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NTT Ltd. | October 27, 2022
NTT Ltd., a leading IT infrastructure and services company, today announced the opening of its latest data center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Johannesburg 1 Data Center is part of NTT’s expansion into the African continent with a capacity of 12MW covering 6,000m² of IT space once fully built out. The technical infrastructure is supported by N+1 uninterruptible power supply systems (UPS), N+1 generator backup, and highly redundant cooling systems. This will provide clients with dedicated sustainable infrastructure, operational control and the design flexibility required to support their high-performance needs.
The facility will cater to hyperscalers and enterprises, providing them with an opportunity to use NTT’s full ICT stack of services, including managed hybrid cloud, network management, collaboration, security, and application monitoring.
Africa is experiencing a digital boom, with a population expected to double by 2050. Estimates show that 615 million users in sub-Saharan Africa will subscribe to mobile services by 2025, a 24% increase from 2020. This growth and reliance on technology is fueling digital transformation initiatives and demand for high-performing data center space. NTT is planning to accelerate its data center footprint in Johannesburg and other African cities to support this growth over the next several years.
The new facility uses a closed-loop chilled water system with air-cooled chillers, meaning that the water running through the cooling systems isn’t evaporated. This reduces the threat of potential drought water restrictions and allows the data center to achieve low power usage effectiveness (PUE) and water usage effectiveness (WUE).
“We’re incredibly proud to be investing in Johannesburg and extending our global data center footprint to South Africa. The country forms a significant part of NTT’s growth strategy as we continue to support Africa’s digital transformation. The opening of Johannesburg 1 will contribute towards the economic growth and social development of the region, as our clients shape the country of tomorrow.”
Florian Winkler, CEO, Global Data Centers EMEA, NTT Ltd
“Our presence in Africa is underpinned by the significant digital change we’re seeing across the continent. Companies providing new digital services need data center space with high power density, global connectivity, carrier neutrality, cloud network access, and on-site support to ensure they can continue to grow,” added Michael Abendanon, Head of MEA, Global Data Centers EMEA, NTT Ltd.
NTT is recognized as one of the leading data center businesses with recent openings in Madrid, Jakarta, Navi Mumbai, and Berlin, with further expansions planned in Ho Chi Minh City, Prince William County, Virginia and Cyberjaya. The data centers will align with NTT’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions across its data center operations by 2030 and the complete value chain by 2040. NTT is focused on ensuring its portfolio is powered by renewable energy by 2030 and that it applies energy efficiency measures where required.
About NTT Ltd.
As part of NTT DATA, a USD 30 billion IT services provider, NTT Ltd. is a leading IT infrastructure and services company serving 65% of the Fortune Global 500 and more than 75% of the Fortune Global 100. We lay the foundation for organizations’ edge-to-cloud networking ecosystem, simplify the complexity of their workloads across multicloud environments, and innovate at the edge of their IT environments where networks, cloud and applications converge. We offer tailored infrastructure and ensure consistent best practices in design and operations across all of our secure, scalable and customizable data centers. On the journey towards a software-defined future, we support organizations with our platform-delivered infrastructure services. We enable a connected future.
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AtlasEdge | October 10, 2022
AtlasEdge, a leading pan-European Edge data centre provider, has today announced the acquisition of Datacenter One (“DC1”). The move furthers AtlasEdge’s expansion across Europe, with DC1 a leading data centre provider in Germany.
This acquisition will accelerate AtlasEdge’s expansion across Germany, a key strategic data centre market and Europe’s largest digital economy. The footprint of DC1’s purpose-built, high-quality facilities complement AtlasEdge’s existing operations in Berlin and Hamburg, increasing AtlasEdge’s capability to service customers across five regional German markets with significant “ready-to-sell” capacity. It also comes at a time when the first wave of Edge deployments is accelerating across Europe, with growing customer demand for digital infrastructure closer to the end user driven by enterprises and larger platforms.
DC1’s industry-leading senior management team with a deep knowledge of the German market and a track record of successful development will remain unchanged following the transaction. Wolfgang Kaufmann, CEO, DC1, will also be joining AtlasEdge’s Management Team.
This is a highly strategic transaction for AtlasEdge. “Germany is an important part of our expansion plans and a market that has seen customer demand rise across multiple metros. Acquiring DC1 transforms AtlasEdge into Germany’s leading distributed platform, with ready-to-sell capacity in key locations across the country. We look forward to working with our new colleagues and continuing to grow our footprint across the continent.”
Giuliano Di Vitantonio, CEO, AtlasEdge
Wolfgang Kaufmann, CEO, DC1, stated, “The joint expertise of DC1 and AtlasEdge, together with the increased scale and customer offering that this deal enables is a real win. We have experienced first-hand the rising demand and growth potential in the German market, and this is a fantastic next step for us. Our combined locations, ethos and ambition are all the right ingredients, and we’re very excited to be joining AtlasEdge.”
DC1’s continued development and expansion strategy will be critical to meet the high levels of demand for colocation across Germany, and AtlasEdge expects to make significant additional investments across the country in this regard.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close towards the end of 2022.
DH Capital, a division of Citizens, acted as financial advisor and Hogan Lovells acted as legal counsel to AtlasEdge.
AtlasEdge is the leading European Edge data centre platform with over 100 locations across 13 countries. Our distributed data centre portfolio allows our customers to plan and shape their technology and network infrastructure to meet the growing requirements for lower latency, higher performance and localised solutions. Formed through a joint investment by Liberty Global, one of the world’s leading converged video, broadband and communications companies and DigitalBridge, a leading global investment firm dedicated to digital infrastructure, AtlasEdge’s portfolio includes data centres in key markets across Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich.
ABOUT Datacenter One (“DC1”)
Datacenter One operates several data centers at various locations in Germany. In addition, the company plans and builds turn-key datacenters very fast within six to nine months – starting from 500 sqm rental space at the requested customer location. The Colocation and Colo Connect rental offers ensure that every customer has the perfect capacity available for their needs - individual, flexible and scalable during operations. Datacenter One's facilities are operated with a very high energy efficiency (PUE values < 1.3) and meet high security requirements with ISO 27001 and EN 50600 certifications. Since 2021, the company has been part of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact to drive sustainable datacenter operations. Datacenter One is a German company headquartered in Stuttgart.
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SoftIron | September 07, 2022
SoftIron, the leader in purpose-built and performance-optimised data centre solutions, today announces its newest flagship offering, HyperCloud, the world's first fully turnkey, totally integrated and supported, Intelligent Cloud Fabric™. Designed and manufactured from the ground up by SoftIron in its own factories, HyperCloud is a fully-integrated platform that removes the complexity of integrating the many independent hardware and software layers needed to build and run a unified private or hybrid cloud. Using pre-integrated building blocks, HyperCloud fully automates the provisioning of storage, compute, networking and infrastructure services, providing a fully functioning, multi-tenant cloud that can be deployed in as little as half a day and less than half a rack and scale almost infinitely.
The goal of an intelligent cloud fabric is to dramatically reduce the complexity of operating a resilient, multi-site hybrid cloud by providing stateless building blocks holistically designed and pre-integrated for assimilation by a distributed cloud orchestration control plane. Using these building blocks - the addition of more storage and/or compute resources becomes simply "plug and play." The result radically simplifies the architecting of a cloud, enabling operations teams to quickly empower application owners and data users to consume and manage services seamlessly across private and public resources.
Independent of all public cloud vendors, HyperCloud enables IT generalists to build and operate highly sophisticated hybrid and/or multi-cloud infrastructures that operate with a level of reliability, availability, elasticity and serviceability previously available only to hyperscale cloud builders with specialist skills and access to large engineering teams. HyperCloud's modular nature, combined with the simplicity with which new compute and storage resources can be added, and the out-of-the-box secure multi-tenancy capabilities mean that the cloud fabric can be scaled up or down just in time, eliminating needless over-provisioning and reducing financial outlay.
"Building and running clouds today is overly complex as engineers battle to integrate disparate layers of technology into a resilient, performant and scalable solution," said Kenny Van Alstyne, CTO for SoftIron. "It was time to take a step back and architect an entire platform, from the ground up, with the single task of making cloud consumable. HyperCloud removes the complexity of integrating the many independent hardware and software layers needed to build a cloud into a unified purpose-built fabric. With HyperCloud, you can deploy virtualised and containerised workloads across federated on-premises zones and public clouds, with support for secure multi-tenancy, full programmability, and full lifecycle automation all 'out of the box.' We're giving organisations sophisticated control of their cloud architecture, eliminating the need for complex integrations between multiple vendors and technologies while providing the ability to scale limitlessly as workloads demand, incrementally adding resource services as needed."
"Public Cloud is popular because it creates a consumption-based experience hiding the complexity of operating a resilient, elastic infrastructure, and the sheer brute force of engineering that is needed to accomplish it - historically, that's only been possible at hyperscale. "It's a useful utility in your IT tool belt, but most organisations today want a hybrid model. Creating a complexity breakthrough required a totally new approach to deliver the first and only complete technology to be used specifically for building clouds. After a decade of innovation, HyperCloud realises that goal and will forever change expectations of how clouds can and should be built."
Phil Straw, CEO of SoftIron
"In today's highly competitive infrastructure market, we believe the team at SoftIron is developing and delivering innovative solutions to solve cloud complexity across the stack," said Daniel Newman, Principal Analyst and CEO of Futurum Research. "Leveraging its trusted supply chain hardware model, coupled with its comprehensive consumption-based offerings, we see a robust long-term growth trajectory for SoftIron as it focuses on meeting the rapidly shifting demands of enterprise IT."
"We see many of our larger customers embarking on data repatriation projects, tired of the unpredictable egress fees being charged resulting from hosting their apps and data in the public cloud," commented Dev Tyagi, CSMO at SoftIron+Co channel partner, Boston Limited. "We're excited by HyperCloud from SoftIron and its ability to make these hybrid clouds a reality in what promises to be a fraction of the time and with a fraction of the skills needed."
HyperCloud is available immediately from SoftIron and its partners in the SoftIron + Co. channel program. It is delivered fully capable with no additional licensing required to access any features, compute or storage capacity.
SoftIron makes the products that underpin the next evolution of IT infrastructure.
Our blueprint is radical. Taking full control over design and manufacture of platforms optimised to transform IT infrastructure, our highly integrated products reduce space and energy footprints while delivering extraordinary performance. Challenging traditional IT manufacturing and organisational strategy, we've developed a model that enables us to create a more resilient and connected business for the customers we serve. A commitment to openness, transparency, and simplicity helps address emerging multi-faceted threats while eliminating the vendor "lock-in" so common elsewhere.