Intelligent Data Centres Issue 33 | Page 9

EdgeConneX deploys 100Gbps AWS Direct Connect offering in Portland

NEWS dgeConneX , a pioneer in global hyperlocal to hyperscale data centre solutions , has announced the

E deployment of Amazon Web Services ( AWS ) Direct Connect 100Gbps capability at the company ’ s Portland Edge data centre campus .

An AWS Partner Network ( APN ) member since 2016 , the EdgeConneX 100Gbps AWS Direct Connect service expands connection options from 1Gbps and 10Gbps to now include 100Gbps , enabling high availability and lower latency access to the largest , most data-intensive applications , such as Augmented Reality ( AR ), Virtual Reality ( VR ), Machine Learning ( ML ), Blockchain and the Internet of Things ( IoT ).
Access to 100Gbps ports to AWS Direct Connect in the Portland Edge data centre improves performance , cost and security , while simultaneously enabling the most data-heavy workloads and functions to be implemented and managed most efficiently .
“ As emerging data-heavy applications and technologies transition from the lab to the marketplace , access to those applications via traditional lower bandwidth port speeds simply isn ’ t good enough ,” said Anton Radlein , General Manager , AWS Direct Connect , AWS .
“ Deploying AWS Direct Connect at 100Gbps at the EdgeConneX facility in Portland is essential to helping customers build data-heavy applications with increased flexibility , scalability and reliability . We ’ re excited to see the value it brings to our mutual customers .”

Partnership explores development of sustainable ocean data centres

ig Data Exchange ( BDx ), a Pan-Asian data centre cluster , the National University of Singapore ’ s Faculty of


Engineering ( NUS Engineering ) and Sembcorp Marine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU ) to explore the feasibility of developing groundbreaking sustainable ocean data centres .
This strategic alliance also seeks to address the growing climate and sustainability challenges facing the data centre industry and environment .
Under this MoU , each party will contribute a unique element to advance the development of sustainable ocean data centres :
• BDx will provide the data centre arrangement as well as the technical proposal and operational strategy ;
• NUS Engineering will supply its cooling technology along with metrics for meeting relevant energy efficiency targets ; and
• Sembcorp Marine will contribute an offshore platform solution
“ Advancing the sustainability goals of our customers and uncovering new innovative ways to bring sustainability to the data centre industry is becoming increasingly important for BDx ,” said Braham Singh , CEO , BDx . “ We have an ongoing commitment to this and we ’ re proud to work with NUS Engineering and Sembcorp Marine to begin the important work of creating a more sustainable future for our industry .”
As a leading global university , NUS is committed to developing solutions that promote environmental sustainability across different areas , including developing innovations for green data centre operations .
Lee Poh Seng , Associate Professor , NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering and Executive Director of the Energy Studies Institute at NUS , said : “ We look forward to working with BDx and Sembcorp Marine to bring about tangible benefits for both the digital economy and the environment .” www . intelligentdatacentres . com