Vertiv steps up NZ electrics, utilities focus with Cuthbert Stewart partnership

Vertiv has appointed Cuthbert Stewart Limited (CSL) as a distributor of Vertiv Liebert Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) for the New Zealand wholesale electrical, industrial and utilities sectors.

Vertiv said its UPS products are available now through CSL distribution channels in the New Zealand market, where a reliable power supply is critical. CSL will distribute Vertiv’s full range of single-phase UPS products including Liebert PSA5, an economical, environmentally-friendly line-interactive UPS that offers full-featured power protection for small office computers and electronic equipment, and the Liebert ITA2 rugged UPS which is moisture and dust resistant.

Based in Auckland, CSL acquired Energy Solution Providers earlier this year and together the companies now offer energy audits as well as technical electrical product solutions to help industrial companies and facilities minimise and protect their energy usage.

“While we have a strong presence in the information and communications technology (ICT) market in New Zealand, our partnership with CSL will drive expansion into the industrial and utilities markets,” said Robert Linsdell, managing director Australia and New Zealand, Vertiv. “We have already seen the value of energy audits in the corporate space and CSL’s ability to now offer that type of service to industrial customers, backed up by the solutions to deliver efficient, reliable power, is significant from both an environmental impact and a business continuity standpoint.”

Digital Realty opens second Osaka facility

Digital Realty has opened a second facility on its Osaka connected campus. The firm said development of KIX11, centred on a multi-megawatt, multi-year agreement with a key global cloud service provider for capacity reached in November 2018, following the launch of the first Osaka data center in May 2017.

Digital Realty said the facilities will be connected via dark fibre to subsequent phases of the Digital Osaka connected campus, bringing together critical data center, network, cloud and connectivity providers under a single environment.

“The completion of KIX11 marks another milestone in the growth of our platform in Japan and an important step towards realizing the enormous potential of our partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation,” said Digital Realty CEO A. William Stein.  “Our Osaka connected campus will provide institutional quality infrastructure solutions at the heart of this thriving economic region for both global and Japanese clients.”

The four-story facility is reinforced with seismic isolation systems, spans over 23,000 square meters, and will deliver up to 28 megawatts of total IT capacity.  MC Digital Realty now operates four data centers in Japan – two each in the Tokyo and Osaka metros – and owns strategic land holdings in Osaka that will support the development of up to 55 megawatts of additional IT capacity.

The new Osaka data center is a carrier-neutral facility with multiple carriers on site, providing open access to the Digital Realty ecosystem.  “The facility has also adopted Secured by Design principles, offering customers a highly-secure location able to meet the growing demand for secure and reliable infrastructure,” the US firm said.

Separately, MC Digital Realty – 50/50 partnership with Mitsubishi – recently flagged the acquisition of a five-acre land parcel in the Tokyo area to develop a new, 36-megawatt data center by 2021.

The company aims to serve the growing number of Japanese enterprises migrating their digital footprint from on-premise facilities to third-party service providers.  It said the collaboration leveraged Digital Realty’s expertise in data center design and construction  along with Mitsubishi Corporation’s  expertise in the Japanese real estate and IT industries.

“Osaka is a thriving financial and colocation center, and a gateway for international exchanges., ‘ said Digital Realty APAC MD Mark Smith. “The expansion of our Osaka connected campus strengthens our global data center platform and enhances our ability to serve rapidly growing customer demand in the region.”

MC Digital Realty joint venture flags ‘one of the most important global DC markets’ with five-acre Tokyo land parcel purchase

MC Digital Realty, a 50/50 joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and Digital Realty, has closed on the acquisition of a five-acre land parcel in Tokyo.

The site at the Inzai data center hub, a key high-density area with well-established utility and connectivity infrastructure, is home to a raft of primary global cloud providers and financial institutions, said Digital Realty., adding that demolition of the existing structure on the site will begin immediately and data center development is to commence in 2020, subject to planning approvals.

Digital Realty said the initial facility (NRT10) is expected to deliver over 35 megawatts of total IT capacity to global and regional clients by 2021.

“Through MC Digital Realty, we are powering our customers’ digital ambitions in Japan, with state-of-the-art future capacity in Tokyo, a longtime target market and one of the top financial and technology hubs in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Digital Realty CEO A. William Stein.  “This important milestone enables us to continue executing upon our mission of providing our customers the trusted foundation for the digital world.”

Digital Realty APAC MD Mark Smith tipped the move as an important step in the next phase of the firm’s Japan growth strategy.  “Tokyo is one of the most important data center markets in the world.  This new land parcel will provide us with a solid foundation for our platform in Japan, enabling us to continue to support years of customer expansion, while broadening our positive impact on the local digital economy.”

Equinix bolsters digital transformation play with virtual network services launch

Interconnection and data centre provider Equinix is stepping up its digital transformation prowess with the launch of virtual network services on Platform Equinix, a new offering aimed at enabling enterprises to modernise their networks virtually within minutes.

Dubbed Network Edge, the new suite of services is designed to accelerate digital transformation processes for businesses, offering enterprises a new way to deploy network services on Equinix’s global interconnection platform, without a physical data centre deployment or hardware requirements.

Network Edge takes the shape of a  range of vendor-neutral, virtual network services, allowing users to select, configure and connect network and security devices in real time, from a broad sweep of primary vendors, including Juniper Networks, Palo Alto Networks and Cisco.

It should be noted that Network Edge also includes built-in integration with Equinix’s global on-demand, software-defined network (SDN)-enabled interconnection service, Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric. According to Equinix, this means that users can deploy virtual edge devices and interconnect them to clouds and network providers in global markets.

For Equinix Interconnection Services VP Bill Long, Network Edge represents an opportunity for enterprises to tap into global scalability.

“As we continue evolving the Equinix global interconnection platform, we are introducing new product innovations to help enterprises transform their global businesses at the digital edge,” Long said. “With Network Edge, we’re providing both an extraordinary suite of virtual network services, and a compelling value proposition to help enterprises scale globally by deploying digital-ready infrastructures at the edge, within a matter of minutes.

“By seamlessly integrating Network Edge with our ECX Fabric service, customers can also tap into the world’s largest interconnection ecosystem, virtually, and unlock enormous business value through our platform,” he said.

DCD Sydney – New speakers announced

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Vertiv teams with Australian gov’t-approved ICT supplier SRA Solutions in IoT and smart city push

Vertiv has signed a new partnership with SRA Solutions, aiming to increase its footprint with Australian government and telecommunications providers as they invest in Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city applications and infrastructure.

Based in Canberra, SRA is an Australian ICT infrastructure provider specialising in rack and data centre solutions. It is a government-approved supplier and counts the Department of Defence, Department of Home Affairs, High Court and Australian Federal Police among its customers. It is also a trusted partner to telcos including Telstra and colocation data centre leaders such as NEXTDC and Digital Realty.

Vertiv and SRA will partner to deliver Vertiv’s micro data centre solutions to Australian federal government customers, including the SmartCabinet – a fully intelligent yet simple packaged solution for complex environments at the edge. The solution is ideal to address increasing demand from IoT and smart city applications, which require data to be processed in real time at the edge where it is generated.

According to a March report from analyst firm IDC, Australia is the second-highest spender per capita on IoT in the Asia Pacific region.

“As government organisations, telcos and others invest in Australia’s IoT and smart city ecosystem, the need for reliable, energy-efficient edge infrastructure is greater than ever,” said Robert Linsdell, managing director A/NZ, Vertiv. “We believe this kind of infrastructure is important to future-proofing Australia’s position and reputation as a global technology leader.”

“Partnering with SRA increases our credibility and reach within vital industries and is a compelling offer for organisations looking to capitalise on these technologies,” added Daniel Sim, senior channel director Asia, Vertiv.

While SRA already has a national presence, the partnership will help it increase its footprint outside of Canberra and into industries such as education and healthcare.

“Customers need standard rack solutions that can be centrally monitored and managed, particularly when their focus needs to be away from the infrastructure and on getting applications and services right,” said Gordon Campbell, managing director, SRA. “Vertiv not only helps us meet the demand for smart converged infrastructure within our customer base, but opens the door to other industries in Australia.

“Vertiv’s technology and engineering will benefit from SRA Solutions’ local customisation and support. We are a leading government provider of Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC)-approved racks; combining this with Vertiv’s MicroDC technology should be a good fit.”

 

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