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Fujitsu partners with Equinix on Singapore cloud datacentre #cloudasia

Source: Business Cloud News


Fujitsu has set up another datacentre in Singapore this week amidst what it sees as increasing demand for cloud services in Singapore and neighbouring countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The datacentre, hosted in Equinix’s western Singapore facility, will host Fujitsu’s portfolio of cloud services and offer a number of new connectivity features “currently under development” that would allow enterprises to federate with other cloud platforms.

The recently announced datacentre is Fujitsu’s third in Singapore, and it already operates over 100 worldwide; the company’s cloud services are hosted from six datacentres globally.

The company said it chose to add another datacentre in Singapore because of its strategic location and attractiveness to large multinational firms.

“In recent years, companies increasingly are embracing cloud services as a platform to support the accelerating pace of business in Asia. In particular, because of its low level of natural disaster related risk and its position as an international network hub with reliable broadband network lines, Singapore is often chosen as the location for integrated systems operations by many companies that are pursuing multinational business expansion,” the company said in a statement.

Fujitsu is the latest cloud vendor to view Singapore as a relatively untapped market for cloud services. This week CenturyLink, which recently expanded its managed services presence in China, added public cloud nodes to one of its Singapore datacentres.

Apart from locally established multinationals and the booming financial services sector, the Singapore Government has also shown itself to be looking to invest more in both using cloud services and growing usage of cloud platforms in the region.

According to Parallels, local SMBs are also hopping onto cloud platforms with reasonable pace. The firm believes the SMB cloud services market in Singapore is projected to hit $916M in 2017, with a three-year CAGR of 21 per cent.



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UK MoD launches dedicated private cloud for internal apps #CloudWF

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) Information Systems and Services (ISS) has deployed a private cloud based in CGI’s South  Wales datacentre which is being used to host internal applications for the public sector authority.

The ISS said it received Approval to Operate for the new Foundation Application Hosting Environment (FAHE), which is hosted as a private cloud instance in CGI’s facilities, and that the first applications have successfully transitioned onto the new platform.

The hosting environment was procured through the G-Cloud framework, the UK government’s cloud-centric procurement framework, and the contract will run for at least two years.

“FAHE provides the foundation of our Applications Services approach and a future-proofed platform for secure application hosting. Our vision is that ISS will be the Defence provider of choice for applications development, hosting, and management,” said Keith Jefferies, ISS Programmes, EMPORIUM deputy head, UK Ministry of Defence.

“FAHE is the first delivery contract under the broader banner of the Applications Programme and we have selected CGI on their ability to deliver a secure environment coupled with a flexible commercial model that allows us to rapidly up and down-scale in line with future demand,” Jefferies said.

Steve Smart, UK vice president of space, defence, national and cyber security at CGI said:

“MOD ISS is taking an important step towards delivering the Government’s vision of using  flexible cloud services. The CGI platform is compliant to Defence and pan-Government ICT strategies and architectures. It will provide multi-discipline services from the most appropriate source with the agility and cost of industry best practice.”

The move comes just a few months after the MoD contracted with Ark to design a new state-of-the art datacentre in Corsham, Wiltshire, a move that will allow the department to decommission its Bath facility and save on energy and operations costs.

Source: Business Cloud News


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LeaseWeb heads to Asia with Singapore cloud datacentre #cloudasia

Cloud and colocation provider LeaseWeb announced that it has expanded its reach into Asia with the launch of a new cloud datacentre in Singapore. The company said Singapore, with its proximity to large multinationals and a robust financial services sector, is a strategic location that will become an increasingly important market for cloud providers.

The company, one of the few to boast over five nines availability, is hosting the datacentre at Pacnet’s Singapore CloudSpace II facility, the country’s first Tier III datacentre which launched in January this year.

“Our ambitious growth plan calls for the rapid deployment of datacentres throughout the region. This will enable customers from Europe and the US to easily enter Asia Pacific markets, supported by our high-performance infrastructure solutions,” said Bas Winkel, managing director, LeaseWeb Asia Pacific.

Winkel said that Singapore is a strategic location for the company because of its attractiveness to multinational companies looking for a global datacentre footprint, and because of the rapid growth in demand for cloud services in the Asia Pacific region more broadly.

LeaesWeb currently operates 8 datacentres in the US, Holland, and Germany but the partnership with Pacnet, a major regional player, will see LeaseWeb expand further into facilities in Hong Kong, Sydney, and Tokyo.

“Customers can seamlessly deploy and manage their cloud infrastructure from anywhere in the world, backed by a global network. This allows them to bring their applications closer to end-users in the Asia Pacific region, leading to a better user experience, and in turn increase revenue,” he added.

The move could also open up lucrative contracts with the Singapore government, which has struck major partnerships with IT vendors in a bid to develop big data and cloud services for the public sector.

According to Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority the local cloud services market is growing at over 27 per cent annually, and is expected to grow at 33 per cent next year. It has looked to catalyse demand for cloud services with over 110 internal procurements as of April.

Source: Business Cloud News

Cisco to pour $1bn into cloud as hardware revenues decline


In a bid to transition its business towards selling more cloud-based software Cisco is ramping up investment in cloud services, pouring up to $1bn into products and services in the sector over the next two years according to the Wall Street Journal. The networking giant said it will spend the money building its own datacentres to host cloud services.

“Everybody is realizing the cloud can be a vehicle for achieving better economics (and) lower cost,” Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s president of development and sales told the WSJ.


Cisco said it will spend $1bn on developing its cloud services portfolio over the next two years as it moves to rebalance its hardware-focused products and service offerings

Cisco could not be immediately reached for comment, but the company said the announcement will be discussed in more depth with customers at a news conference. The news arrives barely a week after Cisco announced its first partnership with a service provider, Telstra, that will see the Australian telco deploy the Cisco Cloud Services platform within its own datacentres. Cisco seems to be following in the path of other predominately hardware-focused companies that have shifted their emphasis on developing and deploying cloud-based services (i.e. IBM), particularly in order to fight declining revenues and flat growth. In November 2013 it acquired start up datacentre and cloud solutions provider Insieme Networks for a total pay-out of up to $863m, which gave the company a big boost in its infrastructure management capabilities. The company, which predominately sells networking hardware, saw revenues declined 3.1 per cent year on year in Q2 this year and 12 per cent in Q1, and is predicting even steeper sales declines in the current quarter. In a Q2 call with analysts Cisco’s chairman and chief executive officer John Chambers said most of that revenue loss was contained to emerging markets, where he said customers were holding off large infrastructure upgrades.

“While this economic trend remains out of our control, we have put in place important programs and efforts designed to capture growth and position Cisco to capture share even if these markets remain challenged,” he said. “We don’t get to decide whether or not we will emerge as the number one IT company. Our customers do. What we do get to decide is how we continue to deliver the value to our customers to retain the market leading position. This will be done by selling business outcomes enabled by architectures.”

Source: Business Cloud News

Intel introduces a slew of datacentre technologies for cloud service providers

Intel-ChipIn a bid to entrench its technology further into hyper-scale datacentres, Intel on Wednesday showcased chip innovations that will see the manufacturer turn up the heat on rivals AMD and ARM for the datacentres of cloud service providers.

At a media event on Wednesday, Intel’s Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the datacentre and connected systems group introduced the company’s long anticipated successor to the first generation 64-bit Atom processor, the Atom C2000, the first product family based on Intel’s “Silvermont” micro-architecture and developed using a 22nm process.

Intel says it will be delivering 13 customised Atom processors that will be optimised for specific light weight workloads including dedicated hosted, distributed caching and content delivery. The chips will feature up to eight cores, a range of 6 to 20 watts TDP (Thermal Design Power), integrated Ethernet and support up to 64 GB of memory, and the company says the performance will be between four to eight times what the previous generation delivered.

Alongside the launch of the Atom product family Intel also introduced an optical fibre and silicon photonics connector it worked on with Corning which delivers 1.6Tbps of bandwidth, and an entry-level microserver-optimised switch that when combined with the integrated Ethernet controller on the new Atom chips can be used to create software defined networking solutions for datacentres.

“As the world becomes more and more mobile, the pressure to support billions of devices and users is changing the very composition of datacentres,” Bryant said. “From leadership in silicon and SoC design to rack architecture and software enabling, Intel is providing the key innovations that original equipment manufacturers, telecommunications equipment makers and cloud service providers require to build the datacentres of the future.”

The new chip designs and product offerings will give Intel the opportunity to expand into the cold storage and networking markets, the latter being highlighted by Intel’s recent partnership with Ericsson to get its Atom-based switches into the cloud systems solutions it sells to telcos.

Moreover, the company’s move to integrate all three communication workloads – storage, processing and networking – onto the single chip shows the company is serious about staying ahead of its competitors ARM and AMD (and IBM) when it comes to keeping its technology well entrenched in the datacentres of cloud service providers. HPC datacentres require flexibility – particularly as their architectures move towards the software-defined everything model, and it will be interesting to see how Intel’s competitors respond when the company begins using a 14nm process next year; AMD’s 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named “Seattle,” are due out in Q1 2014.

It will also be interesting to see whether Intel’s move into the networking space ruffles Cisco’s feathers.

September 5, 2013  Written by Jonathan Brandon for Business Cloud News.


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