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Reliance Jio to build two subsea cables

Reliance Jio, Indian telecoms provider, has announced that it will construct two new submarine cables originating in Mumbai. The first, known as the India-Asia Express (IAX) will run east from Mumbai and terminate in Singapore. Another will run west from Mumbai and terminate in Savona, Italy; and will be referred to as the India-Europe Express (IEX).


Study: data centre switches running SONiC OS twice as reliable

A study of 180,000 switches measuring data centre performance over a three-month period found those running SONiC OS twice as reliable as others using alternate operating systems.


Majority of data centre operators face power demand challenges in 2021 and beyond

Data centre sector experiencing unprecedented power demand due to higher use of cloud-based banking and financial applications, telecom connectivity and IoT data and applications.


Civo’s OCP-ready Kubernetes platform lands in UK via Kao Data

Specialist developer and operator of advanced data centres, Kao Data, has signed a new customer in Civo, a flexible, developer-first cloud platform based on Kubernetes technology.


Telefonica sells data centres in exchange for stake in hosting provider

Telefonica has announced the sale of four data centres to Asterion Partners, in exchange for 20% ownership of Nabiax, Asterion’s colocation and hosting arm. The data centres, two located in Spain and two in Chile, will continue to be operated by Telefonica, allowing them to retain their customers and value proposition while providing the company a ‘seat at the table’ with Nabiax.


UK’s Databarracks acquires 4sl

Databarracks has announced the acquisition of 4sl, making the company the largest provider of Commvault managed services in the UK. The acquisition brings Databarracks total employee count to 75, two-thirds of whom are data protection experts.


Microsoft plans to build 50 to 100 data centres per year

Microsoft announced its plan to increase its data centres by 50 to 100 per year – not just next year, but every year for the foreseeable future. The announcement came during the unveiling of the company’s new virtual tours of the ‘typical’ Microsoft data centre.

There were no specifications offered as to whether the new data centres would be new construction or retrofitting of existing facilities; nor whether Microsoft would be taking the projects on alone or would have a partner (or several) in their expansion. They did, however, state that they expect to expand cloud services into 10 new countries this year, which will require some of the data centres planned to be in new locations.


HPE pledge makes low-carbon data centre patents accessible for free

The Hewlett-Packard Enterprises (HPE) Low-Carbon Pledge, announced on Earth Day, is an initiative that will open key patents for use, royalty-free. This effort has been joined by Microsoft and Facebook, two of the largest consumers of data centre services.


EU environmental regulations to impact data centre HVAC projects

As temperatures go up in the summer months, data centre HVAC systems require extra care: but operators must ensure that they take extra care to comply with environmental regulations.


New AI supercomputing processor by Cerebras breaks 2.5 trillion transistor mark

California startup Cerebras Systems has announced they have created the largest AI processor ever made, the Wafer Scale Engine 2 (WSE-2).


T-Systems Partners with Fraunhofer IFF on green data centre project

T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, has announced a sustainability research project at its data centres in Biere and Magdeburg.


UK Government issues intervention notice on Nvidia’s ARM acquisition

Oliver Dowden, Digital Minister for the UK, has issued an intervention notice regarding the purchase of British chip designer ARM by Nvidia.