Sunday, April 28, 2024

Tech Update: BT’s Path Toward Quantum Communications

BT is pioneering the future of secure communications through its ongoing trials of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) over its fiber network in London in partnership with Toshiba and Adtran. These efforts are not just enhancing the security landscape but also paving the way for BT to establish a robust commercial quantum communication service. Andrew Lord, Senior Manager Optical Networks R&D from BT, provides an insightful update:

- Andrew discusses BT's progress in developing a commercial quantum service in London, highlighting their partnership with HSBC, a global bank that is at the forefront of quantum technology adoption. 

- He delves into the challenges and solutions in assuring and accrediting quantum technology, emphasizing the need for standardization and assurance processes for this emerging technology.

- Andrew also highlights major quantum communication projects funded by governments, including a project focused on detecting attempts to tap into quantum networks, as well as a second project aimed at accrediting and assuring quantum equipment.

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AWS to invest $11B in massive data center in Indiana

Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to invest $11 billion to build a data center campus in north central Indiana.

The project, which is the largest capital investment in Indiana’s history, aims to create at least 1,000 new jobs. The data center campus will be located in St. Joseph County. 

Based on the company’s significant capital investment plans, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) committed an investment in AWS in the form of data center sales tax exemptions for eligible capital investments over a 50-year term.

“Indiana’s long-term economic strategy is paying dividends for Hoosiers as we cultivate the growth of critical sectors like technology infrastructure,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Amazon has long been an important economic partner in Indiana, and we are excited to welcome AWS. This significant investment solidifies Indiana’s leadership position in the economy of the future, and will undoubtedly have a positive ripple effect on the town of New Carlisle, the north central region and the state of Indiana for years to come.” 

Google to build $2 billion data center in Indiana

Google will build a new $2 billion data center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Construction is now underway on the new data center and operational support complex on the southwest side of Fort Wayne. 

The new facility is expected to create up to 200 new, competitive jobs, including facilities, data center technicians and support services, including security, catering and grounds keeping, in the coming years. 

Google also plans to bring its Skilled Trades and Readiness (STAR) program to the Fort Wayne area in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College. Additionally, Google will work with Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) to bring new clean energy resources to the local grid.

“We are thrilled to announce our investment in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as the site for our newest data center,” said Joe Kava, vice president of global data centers at Google. “Our decision to make a commitment of this magnitude is a true testament to the strategic and collaborative nature of many leaders across Indiana, Allen County, and, particularly, Fort Wayne. Together, Fort Wayne and Google will help power the digital future, including AI innovation across our enterprise and consumer services.”

  • In January 2024, Meta announced plans to build a new $800 million data center campus in Jeffersonville, Indiana.


Juniper posts Q1 sales of $1.149 billion, down 16% yoy

Juniper Networks reported Q1 net revenues of $1,148.9 million, a decrease of 16% year-over-year, and a decrease of 16% sequentially. GAAP operating margin was (1.2)%, a decrease from 8.4% in the first quarter of 2023, and a decrease from 9.2% in the fourth quarter of 2023. Non-GAAP net income was $96.6 million, a decrease of 38% year-over-year, and a decrease of 51% sequentially, resulting in non-GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.29.

“While many of our customers continue to be impacted by macro headwinds and the digestion of previously placed orders, we are starting to see a recovery in demand from our cloud customers and saw another quarter of double-digit order growth in our Mist-led business,” said Juniper CEO, Rami Rahim. “I remain optimistic regarding our long-term growth prospects, particularly as customers adopt our AI offerings, both for network operations and data center use cases.”

“We delivered strong non-GAAP gross margin and better than seasonal expense trends during the March quarter,” said Juniper’s CFO, Ken Miller. “We remain focused on profitability, while making the necessary investments to drive long-term growth.”