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CyrusOne Continues to Expand With Amazon Web Services Direct Connect Service

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CyrusOne, a premier global data center REIT, announced today availability of Amazon Web Service (AWS) Direct Connect at its Houston West data center campus and through CyrusOne’s National IX platform. AWS Direct Connect allows customers to access AWS services through a private and secure network that reduces costs and delivers a more reliable network experience.

“We are very excited to provide our customers at the Houston West data center private and high-performance cloud connectivity with the expansion of the AWS Direct Connect service,” said Josh Snowhorn, vice president and general manager of interconnection, CyrusOne. “We strive to empower our customers to enhance their cloud-based applications. As they work to deploy hybrid IT solutions, this offering is critical in providing direct, private access from their IT infrastructure to cloud services.”
 

Cloud Computing: GAO to Agencies - Get a Data Center Plan!

Grazed from NextGov. Author: Frank Konkel.

If data center consolidation across the federal government was a classroom group project, a few bright students would be doing all the work. According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, four agencies—the departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security and Treasury—have accounted for $2 billion of the government’s $2.3 billion in consolidation savings since 2012.

Another four agencies—Defense and Treasury (again), and the Interior and Agriculture departments—have closed 84 percent of the 4,388 shuttered data centers so far. These agencies get high marks, according to GAO data, while most of the rest of the CFO Act agency class essentially get an "incomplete" grade because they aren’t meeting or haven’t bothered to complete strategic plans mandated by the Data Center Optimization Initiative...

Read more from the source @ http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2017/05/gao-agencies-get-data-center-plan/138012/?oref=ng-HPriver

Cloud Computing: Closer to the Edge Data Center

Grazed from DataCenterJournal. Author: Dr. Thomas Wellinger.

Away from urban areas, high-bandwidth applications (mobile computing, HD video, cloud...) can suffer. Data centers on the ‘edge’ of the internet, away from traditional hubs, can help. Large volumes of popular content and applications (like Netflix series) are cached on servers closer to less densely networked ‘tier-two’ markets. There are a few things to consider, when specifying and building an edge data center.

First, there are space constraints. Cabling from servers often directly connects to a fibre platform in a central network cabinet. The fibres have to accommodate twisting and cable moves, adds and changes. Data has to move through cables at awkward angles without quality loss. Network cabinets need lots of space for switches...

ManageEngine Announces Data Centers in Amsterdam and Dublin

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ManageEngine, the real time IT management company, today announced the opening of its two new ISO 27001-certified data centers in the EU - one in Amsterdam, Netherlands and another in Dublin, Ireland. This announcement is a part of its efforts to help IT teams move operations seamlessly to the cloud while adhering to the data privacy and security standards of the EU.

With cloud adoption in Europe on a trend of high growth, software vendors are taking steps to protect customer data. To remove security concerns associated with the cloud, the new ManageEngine data centers are certified Service Organization Controls (SOC) Type II and reinforce the company's efforts to facilitate cloud adoption by IT teams in the EU.

"Our European customers are subject to some of the world's strictest data privacy regulations, which apply to both on-premises and cloud applications," said Rajesh Ganesan, director of product management at ManageEngine. "Our on-premises apps have maintained the highest degree of data privacy and regulatory compliance for years. With our new EU data centers, we've set the same standard for our cloud apps and eliminated the privacy barrier to adopting our cloud-based IT management solutions."

US Army turns to IBM to build, manage private cloud data center

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Stephanie Condon.

IBM officially announced Wednesday that it's signed a deal to build, manage and operate a private cloud data center for the US Army, within the Army's Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama. The deal marks the first time the Army has turned to a private company to run a large-scale data center on its behalf within a military installation.

The on-premise private cloud initiative is part of a one-year task order. Under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract, awarded to seven companies in 2011, the contract with IBM could be extended by as much as four additional years. Should it last the full five years, the contract will be worth approximately $62 million, IBM said...

Rackspace Opens First Data Centre In Continental Europe With New German Facility

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Rackspace has expanded its investment in continental Europe by announcing that it will open a new data centre in Germany. Rackspace's decision to expand its operations in the region provides customers with a new option for managed IT infrastructure in the face of strict personal data protection laws across Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) territory.

The facility is designed to serve customers who seek managed private clouds and hosting environments, with a focus on fully managed VMware environments.

Huawei Jointly Completes the Launch of A Cloud-ready Data Center with UAE's Largest Offshore Oil Producer

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Huawei and the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), a major producer of oil and gas from the offshore areas of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, today jointly announced that ADMA-OPCO's Cloud Ready Data Center is now fully operational at the Huawei Global Energy Summit 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Cloud Ready Data Center is expected to help ADMA-OPCO address the needs of long-distance transmission and processing of a massive volume of data during offshore oil exploration and production. The Cloud Ready Data Center will also enhance the security of critical business data and applications for ADMA-OPCO...

Shift towards cloud computing driving security in data centers

Grazed from DatacenterNews. Author: Shannon Williams.

Increased threats to stored information due to the rising number of cyber attacks is just one of many factors driving the data center security market, according to new figures from Grand View Research, which says the global market is expected to reach USD 15.49 billion by 2024. The report says data centers need to be safeguarded against attacks and manipulation at both physical and logical level, subsequently creating a need for a cumulative deployment of security infrastructure.

The increasing awareness about the need for security, growing demand from the data center users for an integrated infrastructure, increasing adoption of cloud computing and virtualisation, and threat to the stored information due to the rising number of cyber-attacks are expected to propel industry over the forecast period...

European Data Centres: Hybrid Support Spanning Traditional and Cloud Services Will Be Crucial

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

The gradual movement of data centres from on-premise services toward hosted services such as colocation, managed hosting and cloud is an important shift in enterprise IT infrastructure, compelling data centre service providers to expand their portfolios to support hybrid environments. With enterprise IT infrastructure currently being a combination of traditional and cloud services, providers need to tailor their solutions to offer management and technical aid for a complex setup.

European Data Centre Services Market, is the new analysis that is part of the IT Services & Applications Growth Partnership Service program, which also includes subjects such as enterprise infrastructure transformation, physical to virtual back-up software, managed security services, mobile device management, software-defined networking and cloud computing...

Read more from the source @ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/european-data-centres-hybrid-support-spanning-traditional-and-cloud-services-will-be-crucial-300326770.html

Mad Rush For Data Centers Signals Coming-of-Age For Cloud Computing

Grazed from CXOToday. Author: Muqbil Ahmar.

On June 28, Internet services major Amazon launched its first set of data centers in India, saying that it is spending ‘tens of millions of dollars’ to set up data centers in the country. “The data center will help accelerate growth,” said Shane Owenby, managing director-APAC, AWS in an interview. In India, Microsoft by now has three data centers, IBM has two, whereas many others such as Japan’s NTT also have big data center operations in the country. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group too is reportedly planning to announce its India entry with a data center.

India is not unique to this as these days the Asia-pacific region has become a favourite destination for setting up of data centers. According to APAC Reach, a marketing and research company focused on assisting expansion throughout the Asia Pacific region, has reported a marked increase in European clients interested in data center investments in the area following the UK Brexit referendum...