolio of cloud and managed services

Canadian wireless and fixed line Rogers Communications made another big push into the cloud and hosting services market this week, acquiring Pivot Data Centres for $155 million and Granite Networks for $6.25 million in cash.

NTT Com to double UK datacentre footprint

NTT Com's new datacentre in Hemel Hampstead, northwest of London

NTT Com, the ICT-focused wing of NTT Corp. plans to build a new UK datacentre that according to the company will double the UK’s server room area.

AT&T teams with Microsoft to provide cloud solution to enterprises

AT&T has teamed up with Microsoft to provide cloud solution to enterprises

US operator AT&T has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a cloud solution allowing enterprise customers to connect to Microsoft’s cloud platform using a private network. The solution will use cloud integration technology from AT&T over a virtual private network to pair with Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform.

East Africa opens monster datacentre

African fibre network operator and subsidiary of Econet Wireless, Liquid Telecom, this week opened a carrier neutral datacentre in Nairobi.

African fibre network operator and subsidiary of Econet Wireless, Liquid Telecom, this week opened a carrier neutral datacentre in Nairobi.

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