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Questions Network Operators Ask – NANOG 76

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Last week we had an ARIN Help Desk at NANOG 76 in Washington, D.C. I was happy to be there to help attendees with their registry needs and get a sense for the most-pressing concerns for network operators. NANOG is a great community, and we’re happy to be a part of it.

We had quite a few people come to us with questions that were as varied as a typical week on the phones. People asked us what we do, and we provided general education in that area. Some had questions about existing tickets (“I have a ticket open, but since I’m here…”). In some cases, the ticket could be resolved and closed on the spot, other times we were able to guide them with next steps to help keep their ticket moving towards resolution.

We were happy to answer educational questions about our services like explaining policy requirements, or explaining how the waiting list and transfer market work. We also answered many “How do I?” questions including: how do I request a resource? and how do I update my records? One of the best things about being on-site at the Help Desk is when we can completely resolve a long-standing customer issue. For example, I was able to help one customer update his account and Whois records. It had been on his to-do list for a couple of years, but he never got around to looking into it. The convenience and easy-access to ARIN staff at NANOG gave him the opportunity to stop by in-person and resolve the whole issue in only 10 minutes. He was happy to have the mystery solved.

In addition to our Help Desk at the meeting, we also asked individuals to tell us more about their IPv6 deployments. ARIN President and CEO, John Curran, gave a call to action for people to contribute IPv6 case studies. Several people stopped by to indicate they’re interested in sharing their IPv6 journey and learning from others who have already published an IPv6 case study.

The NANOG 76 agenda was full of interesting talks including one from ARIN Advisory Council member, Alyssa Moore, on how to make ARIN policy work for network operators. You are encouraged to get involved in the ARIN policy process. Be sure to come to the next ARIN meeting in October directly following NANOG 77 in Austin, TX to discuss policy and find out more about what’s going on at ARIN.

We’re happy to work with NANOG to serve the Internet community. If you have a question or concern you can’t find the answer to on our website, find us at an event like NANOG or give us a call at the Help Desk. There’s rarely a queue, we’re all friendly and helpful.

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Atlanta, Georgia-based Giga Data Centers Expands Executive Team

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Giga Data Centers, an Atlanta, Georgia-based company building and operating colocation data centers with modular technologies, has expanded its executive team to include David Shepard as Chief Revenue Officer. Prior to joining Giga Data Centers, Mr. Shepard served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager for Baselayer, a manufacturer of modular data center solutions.

David Shepard has 20+ years of experience growing and managing large enterprise customers and building “successful” sales and marketing teams. His duties at Giga Data Centers include overseeing the sales, marketing, and partner channel teams – to execute the company’s strategy and achieve its revenue goals. Shepard reports to CEO Jake Ring as the newest member of Giga Data Centers’ executive team.

“David is an experienced sales leader with a proven track record for growing revenue as well as building and coaching global data center teams,” said Jake Ring, CEO of Giga Data Centers. “Among many qualified candidates, David stood out as the ideal person to help lead GIGA through our next stage of growth. We are very pleased and excited he has joined our team.”

“From the outset, I was attracted to Giga Data Centers’ strong vision in the data center services market, and I am looking forward to helping it further scale the business,” said David Shepard, Giga Data Centers’ new CRO.

Previously, Shepard was Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Fortrust (now Iron Mountain) where he built a team “that doubled data center capacity and customers in less than 18 months.”

Prior to Fortrust, Shepard held multiple executive positions at IO Data Centers where he was integral in expanding the company’s footprint from a single data center in Scottsdale Arizona with less than 10 customers to over 2 million square feet, 200 Megawatts of power capacity and over 500 customers in the U.S., UK, and Singapore.

“I’m excited to be joining Giga Data Centers to help accelerate the growth of the company,” said David Shepard, the company’s new CRO. “The company has an amazing team and superior colocation capabilities, both of which will deliver incredible value to our customers. From the outset, I was attracted to Giga Data Centers’ strong vision in the data center services market, and I am looking forward to helping it further scale the business.”

Opening New Data Center Charlotte

Giga Data Centers facility Charlotte

Giga Data Centers will officially open its CLT-1 Data Center in Mooresville, NC (near Charlotte) with a grand opening event on Friday June 21, 2019 that will include facility tours and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Giga Data Centers’ new facility is an efficiency milestone for the colocation industry that places world-class hosting and carrier-neutral services in an ideal location to offer a lower-priced option over more costly data center fees charged in other markets,” added CEO Jake Ring.

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The new data center would leverage a highly energy-efficient modular design first used by the U.S. Department of Energy. This innovation is GIGA’s WindChill Enclosure system that provides hot/cold aisle isolation and adiabatic cooling to lower data center OPEX.

CLT-1 is a 165,800 square foot data center with 120,000 square feet occupying the main data hall. The Tier-3 compliant facility is a complete departure from traditional raised-floor construction and supports power and cooling from 7kW to 50kW per 52U rack, at a guaranteed Power Use Efficiency (PUE) rating of < 1.15.

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VMware Acquires Multi-Cloud Application Delivery Provider, Avi Networks

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VMware (NYSE: VMW) has acquired Avi Networks, a provider of multi-cloud application delivery services. Avi Networks would further enable VMware to bring the public cloud experience to the entire data center – “automated, highly scalable, and intrinsically more secure” with the ability to deploy applications with a single click.

Leveraging a common architectural foundation, VMware and Avi Networks would be able to deliver a complete software-defined networking stack from L2-7 built for the modern multi-cloud era after the acquisition deal closes.

“VMware is committed to making the data center operate as simply and easily as it does in the public cloud, and the addition of Avi Networks to the growing VMware networking and security portfolio will bring us one step closer to this goal after the acquisition closes,” said Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager, networking and security business unit, VMware. “This acquisition will further advance our Virtual Cloud Network vision, where a software-defined distributed network architecture spans all infrastructure and ties all pieces together with the automation and programmability found in the public cloud. Combining Avi Networks with VMware NSX will further enable organizations to respond to new opportunities and threats, create new business models, and deliver services to all applications and data, wherever they are located.”

The Avi Networks platform provides a Software Load Balancer, Intelligent Web Application Firewall (iWAF), Advanced Analytics and Monitoring and a Universal Service Mesh to help enable a fast, scalable, and more intrinsically secure application experience. Avi’s central control plane and distributed data plane deliver application services as a dynamic, multi-cloud fabric which intelligently automates decisions and provides unprecedented application analytics and on-demand elasticity.

Avi customers can dispatch services such as load balancing and web application firewall to any application using one centralized interface. Avi technology runs across private and public clouds, and supports applications running on VMs, containers and bare metal.

Upon close with Avi Networks, VMware will offer both built-in load balancing capabilities as part of VMware NSX Data Center, and an advanced, standalone ADC. The Avi Networks platform would enable organizations to overcome the complexity and rigidness of legacy systems and ADC appliances with software-defined application services. Avi Networks’ key differentiators would include:

  • Automation driven by closed-loop analytics, template-driven configuration, and integration with management products
  • Advanced analytics and insights for performance monitoring and troubleshooting
  • Ability to deploy across on-premises and multiple cloud environments
  • Elasticity and on-demand scalability
  • Intrinsic security

“Unlike existing ADC solutions, Avi Networks’ distributed ADC is designed for modern data center and public cloud deployments, with an architecture that mirrors cloud principles,” said Amit Pandey, chief executive officer, Avi Networks. “Upon close, customers will be able to benefit from a full set of software-defined L2-7 application networking and security services, on-demand elasticity, real time insights, simplified troubleshooting, and developer self-service.”

The transaction is expected to close in VMware‘s fiscal Q2 FY2020, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.


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New Study: 80% of Managers in Russia To Increase Investments in Digital Transformation

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80% of Russian companies’ managers plan to increase their investment in digital transformation in 2019, according to a new study conducted by consulting company DT-Global Business Consulting on behalf of Linxdatacenter.

Top managers of Russian companies would recognize that the digital vector of business development will have priority in the near future, according to the market research. Cloud technologies, e-commerce, advanced IT infrastructure and competent staff will play a notable role in this process.

More than 60% of Russian managers noted that they have already arrived at the initial stage of digital transformation and are now planning or implementing first steps in this direction.

Among other companies, 28% have already stepped onto the ‘digital rails’ of development and observed impact on their business. Also, 10% of companies believe that the work they have already carried out in this area allows them to consider themselves ‘leaders of digital transformation.’

Although with 86% of Russian companies the digital component is responsible for less than 20% of their aggregated income, this indicator is rapidly growing. 9% of Russian businesses today collect from 20% to 39% of total turnover from the digital sector of their business. Growth rate in this segment exceeds by far traditional forms of commercial operation, according to the data of DT-Global Business Consulting.


The general macroeconomic situation in Russia today would appear quite favorable, and all businesses in the country are involved in the digital transformation processes in one way or another, stated Daniel Thorniley, President of DT-Global Business Consulting. 75% of them would undergo digitalization for internal reasons (optimization of expenses, management, etcetera) and for the purpose of improving customer experience.

“4% of top managers told us that digital initiatives have already proven themselves completely,” said Mr. Thorniley. “59% of managers are not yet satisfied with digitalization projects, while others are more or less satisfied. This situation is typical around the world. Russia repeats all worldwide trends in this aspect.”

One of the key drivers of economy digitalization is the ecommerce segment, according to Thorniley. Total sales volume through this channel in Russia has reached 29 billion euros today (estimate of DT-Global Business Consulting) with a 39 billion Euro forecast for 2019. Same indicator in the United States would exceed the Russian one thirteenfold and in China fifteenfold.

“On the global scope, including Russia, business digitalization follows one of three major scenarios,” added Mr. Thorniley. “First scenario: the company strives to keep its traditional operation unchanged and develops digital projects independently. Second scenario: mutual penetration of traditional and digital components. This is quite a difficult way company-wise but about 40%-50% of businesses today practice that approach: digital elements are gradually integrated into traditional departments of the business. Finally, the third scenario requires creation of new business models that have not existed before introduction of digital technologies, for the company to develop on their basis.”

Data Centers Russia

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“Data centers as one of the key elements in digital transformation, play a central role in these processes,” added Mr. Koop. “Their functionality enables a gradual transfer from outdated IT infrastructure to most state-of-the-art configurations and architectures and, consequently, better business results.”

Heiko Koop, CEO of Linxdatacenter, emphasizes that digitalization today is in the phase 2.0. The first stage was implementation of digital components by nearly all organizations, and the current stage assumes upgrade of digital systems to conform to requirements of the future. This upgrade includes compliance with all legal requirements and top level of fault-tolerance and data protection.

“All these tasks today are best solved by clouds: these technologies determine potential of a company’s digital growth today,” said Mr. Koop. “In many regards, modern digital projects are not merely tools for the company’s profit increase, but a way to maintain existing level of business efficiency. All business processes become digital and are implemented around three major tasks: efficient data storage, data exchange and data analysis in due order to provide results required by the business. Clouds help to carry out migration of business processes from legacy systems to state-of-the-art platforms and digital tools easily and effectively.”

Heiko Koop believes this to be one of the key tasks for Russia today, due to delayed start of digitalization processes in the economy. Success here can be guaranteed by proper audit of IT resources, existing challenges and available personnel, by preparation of a well thought-out plan of cloud migration and its high quality implementation to increase fault tolerance and data safety.

Data centers as one of the key elements in digital transformation, play a central role in these processes,” added Mr. Koop. “Their functionality enables a gradual transfer from outdated IT infrastructure to most state-of-the-art configurations and architectures and, consequently, better business results.”

Government Role

The research of DT-Global Business Consulting evaluates the state of digital infrastructure in the Russian Federation as favorable overall. 72% of respondents confirm this point of view, with 52% pointing out legal impediments.

On the whole, it is expected that in the near future digitalization in Russia will be focused on adaptation of micro-services, container technologies and development of cloud platforms and solutions.

Robert Farish, Vice President of the analytical company IDC in Russia and the CIS countries, has commented on the results of DT-Global Business Consulting’s research and stresses that the state will be playing a significant role in the digitalization processes across the country: this trend is observed in the development strategies of large companies with the state’s share interest, from banking to mining and power-supplying industries.

DT-Global Business Consulting conducted the research in February-March 2019 among the top managers of Russian and international businesses operating in the Russian Federation.

A complete version of DT-Global Business Consulting’s study is available on the website:

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CoolIT Systems Showcases Newest Data Center Liquid Cooling Solutions at #ISC2019

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CoolIT Systems (CoolIT), a global provider of OEM Server liquid cooling solutions, is exhibiting this week at the annual ISC High Performance (ISC19) event in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 17-19. At ISC High Performance 2019, CoolIT showcases its latest Rack DLC solutions for HPC, Cloud and AI data centers and servers.

During ISC 2019, CoolIT will showcase liquid-enabled servers from Intel, Dell EMC, Cray, Gigabyte and HPE at booth G-741. The CoolIT OEM solutions being shown at this year’s event include:

  • Intel Server System S9200WK
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 Server
  • HPE Apollo 70 System
  • Gigabyte H261-Z61 Server
  • Cray Shasta Compute Blade

Also on display at ISC 2019 is an all-in-one micro data center from STULZ with CoolIT’s Rack DLC solution. STULZ Micro Data Center combines CoolIT’s Rack DLC with STULZ’s air cooling products to create a single enclosed solution for managing high-density compute requirements. This 100% contained solution features integrated critical power, rack security and ‘Direct Liquid Cooling’ connections.

CoolIT’s Rack DLC platform is a modular, rack-based, advanced cooling solution that would allow for significant increases in rack densities, component performance, and power efficiencies. The technology can be deployed with any server and in any rack making it a flexible solution.

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Coolant Distribution Units

Returning to ISC19 is CoolIT’s largest and highest capacity ‘Coolant Distribution Unit,’ Rack DLC CHx750. This row-based, liquid-to-liquid CDU manages a network of IT cabinets and can support a 750kW heat load with ASHRAE W4 warm water cooling.
Additionally, CoolIT’s liquid-to-liquid CDU showcase will include the 4U Rack DLC CHx80 that provides 80-100kW cooling capacity with N+1 redundancy to manage the most challenging, high density HPC racks.

Exhibitor Forum Presentation: Booth N-210 

CoolIT will present on ‘Preparing for Liquid Cooling,’ which will outline the considerations that data centers must give to a new liquid cooling solution in their facility. This presentation will take place at booth N-210 from 12:00pm to 12:20pm on Tuesday June 18, 2019.

The ISC High Performance event this week is bringing together research, academic and commercial disciplines to share knowledge in the field of high-performance computing. With their first event dating back over 30 years, ISC High Performance has created a community of people spanning the globe. Over that period, they have welcomed attendees from over 80 countries.

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Cloud Provider Tencent and Spectra7 Plan to Accelerate Analog Active Copper Cable Adoption

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Hyperscaler Tencent together with analog semiconductor company Spectra7 Microsystems have launched the CRX (Copper Reach Extension) Consortium – to accelerate the adoption of active copper cable products using technology from Spectra7. The CRX Consortium aims to address the rising cost and power of optical interconnects and the decreasing reach of passive copper as data rates throughout the data center increase.

“Tencent has worked together with Spectra7 to create the CRX Consortium to accelerate the adoption of analog active copper cable technology,” said Dr. Min Sun, Senior Network Architect, Tencent. “We chose this analog active copper cable approach over competing technologies because of its low power, low cost and fast link-training. Going forward we plan to use only passive and active copper cables for our server connections.

Additional founding members will include a complementary mix of partners spanning the entire supply chain for data centers. The complete list of founding members is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. The initial CRX specification release is planned for Fall 2019. CRX consortium members plan to begin mass deployment of cables complying with the CRX specification later this year.

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25G Ethernet Connections

As one of China’s largest cloud companies, Tencent continues its rapid expansion of data centers around the world with a keen interest in improving efficiency. The formation of the CRX Consortium is intended to further enhancing efficiency in Tencent’s interconnected data center environments globally.

Initial focus of the CRX Consortium will be on 25G Ethernet connections between servers and switches. The consortium is developing a specification for these cables that is expected to be released in Q4 2019. Subsequent specifications will be developed for 50G, 100G, 400G and 800G Ethernet as well as other evolving protocols. The specifications will cover both NRZ signaling as well as PAM4 signaling.

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Asperitas Showcases Three HPC Liquid Cooling Partnerships at #ISC2019

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Immersed computing solution provider Asperitas from the Netherlands is partnering with data center providers in various countries in Europe to provide liquid cooled high density compute solutions for high performance computing (HPC) use cases. During ISC 2019 this week in Frankfurt, Germany, Asperitas will showcase three of those partnerships including coolDC (UK), Bytesnet (NL) and Cloudnautic (DE).

For HPC use cases Asperitas is offering fully integrated high-density compute solutions for CPU and GPU workloads – designed, optimized and certified for ‘Immersion Computing.’ During ISC 2018, the first solutions developed by Asperitas in partnership with Boston were presented. The partnerships with the HPC data center providers on this year’s show would be a logical next step towards offering fully turnkey and managed HPC solutions and services, according to Asperitas.

Each provider is operating data center facilities that are ready for operation and in some cases specifically designed for the liquid cooled ‘Immersed Computing’ solutions and concepts from Asperitas.

Asperitas’ partner showcases during ISC 2019 include:

Bytesnet (NL) – this is a data center provider with two locations in the Netherlands offering a liquid cooled facility in the city of Groningen which is energy efficient, capable of housing high density compute and there is the opportunity to connect to several heat reuse possibilities locally with district heating developments in the area. Bytesnet is offering HPC as a service to public and private organizations with their consortium partners including Asperitas.

Cloudnautic (DE) – this is a data center provider to be launched in the second half of 2019 in Germany. Fully focused on HPC and specifically on Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications, the modular facility design is based on Immersed Computing and will be supplied with wind-generated renewable power from a local wind farm. Energy storage services will provide backup power and with heat reuse possibilities nearby Cloudnautic is aiming to achieve one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in Germany. For HPC users from the German industry their facility could offer an alternative to the Nordics.

coolDC (UK) – this is a newly established data center provider located in the Lincoln Science and Technology Park with a design fully based on liquid cooling and with an ‘Immersed Computing’ system deployed already for one of their customers. coolDC recently won several awards for their energy efficiency and sustainability achievements including a European Code of Conduct award.


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