CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for December 10, 2019

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for December 10, 2019:

  • Verizon and AWS Team Up to Deliver 5G Edge Cloud Computing: AWS and Verizon have announced a partnership that will bring the power of the world’s leading cloud closer to mobile and connected devices at the edge of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network. Verizon is the first technology company in the world to offer 5G network edge computing, and will use AWS’s new service, AWS Wavelength, to provide developers the ability to deploy applications that require ultra-low latency to mobile devices using 5G. The companies are currently piloting AWS Wavelength on Verizon’s edge compute platform, 5G Edge, in Chicago for a select group of customers, including award-winning, worldwide video game publisher Bethesda Softworks and the National Football League (NFL). Additional deployments are planned in other locations across the U.S. in 2020. By utilizing AWS Wavelength and Verizon 5G Edge, developers will be able to deliver a wide range of transformative, latency-sensitive use cases like machine learning inference at the edge, autonomous industrial equipment, smart cars and cities, Internet of Things (IoT), and augmented and virtual reality.
  • GSU Launches First Cloud Computing Degree in LA: Things are moving quickly in Louisiana to address the mission critical talent shortage. Louisiana Weekly is reporting that Grambling State University has hit the gas pedal on its new credential in Cloud Computing. “Following initial approval from the state last month, Grambling State University has put its efforts to create Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in cloud computing into overdrive, a key initiative undertaken by one of the highest-profile HBCU’s in the country and Louisiana’s largest producer of African-American computer-science graduates,” writes the local newspaper. “The cloud computing program is a four-year degree program. Grambling hopes to enroll its first group of students for the cloud-computing program as early as fall 2019, after the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors on Oct. 24 gave its OK for the effort. The next and final formal step would be approval from the state Board of Regents. Grambling State President Rick Gallot said in a press statement that the cloud-computing degree would fill a significant and growing need for trained employees in Louisiana. The program, if OK’ed, would be the first degree of its kind in the state. The launch of a cloud program would mark Grambling’s second unique computer-science degree program, after a cybersecurity bachelor’s of science track that was started last year.”
  • Squire Announces Testing of Bitcoin SV Node: Squire Mining has successfully completed tested the latest version 0.2.2 of the Bitcoin SV Node software using its custom cloud computing management and pooling software and a subfleet of 2,500 blockchain cloud computers. During the week-long test period, Squire successfully processed over 35 Bitcoin SV blocks. Testing was performed in collaboration with leading U.K. blockchain research and development firm, nChain Limited  as part of the ongoing development and services agreement between the two.  Testing is part of Squire’s plan to enhance Taal Orchestrator to optimize and to develop internal controls for cloud computing fleets managed by Squire’s subsidiary, Taal Technologies SECZ.  Taal Tech provides turn-key management services and oversight over enterprise-scale global blockchain cloud computing operations, totaling over 200,000 ASIC cloud computers, or approximately 3,000 petahashes of computing power.
  • NorthState to be Acquired by Segra: North State Telecommunications Corporation has announced a definitive agreement to merge with a subsidiary of MTN Infrastructure TopCo, Inc, Segra. Segra will pay $80 USD in cash per share for both Class A and Class B of NorthState’s common stock, which, inclusive of indebtedness, represents an enterprise value of approximately $240 Million USD. NorthState is a technology company focused on inspiring the Internet-driven lifestyle through high-touch experiences. Its fiber-delivered, ultrafast Internet and Internet-driven applications enable residential customers and businesses to efficiently and securely take advantage of the Internet. Through its Technology Solutions business unit, NorthState provides data center colocation, customized cloud and IT solutions, managed disaster recovery services, cybersecurity, managed security and unified communications. Segra is one of the largest independent fiber bandwidth companies in the eastern U.S. It owns and operates an advanced fiber infrastructure network of more than 23,000 miles that connects more than 9,000 on-net locations and six data centers throughout nine Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states. Segra provides Ethernet, MPLS, dark fiber, advanced data center services, IP and managed services, voice and cloud solutions, all backed by its industry-leading service and reliability. Customers include carriers, enterprises, governments, and healthcare organizations.
  • Broadcom Ships Tomahawk 4, Industry’s Highest Bandwidth Ethernet Switch Chip at 25.6 Terabits per Second: Broadcom Inc. has delivered the StrataXGS Tomahawk 4 switch series, demonstrating an unprecedented 25.6 Terabits/sec of Ethernet switching performance in a single device— double the bandwidth of any other switch silicon available in the market today. Delivered in less than two years after the previous 12.8Tbps product generation, Tomahawk 4 is implemented in 7nm technology with 512 50G PAM4 SerDes.  Tomahawk 4’s high level of integration and highly efficient architecture delivers up to 75 percent lower power and cost compared to alternative solutions. The continued trend towards disaggregated, high-density flash storage is concurrently demanding step functions in network throughput and reduced end-to-end access times. With its market-leading switching performance, high 100/200/400GbE port density, and rich feature set optimized for cloud use cases, Broadcom’s Tomahawk 4 is ideally suited to serve as the backbone for the next generation of hyperscale data center networks.

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