Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in digital infrastructure for January 13, 2020:
- Equinix Completes $175 Million USD Acquisition of Three Data Centers in Mexico: Equinix has announced the completion of its acquisition of three data centers from Axtel S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: AXTELCPO) that serve the Mexico City and Monterrey metro areas of Mexico. The US$175 million all-cash transaction brings Equinix’s industry-leading data center and interconnection services to two new metros, as businesses increasingly seek to move their IT operations and latency-sensitive data to the digital edge, closer to where content is created and consumed. This expansion, when combined with previous Equinix acquisitions of key regional traffic hubs in Dallas (Infomart) and Miami (NAP of the Americas), will further strengthen Equinix’s global platform by increasing interconnection between North, Central and South America. It will support the important role Equinix plays in helping companies evolve from traditional businesses to digital businesses by globally interconnecting the people, locations, cloud services and data that are critical to their operations.
- Rahi Systems Launches Cloud Strategy Headed by New CTO Matt Robinson: Rahi Systems has launched its cloud strategy and the addition of Matt Robinson as CTO for cloud and infrastructure. Robinson will lead the development of Rahi’s cloud services, which will leverage Rahi’s proven ability to deliver cost-effective and efficient data center infrastructure. Cloud practices, professional services, and managed services will complement Rahi’s industry-leading expertise in data center infrastructure. Robinson has been in the technology industry for the past 27 years, most recently as head of partner engineering at Google Cloud. He has previously held leadership roles at NetApp, Silicon Graphics and Alacritech across a variety of functions, including engineering, marketing, product management, professional services and customer support.
- Supermicro Announces Approval to Relist on NASDAQ and Provides Business Update: Super Micro Computer has announced that The Nasdaq Stock Market has approved its application for relisting of the Company’s common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market. It is expected that the Company’s common stock will begin trading at the opening of trading on or about January 14, 2020 under the ticker symbol “SMCI”. The Company now expects revenues for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended December 31, 2019 to be in a range of $850 million to $880 million, compared to its previously announced guidance range of $810 million to $870 million. The Company will provide additional commentary when it reports earnings in early February.
- Nokia Highlights Momentum with 63 Commercial 5G Deals: Nokia has reached 63 commercial 5G contracts worldwide, positioning it as a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end 5G solutions. The figure includes customers such as AT&T, KDDI, Korea Telecom, LG Uplus, NTT DOCOMO, O2, SK Telecom, SoftBank, Sprint, STC, T-Mobile US, Verizon, Vodafone Italy and Zain Saudi from key 5G early adopter and progressive markets. The 63 signed commercial contracts exclude any other type of 5G agreements, such as paid network trials, pilots or demonstrations. If such agreements were to be included, the total number of 5G agreements would reach over 100. Nokia is also a vendor of choice for almost all of the leading early adopter 5G markets. This includes AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US and Verizon in the US; Korea Telecom, LG Uplus and SK Telecom in South Korea; NTT DOCOMO, KDDI and SoftBank in Japan; Vodafone in Italy; O2 in the UK, Optus and Vodafone Hutchison in Australia; Elisa and Telia in Finland and du in the UAE and STC and Zain in Saudi Arabia.
- BlackBerry Collaborating with AWS to Demonstrate Safe, Secure, and Intelligent Connected Vehicle Software Platform for In-Vehicle Applications: BlackBerry Limited has teamed up with AWS to demonstrate a connected vehicle software platform for in-vehicle applications that combines the safety and security of BlackBerry’s QNX real-time operating system with AWS’ Internet of Things (IoT) Services in the cloud and in the car. The platform enables automotive manufacturers to securely access data from vehicle sensors, and create software applications and machine-learning models for connected, electric, and autonomous vehicles. With the AWS-powered BlackBerry platform, automotive OEMs can expedite their vision of continuously and quickly bringing innovative connected vehicle services to market, ranging from cockpit personalization, vehicle acoustic conditioning, vehicle health monitoring, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features. Car companies can also leverage this platform for their new software-centric electric car and autonomous platforms, enabling essential functions such as continuous EV battery life monitoring and prediction, and managing vehicle sub-systems to holistically control warranty costs, providing important security updates and seamless updates of vehicle software features to delight their customers, and drive monetization of vehicle data while exercising control over data access.
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