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NFINIT makes an $8 million investment in cloud infrastructure and data centers

NFINIT | June 02, 2022

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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.

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AWS Launches Second Infrastructure Region in India

Amazon Web Services | November 28, 2022

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company , today announced the launch of its second AWS infrastructure Region in India—the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region. Starting today, developers, startups, entrepreneurs, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and nonprofit organizations, will have greater choice for running their applications and serving end users from data centers located in India. Customers will have access to advanced AWS technologies to drive innovation including data analytics, security, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI). “The launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region supports India’s digital transformation and is part of our long-term investment in the country since opening our first office in 2011. Customers and partners in India will now have additional regional infrastructure to deploy applications with greater resilience, availability, and even lower latency,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of Infrastructure Services at AWS. “We are proud to invest in the future of the Indian technology community and workforce, and we are committed to helping organizations across industries increase agility and drive innovation.” “As a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s $1 trillion digital economy vision, the ‘India cloud’ is set for big expansion and innovation. Data centers are an important element of the digital ecosystem. AWS’s investment in expanding their data centers in India is a welcome development that would help catalyze India’s digital economy,” said Shri Rajeev Chandrashekhar, union minister of state for Electronics and Information Technology and for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. “The Government of India’s upcoming National Cloud and Data Center Policy envisions a significant increase in India’s cloud computing capacity from the current 565 MW to over 2565 MW in the near future. We look forward to greener and more sustainable data centers to power India’s expanding economy.” “We welcome AWS’s commitment to invest approximately INR 36,300 crores in the AWS Region in Hyderabad, which strengthens Telangana’s position as a progressive data center hub in India,” said Shri K. T. Rama Rao, minister for Information Technology (IT), Industries and Commerce, Municipal Administration, and Urban Development at the Government of Telangana. “We recognize the power of cloud computing, which is why we have collaborated with AWS to improve e-governance, healthcare, and municipal operations to benefit the citizens of Telangana. We are pleased that the new AWS Region in Hyderabad will spur more innovation and growth for many enterprises, startups, and public sector organizations in India.” With the launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, AWS now has 96 Availability Zones across 30 geographic regions, with announced plans to launch 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand. AWS Regions are composed of Availability Zones that place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations. The AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region consists of three Availability Zones and joins the existing AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region, which opened in June 2016. Availability Zones are located far enough from each other to support customers’ business continuity, and near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that use multiple Availability Zones. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected through redundant, ultra-low latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance. The launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region will enable local customers with data residency preferences to store data securely in India, while providing customers with even lower latency across the country. AWS is planning to invest an estimated $4.4 billion (approx. INR 36,300 crores) in India by 2030 through the new AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, which includes capital expenditures on the construction of data centers, operational expenses related to ongoing utilities and facility costs, and purchases of goods and services from regional businesses. The investment is also estimated to support an average of more than 48,000 full-time jobs annually at external businesses during this time. These jobs will be part of the AWS supply chain in India, including construction, facility maintenance, engineering, telecommunications, and jobs within the country’s broader economy. The construction and operation of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region is also estimated to add approximately $7.6 billion (approx. INR 63,600 crores) to India’s gross domestic product by 2030. Customers welcome the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region Hundreds of thousands of customers in India join millions of active customers using AWS in more than 190 countries around the world. Enterprises in India that choose AWS to speed time to market and innovate include Angel One Limited, Ashok Leyland, Axis Bank, Bajaj Capital, Broadridge, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Edelweiss, HDFC Bank, HDFC Life, RBL Bank, Tata Elxsi, and Titan. Indian public sector customers use AWS to lower costs, become more agile, innovate faster, and better serve the citizens of the region. These customers include 21K School, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Common Service Centers, CropIn, Digital India Corporation (MeitY), EnglishHelper, Government of Telangana, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, NITI Aayog, PhysicsWallah, Prasar Bharati News Services, TraceX, University of Delhi, upGrad, and Whrrl. Indian startups, including Acko General Insurance, Chingari, epiFi, Fibe, INDMoney, Jupiter, Lendingkart, and Loco, are building their businesses on AWS to scale rapidly and expand around the world. Acko is considered India's first built-for-the-cloud general insurance company. "Since our inception in 2016, we have run our entire platform on AWS, which enables us to scale quickly to serve more than 50 million customers seeking seamless insurance experiences,” said Vishwanath Ramarao, chief technology and product officer at Acko. “We are obsessed with making insurance effortless. The launch of the new AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region will enable us to run our applications across multiple highly available data centers in India to provide a seamless experience for customers while supporting our growth ambitions.” Axis Bank, currently India’s third-largest private sector bank, offers an entire spectrum of financial services to customer segments covering large and mid-size corporations, small and medium enterprises, agriculture, and retail businesses. “With AWS as our primary cloud provider, we have successfully migrated more than 70 applications to the cloud, including digital offerings such as virtual debit card and credit card engagement platforms. We plan to migrate 70% of our on-premises workloads to the cloud in the next two years,” said Avinash Raghavendra, president and chief information officer at Axis Bank. “We welcome the launch of the second AWS Region in India, which will enable us to further expand the availability of our banking applications to customers, while ensuring that their data remains onshore.” PhysicsWallah is an educational platform in India that provides affordable and comprehensive curricula to middle and high school students, and for national degree entrance exams. “We have collaborated with AWS since 2020 and use services such as Amazon CloudFront, AWS Elemental, and Amazon Redshift to seamlessly and securely deliver our live video classes to more than 6 million students across India,” said Prateek Maheshwari, co-founder at PhysicsWallah. “As user engagement across our app, website, and YouTube channel continues to grow across the country, a second AWS Region in India will enable us to continue to scale and provide even lower latency for students accessing our platform.” Tata Elxsi is a world-leading provider of design and technology services across several industries, including the automotive, broadcast, and healthcare sectors. Part of the Tata Group, Tata Elxsi has over 12,000 designers, engineers, and technologists working in more than 36 offices worldwide. "At Tata Elxsi, we support our customers in reimagining their products and services by applying design thinking and using innovative technologies. Previously, our on-premises infrastructure curtailed our capabilities to deliver high-performing differentiated consumer experiences and services continuously. We embarked on our digitization journey with AWS and migrated several business-critical processes to the cloud, including our own industry-specific software products, platforms, and R&D projects,” said Nitin Pai, chief strategy officer and chief marketing officer at Tata Elxsi. “AWS's robust cloud infrastructure and affordable services enable us to launch new and innovative solutions, scale based on our clients’ needs, and enable compliance across different jurisdictions. The launch of the second AWS Region in India offers a welcome boost for us to foster greater business resilience.” India-based AWS Partners also welcome the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region The AWS Partner Network (APN) includes tens of thousands of independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators (SIs) around the world. AWS Partners build innovative solutions and services on AWS, and the APN helps by providing business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market support to customers. AWS SIs, consulting partners, and ISVs help enterprise and public sector customers migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications, and provide a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services for customers' cloud environments. Examples of India-based AWS Partners include Biz2credit, BlazeClan, BluePi, Capillary, Cloud Kinetics, Darwinbox, Dataevolve Solutions, Deloitte, Gupshup, Hostin, Infosys, Manthan, Minfy Technologies, Powerupcloud, Progressive Infotech, Redington, Tata Consultancy Services, Trigyn Technologies, Umbrella Infocare, and Wipro. For the full list of AWS Partners, visit aws.amazon.com/partners. Built-in-the-cloud systems integrator Minfy is an AWS Premier Tier Services Partner headquartered in India with offices in Southeast Asia, United States, and Australia. Since 2016, Minfy has helped more than 320 commercial and public sector customers innovate and digitally transform in the cloud. “Minfy works with many companies, state governments, and large public sector organizations in India, including National Skill Development Corporation, Dalmia Bharat, Exidelife, BookMyShow, MapmyIndia, and Tata Trusts, that build and run their service offerings at scale,” said Vikram Manchanda, CEO at Minfy. “As many of our customers manage highly confidential citizen data, we need to meet strict data security and governance requirements when we migrate their workloads to the cloud. The AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region will help us confidently meet these requirements while we deliver highly reliable and available solutions that help customers improve the quality of their service delivery for citizens with our deep tech capabilities in healthcare, life sciences, financial services, energy, and sustainability.” Commitment to sustainability As part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon is committed to reaching net-zero carbon across its business by 2040 and is on a path to powering its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of the original 2030 target. Amazon is the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy, and as of the end of 2021, reached 85% renewable energy across its business. In September, Amazon announced its first utility-scale renewable energy projects in India—420 megawatts (MW) of combined capacity across three solar farms located in the state of Rajasthan. Once fully operational, these solar projects will have the combined capacity to generate 1,076,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy per year, enough to power more than 360,000 average-sized households in New Delhi annually (based on the average energy consumption per Indian household of 250 kilowatt hours from Statista). Amazon now has 57 renewable energy projects across Asia Pacific. About Amazon Web Services For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 96 Availability Zones within 30 geographic regions, with announced plans for 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com. About Amazon Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon.

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OTAVA Doubles Capacity in Indianapolis Data Center

Otava | November 29, 2022

OTAVA® a global leader in custom and compliant multi-cloud solutions, today announced it has doubled its Indianapolis data center capacity and is now expanding to include advanced interconnection services, including Internet Exchange access, to meet growing demand for colocation and hosting services. "Since the pandemic we continue to see an increasing flow of businesses downsizing and eliminating office space and moving their IT infrastructure to secure and compliant off-site hosting facilities. "We are thrilled to be able to expand our space and welcome new customers to our state-of-the-art data center in Indianapolis. Our fully compliant facility features a diverse power supply and a growing list of fiber interconnection partners. Our customers can count on us for reliable, secure, and compliant service." TJ Houske, SVP of Technology, Operations and Engineering, OTAVA Located in downtown Indianapolis since 2014, OTAVA's data center is strategically located to support companies in the metropolitan area, across the region, and throughout the world. The carrier neutral facility is geographically separated from the company's three other locations to create redundancies that are ideal for data protection and production solutions. It provides secure, compliant, scalable enterprise-class cloud computing, colocation, offsite backup, and disaster recovery solutions. With the expansion, OTAVA has built out an additional 4,000 feet of raised floor space to meet rising demand. "The larger footprint creates greater capacity for area businesses across all industries looking to move their workloads off-site and accelerate their digital transformation journeys. We've also added new upgrades to our Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) including moving to sustainable lithium ion batteries which create a greener footprint. We are thrilled to be able to serve more customers in Indianapolis and we plan to make even more space available in the future," concluded Houske. All OTAVA data centers are independently certified compliant with industry standards including SOC (SSAE 16/SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3), HIPAA, PCI DSS, ISO 27001. About Otava OTAVA® is a global, recognized leader in delivering secure multi-cloud solutions with a personal touch. Its extensive portfolio is powered by world-class technology partners, backed with expert intelligence, and tailored to help businesses and service providers achieve their individual goals while protecting mission-critical data. With its flexible solutions, fortified security, colocation offerings, and professional services, OTAVA empowers its clients with everything they need to thrive in the cloud and stay focused on what they do best.

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Despite disappointing numbers, NVIDIA's core business remains strong, as shown by Liftr Insights data

Liftr Insights | November 11, 2022

Liftr Insights, a pioneer in market intelligence driven by unique data, shows strength within NVIDIA's business. Recent disappointing activity with NVIDIA has drawn many eyes, but a deeper dive shows that one of their business units has remained strong while others have faltered. That part? Data center revenue. NVIDIA data center revenue revolves around GPU accelerators sold to public and private cloud centers. Public cloud providers continue to grow and expand their use of NVIDIA accelerators. Sales and deployment of components such as GPUs on public clouds providers are important indicators because public clouds mirror the needs of the larger semiconductor market, public and private. Liftr Insights, a provider of reliable data about public clouds and semiconductors, recently assessed the continued growth of NVIDIA's data center business. The data show that NVIDIA continues to dominate the accelerator space despite attempts by AMD, Intel and other providers to gain a foothold. Among those other contenders are the cloud providers themselves, designing and building their own accelerators as they have been doing with ARM-based CPUs. "We're proud to have over 40 months of data on companies like AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA that investors can use to track progress. "Particularly in uncertain times and when data center sales are a core part—the backbone—of these businesses." Tab Schadt, CEO of Liftr Insights The top six cloud providers, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Aliyun, Oracle Cloud, and Tencent Cloud, represent over 75% of the total public cloud market. These data show growth of NVIDIA in size and market share. "The data show effects from recent semiconductor backlog issues, but also the continued investment in companies like NVIDIA, despite the challenges," says Schadt. NVIDIA's most recent quarterly statement demonstrates that data center revenue represents 57% of NVIDIA's quarterly revenue, up from 41% the year prior. This percentage is expected to continue to increase in upcoming earnings reports. Since data center revenue represents the majority of NVIDIA's business, this segment is critical to monitor as the other markets for NVIDIA products (e.g., gaming, crypto mining) have become fickle. "Our customers see our objective data as a reliable indicator in uncertain times," says Schadt. "We look forward to seeing what the next rounds of data this month will signal." About Liftr Insights Liftr Insights generates reliable market intelligence using unique data, including details about configurations, components, deployment geo, and pricing for: Server processors: Intel Xeon, AMD EPYC, and AWS's Arm-based Graviton brands Datacenter compute accelerators: GPUs, FPGAs, TPUs, and AI chips from NVIDIA, Xilinx, Intel, AMD, AWS, and Google As shown on the Liftr Cloud Regions Map at https://bit.ly/LiftrCloudRegionsMap, among the companies tracked are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Tencent Cloud as well as semiconductor vendors AMD, Ampere, Intel, NVIDIA, and Xilinx. Liftr Insights subject matter experts translate company-specific service provider data into actionable alternative data. Market intelligence consumers can easily ingest this timely, standardized, and operationally-compliant information into their predictive financial models.

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Decentralized Data Solutions Startup Oort Launches Edge Network to Scale Web3 Infrastructure

Oort | November 08, 2022

Oort (formerly Computecoin) is kicking off its in-house edge network, Oort Decentralized Edge Network (DEN), which aims to radically augment the scalability of Web3 infrastructure and pave the way for massive Web3 dApp deployment. Oort DEN will allow developers to easily scale applications on Web3 infrastructure without compromising reliability, latency, and durability. Oort is building its edge network to address the most pressing pain points facing Web3 infrastructure today. "One of the biggest challenges faced by decentralized storage service providers is scalability in terms of the number of users and tasks. "The scalability problem gives rise to other issues, like latency, reliability, and the lack of essential features like google-type file searching. When decentralized storage service providers struggle to meet the industry's scalability needs, it's hard for them to compete with traditional, centralized services. Our job at Oort is to solve these problems by drastically improving Web3 infrastructure's scalability." Dr. Max Li, Founder and CEO of Oort Decentralized networks' nature of limited scalability dictates that most dApps built on those networks cannot provide Web2-comparable user experiences. As a result, dApps today still rely on centralized infrastructures like AWS. Oort DEN strives to help Web3 developers improve their dApps' performance by providing a collection of key functionalities such as SQL database, dynamic resource allocation (storage, compute, and bandwidth), fast file indexing and searching, and content distribution, all decentralized for internet-level scalability. "With our targeted positioning and product-oriented strategy," Dr. Li continued, "Oort aims to onboard billions of Web2 users to Web3 applications and services. We at Oort envision a future where Web3 is widely adopted and used by everyone. That's why we're committed to pushing the limits of what's possible; we want to make this vision a reality." Oort DEN will comprise a large number of Oort's edge node devices (called "Deimos") deployed worldwide. Deimos devices will perform all DEN functionalities at the edge, enabling massive adoption of Web3 applications. Oort is now seeking ecosystem partners to manufacture and distribute Deimos. All ecosystem partners will be carefully reviewed and selected by the Oort Foundation to guarantee the stability and security of the network. About Oort Oort (formerly Computecoin) is a data infrastructure for the next billion Web3 users. Featuring a user-centric design, Oort offers full-service decentralized data solutions that developers and users can quickly master without knowing a thing about Web3.

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Complex measurement and simulation setups often require the usage of multiple devices. Christoph Renkel, Development Engineer at the Network Interfaces Department at Vector, explains  how the VHM and the Infrastructure Network can help handling this complexity.

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