Monday, March 20, 2023

Arelion: Escalating energy prices impacts network operations

Escalating energy prices and their impact on network operations are the prime concern for over half (53%) of business leaders, according to a study commissioned by Arelion. Many businesses are also anxious about possible energy supply shortages with 43% citing this as their second-biggest worry. So major are the issues, that 45% of leaders have admitted to having suffered significant stress over the recent energy price surges, with 14% going so far as to say that the situation is actually causing them to lose sleep.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Mattias Fridström, Chief Evangelist at Arelion said: “The business impact of network energy consumption varies across different industry verticals and is ultimately far greater for businesses whose networks are a significant part of their operational expenditure. This research has provided some valuable insights into the impact on the industry and those working within it. Network operators are particularly vulnerable to a volatile energy market. As a large global network operator ourselves, we too are challenged by these increasing costs.

Some additional findings:

  • Decision-makers in the US are particularly affected, with almost a third (29%) suffering from sleepless nights. The survey was conducted in the US, UK, France and Germany, and the report “The energy crisis: is it hurting enterprise networks?” provides insights into the impact that the energy crisis is having on network operations and, in particular, what effect it has had on the wider network sustainability agenda.
  • Higher prices are the key issue for European businesses’ network operations – with concern peaking among German leaders at 66%. An overwhelming 82% of leaders say that increased energy costs in the network have had a medium or high impact on the way they price their own services. As a result, 69% have raised their own prices, effectively passing on some or all of their heavier cost burden. This is especially the case in Europe and particularly in Germany where 78% have pushed up their own prices to customers, compared to the 57% of US business leaders who have done so.
  • Surprisingly, 18% of decision makers across all the markets surveyed say they have reduced prices to their customers, perhaps swallowing the additional costs to boost competitiveness in a distressed business environment.
  • The quest for improved energy efficiency has, in fact, spurred 61% of businesses to increase investment in their network operations. Business leaders in the US appear to be at the forefront of this movement as 73% said that they have increased investment to make their network operations more energy efficient. In Europe, 69% of German, 49% of UK and 48% of French decision-makers have also taken this step.
  • Alongside enhanced energy efficiency, another positive effect of the energy crisis has seen over half of businesses (52%) speeding up and strengthening their network sustainability efforts. US businesses appear to be taking the lead on Europe again here with 65% of US decision-makers saying that they are boosting their sustainability efforts versus 55% in Germany, 42% in France and 40% in the UK. That said, some cause for concern remains from the finding that, overall, 29% of businesses have seen their sustainability efforts impeded by the energy crisis.

BT to offer AWS Wavelength to UK business customers

BT will offer AWS Wavelength services to its UK business customers in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

EE’s national mobile network with AWS Wavelength will bring the power of AWS to the network edge for more business and public sector customers across the UK – opening up faster, secure and high-bandwidth connectivity on the move for use cases like policing, crowd management, healthcare and security.

AWS Wavelength embeds AWS compute and storage services within 5G and 4G networks, providing mobile edge computing infrastructure for ultra-low-latency applications. Hosting services directly at the edge of EE’s UK network reduces lag, as application traffic can reach application servers running in the AWS Wavelength Zone without leaving BT’s network. This opens up mobile edge computing infrastructure for businesses to develop, deploy, and scale mobile Internet of Things (IoT) applications over BT’s existing 5G network securely.

BT’s Wholesale unit has worked with AWS on the initial trials in Manchester. After the planned national rollout, the service will be available to all BT business customers in the UK – from small businesses to large enterprise and public sector organisations.

Alex Tempest, Managing Director for BT Wholesale said: “As we continue to build best-in-class 5G infrastructure for the UK, launching the AWS Wavelength service for our business and wholesale customers is a hugely important step on our journey – bringing the power of the cloud to the UK’s best network*. It’s set to unlock use cases like IoT cameras to help first responders keep communities safe: a real-life example of using tech to connect for good.

“By building cloud edge services into our 5G and 4G EE network, we can accelerate innovation across industries, and bring fast, secure data processing closer to where our customers need it most. Ultimately, we want to give businesses and public sector organisations all the power of edge computing, wherever they are.”

EXA Infrastructure deploys Infinera on Trans Adriatic Express subsea cable

EXA Infrastructure (EXA) has deployed Infinera’s ICE6 800G coherent optical solution on the EXA Trans Adriatic Express (TAE), a submarine cable system linking EXA’s current European footprint to Turkey via Albania and Greece.

TAE is a joint venture formed between EXA and Trans Adriatic Pipeline Ag (TAP), the owner of a critical new gas pipeline connecting the Caspian Sea to southern Italy. Completed in 2020, the pipeline connects Melendugno in southern Italy through Albania and Greece to the Turkish border at Kipoi. This project creates a unique fiber optic network connecting Milan, Tirana, Athens, Sofia, and Istanbul with high-quality, high-performance, and ultra-reliable digital infrastructure.

Infinera said its ICE6 optical engines provide subsea network operators like EXA with industry-leading capacity per cable by leveraging unique features including highly granular baud rate configuration, industry-leading long-codeword probabilistic constellation shaping (LC-PCS), and Nyquist subcarriers that seamlessly integrate with existing third-party line systems.

“As a dedicated operator of hyper scale digital infrastructure, EXA is continuously investing in network expansion projects to further develop the depth and breadth of our current footprint. Our mission is to provide high-quality, reliable, and scalable infrastructure between the locations our customers demand, which are typically the large datacenter clusters, cloud regions and cable landing stations,” said Ciaran Delaney, EXA Chief Operating Officer. “We selected Infinera’s ICE6 optical engine based on its optical performance in subsea and terrestrial applications. In our deployment of ICE6 elsewhere on our network, we have been impressed with lead times despite a very challenging supply chain environment, and with seamless integration into our existing network. EXA is preparing for growth in this region by deploying ICE6 to enable us to meet this demand.”

“We are pleased to support EXA in deploying proven, industry-leading solutions like ICE6 to quickly and cost-effectively accelerate their service delivery to meet rising customer demands while protecting their subsea network infrastructure investment,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Infinera.

HPE to acquire OpsRamp for IT operations management

Hewlett Packard Enterprise agreed to acquire OpsRamp, an IT operations management (ITOM) company based in San Jose, California, that monitors, observes, automates and manages IT infrastructure, cloud resources, workloads and applications for hybrid and multi-cloud environments, including the leading hyperscalers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

OpsRamp’s technology – which delivers discovery, monitoring, automation, and event resolution with artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) – provides end-to-end visibility, observability, and control across hybrid and multi-cloud IT environments. These capabilities span multi-vendor computing, networking, and storage, along with cloud resources, containers, virtual machines, and applications. 

HPE said the OpsRamp capabilities extend the HPE services portfolio – across Advisory, Operational and HPE GreenLake managed services – into delivering end-to-end support for hybrid and multi-cloud IT environments.

“Customers today are managing several different cloud environments, with different IT operational models and tools, which dramatically increases the cost and complexity of digital operations management,” said Fidelma Russo, Chief Technology Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “The combination of OpsRamp and HPE will remove these barriers by providing customers with an integrated edge-to-cloud platform that can more effectively manage and transform multi-vendor and multi-cloud IT estates. This acquisition advances HPE hybrid cloud leadership and expands the reach of the HPE GreenLake platform into IT Operations Management.”

“The integration of OpsRamp’s hybrid digital operations management solution with the HPE GreenLake platform will provide an unmatched offering for organizations seeking to innovate and thrive in a complex, multi-cloud world. Partners and the channel will also play a pivotal role to advance their as-a-service offerings, as enterprises look for a unified approach to better manage their operations from the edge to the cloud,” said Varma Kunaparaju, CEO of OpsRamp. “We look forward to leveraging the scale and reach of HPE’s global go-to-market engine to deliver our unique offering and are excited for this journey ahead as part of HPE.”

Colt opens Osaka Keihanna Data Centre

Colt Data Centre Services has opened a 45MW data center in Osaka Keihanna, Japan.

The design of the Osaka Keihanna data centre further builds on Colt DCS’ key learnings from their Inzai campus  consisting of three data centres with a combined capacity of 50MW which is 97% occupied. The latest opening in Osaka Keihanna represents one of the largest data centres in Japan, with 42,000m2 of space and a designed capacity of 45.9MW, of which 75% has already been committed.

Ellen Hall, Fidelity’s Head of Direct Real Estate commented, “We are excited for the official launch of Osaka Keihanna. This is the first development under Fidelity’s joint venture with Mitsui and validates our belief that having local partners in Mitsui and Colt DCS, with long track records in the region, is key to success. We look forward to replicating that success with the additional sites currently under development.” 

Takashi Nakai, General Manager of the Financial Business Division of Mitsui & Co said, “Following the announcement of our joint venture with Fidelity we have been working closely with Colt DCS in every aspect of the delivery of this new facility in Osaka Keihanna. The demand for sustainable hyperscale data centre services and solutions across Japan is unprecedented. Enabling businesses to undertake their digital transformation journey is critical in order for businesses to enter new markets faster than the competition. With the launch of the new Osaka Keihanna facility we are confident the capacity we are delivering with this data centre will satisfy both the immediate and future capacity requirements of our customers.”

MaxLinear intros 15A step-down switching regulator for Wi-Fi 7

MaxLinear introduced a 15 Amp Step-Down Switching regulator with 2-Bit VID designed and qualified to provide power to the digital core of MaxLinear’s Wi-Fi 7 SoCs. 

“With the release of the MXL76125, we’re able to offer CPE developers a reliable and complete Wi-Fi 7 networking and power solution,” said James Lougheed, Vice President & General Manager, High Performance Analog & Accelerators. “MaxLinear is able to leverage expertise across numerous technology groups to produce highly integrated solutions that can give our customers a clear advantage in the marketplace.”

Key features include:

  • 2-Bit VID interface designed for MaxLinear’s Wi-Fi 7 SoCs optimizes performance and saves power
  • Operating from 5V or 12V inputs, a Constant On-Time (COT) control scheme ensures excellent transient performance, line and load regulation
  • Qualified as core power supply for MaxLinear’s Wi-Fi 7 SoCs
  • New generation FETs allows the solution to fit into a 4 x 5mm QFN package and improves efficiency for excellent thermal performance

MaxLinear’s Wi-Fi 7 Family consists of two chips: the MXL31712 for premium segment 4x4 tri-band market targeting throughput up to 18.6Gbps, and the MxL31708 for mid- to high-range 4x4 dual-band market targeting throughput up to 17Gbps.