Wednesday, August 19, 2020

NTT Ltd. expands its global data center ambitions

NTT Ltd.’s Global Data Centers division is preparing to launch new data center capacity in India, the UK, Japan, USA, Germany, Malaysia and Indonesia.  When fully complete, these data centers will provide over 400 megawatts (MW) of IT load across these markets. Plans include:a

  • Mumbai, India – NTT Ltd. will go live with its new Mumbai 7 Data Center by Q3 2020 in its Chandivali campus. The Mumbai 7 Data Center will offer 25 MW of IT load. The Mumbai 7 Data Center will be the third data center in the Chandivali campus, totaling 61 MW of IT load and is well connected by fiber from all four sides. Also, this data center is a quick 15-minute drive from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai.
  • London, UK - NTT Ltd.’s new London 1 Data Center is scheduled to open during Q3 2020. The London 1 Data Center is capable of 64 MW at full buildout, with 8 MW available at the facility’s opening. This facility will interconnect with NTT Ltd.’s five existing data centers around London to deliver over 100MW of IT load when fully completed. The London 1 Data Center is in Dagenham, east London, close to London’s Docklands, which is the UK’s Internet hub and backbone for global connectivity, which facilitates the majority of the London Internet Exchanges (LINX’s).
  • Tokyo, Japan – For NTT Ltd.’s data center coverage in Japan, NTT Communications will complete  a new data center that will be operational in Q3 2020.
  • Hillsboro, Oregon, USA – NTT Ltd. is pre-leasing space now at its first data center campus in Hillsboro, Oregon. In Q3 2020, the first 6 MW at the Hillsboro 1 Data Center is coming online as part of an existing building that is being repurposed to the highest-level data center. NTT Ltd.’s 47-acre Hillsboro campus will eventually hold five data centers totaling 144 MW and will be directly connected to the ultra-high count fiber ring which serves as a cross connect for several transpacific submarine cables that reduce latency between the U.S. and high-growth Asian markets.
  • Ashburn, Virginia, USA – In Ashburn, Virginia, the largest and most sought-after data center market in the world, NTT Ltd. is constructing its fifth data center. The two-story Ashburn 5 Data Center will offer 32 MW, with 8 MW ready in Q3 2020. This will bring NTT Ltd.’s total Ashburn footprint to 108 MW over its five buildings. Three of those buildings are on NTT Ltd.’s fenced, secure, 78-acre Ashburn campus, which has room for four more buildings.
  • Munich, Germany – NTT Ltd. has completed the shell of its second building within the Munich 2 Data Center campus. The new building is scheduled to go online in Q4 2020 and once completed the campus will provide 14 MW of IT load for clients. The Munich area is the economical and digital hub of Southern Germany. The Munich 2 Data Center also hosts a Technology Experience Lab and is part of the scalable network and connectivity ecosystem of NTT.
  • Cyberjaya, Malaysia – NTT Ltd. is constructing its fifth data center at its Cyberjaya campus, which is 30 km away from the center of Kuala Lumpur. The new Cyberjaya 5 Data Center with 5.6 MW of critical IT load will come online in Q4 2020 and is designed to meet the requirements of hyperscalers and high-end enterprises.
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA – NTT Ltd. is pre-leasing now for the new Chicago data center campus located on a 19-acre site. A pair of two-story 36 MW buildings will total 72 MW of scalable critical IT load at full buildout. The first building, the Chicago 1 Data Center, will bring 6 MW online in Q1 2021.
  • Jakarta, Indonesia – NTT Ltd.’s new campus in Bekasi, Indonesia is capable of 45 MW of critical IT load once fully developed. The new campus, to be known as the Indonesia Jakarta 3 Data Center, will be the largest data center in Indonesia and is expected to open in the first half of 2021.

NTT Ltd. also has plans in place for next year to develop new data centers in Johannesburg, Silicon Valley, Madrid, and Phoenix, as well as building additional capacity in Mumbai, London, Vienna, Zurich, Berlin and Frankfurt.

“We are pleased to leverage our deep construction expertise and the strength of our capital resources to extend our line of data center facilities – with more to come,” said Ryuichi Matsuo, Executive Vice President for NTT Ltd.’s Global Data Centers division. “By increasing our global footprint during this pandemic, we can support our clients as their demand increases for reliable, robust cloud services, cloud communications, digital entertainment and new technology such as artificial intelligence.”

Video: Scaling-out Data Centers with the Fungible Data Processing Unit

Fungible was founded in 2015 to revolutionize the performance, economics, reliability, and security of scale-out data centers.

In this video, Pradeep Sindhu, Co-Founder and CEO of Fungible, shares observations about scale-out data centers and the key innovations of Fungible’s Data Processing Unit (Fungible DPU™) which has been positioned as the “third socket” in data centers, complementing the CPU and GPU.

Stanford's Robert L. Byer wins inaugural SPIE Maiman Laser Award

Robert L. Byer, a professor of applied physics and photon science at Stanford University’s School of Humanities and Sciences and a professor of photon science at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, is the first recipient of a newly created SPIE Maiman Laser Award.

SPIE said this award, which was created to mark the 60th anniversary of the laser’s invention, will be given annually to individuals who have made sustained contributions to laser source science and technology at the highest level.

Byer has received the 2020 SPIE Maiman Laser Award in recognition of sustained contributions and high impact in diode-pumped solid-state lasers and nonlinear optical sources.

Byer’s illustrious career in laser technology includes developing the first visible, tunable red laser and the Q-switched unstable resonator Nd:YAG laser as well as demonstrating remote sensing using tunable infrared sources and utilizing precision spectroscopy using Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS). Out of more than 50 patents, Byer’s favorite remains his green laser pointer patent because it grew directly out of a student’s question during class. That invention has had prolific and mainstream use including as a lecture pointer, a pointer for astronomy, a rescue flare for sailors at sea, and, using a frequency-doubled light to generate green wavelengths, as a laser for color television. Byer has pursued his research and taught classes in lasers and nonlinear optics at Stanford since 1969. Earlier this year, he delivered a LASE plenary during SPIE Photonics West entitled “Accelerators on a Chip: A Path to Attosecond Science.”

“I grew up in Southern California surfing ocean waves from San Diego to Malibu Beach,” notes Byer. “My career has been in lasers and nonlinear optics where I have had the good fortune of surfing light waves with colleagues and friends from around the world. The demonstration of the first laser by Ted Maiman 60 years ago in the Hughes Research Laboratory, located above Malibu Beach, opened the door to the laser and all of its applications from communications to the detection of gravitational waves. I am thrilled to be selected as the inaugural recipient of the SPIE Maiman Laser Award.”

“Bob has been a tireless pioneer and promoter of solid-state laser technology for decades,” says Maiman Laser Award Subcommittee Chair and physics professor at ETH Zurich Ursula Keller. “He has worked on and developed new laser physics and technology, novel materials, and large, high-impact science projects based on key laser technology such as gravity waves, laser fusion, and particle acceleration. His work has had critical commercial impact, he has international collaborators all over the world, and is a leader in terms of the education of laser scientists. And, for me personally, as a former graduate student, he is simply one of the most inspiring professors at Stanford.”

Theodore Harold Maiman demonstrated the world's first working laser, a ruby laser, on 16 May 1960.

Sierra Wireless ships 5G NR Sub-6 GHz and mmWave modules

Sierra Wireless released its first-to-market EM919x 5G NR Sub-6 GHz and mmWave embedded modules.

The 5G modules, which based on the M.2 form factor, enable OEMs to include 5G in computing devices, routers, gateways, industrial automation, and many new Industrial IoT applications.

Larry Zibrik, Vice President, 5G & Embedded Broadband, Sierra Wireless, said: “5G is the most technically challenging evolution in the history of wireless, particularly because of the introduction of mmWave. Sierra Wireless has delivered industry-leading embedded modules, beginning with the first generation of cellular data technologies, and we’re the only partner with the experience to help our customers navigate the complexities of 5G. Industry leaders trust Sierra Wireless to help them get to market on time with secure 5G connectivity, and to invest in the expertise required to enable future key features, such as dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) and 5G NR standalone mode for even higher performance.”

CommScope’s Spectrum Access System supports Cambium CBRS

CommScope’s Spectrum Access System (SAS) now supports fixed wireless broadband Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) equipment from Cambium Networks.

Cambium outdoor fixed wireless broadband solution is centered on the PMP 450m platform incorporating cnMedusa massive multiuser MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology, providing high levels of subscriber density and spectral efficiency. Access to the CBRS SAS service is provided by Cambium’s cnMaestro cloud-based management system.

CommScope SAS is a dynamic spectrum management engine that manages CBRS spectrum sharing on an as-needed basis across three tiers of access. CBRS spectrum can be accessed by all authorized commercial users via CommScope’s SAS—securely and without harmful interference to incumbent users. CommScope SAS is served by an Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) network with radar sensors deployed all along the U.S. coastlines. A SAS must have access to an ESC network to utilize the entire CBRS band nationwide.

"Business and residential customers are demanding higher throughput speeds," said John Silva, operations manager at SpeedyQuick Networks. "5 GHz spectrum was not available, so I added the Cambium Networks PMP 450 platform to my network using the CBRS bands with SAS services from CommScope. Right away I was able to add 42 new customers on service plans up to 20 Mbps, with room to grow. The system just works and customers are amazed at the service."

Nutanix and Intel build a joint innovation lab

Nutanix and Intel agreed to establish physical labs – with both on-site and remote access – to enable and accelerate the adoption of new Intel Technologies on Nutanix architecture,  leveraging tools and expertise to optimize joint solutions, and generating compelling proof-points for stronger marketing efforts by Nutanix and Intel. The idea is to productize Intel’s latest innovations in compute, networking, and storage with the Nutanix software stack.

“The Innovation Lab launch with Nutanix is an exciting foundation to integrate Intel’s latest and most innovative technology on the Nutanix stack,” said Jason Grebe, Corporate Vice President of Cloud & Enterprise Solutions Group at Intel. “We’re looking forward to delivering continued product performance and agility for our customers with this collaboration.”

Intel announces $10 billion stock buyback

Intel plans to repurchase an aggregate of $10 billion of its common stock.

Once this tranche is completed, Intel will have repurchased a total of approximately $17.6 billion in shares as part of the planned $20 billion share repurchases announced in October 2019.

“We achieved record financial results in the first half of 2020 and raised our full-year outlook as customers rely on Intel technology for delivering critical services and enabling people to work, learn and stay connected. As the ongoing growth of data fuels demand for Intel products to process, move and store, we are confident in our multiyear plan to deliver leadership products,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “While the macro-economic environment remains uncertain, Intel shares are currently trading well below our intrinsic valuation, and we believe these repurchases are prudent at this time.”

Nokia prevails in patent dispute with Daimler

The Regional Court Mannheim, Germany issued an injunction against Daimler concerning the unauthorized use of Nokia’s cellular technology in its connected cars.

Nokia argued that Daimler has been using its technologies without authorization. The court ruling is seen as validating Nokia's automotive licensing program. Many other brands automotive brands already license Nokia's patents for their connected vehicles, including Audi, Bentley, BMW, Mini, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen.

Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies, said: “Today’s finding is a major endorsement of the long-term engineering work by innovators at Nokia and the important principle that innovators should receive a fair reward for the use of their inventions. We hope that Daimler will now accept its obligations and take a license on fair terms. There is more to gain if we work together.”