Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for November 18, 2019:

  • Amazon to Challenge Loss of Pentagon Cloud Deal: Bloomberg is reporting that Inc. will file a lawsuit that will challenge the Defense Department’s decision to award Microsoft a cloud computing contract over Amazon. The “JEDI” contract valued at as much as $10 Billion USD over the next decade. “The e-commerce giant plans to lodge its complaint against the contract in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Seattle-based Amazon confirmed. The company’s challenge was earlier reported by the Federal Times,” writes Bloomberg. “A representative for the Defense Department said the agency wouldn’t speculate on potential litigation. Oracle Corp. is also mounting a legal challenge to the cloud contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI. The project is designed to consolidate the Defense Department’s cloud computing infrastructure and modernize its technology systems. Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener said in a statement that the procurement was tainted by bias and evaluation deficiencies.”
  • NUVIA Raises $53 Million USD to Reimagine Silicon Design for the Data Center: NUVIA Inc., a leading-edge silicon design company, has announced the close of its Series A funding round raising $53 Million USD. The funding round was co-led by prominent Silicon Valley investors Capricorn Investment Group, Dell Technologies Capital, Mayfield and WRVI Capital, with additional participation from Nepenthe. NUVIA was founded in early 2019 with the goal of reimagining silicon design to deliver industry-leading performance and energy efficiency for the data center. The company was founded by John Bruno, Manu Gulati and Gerard Williams III, who have collectively driven system engineering and silicon design for more than 20 chips, with more than 100 patents granted to date. NUVIA’s founders bring a rich silicon design heritage, having held a diverse array of engineering leadership roles at Google, Apple, ARM, Broadcom and AMD.

  • EDJX Launches Public Beta of Serverless Edge Computing Platform for IoT: EDJX, a distributed edge computing platform, today launched the public beta of its EDJX Serverless Edge, allowing industry-first access to a secure platform for IoT, M2M, and Mobile edge apps.  EDJX developed the software platform coupled with its EDJX Nanoserver Infrastructure to enable developers to write, test and deploy their own computing to the near-edge, and to meet the demand for data processing that will serve billions of IoT and industrial IoT devices. EDJX Serverless Edge allows customers to build serverless IoT applications at the near-edge, at ultra-low latencies to IoT devices and connected things, through the EDJX cloud and their own edge infrastructures. Users can now sign up to get free trial access during the public alpha to write and deploy serverless functions. Customers can manage an unlimited number of edge computing nodes and deploy an unlimited number of applications and serverless functions.
  • Zayo Wins Corporate Partner Service Award: Zayo Group Holdings was presented with the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder Leeds School of Business Corporate Partner Service Award at the Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 8. The CU Corporate Partner Service Award recognizes sustained commitment, support and exceptional service to the Leeds School of Business, the University of Colorado Boulder and the community. Zayo received the award for their ongoing role in supporting the school by teaching classes, mentoring students, participating on panels, hosting case competitions and hackathons. More notably, Zayo has forged a partnership with Leeds to develop a strong, multi-disciplinary curriculum, drive collaboration and advance entrepreneurship.

  • Unstoppable Domains Launches $1 Million Grant Program for Wallets, Browsers and Exchanges: Unstoppable Domains, a software company building domains on blockchains, today announced an additional $1,000,000 to help wallets, browsers and decentralized applications integrate blockchain domains. Blockchain domains improve user experiences in wallets by replacing cryptocurrency addresses with a human, readable name. The same domain can be used to simplify cryptocurrency payments and to build an uncensorable website. Users can now use their blockchain domain for payments in wallets such as Coinomi and Trust Wallet. The goal of the $1,000,000 grant program is to accelerate blockchain domain adoption across all types of applications, including browsers and decentralized applications. Unstoppable Domains created both the .zil and .crypto domain registries, and has sold more than 150,000 domains.

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