DCN August 2017 - Page 40

Projects & Agreements Microsoft to Deliver Microsoft Cloud from Data centres in Africa to Enable Greater Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth Microsoft has revealed plans to deliver the complete, intelligent Microsoft Cloud for the first time from data centres located in Africa. This new investment is a major milestone in recognition of the enormous opportunity for digital transformation in Africa. Expanding on existing investments, Microsoft will deliver cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365, from data centres located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa with initial availability anticipated in 2018. The new cloud regions will offer enterprise-grade reliability and performance combined with data residency to help enable the tremendous opportunity for economic growth, and increase access to cloud and internet services for organisations and people across the African continent. Currently many companies in Africa rely on cloud services delivered from outside of the continent. The combination of Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure with the new regions in Africa will connect businesses with opportunity across the globe, help accelerate new investments, and improve access to cloud and internet services for people and organisations from Cairo to Cape Town. This announcement expands on ongoing investments in Africa, where organisations are using currently available cloud and mobile services as a platform for innovation in health care, agriculture, education, and entrepreneurship. For further information visit: www.microsoft.com 40 | August 2017 Aegis Data, vScaler and GCX unveil three- pronged partnership to provide complete HPC proposition Aegis Data has announced a strategic alignment with cloud infrastructure and services provider vScaler to host its cloud environment within its data centre. The partnership is further supported by Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM), which will enable direct access to vScaler’s cloud services platform via GCX’s Cloud X Fusion, delivering next-generation application- specific cloud services to consumers and enterprises over the GCX Global Network. As part of this strategic partnership, Aegis will provide vScaler with the necessary power and infrastructure requirements that will allow both organisations to capture the increasing demand for scalable HPC-on- demand services from enterprises in the region. Industry findings have projected that the HPC market is expected to grow up to USD 36.62 billion by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.45 per cent. vScaler’s proposition supports this demand via a dedicated, application-specific HPC cloud platform, one that allows users to provision full HPC- on-demand clusters, Big Data analytics and accelerated GPU compute. This will now be enhanced through the relationship with Aegis Data. For further information: www.aegisdata.net Aruba announces the largest data centre campus in Italy Aruba has announced the pre-opening of one of the largest data centre campuses in Italy, in Ponte San Pietro (Bergamo). The Global Cloud Data Centre was designed to meet the colocation and IT infrastructure management needs of companies to represent one of the largest Cloud hubs. The services available are aimed at large companies, public administration, IT operators and SMEs, authorities, systems integrators, telecoms companies and any businesses keen to work with the Italian market and expand their customer base. The Global Cloud Data Centre is connected to the main national and international carriers and boasts its own dark fibre infrastructure offering a dual path to the Caldera Business Park in Milan, with virtually unlimited transmission capacity. A stand-out aspect of the campus is its unique specifications, offering maximum energy efficiency. Aruba already uses energy that comes exclusively from certified renewable sources for its data centres. In the new area, energy will be supplied via multiple connections to external utilities, a hydroelectric plant and a photovoltaic system, both belonging to Aruba. As well as this, an incredibly efficient geothermal cooling system guarantees optimum results with much lower energy consumption. In addition, all the systems have been designed and built to meet and exceed the highest levels of resilience set out by ANSI/TIA 942-A Rating 4 (formerly Tier 4). For further information visit: www.aruba.it