Digital Realty Sells 10 Data Centers to Mapletree

Channelnomics | January 17, 2020

Digital Realty Sells 10 Data Centers to Mapletree
Deal will fetch $557 million as company looks to close $8.4 billion acquisition of Interxion Digital Realty, which has been an aggressive buyer in the global data center and colocation market, has sold 10 data centers in North America to Mapletree, a real estate development and investment firm based in Singapore. The Lowdown:  The $557 million deal comes as Digital Realty works to close its planned $8.4 billion acquisition of Interxion, which owns more than 50 colocation data centers in 13 cities in Europe, which serve more than 2,000 customers. The Interxion deal was announced in October.

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HP Asset Manager software is designed to manage the full lifecycle of your IT assets, from cradle to grave. But what about your critical data center infrastructure? Racks, power strips, PDUs, power provisioning, and cooling capacity are vital to a successful and efficient IT implementation, yet they are largely unknown to IT managers. That’s because IT asset management and data center infrastructure management live in separate realms.


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Etihad selects Kyndryl to help accelerate the next phase of its digital transformation

Kyndryl | December 15, 2021

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and Kyndryl, the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced a multi-year agreement to help accelerate the next stage of its digital transformation journey. Kyndryl will help Etihad modernize its IT infrastructure by facilitating the use of best-in-breed cloud platforms. Innovation and technology have been instrumental to Etihad's agility to adapt within the aviation industry and enhance its world-renowned guest experience. Previously, the airline has relied on a private cloud infrastructure – but to achieve further flexibility, it needed to adopt a cloud strategy that integrates various public cloud environments to support its workloads. Accordingly, Etihad will tap Kyndryl to work closely with leading cloud providers to select fit-for-purpose cloud platforms that are based on the specific requirements of Etihad's mission-critical workloads. Over the next three years, Kyndryl will also help migrate and manage Etihad's workloads across the new multi-cloud environment. Through a multi-cloud model, Etihad will have seamless access to advanced cloud services and be able to combine the capabilities that each cloud platform provides. This will enable more efficient operations and bringing innovation to market at a more rapid pace. "As Etihad continues to evolve, its ability to push the boundaries of innovation and digitalisation within the aviation industry is necessary to create the next generation travel experience. The airline looks forward to working with Kyndryl as their expertise in cloud environments will support Etihad in becoming a more agile and sustainable airline," Frank Meyer, Chief Digital Officer, Etihad "Etihad is long known for embedding innovation into every aspect of its operations and continuously transforming to better serve its employees and guests," said Vickram Nagi, Managing Director, Kyndryl Middle East, Africa and Turkey. "We are proud to have been selected by Etihad to help facilitate the next phase of its digital transformation through the use of best-in-breed cloud platforms. This collaboration reaffirms our commitment to support mission-critical technology systems the world depends on every day and to forge strong relationships with leading technology innovators to serve our customers better." Kyndryl and Etihad signed the strategic agreement in November 2021. About Etihad: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, was formed in 2003 and quickly went on to become one of the world's leading airlines. From its home in Abu Dhabi, Etihad flies to passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Together with Etihad's codeshare partners, Etihad's network offers access to hundreds of international destinations. In recent years, Etihad has received numerous awards for its superior service and products, cargo offering, loyalty programme and more. Etihad is recognised as one of the world's leading airlines in response to COVID-19 and was the first airline in the world to fully vaccinate its crew on board. About Kyndryl 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 nearly 90,000 employees serve over 4,000 customers in more than 60 countries around the world, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100.

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Sequans Introduces New 4G/5G Cellular IoT Modules Based on its Second-Generation Cat 1 Calliope 2 Chip

Sequans | December 16, 2021

Sequans Communications S.A. announced availability of a new series of Cat 1 IoT modules based on its second generation, LTE Cat 1bis chip, Calliope 2. The new Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules are low-cost, low-power, IoT-optimized solutions that support VoLTE and throughput higher than LTE-M for applications including wearables and hearables with music streaming; smart city/smart home IoT devices such as security cameras, alarm panels, and utility meters; and data aggregators that can require throughput up to several megabits per second. Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules are optimized to support three regional variants covering North America, Japan, and Europe. Advancements in Sequans' Calliope 2 chip technology remove the cost and power consumption barriers that have thus far limited widespread adoption of Cat 1 for IoT. These advancements include 1) higher integration for lower cost, 2) lower power consumption in both active and power-saving modes, near the level of LTE-M, thus extending the battery life of Cat 1 devices significantly, and 3) advanced signal processing techniques that provide superior radio performance. LTE Cat 1 is available worldwide on all cellular networks, including those areas where LTE-M and NB-IoT are not, making it ideal for IoT companies wishing to deploy products globally. "Cat 1 is a truly universal IoT solution," said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. "With our new Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules, we have made Cat 1 highly suitable for IoT so that it can now support a much wider variety of IoT use cases, including those that need voice. We've reduced the cost and lowered the power consumption by applying the power-saving techniques of LTE-M and NB-IoT, and we've embedded high-level, on-chip security with iSIM support---all of which combine to make our Calliope 2 modules truly future-proof and able to support the evolution from 4G to 5G for many years to come." "We are proud of our partnership with Sequans that expands our cellular IoT module offering that includes RYZ014A alongside our MCUs with 4G cellular connectivity based on Sequans proven Monarch Cat-M1/NB-IoT LTE platform,Therefore, we are excited about Sequans's Calliope 2 Cat 1 platform that supports IoT use cases demanding higher bandwidth, greater mobility, and lower latency." Roger Wendelken, SVP, head of MCU Business, IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit at Renesas "There is an explosion in demand for Cat 1 technology around the world, and even more specifically for the new Cat 1bis technology, increasing the overall LTE Cat 1 market from 132 million units in 2021 to an estimated 200 million units in 2025," said Takeshi Niwa, marketing analyst, TSR. "The great success of Cat 1bis in China, notably in the utility segment, demonstrates the accelerated adoption and deployment of this IoT-focused LTE category, driven by its lower cost compared to first-generation Cat 1 and also by the shutdown of legacy 2G and 3G networks. The availability of platforms like Sequans' Calliope 2 that brings a newer generation of optimized Cat 1 technology into the market will extend this rapid growth to other countries including Japan and the United States." Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules are 5G-ready and compliant with the 3GPP Release 15 massive IoT standard. User application software and interfaces are compatible with Sequans' Monarch 2 LTE-M/NB-IoT platform, allowing easy migration among Cat 1, LTE-M, and NB-IoT massive IoT technologies. Calliope 2 GC02S1 Module Features Supports 3GPP Release 14/15, including PSM and eDRX for ultra-low power consumption Cost-effective support for Cat 1bis data rate: up to 10 Mbps DL and 5 Mbps UL Ultra-small "S1" LGA package Power supply supports 3.1V-5.5V Supports VoLTE and high-quality voice Supports external SIM and eSIM as well as integrated SIM and integrated eSIM Common Criteria (CC) EAL5+ security for iSIM Compatible with Sequans Monarch 2 LTE-M/NB-IoT platform for easy migration among Cat 1, LTE-M, Cat NB1/NB2 "Sequans pioneered Cat 1 technology for IoT and has always recognized its value," said Karam. "We are the only cellular IoT connectivity solutions provider with a strategic product roadmap for Cat 1. Our Calliope 2 chip platform and GC02S1 modules are designed with a clear eye on its particular value for IoT, especially now that 2G and 3G networks are being shut down and 5G is on the horizon." About Sequans Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a leading developer and supplier of cellular IoT connectivity solutions, providing chips and modules for 5G/4G massive and broadband IoT. For 5G/4G massive IoT applications, Sequans provides a comprehensive product portfolio based on its flagship Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT and Calliope Cat 1 chip platforms, featuring industry-leading low power consumption, a large set of integrated functionalities, and global deployment capability. For 5G/4G broadband IoT applications, Sequans offers a product portfolio based on its Cassiopeia Cat 4/Cat 6 4G and high-end Taurus 5G chip platforms, optimized for low-cost residential, enterprise, and industrial applications. Founded in 2003, Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States.

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Accenture Announces Intent to Acquire AFD.TECH to Bolster its Cloud First Network Capabilities

Accenture | December 20, 2021

Accenture has announced its intent to acquire AFD.TECH, an independent network services company specializing in network engineering, operations and business services. Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. This acquisition would add more than 1,600 highly skilled professionals to Accenture globally, along with multidisciplinary capabilities across engineering, design, deployment, and operation of next generation networks, such as 5G and fiber. “The combination of latest technologies such as 5G, cloud and next generation IoT is transforming the way businesses are operating across all the industries by creating opportunities for innovative services and new sources of growth,” said Olivier Girard, market unit lead for Accenture in France & Benelux. “To succeed in their digital transformation and take advantage of its full potential, companies must act now to adopt the right strategy and build new business solutions enabled by network investments. This acquisition would give us a significant footprint in advanced mobile and enterprise networks.” The newly acquired expertise when combined with Accenture’s Cloud First capabilities would provide a broad spectrum of proven practices, operational excellence and human ingenuity to help clients drive comprehensive transformation across their disparate networks. Karthik Narain, global lead, Accenture Cloud First, said: “Most networks were not built for today’s highly distributed world of cloud, edge devices and remote work. Increasingly, companies will need to invest in modern networks that seamlessly connect across the dynamic capabilities of the cloud continuum from public through edge and everything in between. AFD.TECH’s network operations and IT capabilities, as well as its deep industry knowledge, would complement Accenture’s cloud, edge computing, security, and network capabilities to help clients shape, build and operate cloud-first networks.” Founded in 1998, AFD.TECH serves leading telecom brands and clients across various other industries, including energy, industrial, infrastructure and life sciences sectors. The company is based in France with additional offices in Belgium and Morocco. “Combining our strengths with Accenture would allow us to leverage the potential offered by the latest technologies and to allow an even-broader client base, both existing and future, to grasp the full potential of the range of new services that will be generated by the deep transformation across nearly every industry and market in the next five years. The opportunity to join Accenture would allow us to scale capabilities and enable tremendous opportunity for our clients, our company and our people. Together, we would help clients adapt their operating model, expand the skills of their people and drive innovation to unlock the full potential of 5G.” Jérôme Picard, co-founder and CEO of AFD.TECH The acquisition of AFD.TECH would strengthen Accenture’s network operations capabilities in Europe and follows Accenture’s acquisition of Arca last November and of umlaut in October 2021. The acquisition requires prior consultation with the relevant works councils and would be subject to customary closing conditions. About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.

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BBT.live has been selected by Cellcom for SD-WAN services

BBT.live | December 29, 2021

BBT.live, which developed a market leading SD-WAN-based SASE solution, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Cellcom, one of Israel's leading telecommunications service providers. Cellcom will launch a SD-WAN cloud-based secured connectivity service designated to the growing SMB/SME market in Israel. BBT.live's solution, built for service providers and optimized to meet SMB/SME needs, enable the delivery of enterprise-grade secured connectivity service based on the underlay of public mobile and broadband networks. BBT.live's software disaggregation technology allows network operators to mix and match diverse hardware under a single operating system, reducing the time and effort required to plan, deploy and operate the SD-WAN-based SASE cloud infrastructure. By creating a flexible consumption model for xSPs and network operations, operational efficiency is thus streamlined across the entire infrastructure on any hardware (cloud and edge units) ensuring an open and reliable experience for faster innovation in the cloud. BBT.live's unique SD-Flat network technology flattens the customer WAN and LAN networks providing a single pane of glass and user-friendly centralized network orchestration. "We are excited to cooperate with Cellcom in order to launch a secured connectivity service in the highly competitive Israeli market. Cellcom plans to address the big and growing SMB/SME market and support their clients in the digital transformation journey. BBT.live's cloud first solution fits the market shift from on-premises to cloud infrastructure" Moshe Levinson, BBT.live founder & CEO About Cellcom Israel Ltd. Cellcom Israel Ltd., established in 1994, is a leading Israeli communications group, providing a wide range of communications services. Cellcom Israel is the largest Israeli cellular provider, providing its cellular subscribers with a broad range of services including cellular telephony, roaming services, text and multimedia messaging, advanced cellular and data services and other value-added services in the areas of mobile office, data protection etc. And for the business sector Cellcom also provides transmission infrastructure and internet services, cloud managed services, telephony for business, data centers and cyber security, networking and system turnkey solutions based on Cellcom Israel's technologically advanced infrastructure. The company operates advanced networks enabling high speed broadband and advanced multimedia services. Cellcom Israel offers nationwide customer service including telephone customer service, retail stores, and service and sale centers. Cellcom Israel further provides OTT TV services, internet infrastructure and connectivity services and international calling services, as well as landline telephone services in Israel. About BBT.live BBT.live, founded in 2020, provides a cloud-native SD-WAN-based SASE solution that combines enterprise-grade networking with network security and visibility into a single solution. BBT.live's offering is specifically designed for service providers, allowing them to provide their SME clients with a cost-effective holistic solution that is easily deployed and managed.

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