Top Players providing Secure access service edge (SASE)

Today’s organizations require immediate, uninterrupted access to network and cloud-based resources and data, including business-critical applications, no matter where their users are located. The challenge is that many of the problems resulting from digital innovation efforts, such as dynamically changing network configurations and the rapid expansion of the attack surface, mean that traditional security solutions no longer provide the level of speed, performance, security, and access control that organizations and users require. Therefore, the SASE concept is a logical evolution of needs and tech trends that have been converging in IT and security for years now.

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is an emerging enterprise strategy that combines network and security functions with WAN capabilities to support the dynamic, secure access needs of today’s organizations. Conceptually, SASE converges SD-WAN and network security services—including next-generation firewall (NGFW), secure web gateway (SWG), Zero-trust network access (ZTNA), and cloud access security brokers (CASB)—into a single service model.

Leading market players with SASE Service are:

  • Cisco
  • VMware
  • Symantec
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • McAfee
  • Zscaler
  • Cloudflare
  • Fortinet
  • Netskope
  • Akamai
  • Cato Networks
  • Proofpoint
  • Versa
  • Forcepoint

Source: https://www.fortinet.com/resources


Digital Service Providers Forecast to Increase Private Connectivity 5x Between 2019 and 2023

The overall interconnection bandwidth, the measure of private connectivity for the transfer of data between organizations, will achieve a 45% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2023. 

The latest Global Interconnection Index (GXI), an annual market study published by Equinix, shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has already had a dramatic effect on how businesses are planning their digital infrastructure initiatives over the next three years. According to the report, digital service providers, within industries like telecommunications, cloud & IT services, content & digital media and technology providers, are forecast to increase private connectivity bandwidth 5x by 2023, driven by greater demands from enterprises to close digital gaps at the edge.

“As interconnected services, cloud providers, distributed cloud, edge services and SaaS offerings continue to proliferate, the rationale to stay only in a traditional data center topology will have limited advantages. This is not an overnight shift, but an evolutionary change in thinking how we deliver services to our customers and to the business. This trend, coupled with the new reality that outside factors might limit physical access to the data center (such as emergency quarantine), is driving new thinking in infrastructure planning,” wrote David Cappuccio, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner and Henrique Cecci, Senior Director Analyst, Gartner.

The report also forecasts that overall interconnection bandwidth, the measure of private connectivity for the transfer of data between organizations, will achieve a 45% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2023. The expected growth is driven by digital transformation, and specifically by greater demands from enterprises extending their digital infrastructure from centralized locations to distributed edge locations. This comes as businesses scale and support real-time interactions by strategically interconnecting workflows closer to and across people, things, locations, cloud and data.

Regional Insights:
The GXI provides insight into how growth in interconnection bandwidth is expected to accelerate in different regions of the world between 2019 and 2023:

  • Global interconnection bandwidth is forecast to grow by 45% CAGR. By 2023, global installed interconnection bandwidth is expected to reach 16,300+ Tbps.
  • North America is expected to grow at a 43% CAGR, with service providers leading the growth, showing over a 4x increase in interconnection bandwidth. The top metros for private connectivity growth in the region are forecasted to be Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., Chicago and New York.
  • Europe is forecast to grow at a 45% CAGR, where telecommunications and cloud & IT providers are to contribute to 55% of the total interconnection bandwidth growth, outpacing other industries in the region. Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and London are predicted to be the top metros for interconnection bandwidth growth.
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at a 47% CAGR. Cloud & IT Services are to lead the growth in this region, reaching an anticipated 1,374 Tbps by 2023, which is 29% more than the next largest region, North America, in this sector. The GXI Vol.4 anticipates healthcare & life sciences and government & education to see an acceleration in interconnection bandwidth adoption as both industries prioritize digital initiatives such as telehealth and AI. The leading metros for private connectivity within the region are expected to be Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
  • Latin America is predicted to grow at a 50% CAGR. Content and digital media is expected to grow at a 5-year CAGR of 62% between 2019 and 2023, making it the highest growth rate of any sector in any region. Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are expected to be the top metros in this region for interconnection bandwidth growth.

From|Source: https://www.equinix.com/newsroom/press-releases/pr/124027/Annual-Market-Study-Reveals-Pace-at-Which-COVID-Is-Accelerating-Digital-Transformation/


Vantage Data Centers to Acquire Next Generation Data (NGD), Owner of Europe’s Largest Data Center Campus

Vantage Data Centers, a leading global provider of hyperscale data center campuses, made an announcement of signing a definitive agreement with InfraVia Capital Partners, along with the two founders of the business, to acquire Next Generation Data (NGD).
Upon closing, Wales will mark Vantage’s sixth strategic market in Europe following its entrance into five markets (Berlin, Frankfurt, Milan, Warsaw and Zurich) announced in February 2020, including the acquisition of Etix Everywhere.

This acquisition will provide Vantage customers with access to Europe’s largest data center campus totaling 180MW, including an existing 72MW facility and 108MW of expansion capacity. The NGD campus is in the Cardiff Capital Region in South Wales, which includes the Welsh capital, and is the region’s economic hub.
More information: https://vantage-dc.com/vantage-data-centers-signs-definitive-agreement-to-acquire-next-generation-data-ngd-owner-of-europes-largest-data-center-campus/

Source: Vantage Data Center, News & Press


Why Google Cloud and AT&T May Merge their Telco Edges

Google Cloud recently announced a new collaboration with AT&T on “technologies and capabilities using AT&T network connectivity at the edge, including 5G.” There weren’t many specifics in the announcement, which said the two companies would be jointly developing “use cases” for applications yet to be developed that may one day utilize edge computing resources.

AT&T and Google are working together on several “5G/edge solutions,” Google Cloud director, Sinha mentioned. “In one of these solutions, the ‘edge’ refers to AT&T’s 5G network edge. As a part of the solution, we have Google hardware deployed inside AT&T’s network edge and running AI/ML models and other software needed to deliver the 5G/edge solution.”

For more Information, https://www.datacenterknowledge.com/edge-computing/why-google-cloud-and-att-may-merge-their-telco-edges

Source Data Center Knowledge, Informa Tech.


Digital Realty Closes Its Acquisition Of InterXion

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), headquartered in San Francisco, CA has completed its combination with InterXion, creating one of the global leading providers of cloud and carrier neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions.

This combination of Digital Realty with InterXion has leveraged them to be the second largest data center providers in Europe after Equinix. The company revealed on 13 March 2020, that it has tendered approximately 92.3% of the total shares of InterXion.

Source | https://investor.digitalrealty.com/news-and-events/news/press-release-details/2020/Digital-Realty-Completes-Combination-with-InterXion/default.aspx?_ga=2.156473851.1391472353.1584165145-1369894038.1584165145


Ampere unveiled Industry’s First 80-Core Server Processor

Ampere Computing is a privately owned company, headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a manufacturer of processors and designs development platforms for cloud computing data centers.

Ampere states it has unveiled the industry’s first 80-core server processor called as Ampere Altra, the first cloud native CPU for modern cloud and edge computing data centers. The processor is typically designed to efficiently carry out the workloads in the cloud. It offers up to 80 cores at up to 3.0 GHz speed with sustained turbo performance. With leading power/core, and multi-socket support, Ampere Altra provides the scalability to maximize the number of servers per rack, unparalleled in the industry. It provides industry leading power efficiency/core, while packing 80 cores in a single socket and 160 cores in a dual socket, establishing new levels of power efficiency with scalability.

The Ampere Altra delivers 80 cores upto 210 W, having industry leading performance for applications as edge computing, web hosting, data analytics, AI, and various such cloud native applications. However, Ampere reveals its product, Ampere Altra to be the industry’s first 80-core server CPU, but their are industry’s leading companies, name to few – Google, Dell, AMD, and Intel which have products with 80 and 80 plus cores CPU.

Source | https://amperecomputing.com/ampere-altra-industrys-first-80-core-server-processor-unveiled/ | https://amperecomputing.com/altra/


Best VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting providers of 2020

Hostinger, Bluehost, InMotion Hosting, Hostwinds and Liquid Web are in the list of the best VPS providers among others.

Standard shared web hosting packages are cheap and user-friendly, but they’re also slow, inflexible, and don’t have the power or functionality that professional and business users often need.

If you need more than a basic host but can’t afford a dedicated server or don’t want to deal with the complexity of these beasts, VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting could be a smart choice.

From TechRadar | https://www.techradar.com/news/best-vps-hosting


HPE launches extensive 5G-deployment suite

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has today announced its new suite of as-a-service software to assist in the deployment of 5G networks.

The offerings are designed to help telecommunications (telcos)companies rapidly deploy 5G services and put them on the path to revenue growth within the emerging market.

HPE’s platform-as-a-service strategy leverages a cloud-native software stack for 5G core, optimised telco core and edge infrastructure blueprints, and Wi-Fi 6 enabled services. 

The full HPE 5G Core Stack will be available globally in the second half of 2020 through HPE GreenLake as-a-service.

HPE’s telco optimized edge and core blueprints, and the telco edge optimized platform HPE Edgeline EL8000 are available today, directly or through HPE GreenLake.

Source DataCenterNews | https://datacentrenews.eu/story/hpe-launches-extensive-5g-deployment-suite


Data center switch revenue growth anemic in Q4: Coronavirus will create more headwinds

Look for the market softness in the data center switch market to continue in the first half of this year, according to Dell’Oro Group. (Pixbay)

According to a recent report by Dell’Oro Group, the worldwide data center switch market grew by a measly 1% year over year in Q4, which marked the slowest growth rate in six years. While data center switch revenue was down in North America and Europe, China’s revenues grew by double digits year over year in the fourth quarter.

The decline in the switch market growth was partially due to some of the hyperconverged service providers, namely Facebook, easing back on their capex last year. Arista Networks in particular saw a dip in its revenues last year as cloud customers reduced their capex by extending the use of their network assets, which delayed the purchase of new equipment.

Dell’Oro Group expects the switch market softness to continue in the first half of this year, which includes the potential impact from the coronavirus on both demand and supply. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/data-center-switch-revenue-growth-anemic-q4-coronavirus-will-create-more-headwinds-report

Source FierceTelecom


Google Cloud is forging new alliances with telecommunication providers, most notably AT&T.

The hyperscale cloud provider is striking alliances with telecoms that will be ‘lighting up thousands’ of edge locations, Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian says.

Google, AT&T Partner On 5G enablement as part of a far-reaching strategy to enable the delivery of 5G networking and edge computing services to enterprises.

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian said that Google aims to work with those telecom partners to tailor some of its cutting-edge technologies, and jointly develop new solutions, that help those companies digitally transform and better serve their customers.

Source CRN | https://www.crn.com/news/cloud/google-at-t-partner-on-5g-enablement


Private Equity Firms Are Taking Over The Data Center Market

Private equity firms are taking over data center market observing a trend of highest mergers and acquisitions took place in 2019 than that in past five years.

According to Synergy Research Group, private equity accounted for a massive 80 percent of all data center acquisitions that closed in 2019, driving data center M&A to new heights.

From 2015 to 2019, the two largest investors that standout from the pack are Digital Realty and Equinix, the world’s two leading colocation providers. In aggregate, they account for 31 percent of total deal value over the period. https://www.crn.com/news/data-center/private-equity-firms-are-taking-over-the-data-center-market

Source CRN


The Top Devoted Hosting Providers

BlueHost, HostWinds, 1&1 IONOS, A2 Hosting, and Liquid Web Hosting are among most dedicated server hosting providers.

Dedicated servers are those where CPU, bandwidth, RAM and running time is without sharing and having no interruptions which makes your website responsive all time.

With dedicated hosting you can optimize your servers as per to your needs and are flexible enough with the services where you can play with all the settings, install updates, and also can add or remove software. These dedicated hosting contract are often associated with quick responses, support and services from the contractors ends.

From TechRadar, for more information | https://www.techradar.com/news/best-dedicated-server-hosting-providers


Edge datacenters the next big thing in India: CTO and MD, NAM, Datacenter Dynamics

While Edge data centers will be providing an array of services independently, a more centralized data center can be backing them up with cloud services and analytics.

From The Economic Times | https://cio.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/data-center/edge-datacenters-the-next-big-thing-in-india-cto-and-md-nam-datacenter-dynamics/72177595


Amazon invests Rs 2,500 crore in marketplace and data centre units

Amazon has made fresh investments of a little over Rs 2,500 crore into its e-commerce marketplace and data centre businesses in India, documents filed with the Registrar of Companies showed.

From The Economic Times | https://cio.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/data-center/amazon-invests-rs-2500-crore-in-marketplace-and-data-centre-units/74040591


Equinix’s $335M Packet Acquisition Is Closed. Here’s What’s Next

The colocation giant’s platform-building endeavor enters a whole new phase.

Equinix has closed its acquisition of Packet and disclosed how much it paid for the startup: $335 million.

The plan is to add Packet’s on-demand server provisioning capability to Equinix’s platform, so that its customers can launch dedicated servers inside Equinix data centers much like they do virtual machines in a public cloud like AWS or Azure.

From DataCenter Knowledge: https://www.datacenterknowledge.com/equinix/equinix-s-335m-packet-acquisition-closed-here-s-what-s-next


Data Center Cooling Technology, Efficiency, Market and Growth

Data Centers are the most prominent storage facilities where the organizations important and day to day data is stored. Data centers consume the most power and generates tremendous heat getting exceptionally hot. Sophisticated data center cooling technology should be adopted as overheating of equipment in data center facilitate higher cost. One should opt for a perfect solution for cooling their data centers considering factors like size of the data center, equipment and associated facilities in data center.

The sole purpose of data center cooling is to maintain a suitable environment with effective operations of information technology equipment. There are various technologies that help in efficient cooling of data centers, namely Air Cooling, Cold Aisle and Hot Aisle Design, Raised Floor Cooling Techniques, Calibrated Vectored Cooling (CVC), Chilled Water System, Computer Room Air Conditioner (CRAC), Computer Room Air Handler (CRAH), Critical Cooling Load, Direct-to-Chip Cooling, Evaporate Cooling, Free Cooling, Immersion / Submerged Cooling, and Liquid Cooling.

Data center cooling solutions are witnessing an increasing demand due to the various benefits for effective heat removal provided by these solutions. Additionally, data center cooling solutions are becoming more environment-friendly and energy-efficient, requiring less operational costs. Organizations are rapidly adopting these advanced cooling systems to overcome the shortcomings associated with traditional cooling systems for data centers, which has resulted in the increased adoption of these solutions across major industry verticals.

Thus, there is no doubt that data center cooling technology will be gaining more traction in following years, and also advancing with superior technology as data centers are the hearts / integral part of an organization. The global data center cooling market is witnessing a rapid growth and will account for USD 24 billion by coming five years. Data center immersion / submerged cooling technology is taking pace and will observe the highest growth rate among all data canter cooling technologies.