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Telstra wraps up Pacnet acquisition


The Telstra/Pacnet acquisition story which broke towards the end of last year has now come to fruition, with the Australian telco today announcing the completed acquisition of the Cloud, managed services and data centre provider. As reported by in December, the valuation of the deal came in at $697 million.

When initially announced, the deal came with the stipulation of agreement from regulatory bodies, as well as Pacnet financier approval. According to Telstra, all necessary approvals and agreements have now been confirmed, and the firm can now begin the full acquisition of Pacnet.

All that remains, it claims, is full regulatory approval in the United States, which it reckons is expected in due course and will not impact operations or the agreed purchase price.

Speaking of the acquisition, Telstra’s Global Enterprise and Services CEO, Brendon Riley, said the integration of Pacnet will see its brand gradually retired, but that the Chinese market remains a big focus for the joint-venture.

“The addition of Pacnet’s staff, intrastructure, technology and expertise will position Telstra as a leading provider of services to multinational and large companies in Asia,” he said. “The completed acquisition will double Telstra’s customers in Asia, and greatly increase our network reach and data centre capabilities across the region. This includes the addition of the largest privately owned intra-Asia cable network, 29 data centres and the ability to further grow our China operations through existing joint venture.”

Riley concluded with a nod towards the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), an elastic and on-demand network based on SDN architecture, pioneered by Pacnet. PEN was one of the first live SDN-based networks launched globally.

“The acquisition provides us greater specialisation and scale, including the delivery of enhanced services, such as software-defined networking and opens up significant incremental opportunities for our business,” he said.


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8 Reasons Why Colocation Makes Sense For Your Business #cloudwf

In the build up to the Cloud World Forum 2014 Datacenters.Pro have released an article outlining 8 Reasons Why Colocation Makes Sense For Your Business!


Colocation means you can host data off-site in a specially created data centre. You can ensure that your data is secured and protected by using the data centre rack space and security measures by paying monthly rentals. Businesses can also thus secure their clients’ data. Use of power, environmental controls and connectivity are just some of the features offered by data centre services. In fact here are eight great benefits of Colocation that you can look forward to.

Increased security and up-time

All business owners, especially those who are trusted with the data of their customers, have to keep data security and up-time at the top of their priority list. When you opt for a colocation data centre, you ensure that you get best, professional quality virtual and physical security solutions that are already in place. Hence you have a peace of mind regarding the security of your data. Colocation providers also have solid infrastructure, which means downtime can be low and you can boost up-time.


Internal data centres often lead to space constraints, which are avoided with colocations. Hence businesses can look forward to flexibility in their functioning. You can use a secure Internet link to access data with the company’s permission. Since your servers are stored off-site, your internal networks are easily available for more important needs of your business. Always remember that data centres only function as well as the business values and goals that power them.

Power Redundancy

Installing power redundancy on-site can be an extremely expensive proposition and there’s the risk of losing power to servers. But these needs are already taken care of in case of colocations; you simply have to plug in your servers. They will be protected by state of the art UPS and diesel generator backup systems right from day one. The systems used by data centres are known to have a capacity that can power villages for days; hence you can function for number of days when there is no power. Moreover, a reputed data centre will also ensure that there is a backup system for a backup system.

Cost savings

Colocations help you save substantial amounts of money for your company. Simply moving to an off-site data centre can reduce your IT costs considerably. You don’t have to worry about equipping or managing an on-site data centre and there will be no staff related costs either. Instead you pay a set monthly rental to the professional service, which helps you allocate your budgets a lot better. And for no extra cost you can make the most of the top of the line equipment.

Enhanced performance, speed and connectivity

Moving to a colocation site can make a huge difference to the overall performance of your system. These facilities can bring you the best Internet solutions and power rates, and that’s why you get good value for your money. Redundant networks and web services mean there is no or hardly any downtime while your connections remain responsive, fast and completely secure too.

Colocation grows with the business

You have to understand that as your business grows, so do your data storage needs. But that doesn’t have to mean you have to worry about setting up bigger infrastructure or hire more staff members. You can simply ask the professional service you have hired to offer you more space. As your business grows, you will have flexibly growing data storage solutions too.

Expert Management

Professional data centres are managed by qualified experts who have access to the latest monitoring tools. If there are technical or environmental factors that need to be looked into urgently, the concerned people will be alerted at the earliest. This type of high level of monitoring can ensure that problems are recognized even before they occur and blow out of proportion. You just can’t get this kind of monitoring in case of on-site data and often you realize that there is a problem when it’s too late and your equipment is offline.

Integrated support

When you are working out your colocation contract, you have to make sure that you get access to an on-site support team from your chosen service provider. This highly skilled professional team can work with your own support team, thus bringing you the best. Many of the renowned data centre service providers are well aware of the importance of support, which is considered to be a key deliverable. They will offer best possible support to their clients to ensure that they stay for long term.


Effective management and downtime mitigation are taken quite seriously by data centre companies because they could be faced with huge penalties in case there are any outages. There are stringent SLAs in place, which keep colocation providers on their toes. As a business if you have data to protect, particularly that of your clients, then you can benefit hugely from these services.

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IBM to invest $100m in Africa, bring Watson cloud to continent

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Someone looks like they wanted even more money…

In line with previous commitments placing Africa at the heart of IBM’s long-term growth strategy, the company announced Thursday that it is bringing its Watson cognitive computing platform to the continent, investing $100m in the initiative. The announcement follows a recently announced $1bn investment in the cloud-based cognitive computing platform, and a massive hardware divestment.

With Watson IBM is hoping to carve out a unique space for itself in the cloud arena by serving up a software as a service platform tuned for cognitive computing applications.

“In the last decade, Africa has been a tremendous growth story — yet the continent’s challenges, stemming from population growth, water scarcity, disease, low agricultural yield and other factors are impediments to inclusive economic growth,” said Kamal Bhattacharya, director, IBM Research – Africa.

“With the ability to learn from emerging patterns and discover new correlations, Watson’s cognitive capabilities hold enormous potential in Africa – helping it to achieve in the next two decades what today’s developed markets have achieved over two centuries.”

IBM said it plans to initially focus resources on spurring development in cloud and data applications to improve healthcare provision as well as education.

As part of the $100m it committed IBM will also establish a new pan-African Centre of Excellence for Data-Driven Development (CEDD), and is currently in the process of recruiting research partners including universities, development agencies, and start-ups in and outside Africa.

It also plans to open new “innovation centres” in Lagos, Nigeria; Casablanca, Morocco; and Johannesburg, South Africa. The company is hoping to spur development of local skills in information technology and boost entrepreneurialism around cloud and big data.

According to African Development Bank data, Africa is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world with GDP growth rates sitting between five and seven per cent annually. But sub-Saharan Africa also suffers from a relative lack of datacentre and internet infrastructure according to datacentre and IT consultancy IT Consilium, which may inhibit penetration of cloud services in the region in the near term.

Nevertheless, IBM among others have identified the continent as a massive growth opportunity for enterprise IT vendors over the next ten years, and a region the company hopes to break into as it shifts away from hardware to focus on software and the cloud.


Microsoft’s hybrid cloud strategy gains supporters


Microsoft has recently announced the Cloud OS Network, a group of more than 25 cloud services providers that are leveraging the company’s Windows Server software ecosystem to help businesses around the world float their own hybrid clouds.

Cloud OS Network builds on the company’s efforts to transition its venerable Windows Server enterprise OS offerings into a cloud-enabled software foundation. During its launch on Sept. 4, 2012, Microsoft dubbed Windows Server 2012 the “Cloud OS.”

The company followed up in early 2013 by announcing additional components to help flesh out its Cloud OS vision, namely System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, Windows Intune and Windows Azure services for Windows Server. “At the highest level, the Cloud OS does what a traditional operating system does—manage applications and hardware—but at the scope and scale of cloud computing,” stated Michael Park, Microsoft corporate vice president of Server and Tools Marketing, in an official blog post at the time of the announcement.

Windows Server and Windows Azure form the basis for Cloud OS, which is “complemented by the full breadth of our technology solutions, such as SQL Server, System Center and Visual Studio,” said Park. He added that “the Cloud OS provides a consistent platform across customer data centers, service-provider data centers and the Microsoft public cloud.”

10 things we learned at 2013 Big Data World Congress

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No matter how “big” it may be, the idea of Big Data itself (as far as being a congress-worthy topic at least!) is still arguably in its infancy; with many still speculating on its ramifications and possibilities.

The Big Data World Congress this December however was an assuring sign of maturity with industry leaders, scientists and regulators coming together to provide a highly in-depth case for the business value in Big Data; led with practical examples, advice and evidence.

Here are the top 10 things we learned in the form of quotes from the event courtesy of Professor Mick Yates – who, apart from being a Big Data guru and all-round nice guy, has a great leadership blog here.

1. “Fortune 500 Companies only use 12% of the data that they currently have.” – Forrester Research

2. “Big Data allows us to create a single view of each truck over its lifetime.” – Volvo 

3. “Is there an alternative to Hadoop? No. Hadoop is replacing itself as we speak and it’s open source so it will keep fresh.” – Cloudera 

4. “We will always need human oversight of machine generated insight.” – Cloudera 

5. “How to hire a Data Scientist? Test him or her with 1) real business data, 2) a Kaggle competition or 3) artificially generate (challenging!) data.” – Laboratory for Web Science

6. “Unstructured data is just data that’s not structured yet …” – Amazon Web Services

7. “We need to explain Big Data and Internet of Things in an easy way to get people to accept them”. – Member of the European Parliament

8. “We are moving from “mobile first” to “mobile only” – Google makes no distinction between mobile and non-mobile”. – Google Enterprise

9. “When the sign-up button says ‘listen to music’, we get 3x more customers than when it says ‘download’”. Spotify

10. “The number of Hadoop nodes needs to grow in direct proportion to your business” Criteo

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Google moving towards mobile only? Will the general population ever be comfortable with the “datafication” of their everyday lives?

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Macquarie Telecom enhances core network

The network enhancement comes from growing demand for higher bandwidth and redundancy

Managed hosting and telco provider, Macquarie Telecom, has enhanced its core network, accelerated its bandwidth capacity ten times. According to the telco, the network enhancement comes from growing demand for higher bandwidth and redundancy as both cloud computing and the NBN gaining momentum in the market.

“With the NBN’s rollout now becoming a reality, businesses are looking at how to not only take advantage of its enhancements, but also ensure their platforms and services are compatible with the new infrastructure,” Macquarie Telecom telecommunications group executive, Christopher Greig, said. “Our major network upgrade will make this transition to NBN – and the vast performance and growth opportunities it presents – seamless and intuitive for our clients. In fact, we’re envisaging that more than half our customers will be ready for NBN connectivity by June 2016,” he said. (more…)

Telco Cloud World Forum 2013- Preview Brochure!

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