Thursday, June 16, 2022

Dell'Oro: Data Center CAPEX races ahead in 1Q 2022

Data center capex grew at the fastest rate year-over-year in three years in 1Q 2022, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. New cloud deployments and higher data center infrastructure costs drove capex.

“Data center capex grew double-digits year-over-year in 1Q 2022 despite persistent supply chain constraints,” said Baron Fung, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “However, growth was attributed to higher data center equipment average selling prices as vendors passed supply chain costs to end-users, and from the adoption of new server architectures and accelerated computing. We anticipate further upside in data center capex later this year, as the Top 4 cloud service providers expand their services and as server memory prices trend higher,” explained Fung.

Additional highlights from the 1Q 2022 Data Center IT Capex Quarterly Report:

  • Worldwide data center capex growth expected to trend higher through 2022.
  • Persistent supply chain challenges to limit server unit growth to high single-digits in 2022.
  • The Top 4 US cloud service providers scheduled to launch services in more than 30 new regions in 2022.

Digital Realty to develop colocation/connectivity hub in Israel

Digital Realty has formed a joint venture with Mivne Real Estate to develop a new multi-tenant data center campus in Israel. 

Digital Realty Mivne expects to develop a multi-tenant data center campus in Petah Tikvah, the primary connectivity hub in Israel.  The data center campus will support the development of up to 20 megawatts (MW) of installed IT load.  Delivery of the initial phase is anticipated in 2023, subject to customer demand. 

Israel is emerging as an alternative cable interconnect route between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, and the new campus will be located at a key intersection along the global internet highway across the Mediterranean region, connecting Europe to the west and Asia, the Middle East and eastern Africa to the east.  This new route enhances the availability and resilience of international subsea cable systems.  The first subsea cable systems to traverse Israel terrestrially have already been announced and further systems are anticipated.

Digital Realty notes that its presence in the  broader Mediterranean region also includes facilities in Athens, Barcelona and Marseille.

Mivne, a leading real estate developer, owner and operator has developed many large-scale projects across Israel and has an extensive land bank. 

"Today's collaboration marks the beginning of a new chapter for Digital Realty's operations, customers and partners in the Middle East.  We expect this partnership to further accelerate our growth while enhancing our ability to support our customers' digital transformation across the globe," said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.  "This partnership represents consistent execution towards new market entries.  We are also gratified to partner with Mivne, leveraging its extensive experience as a local investor and operator.  This announcement advances our strategy of developing strategic and highly connected, network dense data centers to strengthen and diversify Digital Realty's portfolio and expand our product mix and global footprint."

MIT develops optically interconnected AI chip

Researchers at MIT have fabricated a stackable, reconfigurable artificial intelligence chip that uses light-emitting diodes (LED) to allow the chip’s multiple layers to communicate optically. The MIT design uses light, rather than physical wires, to transmit information through the chip. 

The design consists of paired photodetectors and LEDs, each patterned with tiny pixels. Photodetectors constitute an image sensor for receiving data, and LEDs to transmit data to the next layer.

“Other chips are physically wired through metal, which makes them hard to rewire and redesign, so you’d need to make a new chip if you wanted to add any new function,” says MIT postdoc Hyunseok Kim. “We replaced that physical wire connection with an optical communication system, which gives us the freedom to stack and add chips the way we want.”

The team’s results are published today in Nature Electronics. In addition to Kim and Kang, MIT authors include co-first authors Chanyeol Choi, Hyunseok Kim, and Min-Kyu Song, and contributing authors Hanwool Yeon, Celesta Chang, Jun Min Suh, Jiho Shin, Kuangye Lu, Bo-In Park, Yeongin Kim, Han Eol Lee, Doyoon Lee, Subeen Pang, Sang-Hoon Bae, Hun S. Kum, and Peng Lin, along with collaborators from Harvard University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, and elsewhere.

CoreSite deploys Arrcus to build out its Open Cloud Exchange

CoreSite has deployed the Arrcus Multi-Cloud Networking (MCN) solution to help enable the CoreSite’s Open Cloud Exchange (OCX). 

CoreSite is leveraging the ACE MCN solution to extend its software-defined networking platform through automating additional provisioning functionality within AWS and Microsoft Azure Cloud and direct cloud-to-cloud communication capabilities on CoreSite’s fully managed virtual routers.

Arrcus’ ACE MCN solution in CoreSite’s OCX went live in May 2022 in eight markets: Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay, Denver, Chicago, New York, Boston, Miami and Virginia. Since then, CoreSite has expanded availability to its two new data center markets - Atlanta and Orlando - and are executing against a roadmap to add additional leading cloud service and SaaS providers to the OCX, in addition to AWS and Microsoft Azure Cloud.

“Arrcus is delighted to have been selected by CoreSite for their OCX platform. Enterprises are looking for a seamless and secure hybrid cloud connectivity solution with the flexibility to rapidly scale up or down,” said Shekar Ayyar, CEO and chairman at Arrcus. “The ACE MCN solution differentiated by our unique strength in routing is providing the OCX with secure hyper-scale performance, quicker time to market, and improved economics, giving their customers a competitive edge.”

“We leverage Arrcus’ virtual routers in the CoreSite OCX to help enable our customers to quickly expand market reach and gain a competitive edge while lowering TCO,” said Brian Warren, Senior Vice President, Development and Product Engineering at CoreSite. “With just a few clicks in MyCoreSite, our service delivery platform, customers can quickly establish direct and secure virtual connections to multiple service providers and to the public cloud for rapid, automated provisioning.”

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Telefónica pursues circular economy plan for its telecom gear

Telefónica is pursuing a circular economy plan for the reuse of its telecommunications equipment among its Group operators and with other third parties. The goal is to offer a second life to devices. 

The plan is for each operator to publish and visualise available equipment to promote its reuse, supported by a digital platform and a simple operating model that facilitates the movement of equipment between the countries where the Group operates, especially in Latin America. When internal reuse is not possible, MAIA makes it possible to connect with multiple technological partners to facilitate the sale of this equipment and thus extend its useful life.

“Every year more than 100 billion tonnes of resources enter the economy and only 8.6% are recycled. This is an unsustainable situation that we all need to reverse with more circular processes and supply chains. MAIA is an example of how by bringing together the best technological and operational capabilities we can carry out this transformation that has allowed us to create an ecosystem of collaboration between companies and partners to substantially increase the reuse of equipment”, says Fernando Valero, Global Supply Chain Director at Telefónica.

The MAIA project began at the end of 2020 and is currently present in all its operators. Thanks to this initiative, Telefónica has managed to reuse more than 73,000 pieces of equipment to date, aligning itself with the sector’s goal of being a Zero Network Waste company by 2025 through the reuse, sale of refurbished equipment and recycling of 100% of our network equipment.

Malaysia's MSAR picks Ciena

MSA Resources Sdn Bhd (MSAR), a telecommunications infrastructure provider based in Peninsular Malaysia will deploy Ciena’s 6500, WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) coherent optics, and Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller to reach data transmission speeds of 800 Gbps line rate and total network capacity of 33.6Tb/s per fiber pair.

MSAR is currently building a new fibre optic network from Johor Bahru to Bukit Kayu Hitam with connectivity to all major data centre hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Cyberjaya, Nusajaya and Johor Bahru. This network will complement its existing network which offers connectivity to all major data centres in Singapore. The target RFS for Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur and Cyberjaya is August 2022 with connectivity to Bukit Kayu Hitam to follow by end of 2022.

“Ciena’s coherent optical technology will bring unparalleled capacity, enabling the fastest transfer of data across the network. The Digital Super Highway Network will serve as a platform for the adoption of future technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), smart highways, 5G and more,” said Saiful Husni Samak, Managing Director, MSAR. “We are very confident in our ability to address the needs of global hyperscalers, when our network can easily scale up to 800 Gbps and beyond with Ciena’s technology. We are set to deliver high quality services to cater to the growing demand, not just in Malaysia but also regionally. This game-changing offering will also be attractive to over-the-top players and international carriers.”

CommVerge Solutions serves as integrator on the project. 

Spirent debuts CF400 security and application delivery test platform

Spirent Communications introduced its CF400 Appliance for the validation of hyperscale networks and security controls.

Spirent’s CF400 Appliance is the industry’s first network security and application delivery test platform to provide 400G of application traffic and 200G of encrypted traffic performance testing capabilities, including full HTTP/3 testing in a single appliance. The ability to combine the CF400 with previous platforms enables customers to grow their test capabilities gradually and protect their existing investments without forklift upgrades.

“Cloud computing, IoT and a hyper-connected digital economy have been straining enterprise IT resources and rapidly increasing the performance demands from today’s security solutions. Organizations are under tremendous pressure to make the right security investments to ensure their networks are scalable and secure for their business-critical applications,” said Spirent’s Sashi Jeyaretnam, Sr. Director of Product Management for Security Solutions. 

“The Spirent CF400’s modular appliance architecture provides the flexibility to stack multiple appliances together in a single test system to validate the performance limits of multi-terabit-scale, app-centric infrastructures. The solution greatly simplifies high-performance security testing, especially with its automated goal-seeking capabilities which automatically determine peak performance, allowing users to greatly reduce test time to determine best performance for their unique configuration and traffic loads,” said Jeyaretnam.

UK's Quickline deploys ADVA FSP 150 aggregation

UK-based Quickline has deployed ADVA's FSP 150 aggregation solution to offer high-speed residential and enterprise services across the hardest-to-reach areas in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. 

Quickline's new network utilizes 5G wireless and FTTP for the last mile. Built on the high-density ADVA FSP 150-XG400 Series, the infrastructure enables 100Gbit/s connectivity in the national network as well as the distribution of the highly precise phase and frequency synchronization needed for 5G. For smaller nodes, Quickline has also deployed the FSP 150-XG100Pro Series. 

ADVA’s partner, Nomios, played a key role in the deployment, planning and designing of the new infrastructure as well as providing project management, network management services and ongoing support.

“Our mission is to give customers access to gigabit-capable broadband in the hardest-to-reach rural areas of the UK. To do that, we’ve harnessed the most advanced aggregation device and taken an innovative approach to last-mile connectivity. By leveraging the flexibility and power of ADVA’s FSP 150 to link our 5G-based services to PoPs, we can deliver lightning-fast broadband to more rural communities than ever before,” said Sean Royce, CEO of Quickline. ”Working with trusted and proven partners such as ADVA and Nomios with their strong customer-first ethos was also important to us in our decision making.”

Calix opens development center in Bengaluru

Calix announced the grand opening of the Calix India Development Center (CIDC) in Bengaluru, India. 

Calix said it chose to invest in Bengaluru, “India’s Silicon Valley,” for its new development center because of its position at the forefront of information technology in India. 

A major focus of the CIDC will be to expand the development teams for the Calix Cloud platform, which allows broadband service providersto access real-time data, analytics, and automation to run an efficient and subscriber-centric business. Calix plans to double the initial CIDC workforce by the end of 2022.