May 26, 2021

Amazon Web Services to open data centres in the UAE

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is to open an infrastructure region of new data centres in the United Arab Emirates, the company’s second in the Middle East.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced today that it plans to open a new infrastructure region of new data centres in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to the organisation, it will consist of three Availability Zones and is the company’s second region in the Middle East with an existing one located in Bahrain. 

The organisation claims that the additional data centres will give customers more choice and flexibility in leveraging advanced technologies. AWS currently has 80 Availability Zones located across 25 geographical regions, with plans to launch 18 more in Australia, India, Indonesia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates, along with a further six AWS regions. 

Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure at AWS, Peter DeSantis, expressed his enthusiasm for the project. He said: “We are excited to build on the great momentum of cloud adoption in the Middle East by providing more choice for customers in the UAE to run applications and store data locally. The new AWS Region supports the UAE’s focus on promoting technology innovation that has made it a thriving global hub for entrepreneurs, e-governments, and multi-national businesses. 

“With the new region, organizations of all sizes will be able to innovate faster and serve end-users with even lower latency across the region”, concluded DeSantis. 

What are AWS Availability Zones and what do they mean for customers? 

Each AWS region is comprised of Availability Zones. According to Amazon, these place infrastructure in “separate and distinct geographic locations”, ensuring enough space in between to reduce the risk of an event impacting customers’ business continuity, while still maintaining enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that leverage them. 

With features such as independent power, cooling, physical security, the Availability Zones are connected through redundant, ultra-low-latency networks and allow customers to design their applications to run inside them, resulting in greater fault tolerance. 

Welcoming the new data centre infrastructure, His Excellency Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), said, “We welcome the upcoming AWS Region, which will bring advanced cloud infrastructure to the UAE. This comes in line with our goal of attracting investments that boost technology capabilities. It is another example of the growing partnership between the public and private sectors in the emirate aimed to accelerate breakthroughs and advance large-scale digital transformation, strengthening Abu Dhabi’s position as a global hub for innovation. 

“We look forward to collaborating with AWS across the knowledge economy, including education initiatives, cloud skills training, and startup enablement programs”, he said. The new AWS data centre infrastructure is due to open in the UAE in the first half of 2022.

 

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Jun 20, 2021

Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report

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Schneider Electric has released the Digital Economy and Climate Impact report revealing new innovations for sustainability and resiliency in data centres

Schneider Electric has released a new IT innovations report titled “Digital Economy and Climate Impact”, with the aim of gaining an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future. The company says that the report predicts that IT sector-related electricity demand is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2030. 

Despite this, the report also shows that emissions would not increase by more than 26% by the same year, following the decarbonisation of the electricity system. In an attempt to reduce this rise in emissions the Schneider Electric TM Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels. 

The report highlights how the rise of edge computing technologies require a “specific focus” due to these systems being less efficient than hyperscale data centres. “When the world locked down, it also logged on and internet traffic soared,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. 

“It’s misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions. The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years. That said, as an industry, we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward”, he added. 

As well as the release of the report, Schneider Electric also announced several updates to its EcoStruxure IT data center infrastructure management software, Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS), introducing an industry-leading single-phase UPS, the APC™ Smart-UPS™ Ultra. All introductions are designed to advance the industry forward in meeting sustainability goals while increasing the resiliency of IT and data centre infrastructure, the company said. 

Managing hybrid data center and edge IT environments

Also showcased in Schneider Electric’s report are the increasing demands on digital consumption. According to the company, these create a more complex hybrid environment inclusive of enterprise, cloud, and edge data centres. Addressing the unique management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software to increase efficiency and resiliency, including:

  • Increased remote management capabilities: New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL and APC Smart-UPS Ultra single-phase UPS units – from one centralised platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert. This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.
  • Improved environmental monitoring: Environmental monitoring systems ensure users have eyes and ears on data centre and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime. With this update, users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras 750 and 755 quickly and efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.
  • Enhanced remote capacity modeling and planning: With EcoStruxure IT Advisor’s new capabilities, users can remotely compare an unlimited number of racks and easily identify available capacity, view what assets are deployed and their dependencies.

Sharma concluded: “Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape. By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies”.

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