StratCap | July 12, 2022
StratCap is proud to announce that its wireless infrastructure and data center divisions (StratCap Wireless and StratCap Data Centers respectively) have completed the acquisition of approximately $151 million of essential digital infrastructure assets since the beginning of 2022.
The acquisitions include eighteen cell towers that were purchased for approximately $30.3 million and are located in California, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Connecticut. In addition, the company closed on four data centers that were acquired for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $120.9 million.
The cell towers and other related assets are geographically diverse and tenants are highlighted by the major wireless carriers which include Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile among others. While each tower includes at least one top-tier broadband tenant, there is still capacity throughout most of the towers to accommodate additional tenants, thus creating attractive lease-up opportunities. Todd Rowley, CEO of StratCap Wireless stated, “We are excited to continue expanding our portfolio of digital infrastructure assets that serve as critical pieces for our broadband carrier partners and other tenants.”
The data center assets are located in the Jacksonville, Cleveland, Denver, and Atlanta metropolitan areas. Three of the properties are fully leased with in-place cash flows while one of the assets is partially leased and was specifically acquired for its value-add enhancement opportunity. Management has stated that the assets are in “NFL cities” with growing demand for data center space and serve as mission critical infrastructure for the existing tenants which include a major financial services firm, a global bank, a national retail colocation provider and a major wireless carrier. “These latest acquisitions provide us with what we believe are long-term, predictable rental revenues from high quality tenants while at the same time creating attractive value-add opportunities for our overall portfolio.”
Bryan Marsh, CEO of StratCap Data Centers
Pat Miller, Managing Partner of StratCap, added, “We think digital infrastructure is one of the most compelling and resilient real estate sectors in the market right now. We continue to expand our footprint in the space, and we believe the sector has a long growth runway ahead.”
StratCap is a privately held, global alternative investment management platform committed to providing access to dynamic asset classes and highly experienced investment professionals in order to provide clients with attractive risk-adjusted returns. The company is focused on a wide range of digital economy investments with an emphasis on digital infrastructure, sustainability, and technology-centric sectors.
IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
HGC Global Communications Limited | July 07, 2022
HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC), a fully-fledged ICT service provider and network operator with extensive global coverage, is announcing the launch of EdgeX by HGC®, a first-of-its-kind edge digital infrastructure platform ecosystem built to support OTTs' global expansion of the metaverse and the next generation internet.
With the metaverse expected to generate US$1.54 trillion in revenues by the end of the decade, from today's US$206.5 billion, according to PwC's Seeing is Believing report, companies across the globe are moving fast into this new segment.
However, many lack the knowledge, experience, or scale to build and manage the needed digital backbones to succeed, which require high levels of performance, redundant systems, and seamless integration across the different segments of digital infrastructure.
This is where the newly introduced EdgeX by HGC® set of services solves the problem by bringing together five fields of digital infrastructure and solutions under one umbrella for easy deployment, management, and scale. These include:
Connectivity: EdgeX by HGC® allows users to drastically reduce latency times, speed up market entry, and enjoy faster connectivity speeds by gaining access to HGC's ready-to-go platform Eyeball-as-a-Service® (EaaS), benefit from HGC's and the AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) long standing partnership, and also grants acees to the HGC's IP Transit (IPTx) family which delivers direct Internet connectivity via HGC's own international IP backbone network.
Cybersecurity: As a comprehensive cybersecurity solution provider, HGC ensures connections and assets are protected through a diversified 360-degree cybersecurity portfolio which is included in EdgeX by HGC®. The suite contains flagship solutions like Anti-DDoS, data security design, phishing assment, bot detection, penetration testing, and more.
Direct Cloud Connect: Building on strong foundations deployed with the world's leading cloud providers, subscribers of EdgeX by HGC® automatically gain access to enterprise-grade private network connectivity with dominated public cloud providers' direct connect services and applications which ease deployment, expansion and bypass public Internet congestion delivering on high uptime SLAs.
Data Center & Managed Services: For data center operators in particular, EdgeX by HGC® offers an expressway that enhances the connectivity ecosystem and greatly reduces latency times with essential interconnections easily deployed to HGC's global and regional hubs which include several points-of-presence (PoP) for OTTs. It also provides robust and easy manageable edge hosting computing capabilities including Public Cloud Direct Connections, and various Edge Compute Resources.
System Integration: With a lot of the world's data being created at the edge, EdgeX by HGC® also combines HGC's edge resources which enable rapid and widespread deployments through planning, design and integration.
EdgeX by HGC® is scalable, bespokable and can be used by companies of any size in any vertical from gaming to telecoms, OTTs, and any other enterprise that wishes to win in the digital space through a one-stop-shop solution that combines the horsepower of digital infrastructure into one solution platform designed to address the booming data demand sparked by the metaverse.
Commenting on the launch, Cliff Tam, HGC's International Business Senior Vice President for Global Data Strategy & Operations, said: "EdgeX by HGC® not only offers faster and smoother service delivery, but it also expands OTT services with increased edge agility to capitalize on the enormous growth potential around this sector. By allowing OTTs to offload their cloud infrastructure and colocation services while increasing the network speeds, we are enabling users to focus on pushing the boundaries of innovation which is so crutial as the metaverse begins to take shape."
About HGC Global Communications Limited
HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC) is a leading Hong Kong and international telecom operator and ICT solution provider. The company owns an extensive network and infrastructure in Hong Kong and overseas and provides various kinds of services. HGC has 23 overseas offices, with business over 5 continents. It provides telecom infrastructure service to other operators and serves as a service provider to corporate and households.
HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE,APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE
DJIB | September 06, 2022
Today DJIB launched the first ever end-to-end encrypted, enterprise grade decentralised data storage drive with embedded multi chain non-fungible token functionality. It enables the widespread adoption of NFTs in business applications.
Cloud data storage is dominated by services such as Amazon AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. However, in the age of blockchains, users find traditional storage limiting as it is centralised in the hands of individual corporations. User data can be potentially accessed without their knowledge by employees of such providers. The currently missing ability to save objects as NFTs will be increasingly required in business applications.
This is why, while being AWS S3 compatible and blazingly fast, the DJIB data storage drive for the first time addresses all of these concerns by being end-to-end encrypted, censorship resistant, and with built-in NFT functionality. It reimagines the concept of NFTs, treating them as a new type of file format, whereby users can "Save as NFT" any file stored on the drive, thus demystifying the creation of NFTs. Files can be up to 5TB large, which removes currently existing technical constraints. Users can either attach custom business logic to their NFTs, or use pre-defined templates from a library without knowing how to code. For example, a musician can publish a song with pre-defined licensing rights, or a pharmaceutical company can allow patients to share and profit from their medical data with very granular permissions and usage rights - all without the need of any intermediaries or use of specialist software. Any asset can now be tokenised. Any financial director can issue share certificates in NFT format.
Such NFTs are immediately interoperable with all the blockchains with which DJIB has a connector. It started from Solana, Ethereum and BSC, but will soon cover all key networks. DJIB is already working on connectors with teams from major blockchains, starting with those that are enterprise focused and see this as an opportunity to foster the development of applications within their ecosystems.
Moe Sayadi, DJIB CEO whose background is of a solutions architect at Microsoft and Avaloq, says: "Making our decentralised drive available to enterprise customers and removing the mystery behind the creation of NFTs opens an unimaginable trove of opportunities. It puts a powerful tool into the hands of non-technical domain experts. They can focus on the business logic attached to any document and potentially physical item, and move entire business processes to the cloud. This enables Object Oriented Business Process Management and many other exciting innovations which are in our pipeline and will be announced soon. We are discussing with corporate CTOs some very interesting use cases and I can confidently say that NFT evolution has finally passed the apes stage."
IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Hudson Interxchange | August 12, 2022
Hudson Interxchange partners with Carma’s Network and Digital Infrastructure Platform (NDI) to form the fully integrated core of its operations, engineering, customer service, customer facing portal.
Carma uniquely spans every traditional industry vertical, offering functionality to enable seamless delivery of interconnection in Meet Me Rooms and usage-based billing for large power feeds that Hudson Interxchange will utilize in a single platform.
“Hudson Interxchange required a solution that could rapidly deploy, integrate all existing data, and deliver new functionality. We selected Carma’s platform because its holistic approach links ordering, service delivery, and billing into a single solution for a seamless customer experience.”
Tom Brown, President & CEO, Hudson Interxchange
“Carma combines management of 15MW of power, Meet Me Room interconnection to 300 different carriers, and cloud services in a single platform for Hudson Interxchange so they can focus on their core business, while we deliver a turnkey IT platform to enable it,” according to Frank McDermott, CEO, Carma.
Carma addresses the challenges of today’s telecommunications businesses with an industry-focused solution that aggregates over two dozen functions into one system. Traditionally disjointed silos like sales, order entry, contract management, workflow, ticketing, space, power, interconnection, conduit, outside plant fiber, capacity management, expense management, revenue assurance, billing, reporting, analytics, and customer facing portals come together for the most capable, ubiquitous, and scalable platform available.
About Hudson Interxchange
Hudson Interxchange offers unparalleled infrastructure and capacity strategically located at key aggregation points across a global platform of existing and emerging markets, enabling seamless connectivity and dense power with scalable offerings that maximize operational and capital expenditure. The flexibility of the Hudson IX platform enables infrastructure solutions that are tailored to a customer's specific needs. The Hudson IX team is hyperfocused on providing exceptional client experience.
Carma delivers the world’s first Network & Digital Infrastructure (NDI) platform that provides a fully integrated sales, operations, service, and finance solution for any vertical in the telecommunications industry. Carma aggregates over two dozen functions into one platform for a simpler, more robust, and more secure ecosystem with a dramatically lower total cost of ownership. Carma links the physical assets of the network and data center to every customer, order, service, and invoice line item for complete visibility into every transaction. Carma is a Microsoft for Startups member, CSP Direct Partner, and ISV Cloud Embed Partner.