NFINIT | June 02, 2022
NFINIT, a LightEdge firm, is upgrading its two San Diego data centers for an $ 8 million update to improve energy efficiency and critical infrastructure resilience. In addition, NFINIT is upgrading its cloud infrastructure (including hardware and software), replacing an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), a battery that keeps operations running in the case of a power outage, and adding new chillers as part of this update. NFINIT's new equipment is among the most environmentally friendly on the market.
"This major investment in our infrastructure translates to significant customer benefits in three areas: sustainability, reliability and cost stabilization. Reliability is part of our DNA, and investing in our UPS equipment is critical to keeping clients' data safe. Also, by increasing NFINIT's power effectiveness by 20%, we're keeping pace with data growth trends in a more sustainable way, while also helping to mitigate rising power costs for our clients. With the backing of our new partnership with LightEdge, a strong promoter of ESG initiatives, our flagship data center on Lightwave Avenue is on track to becoming the most sustainable data center in the San Diego area."
Gabriel Faulkner, VP of Critical Infrastructure at NFINIT
LightEdge bought NFINIT in April. Future investments are planned by the firms together to improve NFINIT's energy efficiency even more. LightEdge recently teamed with Synetic to divert 6,800 pounds of e-waste from the landfill and assist the Circular Computing reforestation program as part of its commitment to sustainability.
Unlike most data centers in the area, NFINIT's flagship facility was designed from the ground up to be a data center rather than being converted from a warehouse. This means that crucial efficiency and reliability factors like air flow and physical security were optimized from the start. As a result, the data center will have a 20 percent higher power use effectiveness (PUE) of 1.25 after the improvements. PUE is a typical industry statistic for determining the energy efficiency of a data center.
"We're investing in infrastructure upgrades that allow NFINIT to alleviate the utility fee rise for our customers as much as possible," Faulkner continued. "Over the last three years, power costs in San Diego have increased by roughly 41%, and NFINIT has only passed on about 13% of that rise to our customers."
For data centers, uptime is just as important as energy efficiency. Because many data center outages are caused by UPS failure, maintaining a modern UPS is one of the most crucial components for consistent data center uptime. NFINIT's dependable maintenance practices, as well as its mix of in-house and on-call local contractors, have helped the company maintain an industry-leading uptime and availability record for the last ten years.
Kyndryl | July 14, 2022
Kyndryl , the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced a multi-year agreement with American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (AHM) (NYSE: HMC) that expands Kyndryl's work to include support of AHM's infrastructure transformation across its U.S. manufacturing plants, research and development, captive finance, and sales operations. This collaboration will support AHM's efforts to harness its data and bring more innovation to its customers.
"We've worked with Honda for many years and have helped them evolve their business as the mobility industry has undergone a major transformation of the consumer experience," said Matt Milton, President of Kyndryl U.S. "Honda is pioneering innovation in how it leverages data for value across its organization, and we're working side by side to help them modernize their operations to deliver on this future-forward strategy."
"At a time of rapid transformation for the auto and mobility industry, we're pleased to work with Kyndryl to realize critical business transformation enabled by IT that will allow Honda to prepare for our electrified future. "Kyndryl will contribute to efficiencies and competitiveness across all North America processes, which will help us establish new connected products and services."
Adam Sparks, Assistant Vice President of Enterprise IT Services at American Honda Motor Co
AHM selected Kyndryl to simplify and centralize IT operations so it can invest more in innovation. Kyndryl will integrate an on-premises and cloud-based solution to support the deployment of a standard platform that centralizes management of all operations, including sales, finance, manufacturing and research and development operations.
Honda will gain enhanced efficiency and resiliency across its U.S. operations and be able to speed the deployment of modern tooling and technologies, as well as integrate and simplify its services catalogue. Kyndryl will also continue to run the core infrastructure that supports Honda's U.S. operations.
The north star of the work is for Kyndryl to support AHM in transforming its infrastructure foundation to streamline the management of data across mission critical operations and deliver improved experiences to customers.
The strength of Kyndryl and AHM's relationship was further underscored recently when Kyndryl received AHM's supplier award for outstanding value.
Kyndryl is the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider. The company designs, builds, manages and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. Kyndryl's more than 90,000 employees serve over 4,000 customers in more than 60 countries around the world, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100.
SatixFy Communications Ltd | July 11, 2022
SatixFy Communications Ltd. (“SatixFy”), a leader in next-generation satellite communication systems based on in-house developed chipsets, today announced its critical role in enabling the first ever demonstration of a high-speed, low-latency link with a LEO satellite constellation incorporating 5G (video available here). SatixFy has partnered with OneWeb under the ESA Sunrise Partnership Project, with support from the UK Space Agency, to develop a compact electronically steered multi-beam array suitable for mobility services over both LEO and GEO satellites simultaneously. The terminal can also be integrated into 5G equipment to allow end-to-end access to a LEO constellation network via a 5G signal.
On June 28, 2022, a demonstration at the ESA/ECSAT facilities in Harwell achieved the world’s first ever 5G backhaul communications connected to a LEO satellite constellation, using a compact electronic antenna powered by SatixFy to connect to a LEO satellite constellation operated by OneWeb. The demonstration involved a super compact satellite terminal mounted on a car. The user terminal antenna performed several satellite and beam handovers, along with frequency hopping over the OneWeb LEO network at 1,200 km, while maintaining a simultaneous and continuous link with a GEO satellite at an altitude of 36,000 Km. Live 4K UHDTV video and audio streaming took place from the GEO satellite.
The new super compact user terminal will undergo further testing to unlock its full capabilities with LEO and GEO links for mobility services. Once testing and certification is completed, the user terminal will be optimized for different mobility use cases, including IFC, with a goal of providing an effective system for OneWeb commercial services for any moving platform on land, sea and air.
“I’m proud of this important milestone achieved by the whole SatixFy team, who cooperated together with our partners from OneWeb and CGI, with great support from the UK Space Agency and ESA. This test further validates our products addressing two of our major target markets: electronically-steered multibeam user terminals for mobility and the use of our terminals to address the large space-enabled 5G market. It has been a pleasure to work with OneWeb to demonstrate this unique capability.”
Simona Gat, SatixFy UK CEO
Massimiliano Ladovaz, CTO at OneWeb said, “At OneWeb, our approach to delivering connectivity is through collaboration with world-class industry partners who share our vision of a truly connected world. We’re therefore delighted to partner with SatixFy on this UK and European Space Agency funded research program. We are working together to connect those hardest to reach with new Space-based LEO connectivity. The ground-breaking SatixFy electronically steered array antenna technology will, once in commercial production, enable mobility customers such as airlines, train operators, and coach companies to leverage the power not only of the OneWeb LEO network, but also terrestrial 5G and legacy GEO satellite networks. A hybrid, multi-beam, multi constellation solution that ensures that passengers remain connected no matter where they are – be it mid-air, mid-ocean or in the most remote corners of the world.”
Elodie Viau, ESA Telecom Director said, “This test is the first of its kind, and is a real team collaboration by ESA, OneWeb, and SatixFy UK. It connected the ESA 5G/6G Hub at the ESA/ECSAT Harwell site through OneWeb satellites, using the super flat and advanced antenna made by SatixFy UK for mobility services. Through the Sunrise Partnership Project we aim to show that 5G high quality and speed connectivity is now a reality, to the benefit of everybody, everyday and everywhere.”
Dr. Paul Brate, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said “This is a world first which demonstrates the vital role that space can play in improving connectivity. SatixFy’s antenna technology, developed with UK Space Agency support, is advancing satellite communications, enabling new markets in collaboration with companies like OneWeb. The results of this trial will help transform how satellite and terrestrial networks interact, accelerating the development of technologies such as connected vehicles and autonomous cars. It is a great example of why we’re supporting ESA’s state-of-the-art 5G/6G hub in Harwell, which will create new commercial opportunities and catalyze investment into the UK’s thriving space sector.”
On March 8, 2022, SatixFy announced that it had entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Endurance Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: EDNC), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed by an affiliate of Antarctica Capital, an international private equity firm. Upon closing of the transaction, SatixFy’s shares are expected to trade on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol “SATX.”
SatixFy develops end-to-end next-generation satellite communications systems, including satellite payloads, user terminals and modems, based on powerful chipsets that it develops in house.
SatixFy’s products include modems that feature Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Fully Electronically Steered Multi Beam Antennas (ESMA) that support the advanced communications standard DVB-S2X. SatixFy’s innovative ASICs and RFICs improve the overall performance of satellite communications systems, reduce the weight and power requirements of terminals and payloads, and save real estate for gateway equipment. SatixFy’s advanced VSATs and multi-beam fully electronically steered antenna arrays are optimized for a variety of mobile applications and services, using LEO, MEO and GEO satellite communications systems, for aero/in-flight connectivity systems, communications-on-the-move applications, satellite-enabled Internet-of-Things, machine-to-machine devices, and consumer user terminals.
About Endurance Acquisition Corp.
Endurance Acquisition Corp. (“Endurance”) is a special purpose acquisition company formed by an affiliate of Antarctica Capital, an international private equity firm, for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Endurance was founded on April 23, 2021 and is headquartered in New York, NY.