Digital Realty Cements Control of US Northwest’s Primary Network Hub

Data Center Knowledge | February 12, 2020

Seattle real estate developer Clise Properties has agreed to sell an additional 49 percent stake in the Westin Building Exchange to Digital Realty Trust. Clise sold another 49 percent stake in the downtown property to Digital in 2006, and once this latest deal is closed will retain ownership of only 2 percent. Digital executives declined to disclose terms of the transaction, but the property is highly strategic for the San Francisco-based data center giant. The 40-year-old building is the biggest telecommunications hub in the Pacific Northwest. Being a tenant in the Westin Building Exchange means having network access to more than 150 carriers (including all major Canadian network operators), a multitude of existing and upcoming intercontinental submarine cables that land on the West Coast, and all the big cloud and content companies – all exchanging traffic in the building’s meet-me rooms.

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Scala Data Centers Celebrates Entry of Dell Technologies in its digital ecosystem

Scala Data Centers | March 11, 2022

Scala Data Centers, the sustainable hyperscalable data center platform, founded by DigitalBridge, an investment holding company in digital infrastructure, announces that Dell Technologies, one of the largest IT infrastructure companies in the world, chose Scala to host its colocation environment in data centers (DCs) SP1 and SP2, located in São Paulo, Brazil. Through Scala's platform, which features ultra-connectivity, renewable and certified energy to accommodate infrastructure expansions in long-term scenarios, and full 24x7x365 support, Dell brings to the market the ServicesSelect. The solution consists of a set of management services and support of IT infrastructure environments in as a service mode. With greater choice and savings, this type of hiring is a global trend as it facilitates the complexity of the digital transformation. According to IDC, more than 75% of edge infrastructure will be consumed as a service, as will more than half of DC infrastructure, by 2024. ServicesSelect enables companies looking for digitization or a journey to the cloud to reach this level in a flexible, agile and simple way, both operationally and financially. Dell's new offering also supports customers to maximize their results and focus on their business goals through the quality of the DCs, the technologies selected for use and the IT responsibility transferred and assumed by the specialists from Scala and Dell itself. Due to that, the choice of a strategic DC provider is an important step in the process of offering the managed infrastructure. "With Scala, we solve any customer concerns about the IT environment, generating more savings, due to the transformation of their budgets from CAPEX to OPEX, and greater innovation and efficiency for their business," says Christiano Lucena, Vice President of Storage Platforms and Solutions at Dell Technologies Latin America "We enable the infrastructure necessary for key partners like Dell to sell, through our platform, in a secure and highly scalable way." Cleber Braz, Vice President of Business Development and Customer Services at Scala About Scala Data Centers Scala Data Centers is the Sustainable Hyperscalable Data Centers platform based in Brazil and founded by DigitalBridge. Developed to meet and exceed the growing demand for digital access in Latin America, Scala has a highly qualified team of more than 300 professionals and applies a flexible and innovative approach to offer exceptional colocation services for hyperscale customers, service providers and cloud software, and large companies. We customize cutting edge solutions for each customer in the construction of state-of-the-art data centers, with high availability, high energy efficiency and very high density. All of this combined with the best sustainability practices guided by our ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) program. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

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HaystackID® Launches New Discovery Management Platform

HaystackID | March 09, 2022

HaystackID, a specialized eDiscovery services firm supporting law firms and corporate legal departments, announced today the launch of HaystackID Core, a discovery management platform for discovery intelligence. Delivering a robust suite of software, platform, and infrastructure services, HaystackID Core combines HaystackID Discovery Intelligence with best-of-breed technology, security, and privacy platforms, processes, and protocols. HaystackID Core provides power and precision to corporations, law firms, and consultancies, enabling them to – without upfront or additional investments in hardware or software – take a new approach to eDiscovery. "The traditional approach to eDiscovery sourcing and support typically involves multiple providers, which means unpredictable costs, changing workflows, and project management challenges. Given these characteristics, there are efficiency, economic, and security reasons to consider new approaches. HaystackID Core provides a way to augment, complement, or even replace key eDiscovery capabilities with the best available technologies, proven experts, and predictable pricing." HaystackID CEO Hal Brooks HaystackID Core is purpose-built for any users of eDiscovery services looking to drive positive legal, business, and technology outcomes in audits, investigations, and litigation. It does so through three primary offerings: HaystackID Core Standard – A dedicated technology platform for targeted collection, discovery, and review, which can be accessed either individually (SaaS) or as a collective group of services (PaaS). Technology currently available as part of HaystackID Core offerings includes Relativity, RelativityOne, Relativity Analytics, Reveal, Reveal Brainspace, Nuix Data Discovery, and Nuix Investigate as well as HaystackID's proprietary ReviewRight® Protect™ and ReviewRight® Virtual®. HaystackID Core Plus – Hosting services that work as an eDiscovery data center, with a full range of applications and management tools that HaystackID can manage for its clients through a PaaS (hosted public or private cloud) or IaaS (on-premise) offering. HaystackID Managed Core – Managed services that act as a dedicated eDiscovery team to help manage tasks, projects, and programs for any number of eDiscovery requirements. The platform builds on HaystackID's Discovery Intelligence approach adding a holistic technology offering that complements its current portfolio of services, with a platform clients can manage via different models (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) to support their specific needs. "HaystackID Core helps us deliver on our mission to support our clients from data creation through defensible data disposition and from cyber discovery through legal document review," said HaystackID CTO Evan Craghead. "It enhances the accessibility, predictability, and security our clients need to meet their privacy, compliance, and risk needs and to reach the legal high-ground first in sensitive investigations, cases, and matters." About HaystackID® HaystackID is a specialized eDiscovery services firm that helps corporations and law firms securely find, understand, and learn from data when facing complex, data-intensive investigations and litigation. HaystackID mobilizes industry-leading cyber discovery services, enterprise solutions, and legal discovery offerings to serve more than 500 of the world's leading corporations and law firms in North America and Europe. Serving nearly half of the Fortune 100, HaystackID is an alternative cyber and legal services provider that combines expertise and technical excellence with a culture of white-glove customer service. In addition to consistently being ranked by Chambers USA, the company was recently named a worldwide leader in eDiscovery services by IDC MarketScape and a representative vendor in the 2021 Gartner Market Guide for E-Discovery Solutions. Further, HaystackID has achieved SOC 2 Type II attestation in the five trust service areas of security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy.

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Linux Foundation Announces Open Programmable Infrastructure Project to Drive Open Standards for New Class of Cloud Native Infrastructure

The Linux Foundation | June 22, 2022

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the new Open Programmable Infrastructure (OPI) Project. OPI will foster a community-driven, standards-based open ecosystem for next-generation architectures and frameworks based on DPU and IPU technologies. OPI is designed to facilitate the simplification of network, storage and security APIs within applications to enable more portable and performant applications in the cloud and datacenter across DevOps, SecOps and NetOps. Founding members of OPI include Dell Technologies, F5, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Marvell, NVIDIA and Red Hat with a growing number of contributors representing a broad range of leading companies in their fields ranging from silicon and device manufactures, ISVs, test and measurement partners, OEMs to end users. "When new technologies emerge, there is so much opportunity for both technical and business innovation but barriers often include a lack of open standards and a thriving community to support them," said Mike Dolan, senior vice president of Projects at the Linux Foundation. "DPUs and IPUs are great examples of some of the most promising technologies emerging today for cloud and datacenter, and OPI is poised to accelerate adoption and opportunity by supporting an ecosystem for DPU and IPU technologies." DPUs and IPUs are increasingly being used to support high-speed network capabilities and packet processing for applications like 5G, AI/ML, Web3, crypto and more because of their flexibility in managing resources across networking, compute, security and storage domains. Instead of the servers being the infrastructure unit for cloud, edge or the data center, operators can now create pools of disaggregated networking, compute and storage resources supported by DPUs, IPUs, GPUs, and CPUs to meet their customers' application workloads and scaling requirements. OPI will help establish and nurture an open and creative software ecosystem for DPU and IPU-based infrastructures. As more DPUs and IPUs are offered by various vendors, the OPI Project seeks to help define the architecture and frameworks for the DPU and IPU software stacks that can be applied to any vendor's hardware offerings. The OPI Project also aims to foster a rich open source application ecosystem, leveraging existing open source projects, such as DPDK, SPDK, OvS, P4, etc., as appropriate. The project intends to: Define DPU and IPU, Delineate vendor-agnostic frameworks and architectures for DPU- and IPU-based software stacks applicable to any hardware solutions, Enable the creation of a rich open source application ecosystem, Integrate with existing open source projects aligned to the same vision such as the Linux kernel, and, Create new APIs for interaction with, and between, the elements of the DPU and IPU ecosystem, including hardware, hosted applications, host node, and the remote provisioning and orchestration of software With several working groups already active, the initial technology contributions will come in the form of the Infrastructure Programmer Development Kit (IPDK) that is now an official sub-project of OPI governed by the Linux Foundation. IPDK is an open source framework of drivers and APIs for infrastructure offload and management that runs on a CPU, IPU, DPU or switch. In addition, NVIDIA DOCA, an open source software development framework for NVIDIA's BlueField DPU, will be contributed to OPI to help developers create applications that can be offloaded, accelerated, and isolated across DPUs, IPUs, and other hardware platforms. "The emerging DPU market is a golden opportunity to reimagine how infrastructure services can be deployed and managed. With collective collaboration across many vendors representing both the silicon devices and the entire DPU software stack, an ecosystem is emerging that will provide a low friction customer experience and achieve portability of services across a DPU enabled infrastructure layer of next generation data centers, private clouds, and edge deployments." Geng Lin, EVP and Chief Technology Officer, F5 Intel is committed to open software to advance collaborative and competitive ecosystems and is pleased to be a founding member of the Open Programmable Infrastructure project, as well as fully supportive of the Infrastructure Processor Development Kit (IPDK) as part of OPI. We look forward to advancing these tools, with the Linux Foundation, fulfilling the need for a programmable infrastructure across cloud, data center, communication and enterprise industries making it easier for developers to accelerate innovation and advance technological developments. Patricia Kummrow, CVP and GM, Ethernet Products Group, Intel About the Linux Foundation Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation and its projects are supported by more than 1,800 members and is the world's leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation's projects are critical to the world's infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, Hyperledger, RISC-V, and more. The Linux Foundation's methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration.

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Inspur Information's Cloud-Native Computing Platform Certified for Arm SystemReady SR

Inspur Information | June 23, 2022

Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, joined the Arm® SystemReady™ program, achieving the highest-level Arm SystemReady SR certification. Thanks to its standardized design that can be adapted to multiple systems, Inspur Information is able to meet the increasingly diverse customer needs for different use scenarios in the new era of big data and cloud computing. Inspur Information announces NF5280R6, its first product supporting Arm based Ampere®Altra® and Ampere®Altra® Max® Cloud Native Processors that are designed for modern cloud infrastructure. The 2U dual socket NF5280R6 platform is Arm SystemReady certified and supports up to 256 high performance CPU cores that deliver predictable performance, scale linearly and consume lower power. The NFS280R6 platform will improve rack density by greater than 36% while lowering the power by more than 41% when compared to legacy x86 platforms. In addition, with support for multi-host and smart NICs, NF5280R6 provides eight standard PCIe 4.0 slots and one optional OCP 3.0 slot, maximizing its scalability for various applications such as high-performance all-flash storage and network acceleration. NF5280R6 provides an open source solution that alleviates application portability difficulties and allows customers to maximize their business benefits with minimum porting costs. This makes it an ideal choice for practicing cloud container deployment, Android cloud gaming, and big data applications. Backed by SystemReady SR, infrastructure solution developers can directly deploy or run mainstream operating systems such as Fedora, Ubuntu, SUSE Linux Enterprise, CentOS, Debian, and WinPE on NF5280R6 for an "out-of-the-box" refined user experience. No extra costs for adaptation to different operating systems or container technologies are required. Simplified deployment and support for standard firmware interfaces reduce the cost of customizing firmware and maintaining multiple software platforms, so customers can focus on innovation with their products. "We always keep consumers in mind as we continually innovate our products and technologies to build increasingly diversified product platforms. "As the Arm architecture grew in the server space, we noticed that our customers focused more on the portability of platforms and the convenience of Arm-based cloud-native applications, which is exactly what the Arm SystemReady program provides our customers. NF5280R6, the SystemReady SR-certified cloud-native dual-socket server, handles diversified customer needs, and provides computing power support for a more extensive customer base. In the future, Inspur Information will continue to bring more Arm-based values and innovations complying with industrial standards to our customers and developers." Ricky Zhao, Deputy General Manager of Inspur Information's Server Product Line Arm SystemReady is a set of standards and a compliance certification program that enables interoperability between Arm-based devices and leading operating systems or applications, so that software "just works" out of the box. This allows easy deployment of software and takes advantage of the comprehensive ecosystem of mature operating systems. "As an industry-wide initiative, Arm SystemReady has gained extensive recognition and support from broad partners in terms of its benefits for the entire industrial chain. These partners have taken active participation in formulation and implementation of SystemReady standards, making significant contributions," said Frank Zou, vice president, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm. "Having Inspur Information, a global leader in computing power infrastructure, join the SystemReady program is a great driving force for the thriving and innovative Arm-based cloud-native ecosystem." About Inspur Information Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.

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