Nutanix, HPE eye APAC hyperconverged infrastructure opportunity with rollout of HPE ProLiant DX appliances

Nutanix and enterprise IT specialist HPE are stepping up joint efforts to capitalize on rising demand for cloud ready architecture in the Asia-Pacific markets, flagging the general availability of the new HPE ProLiant DX series appliances.

The firms – which struck a global partnership agreement in April to target enterprises with an integrated hybrid cloud as a Service (aaS) offering – said hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and hybrid cloud continued to gain momentum throughout APAC with businesses replacing their aging IT infrastructure faster to meet increasing competition.

A key part of the collaboration is the newly developed ProLiant DX appliance series, built with HPE servers and factory-installed Nutanix software, for on-premises operations.

0 (11)“The HPE ProLiant DX series puts Asia’s enterprises are in the driving seat,” said Matt Young, SVP and Head of Asia Pacific and Japan, Nutanix.

“As international competition intensifies and the threat of a global economic slowdown continues, Asia’s enterprises will rely more and more on a future-ready infrastructure to provide the efficiencies and productivity required to survive and thrive.”

0 (10)“We are already seeing high levels of excitement and interest from A/NZ customers and partners now that Nutanix is available on HPE ProLiant DX,” said Jamie Humphrey, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Nutanix.

“Businesses understand that their technology infrastructure is no longer fit for purpose and cannot simply be ‘patched’ or tinkered with. DX now provides them with the means to modernise their data centre on their terms; with the hardware and software platform of their choice.”

Equinix boosts Oracle play with multi-region cloud connectivity expansion

Equinix has ramped up its collaboration with Oracle, expanding its private and secure connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in dozens of metropolitan areas around the world, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Hong Kong.

According to the interconnection and data centre provider, its recent expansions in Sydney, São Paulo, Tokyo, Toronto and Zurich now offer customers in those regions private connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect via Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) Fabric.

An on-demand, software defined network (SDN)-enabled interconnection service, ECX Fabric is designed to help customers connect to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect, and other clouds and network providers located around the world.

“Our expansion in Sydney demonstrates our commitment to helping businesses in Australia further their digital transformation journeys and we are thrilled to offer our customers with a presence in our local facilities access to the Oracle Cloud via our ECX Fabric,” said Glenn Uidam, senior director of operations at Equinix Australia.

Equinix claims that the recent expansions now sees it offer more private connections to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect than any other data centre player in the market, with connectivity via ECX Fabric available in 34 metro areas globally.

These include seven metro areas in the Asia Pacific region, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore and Tokyo; 14 areas in North America; and 13 across Europe.

For Robert Blackburn, global managing director, Oracle strategic alliance, Equinix, this expansion of the long-running partnership between Oracle and Equinix meets a growing need in the market.

“As companies around the world are prioritising digital transformation as a way to gain a competitive advantage, we’re seeing increased customer demand to migrate Oracle workloads to Oracle Cloud,” Blackburn said. “The reality is that companies that are adopting digital transformation are thriving, and those that are not are being left behind.

“With this direct access, our mutual customers can create a high-speed, low-latency connection that allows them to fully realise the benefits of their Oracle deployment. We are excited to deepen our collaboration with Oracle and offer this service in these new metros across the globe,” he said.

5GN buys Sydney CBD data centre extending infrastructure capacity to 600+ racks

Australian telco services provider 5GN has entered into an agreement to snap up Australian Pacific Data Centres (APDC) for A$3.5 million cash at a 7x EBITDA multiple, including annualised contracted revenue of A$1.7 million per annum.
5GN said the acquisition also unlocks several cost synergies with expected benefits to be approximately A$500,000 of annualised savings starting H2 FY20.
“The Pyrmont Data Centre has capacity of over 150 racks with current utilisation at 30%,” 5GN said, noting that future expansion is also available. “5GN’s combined capacity now exceeds 600 racks across its owned and operated data centres in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.”
The acquisition will allow it to execute its wholesale channel strategy for data centre services and introduce its fibre network and cloud services to other carriers, hardware vendors and managed service providers.
With several DC locations now connected to a national high-speed network, 5GN aims to fast track the launch of its ‘5GN Cloud Port’ product and a set of new indirect channel services.
“The importance of the easy to access APDC location cannot be underestimated,  particularly for organisations situated in the Sydney CBD.” 5G said. “This enables 5GN to provide both wholesale and direct customers with fast and convenient access to the ISO accredited, Tier 3 designed facility to access mission critical digital infrastructure within
The APDC facility – which has been purpose built to Tier 3 standards with power, cooling, redundancy and carrier grade diverse  network access – been operating for 15 years and has N+1 redundancy and automated management systems.

Mellanox set to ship record 1m plus ConnectX adapters in Q3 2019

Mellanox Technologies, a primary supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect services for data center servers and storage systems, is on track to ship over one million ConnectX and BlueField Ethernet network adapters in Q3 2019, which the firm has billed as a new quarterly record.

It said the milestone reflected the growing need of public and private clouds, telco operators and enterprise data centers for faster compute and storage platforms, driving the adoption of faster, more advanced and more secured networking infrastructure.

Mellanox said its ConnectX and BlueField SmartNICs devices enabled data center operators to leverage networking speeds of 25, 50, 100, and 200 Gb/s, and take advantage of advanced offload capabilities to speed up networking, virtualization, storage and security tasks, freeing up server CPUs for lucrative applications.

“We expect this number to continue and grow in the coming quarters as more of the market is transitioning to 25 Gb/s Ethernet and faster speeds,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “The extensive portfolios of ConnectX cards and ICs, and BlueField IPUs, are positioned for a wide variety of data-center, cloud and AI applications, delivering maximum productivity, efficiency, scalability and return on investment.”

ConnectX-6 Dx’s hardware offload engines include IPsec and TLS inline data-in-motion encryption, advanced network virtualization, RoCE and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) storage accelerations.

The BlueField-2 IPU integrates the advanced capabilities of ConnectX-6 Dx with an array of powerful Arm processor cores, high performance memory interfaces, and flexible processing capabilities in a single System-on-Chip (SoC), supporting both Ethernet and InfiniBand connectivity up to 200Gb/s.

DCD announces 2019 APAC Awards finalists

DCD has named the finalists of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Awards, with the winners to be announced next month at a gala dinner held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

DCD said three individual Awards – for Data Centre Manager of the Year, Business Leader of the Year and for Outstanding Achievement – will also be announced in Singapore.

“We have expanded the number of Awards categories in the Asia Pacific this year and this has created the momentum for a greater number of entries from more markets across the region. We have finalists from China, India, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, South Korea and Thailand indicating the extent to which the region as a whole is growing and maturing in the face of the challenges posed by business and social transformation,” said Tom Winter, Managing Director of DCD Asia Pacific.

Edge Data Center Project of the Year

The Edge Data Center Project of the Year is awarded to the project that best demonstrates a unique and strategic approach to housing IT at the ‘edge’. Finalists are:

  • GPX India Pvt Ltd: GPX Mumbai Data Center
  • Pulse Data Center: Pulse Data Center
  • Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd: An Edge Analytics-based Access Control System
  • SASTRA University, Tanjavur: Leveraging KubeEdge and formalizing Edge clouds
  • HDFC Bank: Agile Data Centre for smart branches

The Enterprise Data Center Design Award

The Enterprise Data Center Design awards goes to the entry that best addresses the challenges of meeting single company’s specific needs and adapting to those needs as they change. Finalists include:

  • DoIT, Government of Rajasthan in conjunction with Sterling and Wilson Private Ltd: State Data Center, Jaipur
  • Chindata (Beijing) Co Ltd in conjunction with Schneider Electric: Shanxi Taihung Mountain Energy IT Industry Base
  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.: Huawei Dongguan Enterprise Cloud Data Center
  • China Life Insurance Company: China Life Science and Technology Park Data Center
  • LHSM in conjunction with Caterpillar (China) Investment Co. Ltd.: Shanghai Stock Exchange Jinqiao Data Center

Multi Tenant Data Center Design Award

The Multi Tenant Data Center Design award is given to the project which has pushed the boundaries in terms of design and construction in delivering a building that overcomes any unique challenges. Finalists are:

  • AirTrunk: AirTrunk SYD1
  • TIME dotcom: Menara AIMS Data Center
  • Global Switch in conjunction with Aurecon: Global Switch, Woodlands
  • NTT.Com-Netmagic: Multi-Tenant and high-density Data Centers

Digital Realty names Jeffrey Tapley as Managing Director for EMEA region

Digital Realty has appointed Jeffrey Tapley as Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Tapley has served as interim Managing Director, EMEA since March 2019, with responsibility for Digital Realty’s operations in the region. He will be based in London and will continue to report directly to Chief Financial Officer Andrew P. Power.

“The EMEA region is a key driver of our global platform, and Jeff’s intimate familiarity with our business, customer-oriented mindset, and tireless work ethic make him the right person to lead our growing EMEA platform,” said Digital Realty Chief Financial Officer Andrew P. Power.

“Jeff has been instrumental in driving our recent wins in the region and our investment in securing our supply chain in key metros as well as the recent investment in human capital supporting our customer coverage across Western Europe. I am delighted Jeff has agreed to lead the next phase of our growth in EMEA and I look forward to continuing to work with him to support our customers’ digital ambitions across the region.”

Tapley previously served as Senior Vice President, Global Portfolio Management; S Vice President, Global Asset Management; and Vice President, Portfolio Management at Digital Realty. Prior to joining Digital Realty in 2013, Mr. Tapley served as Managing Director at Fidelity Investments’ Real Estate Group and Long Wharf Real Estate Partners. Mr. Tapley is a CFA charter-holder and earned a B.A. in Business and Economics from St. Anselm College as well as an MBA in Finance from Bentley College.


Equinix appoints Australian lead Jeremy Deutsch to helm Asia-Pacific operation

Equinix’s Australian managing director Jeremy Deutsch is set to leave Sydney for Hong Kong, after being appointed as president of the data centre and interconnection provider’s Asia-Pacific operations.

The new role sees Deutsch take responsibility for the regional strategy, management and growth plans of Equinix across the APAC region. The California-headquartered company has existing operations in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Singapore.

An Equinix veteran, Deutsch joined the firm in 2008 as sales director of Equinix Australia. He came to the role after four years as general manager of products at Unwired Australia, a subsidiary of the SingTel Optus group.

Deutsch’s record as the top-performing sales lead in the APAC region for three years in a row while in his role as sales director for Equinix Australia, saw him promoted in 2014 to managing director of Equinix nationally.

As the company’s Australian lead, it was Deutsch who oversaw Equinix’s US$804 million (roughly A$1.035 billion at the time) acquisition of Metronode and the subsequent integration of the additional 10 data centres Equinix netted in the process. The deal afforded Equinix a grand total of 15 international business exchange (IBX) data centres across the country.

In March, Equinix announced yet another IBX data centre in South Sydney. Touted as its largest yet in Australia, the new data centre is Equinix’s eighth in Sydney and its sixteenth in Australia.

Equinix chief customer and revenue officer Karl Strohmeyer has lauded Deutsch’s performance heading up the company’s Australian business.

“Jeremy has a successful track record of growing and managing Equinix’s business in Australia over the last decade,” Strohmeyer said. “His tenured experience working with customers as well as running Equinix’s business in Australia uniquely contributed to our success there, and I look forward to working closely with him on our growth strategy in all of Asia-Pacific.”

The new position sees Deutsch report directly to Strohmeyer from Hong Kong, where he will be based. Deutsch replaces outgoing Asia-Pacific president Samuel Lee, who has been in the role since 2008.

For Deutsch, growth in Asia-Pacific is top of the agenda as he steps into the new role, along with meeting surging demand from customers across the region.

“We are very committed to investing and expanding in the Asia-Pacific region through organic expansions and acquisitions,” Deutsch told Telecom Times. “We already have more than 2,200 customers here and I see tremendous opportunities, from both our key markets today, as well as the new markets our customers want us to explore.

This year alone, we have made a total investment of US$535 million with six new openings and five IBX expansions in the region. With the opening of TY11 in Tokyo this week, we now have a total of 42 IBX data centers in Asia-Pacific. Coming up, we will also open SL1 in Seoul, ME2 in Melbourne, SY5 in Sydney and SG4 in Singapore.

“In addition, we’re also expanding the rollout of new solutions, such as Network Edge Service, which is currently available in Singapore and will soon rollout to Australia,” he said.

Deutsch’s focus in the early days of his new role, however, will be meeting the team, listening to them and also letting his new staff ask him questions.

“This is important so I can better understand each of the markets in the region, understand customer demands from each market, which can then inform our strategy in the Asia-Pacific region,” Deutsch said.