HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION STORAGE
IDTechEx | March 27, 2023
Thermal Interface Material (TIM) plays an important role in power electronics, computing processors, sensors, and energy storage devices. TIMs are the materials used to fill the void between heat sources and heat sinks to enhance heat transfer. TIMs come in a variety of forms, including gap pads, thermal greases, thermally conductive adhesives, and phase change materials. The form varies significantly across target application areas, cost, and ease of mass deployment. With the ever-increasing power demand and heat generation for many emerging industries, such as data centers, 5G, and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), TIMs are experiencing rapid growth and evolution, leading to significant market opportunities and massive potential for each of the target industries.
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a fast-growing market; IDTechEx forecasts that electric vehicle markets across land, sea, and air will generate US$2.6 trillion by 2042 with a double-digit annual growth rate. The battery is undoubtedly one of the most important components of an EV. Together with the fast adoption of EVs, there is also a trend for higher power density, larger battery capacity, and faster charging.
TCAs have the fastest growth but gap fillers retain their dominant position over the next ten years. Source: IDTechEx - "Thermal Interface Materials 2023-2033: Technologies, Markets and Opportunities".
The most used TIM forms in the EV battery industry include gap pads, gap fillers, and thermally conductive adhesives (TCAs). There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution when it comes to TIM form, and the choice is ultimately subject to battery design configuration. Gap filler is by far the most widely adopted TIM for EV batteries at this stage, thanks to their superior ability to be efficiently dispensed at high volumes. However, in order to increase energy density and achieve a longer range, EV batteries have been shifting from modular to cell-to-pack designs. This shift is expected to have profound impacts on the adoption of TIMs. Modular battery designs consist of multiple individual battery modules connected to form a battery pack. Each module has a separate casing and requires a separate TIM to transfer heat from the cell to the cooling system. In contrast, the cell-to-pack design combines the battery cells into a single, large battery module, eliminating the need for separate module housings and TIMs.
This battery transition reduces TIM usage per vehicle as there are fewer thermal interfaces between the cells and the cooling plate. The elimination of module housings means cells can directly contact the cooling plate, thereby changing the performance requirements of the TIM. The TIM needs to transfer heat efficiently to avoid hotspots, as well as present good material compatibility with the cold plate. As the TIMs are positioned directly between the cells and the cold plate, an increased adhesion of TIMs is needed to stick the cells and cold plates together. Therefore, IDTechEx forecasts thermally conductive adhesives to be increasingly adopted thanks to this battery design transition, and by 2020, the market size of TCA within the EV industry is expected to have a 15-fold increase. More details about the opportunities associated with this transition are included in IDTechEx's latest research, "Thermal Interface Materials 2023-2033: Technologies, Markets and Opportunities".
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HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE,APPLICATION STORAGE
Hivelocity | January 11, 2023
In a recent announcement, leading cloud and network infrastructure solutions provider, Hivelocity, Inc., acquired Heficed, an IaaS and Bare Metal Cloud solutions firm based in the UK. The acquisition merges Heficed’s clients, select staff, and 9 data centers with Hivelocity.
Heficed helps businesses and governmental bodies acquire, lease, deploy, and maintain IP addresses. The platform speeds up the process and lowers the expenses of providing IPs to physical and virtual infrastructure for enterprises, that need to deploy a great volume and variety of IP addresses.
Heficed’s fully customizable architecture of dedicated servers and fully-automated cloud infrastructure help to balance the workloads of businesses, with reliable hosting services on its bare metal servers in 9 locations across the globe.
Mike Archietto, CEO and Co-Founder of Hivelocity, said, "This acquisition represents a fantastic opportunity for our clients old and new.” He also added, "By combining Heficed's impressive list of data center locations and VPS hosting options with our global network of data centers and premium bare metal hosting, our world-class infrastructure solutions will now reach an even wider audience of users."
Steve Eschweiler, COO and Co-Founder of Hivelocity stated, "Heficed is a great company with great people.” He further added, “Hivelocity's acquisition strengthens our team and furthers our goal of building the building the most geo-diverse bare metal cloud in the industry. With the addition of Brazil, South Africa, and Nigeria data center locations, our customers can now instantly deploy bare metal servers across six continents.”
Hivelocity provides Dedicated Servers, Colocation, and Cloud Hosting services in over 130 countries. The company has over 70,000 sq.ft of data center facilities in Tampa, Miami, Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles. Its data centers are HIPAA, PCI, ISAE-3402, SSAE 16, SOC1 and SOC2 certified.
Zayo Group | January 17, 2023
Zayo Group Holdings, a global communications infrastructure platform, announced the deployment of a new 400G-enabled route between Paris and Marseille. This new route includes the first-in-market network hardening of this critical route using next-generation fiber technologies. This will make it easier and safer for businesses to move high-bandwidth traffic from these top ten global internet hubs, where traffic is growing quickly.
In the next three years, Marseille is expected to go from being the seventh largest internet hub in the world to the fifth largest. With the completion of six new undersea cables, including key gateways to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, capacity needs in Marseille are expected to quadruple by 2026.
Zayo Group Holdings’ new 400G-enabled route, connecting Paris and Marseille, is designed to help meet this increasing capacity demand and provide more secure ways for enterprises to transport high-bandwidth traffic from these global internet hubs.
The new route is expected to have a total capacity of 24 terabytes per fiber pair and important tri-location options for businesses to make sure they can connect securely and reliably to the rest of Europe and the US. With the new route in place, Zayo Group Holdings will be well-positioned to meet the capacity demands of the increasing high-bandwidth traffic between Paris and Marseille.
About Zayo Group Holdings, Inc.
Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. is a global communications infrastructure platform, offering fiber and transport, packet, and managed edge services. Zayo owns and operates a 137,000-mile-long Tier 1 IP backbone across North America and Europe. By giving this mission-critical bandwidth to its top customers in the wireless, hyperscale, media, tech, and finance industries, Zayo is helping to fuel the innovations that are changing society.