As Edge Applications Multiply, OpenInfra Community Delivers StarlingX 5.0, Offering Cloud Infrastructure Stack for 5G, IoT

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StarlingX—the open source edge computing and IoT cloud platform optimized for low-latency and high-performance applications—is available in its 5.0 release today. StarlingX combines Ceph, OpenStack, Kubernetes and more to create a full-featured cloud software stack that provides everything carriers and enterprises need to deploy an edge cloud on a few servers or hundreds of them.

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A new era of automation with Cisco ACI and the Citrix ADC Manager app

Article | July 6, 2022

Since it was first available, Citrix has worked with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to integrate Citrix ADC with the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). As a valued technology partner, Citrix has a device package — a software module — that enables users to configure the Citrix ADC directly from a Cisco APIC. This setup has run in many customer production environments over the years. Let’s consider one of those customers — Jim. He was the first to deploy the integrated solution in his data center. The solution gave him the automation he needed and a single view to configure, deploy, and manage applications. However, his application admins preferred to use the Citrix ADC user interface to manage L4-L7 services.

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Storage made simple for hybrid multicloud: the new IBM FlashSystem family

Article | July 14, 2022

In part one of this blog post series, we discussed IBM’s approach for delivering innovation while simplifying your storage infrastructure, reducing complexity, and cutting costs. Now let’s take a closer look at the details of the new IBM FlashSystem family, a single platform designed to simplify your storage infrastructure, reduce complexity and cut costs, while continuing to deliver extensive innovation for your enterprise class storage solutions and your hybrid multicloud environments.

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We Need to Talk About ‘Cloud Neutrality’

Article | August 3, 2022

We spent a lot of years talking about net neutrality the idea that the companies that provide access to the internet shouldn’t unfairly block, slow down, or otherwise interfere with traffic even if that traffic competes with their services. But there’s an even bigger issue brewing, and it’s time to start talking about it: cloud neutrality. “While its name sounds soft and fluffy,” Microsoft president and general counsel Brad Smith and coauthor Carol Ann Browne write in their recent book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age, “in truth the cloud is a fortress.” Their introduction describes the modern marvel of the data center: a 2 million-square-foot, climate-controlled facility made up of colossal electrical generators, diesel fuel tanks, battery arrays, and bulletproof doors

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Why enterprises are going all-in on hyperscale

Article | February 10, 2020

Cloud computing continues to dominate the technology space, with cloud migration yielding a rain of opportunities and benefits. To date, achieving massive scale in computing power and data storage is a priority for organizations looking to mature in digital transformation. Hyperscale infrastructure is designed exclusively for that purpose, and it offers increasingly relevant features such as high levels of performance and high tolerance and room for error as well as redundancy. A recent report showed enterprises are leaning towards hyperscalers for cloud services as compared to second-tier providers.

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Scala Data Centers launches the largest vertical data center in Latin America

Scala Data Centers | September 02, 2022

Scala Data Centers, the leading Latin American platform of sustainable data centers in the hyperscale market, launches the largest vertical data center in Latin America, SGRUTB04, with a total capacity of 18MW. Located in the Tamboré Campus, the company's complex in Greater São Paulo, Brazil, SGRUTB04 goes into service dedicated to a single hyperscale client, with a commitment to full capacity for more than a decade. With almost 140,000 sqf of total built area, this new Scala data center is 56 meters high, has seven floors, with four dedicated to data halls, which add up to more than 1,500 racks. Developed according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which is focused on sustainable constructions, the single-tenant data center has a modern refrigeration system with indirect free cooling (technology to optimize energy use at low temperatures), a redundant UPS system and very high energy efficiency with PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) around 1,35, one of the lowest rates in the region. SGRUTB04 is also equipped with meet-me rooms, dock, storage area, and an office fully dedicated to the customer. "Latin America's largest vertical data center, SGRUTB04, is an excellent example of Scala's multi-build approach. With this, we introduce the concept of built-in reserved capacity, bringing unprecedented scalability to the Latin American sector. This approach allows our clients to grow their business in a sustainable way and in record time for decades." Marcos Peigo, CEO of Scala The executive also states that SGRUTB04 materializes Scala's successful commercial strategy, in which the client employed the reserved capacity, doubling the contracted capacity even before the initially planned production start date. "Unlike the market in general, Scala does not just deliver contractual commitments; we actually invest in our clients, positioning ourselves as true partners," he details. To build SGRUTB04, Scala applied a proprietary methodology called One Scala Template, specially designed by Scala's Center of Excellence in Engineering (CoE) to meet the demands of the hyperscale market. An unprecedented initiative in the segment in Latin America, the CoE consists of a specialists' team responsible for the entire chain of design, project, construction, and commissioning of new data centers. By verticalizing all stages, delivery time is reduced, ensuring standardization that leads to gains in scale, and allowing unique levels of customization and unparalleled dedication to projects. Formed by more than 150 professionals, including architects, engineers, and specialists in construction, design, and commissioning, Scala's CoE also develops new technologies to bring more efficiency to the construction and operation of data centers. With the SGRUTB04 delivery, Scala now has five data centers in operation, three of which are in Tamboré Campus, one in São Paulo downtown and another in Campinas, Greater São Paulo. In addition to these data centers, the company continues its accelerated expansion plan, with new projects in course, such as the SGRUTB05, which will have a capacity of 10MW and is scheduled to start operations in early 2023, and the SGRUTB06, with 28MW of capacity for the beginning of 2024. The projects above ensure that Scala's Tamboré Campus has 90MW of hired capacity and 170MW of capacity contractually reserved for hyperscale clients, becoming the largest data center complex in Latin America and one of the largest worldwide already in its first phase of development. Also in Brazil, the company develops projects in Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Jundiaí, Campinas, and Fortaleza - all anchored by hyperscale clients. In the rest of the region, Scala conducts advanced processes for constructing data centers in Chile, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. About Scala Data Centers Scala Data Centers is the leading Latin American platform of sustainable data centers in the hyperscale market. Headquartered in Brazil and founded by DigitalBridge, it was developed to meet and exceed the growing demand for digital access in Latin America. Scala has a highly qualified team of over 500 professionals and applies a flexible and innovative approach to providing exceptional quality colocation services to hyperscale clients, cloud-based software and service providers, and large enterprises. We customize state-of-the-art solutions for each client in the construction of the latest generation data centers, with high availability, energy efficiency and superior density. All this combined with best sustainability practices guided by our ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) program.

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Industry Headwinds to Decrease Mobile Core Network Market Growth, According to Dell'Oro Group

Dell'Oro Group | July 18, 2022

According to a newly published forecast report by Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center industries, industry headwinds are expected to decrease Mobile Core Network (MCN) market growth. Worldwide MCN 5-year growth is now forecasted at a 2 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR), compared to our January 2022 forecast of 3 percent CAGR. "The July 2022 forecast is more conservative than the January 2022 forecast due to industry headwinds, including supply chain challenges, higher inflation, an impending recession, Mobile Network Operators' (MNO) challenges to increase revenues, and regional political conflicts, As a result, we reduced the 2022 to 2026 cumulative revenue forecast by 6 percent, decreasing revenues by $3.2 B. The July 2022 cumulative revenue forecast (2022-2026) is now $50.3 B resulting in a 2 percent CAGR. Dave Bolan, Research Director at Dell'Oro Group "We are tracking the number of 5G Standalone (5G SA) MBB networks that have been launched commercially by MNOs. In the first half of 2022, only three new 5G SA networks were launched, KDDI in Japan, DISH Wireless in the US, and China Broadnet in China bringing the total deployed around the world to 27 MNO 5G SA MBB networks," Bolan added. Additional highlights from the MCN 5-Year July 2022 Forecast report: Year-over-year (Y/Y) MCN revenue growth rates for each year in the forecast are positive but will decrease each year; by 2026, Y/Y revenues will be essentially flat. MCN market CAGR forecast by industry segments we expect 5G MCN to be 21 percent, 4G MCN -20 percent, IMS Core 2 percent, and the User Plane Function (UPF) required for Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) 67 percent. The North America and China regions are expected to have the lowest CAGRs, while Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific without China regions are expected to have the highest CAGRs. About the Report Dell'Oro Group's Mobile Core Network & Multi-Access Edge Computing 5-Year January Forecast Report offers a complete overview of the market for Wireless Packet Core including MEC for the User Plane Function, Policy, Subscriber Data Management, and IMS Core with historical data, where applicable, to the present. The report provides a comprehensive overview of market trends by network function implementation (Non-NFV and NFV), covering revenue, licenses, average selling price, and regional forecasts for various network functions. To learn more about this report, please contact us at dgsales@delloro.com. About Dell'Oro Group Dell'Oro Group is a market research firm that specializes in strategic competitive analysis in the telecommunications, enterprise networks, data center infrastructure, and network security markets. Our firm provides in-depth quantitative data and qualitative analysis to facilitate critical, fact-based business decisions.

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DigitalBridge to Acquire Majority Stake in GD Towers in Partnership with Brookfield

DigitalBridge | July 15, 2022

DigitalBridge Group, Inc. announced that funds affiliated with its investment management arm (collectively, “DigitalBridge”) together with Brookfield Infrastructure (NYSE: BIP, TSX: BIP.UN) and its institutional partners (collectively, “Brookfield”) have reached an agreement to acquire a 51% ownership stake in GD Towers. The transaction values GD Towers, the mobile telecommunications tower business of Deutsche Telekom AG (XETR: DTE), at €17.5 billion, or $17.5 billion1, on a consolidated basis, including the assumption of net debt. GD Towers is Germany’s largest tower company, owning and operating over 33,000 towers and communication sites in Germany and over 7,000 towers and communication sites in Austria. GD Towers is led by an independent management team with decades of European tower company experience and a track record of delivering consistent growth and stable cash flows. GD Towers’ high-quality portfolio is supported by an anchor tenancy agreement with Deutsche Telecom, which will retain a minority 49% ownership stake in GD Towers following this transaction. “The partnership being formed today is about building the next generation digital infrastructure champion of Europe,” said Marc Ganzi, CEO of DigitalBridge. “The combination of Deutsche Telekom’s leading mobile network and market position, alongside one of the largest real asset managers in the world in Brookfield, combined with the digital infrastructure domain expertise of DigitalBridge, creates a team of unmatched capabilities to support GD Towers as it grows to meet the evolving network demands of enterprises and consumers across Europe.” The transaction is expected to close in late 2022, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. DigitalBridge was advised by Perella Weinberg Partners, Evercore, and Barclays as financial advisors and Allen & Overy and Morgan Lewis as legal advisors. About DigitalBridge DigitalBridge is a leading global digital infrastructure investment firm. With a heritage of over 25 years investing in and operating businesses across the digital ecosystem including cell towers, data centers, fiber, small cells, and edge infrastructure, the DigitalBridge team manages a $47 billion portfolio of digital infrastructure assets on behalf of its limited partners and shareholders. Headquartered in Boca Raton, DigitalBridge has key offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Singapore.

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Scala Data Centers launches the largest vertical data center in Latin America

Scala Data Centers | September 02, 2022

Scala Data Centers, the leading Latin American platform of sustainable data centers in the hyperscale market, launches the largest vertical data center in Latin America, SGRUTB04, with a total capacity of 18MW. Located in the Tamboré Campus, the company's complex in Greater São Paulo, Brazil, SGRUTB04 goes into service dedicated to a single hyperscale client, with a commitment to full capacity for more than a decade. With almost 140,000 sqf of total built area, this new Scala data center is 56 meters high, has seven floors, with four dedicated to data halls, which add up to more than 1,500 racks. Developed according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which is focused on sustainable constructions, the single-tenant data center has a modern refrigeration system with indirect free cooling (technology to optimize energy use at low temperatures), a redundant UPS system and very high energy efficiency with PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) around 1,35, one of the lowest rates in the region. SGRUTB04 is also equipped with meet-me rooms, dock, storage area, and an office fully dedicated to the customer. "Latin America's largest vertical data center, SGRUTB04, is an excellent example of Scala's multi-build approach. With this, we introduce the concept of built-in reserved capacity, bringing unprecedented scalability to the Latin American sector. This approach allows our clients to grow their business in a sustainable way and in record time for decades." Marcos Peigo, CEO of Scala The executive also states that SGRUTB04 materializes Scala's successful commercial strategy, in which the client employed the reserved capacity, doubling the contracted capacity even before the initially planned production start date. "Unlike the market in general, Scala does not just deliver contractual commitments; we actually invest in our clients, positioning ourselves as true partners," he details. To build SGRUTB04, Scala applied a proprietary methodology called One Scala Template, specially designed by Scala's Center of Excellence in Engineering (CoE) to meet the demands of the hyperscale market. An unprecedented initiative in the segment in Latin America, the CoE consists of a specialists' team responsible for the entire chain of design, project, construction, and commissioning of new data centers. By verticalizing all stages, delivery time is reduced, ensuring standardization that leads to gains in scale, and allowing unique levels of customization and unparalleled dedication to projects. Formed by more than 150 professionals, including architects, engineers, and specialists in construction, design, and commissioning, Scala's CoE also develops new technologies to bring more efficiency to the construction and operation of data centers. With the SGRUTB04 delivery, Scala now has five data centers in operation, three of which are in Tamboré Campus, one in São Paulo downtown and another in Campinas, Greater São Paulo. In addition to these data centers, the company continues its accelerated expansion plan, with new projects in course, such as the SGRUTB05, which will have a capacity of 10MW and is scheduled to start operations in early 2023, and the SGRUTB06, with 28MW of capacity for the beginning of 2024. The projects above ensure that Scala's Tamboré Campus has 90MW of hired capacity and 170MW of capacity contractually reserved for hyperscale clients, becoming the largest data center complex in Latin America and one of the largest worldwide already in its first phase of development. Also in Brazil, the company develops projects in Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Jundiaí, Campinas, and Fortaleza - all anchored by hyperscale clients. In the rest of the region, Scala conducts advanced processes for constructing data centers in Chile, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. About Scala Data Centers Scala Data Centers is the leading Latin American platform of sustainable data centers in the hyperscale market. Headquartered in Brazil and founded by DigitalBridge, it was developed to meet and exceed the growing demand for digital access in Latin America. Scala has a highly qualified team of over 500 professionals and applies a flexible and innovative approach to providing exceptional quality colocation services to hyperscale clients, cloud-based software and service providers, and large enterprises. We customize state-of-the-art solutions for each client in the construction of the latest generation data centers, with high availability, energy efficiency and superior density. All this combined with best sustainability practices guided by our ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) program.

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Industry Headwinds to Decrease Mobile Core Network Market Growth, According to Dell'Oro Group

Dell'Oro Group | July 18, 2022

According to a newly published forecast report by Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center industries, industry headwinds are expected to decrease Mobile Core Network (MCN) market growth. Worldwide MCN 5-year growth is now forecasted at a 2 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR), compared to our January 2022 forecast of 3 percent CAGR. "The July 2022 forecast is more conservative than the January 2022 forecast due to industry headwinds, including supply chain challenges, higher inflation, an impending recession, Mobile Network Operators' (MNO) challenges to increase revenues, and regional political conflicts, As a result, we reduced the 2022 to 2026 cumulative revenue forecast by 6 percent, decreasing revenues by $3.2 B. The July 2022 cumulative revenue forecast (2022-2026) is now $50.3 B resulting in a 2 percent CAGR. Dave Bolan, Research Director at Dell'Oro Group "We are tracking the number of 5G Standalone (5G SA) MBB networks that have been launched commercially by MNOs. In the first half of 2022, only three new 5G SA networks were launched, KDDI in Japan, DISH Wireless in the US, and China Broadnet in China bringing the total deployed around the world to 27 MNO 5G SA MBB networks," Bolan added. Additional highlights from the MCN 5-Year July 2022 Forecast report: Year-over-year (Y/Y) MCN revenue growth rates for each year in the forecast are positive but will decrease each year; by 2026, Y/Y revenues will be essentially flat. MCN market CAGR forecast by industry segments we expect 5G MCN to be 21 percent, 4G MCN -20 percent, IMS Core 2 percent, and the User Plane Function (UPF) required for Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) 67 percent. The North America and China regions are expected to have the lowest CAGRs, while Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific without China regions are expected to have the highest CAGRs. About the Report Dell'Oro Group's Mobile Core Network & Multi-Access Edge Computing 5-Year January Forecast Report offers a complete overview of the market for Wireless Packet Core including MEC for the User Plane Function, Policy, Subscriber Data Management, and IMS Core with historical data, where applicable, to the present. The report provides a comprehensive overview of market trends by network function implementation (Non-NFV and NFV), covering revenue, licenses, average selling price, and regional forecasts for various network functions. To learn more about this report, please contact us at dgsales@delloro.com. About Dell'Oro Group Dell'Oro Group is a market research firm that specializes in strategic competitive analysis in the telecommunications, enterprise networks, data center infrastructure, and network security markets. Our firm provides in-depth quantitative data and qualitative analysis to facilitate critical, fact-based business decisions.

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DigitalBridge to Acquire Majority Stake in GD Towers in Partnership with Brookfield

DigitalBridge | July 15, 2022

DigitalBridge Group, Inc. announced that funds affiliated with its investment management arm (collectively, “DigitalBridge”) together with Brookfield Infrastructure (NYSE: BIP, TSX: BIP.UN) and its institutional partners (collectively, “Brookfield”) have reached an agreement to acquire a 51% ownership stake in GD Towers. The transaction values GD Towers, the mobile telecommunications tower business of Deutsche Telekom AG (XETR: DTE), at €17.5 billion, or $17.5 billion1, on a consolidated basis, including the assumption of net debt. GD Towers is Germany’s largest tower company, owning and operating over 33,000 towers and communication sites in Germany and over 7,000 towers and communication sites in Austria. GD Towers is led by an independent management team with decades of European tower company experience and a track record of delivering consistent growth and stable cash flows. GD Towers’ high-quality portfolio is supported by an anchor tenancy agreement with Deutsche Telecom, which will retain a minority 49% ownership stake in GD Towers following this transaction. “The partnership being formed today is about building the next generation digital infrastructure champion of Europe,” said Marc Ganzi, CEO of DigitalBridge. “The combination of Deutsche Telekom’s leading mobile network and market position, alongside one of the largest real asset managers in the world in Brookfield, combined with the digital infrastructure domain expertise of DigitalBridge, creates a team of unmatched capabilities to support GD Towers as it grows to meet the evolving network demands of enterprises and consumers across Europe.” The transaction is expected to close in late 2022, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. DigitalBridge was advised by Perella Weinberg Partners, Evercore, and Barclays as financial advisors and Allen & Overy and Morgan Lewis as legal advisors. About DigitalBridge DigitalBridge is a leading global digital infrastructure investment firm. With a heritage of over 25 years investing in and operating businesses across the digital ecosystem including cell towers, data centers, fiber, small cells, and edge infrastructure, the DigitalBridge team manages a $47 billion portfolio of digital infrastructure assets on behalf of its limited partners and shareholders. Headquartered in Boca Raton, DigitalBridge has key offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Singapore.

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