Jun 9, 2021

AWS invests US$3bn in new data centres in Spain

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is investing US$3bn into new data centres in Spain as it fights off competition from other cloud providers.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it will invest US$3bn in new data centres located in Spain as it faces tough competition from other cloud providers. The company plans to spend the investment over a period of 10 years with the capital being used for the construction of the centres, equipment imports, capital expenditure, and operating costs, including the salaries of 1,300 employees. 

The northern Aragon region of data centres was first announced by the company in 2019, with the expectation that the new infrastructure would be operational by the second half of 2022, or early 2023. However, AWS is now planning for a mid-2022 launch date. 

Obtaining renewable energy from the Zaragoza solar plant

Amazon Web Services claims that the region will launch with three availability zones with their own independent power, cooling and security capabilities. AWS receives its renewable energy from a solar plant in Zaragoza in the region of Aragon. The energy project provides the company with 50 megawatts of capacity and Amazon says that projects such a this “will supply renewable energy to its data centres” in the future. 

The e-commerce giant also has an AWS Edge Location in Spain’s capital city, Madrid. Here, data is cached to reduce latency for users in the country looking for access to an AWS region. 

As the current cloud services market leader, AWS hopes to continue its dominance, as it also announced the construction of three other data centres in the United Arab Emirates, due in the first half of next year. 

AWS’ cloud provider competition 

Being at the top of the cloud service and provider market means that Amazon Web Services is continuously fending off its rivals. These include Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. Together, the three companies make up the top cloud service providers. 

AWS has data centres in 25 geographical locations. Aside from Spain and the UAE, it is also planning to launch data centres in four additional regions in Switzerland, Indonesia, India, and Australia.  

Amazon hopes that this expansion plan will be able to keep them at the top of the cloud provider market.


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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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