Huawei | March 07, 2022
At MWC 2022 Barcelona, Huawei unveiled the Full-Stack Data Center Solution during the Huawei Full-Stack Data Center Forum. Designed to help enterprises embrace modern data centers, this brand-new solution leverages the power of Huawei's full-stack capabilities from energy consumption to IT equipment. It is built to help businesses modernize their data center infrastructure and lay a solid foundation for digital transformation, with four key principals at its core: renew computing & storage, renew network, renew reliability, and renew green.
Just as we can't live without mobile phones, enterprises can't live without data centers. Data centers are the computers of enterprises. It's estimated that more than 90% of computing power and data will be aggregated in data centers by 2025. This makes data centers the key to driving enterprises to go digital. At the session, Ian Redpath, Informa Analyst said, " Enterprises are modernizing their data centers with green DC facilities, and innovative ICT infrastructure and cloud technologies. The renewal of data centers will improve enterprises' business efficiency and optimize TCO."
"Building cloud, intensive, and green data centers poses many new challenges to ICT infrastructure. Our Full-Stack Data Center Solution addresses these challenges by renewing computing & storage, network, reliability, and green to reshape digital infrastructure and accelerate digital transformation."
Mr. Shi Wei, Director of Huawei Data Center Solution Dept
The four key principals of the Huawei Full-Stack Data Center solution are as follows:
Renew Computing & Storage: Digital transformation increases the requirements for computing power and storage resources in data centers. Huawei provides all-flash storage products suitable for all scenarios to accelerate data processing in primary storage, data analysis, and data backup. Its OceanStor Dorado all-flash storage, for example, uses the NVMe over Fabric plus (NoF+) network and FlashLink algorithm to reduce latency to 0.05 milliseconds, which is 2 times faster than competing products. The FusionCube HCI series implements xPU computing power convergence, storage-compute-network convergence, and service convergence to offer HCI and capabilities featuring efficiency, green, and application, improving the VM/container density by 30% over the traditional HCI. To help with cloud transformation, Huawei Cloud Stack (HCS) provides an intelligent cloud management platform and intelligent data lakes to implement on-demand resource provisioning and fast service rollout. Huawei OceanStor Dorado has been extensively used in a wide range of industries around the world. At this forum, Huawei launched the next-generation OceanStor Dorado all-flash storage with the gateway-free active-active solution for SAN and NAS, and invited customers in the healthcare industry to share their stories using this product. Large- and medium-sized hospitals in European countries face pressing challenges in performance and O&M when dealing with data growing at an annual rate between 60% and 120%. These challenges are easily addressed by the OceanStor Dorado all-flash storage because it not only solves performance bottlenecks, but also simplifies O&M through multi-workload consolidation. Additionally, the unique gateway-free active-active solution for SAN and NAS ensures zero loss of mission-critical data and zero service disruption.
Renew Network: The growing scale of services increases the need for efficiency and makes management more complex. Huawei provides a network solution comprising lossless Ethernet powered by the industry's only iLossless intelligent algorithm; WDM devices; routers using the industry's only board-level cable technology; and data-network synergy for one-stop minute-level provisioning of private line services, to achieve ultimate agility and efficiency of data center networks.
Renew Reliability: To improve the disaster recovery (DR) capability of data centers, Huawei provides the all-scenario DR solution. The solution provides full-stack DR, full-cycle efficient backup, and unified DR management to ensure highly reliable data center services anytime and anywhere. For example, Huawei's storage and wavelength division device collaboration technology shortens the active-active link switchover time from 50 to 5 ms, and the OceanProtect Backup Storage, built on the all-flash architecture, improves the backup bandwidth three-fold thanks to the end-to-end acceleration feature.
Renew Green: Huawei believes that to build a green and low-carbon data center, data center infrastructure needs to be reconstructed throughout the entire lifecycle, from construction, power supply, and distribution to cooling and O&M. Huawei also provides the full-link converged power module that runs on the high-power density UPS integrated with UPS power distribution center (PDC), to reduce data center footprint by 47%. Such a module also fully utilizes data center space, saving more than 10% of the IT equipment space. Huawei also offers an indirect evaporative cooling solution EHU (environment handling unit) that runs on its unique polymer heat exchanger to maximize natural cooling sources. The EHU can also collaborate with iCooling, the industry's only commercial AI energy optimization technology, to reduce the PUE to less than 1.2 compared with the chilled water-based cooling system, reducing annual energy consumption by over 14%.
By combining the advantages of full-stack data center products and solutions, Huawei helps customers build an industry-leading cloud, intensive, and green data center and power their digital transformation.
WINDOWS SERVER MANAGEMENT
Microchip Technology | May 23, 2022
The strength of a nation’s infrastructure is increasingly dependent on the accuracy of time. With pervasive cybersecurity threats to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), utilizing an alternative time system is a matter of national security. To address this need, Microchip Technology Inc. today announces its Precise Time Scale System, a world-class timing system that is traceable to Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) and not dependent on GNSS—providing nations, institutions, critical infrastructure operators and scientific labs with complete control over the time source that their infrastructure depends on.
The Precise Time Scale System (PTSS) is a fully integrated system capable of providing timing accuracies comparable to the world’s best national laboratories. The core products integrated into the PTSS are:
SyncSystem 4380A Time Scale Edition generates an autonomous time scale derived from combining several highly accurate independent clocks with a multi-channel instrument for measuring and comparing clock performance.
Time Scale Orchestrator is a software platform providing a unified view with a built-in database that integrates the management, monitoring, alarming, and reporting functions of the individual products that form the time scale system.
5071A Cesium Clock Primary Frequency Standard and MHM 2020 Active Hydrogen Maser are Microchip’s atomic clocks which provide accurate and stable frequencies that are continuously measured against each other to compute and generate the ensemble time scale frequency.
The Precise Time Scale System integrates the new portfolio of time scale products into a turnkey solution, available in a single rack and guaranteed by a complete Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) that exceeds the most stringent requirements.
The PTSS offers nations the ability to independently and efficiently operate their own time scale system—aligned to UTC as calculated by the Bureau International des Poids et Measure (BIPM)—within the borders of their country. Microchip's SyncServer® S600/S650 and TimeProvider® 4100 time servers are integrated into the system to provide Trusted Time™ to critical infrastructure using both Network Time Protocol (NTP) and Precision Time Protocol (PTP).
“Microchip’s Precise Time Scale System provides a high-quality back-up or alternative to GNSS as a source of time, which can be distributed through eLoran, IEEE 1588 over fiber, two-way time transfer, and other methods. “By implementing an autonomous time source, a nation can control and leverage time as a utility to safeguard critical infrastructure including its transportation, financial sector, communications and power utilities.”
Randy Brudzinski, vice president, Microchip’s frequency and time systems business unit
Alternatively, for customers constructing their own time scale systems, Microchip’s time scale products can be purchased individually to provide core time scale functions, such as clock measurement and clock ensemble generation, along with system management, monitoring and performance reporting. This system modularity allows timekeepers the ability to procure the system over time as budgets permit and technology evolves.
The Precise Time Scale System is a custom solution designed to customer requirements and consists of four core products including the SyncSystem 4380A Time Scale Edition, Time Scale Orchestrator, 5071A Cesium Clock Primary Frequency Standard and MHM 2020 Hydrogen Active Masers. For additional information or to purchase, contact a Microchip sales representative.
About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of smart connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 120,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.
Meta | March 28, 2022
Meta, formerly known as the Facebook company, is building its newest hyperscale data center in Kansas City, Missouri. The company made the announcement earlier today.
"We're proud to welcome Meta to Kansas City for this historic, cutting-edge development that will positively impact our state's economy for years to come," said Governor Mike Parson. "The Show-Me State stands out as a rising technology hub due to our strategic location, skilled workforce, and prime business climate. This unprecedented investment signals Missouri is open for business, and that our state is a prime destination for high-tech leaders and innovators alike."
The new data center is the first of its kind in Missouri. Meta is investing more than $800 million and supporting up to 100 jobs in the region.
"Meta is excited to call Kansas City our new home. It stands out with so much to offer - good access to infrastructure and fiber, a strong pool of talent for both construction and operations, and more than anything, great community partners. Meta is committed to being a good neighbor and investing in the long-term vitality of the region for years to come."
Darcy Nothnagle, Director of Community and Economic Development at Meta
The nearly 1 million-square-foot data center will be located in the Golden Plains Technology Park. It will be supported by 100% renewable energy and will be one of the most sustainable data centers in the world.
"Projects of this magnitude are extraordinary. Meta's decision to make such a hallmark investment in our state is a testament to Missouri's reputation of being a reliable and solid destination for investment," said Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership. "Meta also recognizes our exceedingly favorable business climate for such data centers as cited by the recently released Tax Foundation's Location Matters study. We are so thrilled to welcome Meta to Missouri and look forward to a long-lasting relationship with this marquee company."
Missouri's central location in the U.S. provides improved network connectivity between coastal data centers. It also offers increased security with less risk of natural disasters, as well as competitive energy prices and more options to power facilities using renewable energy resources. The Kansas City region is the third fastest-growing technology market in the nation - ranking among the best cities for startups in the country. The region provides a large talent pool with the skills needed for technology jobs.
"KC is the most connected region in the U.S. with more than 5.5 million miles of fiber deployed. This infrastructure, coupled with a dynamic and robust talent pool, provides Meta the resources it needs for long-term success in our market," said Tim Cowden, President and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council. "Meta's selection of KC, joining many other global tech brands in our region, puts a spotlight on our thriving tech industry. The region's new state-of-the-art single terminal airport opening in March 2023 and our collaborative business community make KC a top location of choice for other tech companies seeking growth."
Missouri Partnership worked with several organizations to attract Meta to Kansas City, including: State of Missouri; Missouri Department of Economic Development; Kansas City Area Development Council; City of Kansas City, Missouri; Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City Missouri; Evergy; Diode Ventures; Platte County; Clay County; Turner Construction; Kimley-Horn; Black & Veatch, BNIM; Olsson; Husch Blackwell; Rouse, Frets, White, Goss, P.C.; KC Tech Council; Metropolitan Community College; North Kansas City School District; Platte County R-3 School District; Smithville School District; Greater KC Building & Construction Trades Council; Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council; and Union Station.
Meta plans to be operational in Kansas City in 2024.
About Missouri Partnership
Missouri Partnership is a public-private economic development organization focused on attracting new jobs and investment to the state and promoting Missouri's business strengths. Since 2008, Missouri Partnership has worked with partners statewide to attract companies that have created 29,500+ new jobs, $1.5 billion+ in new annual payroll, and $4 billion+ in new capital investment. Some recent successful projects that led to major investment in Missouri include Accenture Federal Services LLC, Amazon, Casey's, Chewy, Inc., Square, Swift Prepared Foods, USDA, and Veterans United.
IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
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.