Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for December 2, 2019:
- Prince William County Approves Another Data Center: The Prince William County Planning Commission has recommended approval for a data center to be built over 12 acres of commercial space in Gainesville, VA. “The company is requesting to rezone 152.7 acres from agricultural to planned business district. The project includes an 8-acre electric substation,” writes Inside NoVa.“The proposed location is south of U.S. Route 29 and north of I-66 between Pageland Lane and the intersection of Heathcote Boulevard and the I-66 exit 43B off-ramp. The property is near Manassas National Battlefield Park and Conway Robinson State Forest and next to a planned commuter lot. The applicant agreed to donate $25,000 and a field to the National Battlefield Park. An earlier version of the company’s proposal included residential units, but that was cut from the project. The applicant has agreed to contribute $2.8 Million USD to the county for water quality and fire and rescue services. It has also offered to preserve 27.75 acres of trees.”
- AT&T Integrating 5G with Microsoft Cloud to Enable Next-Generation Solutions on the Edge: Microsoft and AT&T are ramping up innovation in the early days of their strategic alliance announced in July. One area of focus is aimed at enabling new 5G, Cloud and Edge computing solutions to drive enterprise capabilities for companies around the world. The companies are opening select preview availability for Network Edge Compute (NEC) technology, which weaves Microsoft Azure cloud services into AT&T network edge locations closer to customers. This means AT&T’s software-defined and virtualized 5G core – what the company calls the Network Cloud – is now capable of delivering Azure services. NEC will initially be available for a limited set of select customers in Dallas. Next year, Los Angeles and Atlanta are targeted for select customer availability. AT&T recently activated an industry-first 400-gigabit connection between Dallas and Atlanta to support video, gaming and other 5G needs. AT&T serves parts of 21 cities with its 5G network using millimeter wave spectrum (5G+) and plans to offer nationwide 5G in the first half of 2020.
- Amazon Has Designed Powerful Data Center Processing Chip: Reuters is first reporting that Amazon.com’ is pouring money into custom silicon, as illustrated by its cloud computing unit designing a second, more powerful generation of data center processor chip. “The new Amazon Web Services chip uses technology from Softbank Group Corp-owned Arm Holdings,” reads the article. “One of the sources familiar with the matter said it will be at least 20% faster than Amazon’s first Arm-based chip, named Graviton, which was released last year as a low-cost option for easier computing tasks. If Amazon Web Services’ chip efforts are successful, it could lessen the unit’s reliance on Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc for server chips. An Amazon spokesman declined to comment on future products or services. Arm declined to comment.”
- Nubeva Releases State-of-the-Art Tools for Open Source Monitoring Tools in Clouds: Nubeva Technologies, a SaaS software developer providing network decryption and visibility for enterprise cloud computing environments, has released new cloud formation templates that enable open source monitoring and analytics tools to see fully decrypted packet traffic in public and private clouds when paired with Nubeva TLS Decrypt. Nubeva’s industry award-winning SSL / TLS decryption solution and packet capture utilities now provide security and DevOps teams with the foundation needed to monitor and inspect packet traffic around critical applications in clouds. The free-to-use Nubeva Cloud Tool templates are innovative, infrastructure-as-code solutions that launch a cloud-ready, scalable, resilient and AWS Well-Architected environment that includes the commonly used open source network monitoring solutions Moloch, Suricata, Zeek, Wireshark and ntop.
- Guillaume Boutin appointed as CEO of the Proximus Group: The Proximus Board of Directors has appointed Guillaume Boutin as the new CEO of the Proximus Group for a period of six years. Boutin acquired professional experience as a strategy consultant at the beginning of his career, surfed on the internet wave with the creation of a start-up and then joined SFR, where he held various positions including those of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. In 2015, he joined the Canal+ Group as Chief Marketing Officer. In these different functions, Guillaume has always demonstrated his ability to respond to new market situations. In August 2017, Guillaume joined Proximus as Chief Consumer Market Officer. With digital at the heart of its action, he has improved the commercial performance of the Proximus and Scarlet brands and has been at the origin of many innovations, including the launch of a new brand positioning around “Think Possible”, the creation of the Pickx platform and Proximus’ positioning as a major player in Belgiums’ gaming scene.
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