Extreme Networks purchases Broadcom datacenter

Extreme Networks, a network solution company based in Jan José, California, is about to acquire Brocade’s datacenter for $55 mln (with additional bonuses for the following 5 years), as written in an official statement.
The acquisition will happen as soon as the Singaporean Broadcom will complete the $5,9 bld of Brocade. Brocade is a San José-based company that produces routers, switches and software solutions for datacenters, and owns Vyatta, the network devices OS at the basis of the one used by Ubiquity.

In the past months Extreme Networks purchased the LAN wireless market from Zebra Technology and is about to purchase the networking business of Avaya.

The addition of Brocade's data center networking business significantly strengthens our position in the expanding high-end data center market and reinforces our strategy of delivering software-driven networking solutions focused on enterprise customers," said Ed Meyercord, President and CEO of Extreme Networks. "As Extreme is the only pure-play end-to-end, wired and wireless enterprise IP networking company in the world, we believe Brocade's data center customers will benefit from our dedication to delivering high-quality, software-driven, secure networking solutions and the industry's highest rated customer support. Today's announcement, coupled with our recent announcements regarding our position as the stalking horse bidder of Avaya's networking business and the successful completion of the integration of Zebra's wireless LAN business, along with Extreme's organic investments in R&D, will result in a state-of-the-art, newly-refreshed portfolio of enterprise solutions for our customers."

Ford plans a $200 mln datacenter to face Car Data boom

According to Ford, the future of the automobile will see a tighter integration of mechanical parts and software part with the generation of a large amount of information, called Car Data.
As a consequence, Ford is planning a $200 mln datacenter (another one will follow) in Flat Rock, Michigan, the state historically bounded to automobiles.

A year ago Ford Smart Mobility was founded with the aim of growing Ford’s leadership in electric and driverless cars connectivity, construction and support fields. Data management was taken into account as well: predictions are about 200 Petabyte of data by 2021 instead of actual 12 Petabytes, therefore a storage, elaboration and data integration infrastructure must be planned ahead, and this resulted in the soon-to-be-built datacenter.

Amazon plans its ninth datacenter in Oregon

As reported by the local newspaper East Oregonian, Amazon is about to build a datacenter in Westland, Oregon, the ninth of the state.

The 120-acre datacenter is part of the plan that started in 2011 with Vadata (an Amazon subsidiary) with the goal of expanding along the Columbia river and offering backup and disaster recovery services in case of a site’s failure; instead of building a single big datacenter, they decided to make multiple ones with reduced dimensions to reduce redundancy and risk aversion.
AWS US West Region users will soon notice an improvement in the backup & DR system.

Equinix opens its third datacenter in Sao Paolo and plans new investments

Equinix announces the opening of SP3, its third datacenter in Sao Paolo and the fifth in Brazil, in addition to two in Rio de Janeiro.

SP3 will host 725 cabinets at first and up to 2.775 cabinets in the future, with a total consume of 13.3 MW; PUE coefficient (Power Usage Effectiveness) is lower than 1.35.
It will satisfy the needs of almost 1.000 companies, including 270 Cloud and IT companies and more than 70 TLC operators. A direct access to submarine communication cables will be available as well, including Seabras-1 that connects Brazil and the US.

At the same time, new investments are announced: the building of 4 other new datacenters (Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Silicon Valley and Washington D.C.), expansion of 14 existent structures (Amsterdam, Dallas, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Toronto and Zurich), purchase of terrains in Ashburn, Virginia and the acquisition of 2 datacenters in London and Zurich.

Amazon announces a new AWS Region in Sweden

Amazon announces a new AWS Region in Stockholm, Sweden, that will be available by 2018. It will serve clients located in the Scandinavian region: Denmark, Island, Norway, Finland and Sweden.

It will be the fifth AWS Region in Europe after the ones already present in Ireland, Great Britain and Germany and the soon-to-be-available in France. There will the 13 Availability Zones that will allow Euro clients to architect fault tolerant applications while maintaining data within the EU.