Cloud IT infrastructure spend will scrape $70B this year

techhq | May 07, 2020

Cloud computing has served as a lifeline in the business disruption caused by the pandemic. While interest, and investment, in cloud has been surging for years now, we can expect a further turbo injection as a direct result of the current climate. Billions of private and business users now take advantage of this on-demand technology – 78 percent of companies were already using public or private cloud in 2019, according to IDC data. It’s changed the way people communicate, manage data and do business, and has made advanced capabilities like data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence accessible to really any company that wants them.

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Virtual-Q Selects Juniper Networks to Provide Scalable, Automated Data Center Infrastructure

Juniper Networks | October 11, 2022

Juniper Networks, a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today announced that Virtual-Q, a provider of IT Services and IT Consulting, has selected Juniper Apstra data center solutions to modernize and automate its network infrastructure to provide a scalable and seamless customer experience. Based in Houston, Texas, Virtual-Q specializes in IT-as-a-Service through its hosted desktop solution, streamlining the costs associated with remote IT solutions. The company delivers enterprise-class security, computing, support and disaster recovery solutions to businesses across all sectors and sizes. Virtual-Q had been operating with a network that lacked scalability and struggled to meet the increasing hybrid and virtual customer demands associated with the pandemic. With the need to accommodate large-scale growth but also be able to easily manage and operate, Virtual-Q turned to Juniper Networks to help design and build their new network, along with support from Juniper’s partner GDT. Apstra was deployed to simplify and automate data center operations management from design to deployment through everyday operations and assurance. Additionally, Apstra delivers a high level of visibility into the network fabric, allowing for faster resolution times and increased operational efficiencies. With an approach to data center operations based on the insight that a reliability-focused strategy results in speed and efficiency, Apstra enables Virtual-Q to transform their operations. By also deploying Juniper’s QFX switches, EX switches and MX series universal routing platforms, Virtual-Q is well-positioned to expand its capacity with 400G bandwidth, develop a cloud-ready network infrastructure that can grow alongside its evolving data center needs and meet its 1,082 percent annual growth rate. The company also utilizes Juniper professional services. Supporting Quotes: “Juniper Apstra allows us to seamlessly manage and automate our data center infrastructure without compromising our ability to serve our customers. With Apstra’s intent-based design, operators can focus on what needs to be accomplished in the data center instead of how it should be done. As one of the most user-friendly products on the market, we are excited to see the transformation Apstra will bring to our network operations.” Victor J. Quinones, Jr., Founder and CEO, Virtual-Q “In addition to simplifying data center management, Apstra allows its customers to automate each aspect of the design, deployment and operation of their data center infrastructure. Apstra enables Virtual-Q to lay a strong foundation for reliable and flexible operations regardless of vendor.” Mansour Karam, VP of Products, Juniper Networks About Juniper Networks Juniper Networks is dedicated to dramatically simplifying network operations and driving superior experiences for end users. Our solutions deliver industry-leading insight, automation, security and AI to drive real business results. We believe that powering connections will bring us closer together while empowering us all to solve the world’s greatest challenges of well-being, sustainability and equality.

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Semtech Unveils ClearEdge® 25G Quad CDR Transmitter for Data Center and Wireless Long-Reach Applications

Semtech | September 19, 2022

Semtech Corporation, a leading global supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that Semtech’s new ClearEdge® CDR Transmitter solution, the GN2105S, is available for sampling. The ClearEdge GN2105S is for 4x25G data center and wireless long-reach (LR) optical links. The GN2105S is a quad channel 25G NRZ CDRs with integrated high-performance DC-coupled Direct Modulated Laser (DML) drivers offering superior transmitter (Tx) performance with various low cost and low bandwidth laser with the lowest possible power. “Building upon Semtech’s robust and proven 25G ClearEdge technology, the GN2105S has a new generation DML driver and offers proprietary laser compensation to enable a wide range of low-cost laser options for data center and wireless optical interconnects,” said Tim Vang, vice president, marketing and applications for Semtech’s Signal Integrity Products Group. “Due to the complementary nature of the ClearEdge GN2105S and GN2110S, Semtech is offering the ClearEdge integrated circuit (IC) bundle (GN2105S and GN2110S) assisting our optical module customers to differentiate their products with maximum Tx and receiver (Rx) performance, while achieving industry leading low power.” The ClearEdge GN2105S is now available for sampling and can be paired with the GN2110S receiver for a complete 100G PSM4/CWDM4/LR4 solution. Semtech applications engineering teams are available to support immediate design-in activities to enable rapid adoption of Semtech’s solution. Semtech’s data center ClearEdge CDR portfolio includes: New - GN2105S: Quad channel 25G NRZ CDRs with integrated DC-coupled DML drivers GN2110S: Quad CDR with integrated TIA GN2105B: Quad CDR with integrated DML laser drivers The ClearEdge GN2105S will be demonstrated at the Semtech booth #322 during the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) 2022, Sept. 18-22, in Basel, Switzerland. About Semtech’s Optical Products Semtech’s optical networking product platforms provide high-performance signal integrity for optical module solutions used by leading companies in the data center/enterprise networking, wireless infrastructure and passive optical network/Fiber to the X markets. About Semtech Semtech Corporation is a leading global supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for infrastructure, high-end consumer and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC.

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Equinix and NUS Centre for Energy Research & Technology Partner to Advance Hydrogen Technologies for Data Centers

Equinix | September 21, 2022

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By driving innovation in Singapore, the Equinix and CERT partnership aims to accelerate disruptive technologies that can reduce the carbon footprint of global data centers, particularly in tropical locations. This partnership forms part of Equinix's Future First strategy that underscores the company's commitment to greening the digital economy. Green hydrogen has been identified as a viable source of sustainable energy for data centers. However, hydrogen generation on an industrial scale remains several years away from being commercially viable, making it imperative to assess and adopt alternatives even as global research and development continues. "Data centers serve as the conduit powering the digital economy, and greening their operations can drive the rise of sustainable business throughout the broader economic landscape. 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