Bulk certifies first OCP Ready data centres
Bulk Infrastructure, a leading Nordic provider of ultra-scalable, highly connected, sustainable data centers, has announced it has achieved an OCP Ready certification for its data centres in Norway in Denmark. The certification, administered by the Open Compute Project Foundation, aims to demonstrate the same highly efficient design standards embraced by tech giants including Facebook and Google to support the most advanced open infrastructure deployments, Bulk claims.
According to OCP, the certification process uses a self-assessment reviewed by the foundation to “well-defined criteria. The assessment aims to evaluate several facility design aspects including access, white space, electrical, cooling, cabling, and service. Bulk’s certification covers all three of its data centre facilities: the Oslo Internet Exchange (OS-IX), Norway Data Center Campus (N01), and Denmark Data Center Campus (DK01).
Rob Elder, Vice President of Data Centers for Bulk Infrastructure, said: “Enterprises, cloud, and hyperscale tenants are looking more toward open hardware designs to support higher density workloads to meet demanding cloud migration, AI, research, and other high-performance needs. This designation reinforces our commitment to state-of-the-art facilities powered by 100% renewable energy”.
The Oslo Internet Exchange (OS-IX), Norway Data Centre Campus (N01), and Denmark Data Centre Campus (DK01)
Of the three facilities, the Oslo Internet Exchange (OS-IX), is Norway’s best-connected data centre, according to Bulk, and is powered by 100% renewable energy. Bulk describes DK01, or the Denmark Data Centre Campus, as an ultra-scalable, flexible, and efficient Danish data centre. Each facility has “unique capabilities” with all three meeting the design standards set by the OCP Foundation.
“Bulk understands the role of OCP solutions in pushing the performance envelope through open hardware designs and configurations,” says Steve Helvie, Vice President of Channel Development for the OCP Foundation.
“We are thrilled to have Bulk as part of the OCP Community and fully support their mission in the race to bring sustainable infrastructure to a global audience”, he added.
Bulk is the first organisation to certify data centres as OCP Ready in both Norway and Denmark which, it says, demonstrates the market-leading facility design and service options available in the Nordics. With both clean energy and competitive, stable energy prices, the region is rapidly becoming a destination market for data-centric industries and applications, Bulk said.
Microsoft hyperscale plans prompt Lab3 New Zealand launch
Lab3, an Australian cloud migration specialist, has announced it is launching in New Zealand after being prompted by a surge in demand for cloud services and Microsoft’s investment into hyperscale data centres.
The company, which was founded in 2017, has appointed David Boyes as Chief Executive Officer and Rich Anderson as Chief Operating Officer. According to Companies Office records, Boyes and Anderson each have a 10% share in Lab3’s New Zealand business. Commenting on cloud migration, Boyes said: “Across New Zealand, in government and every industry sector, organisations are looking to migrate to the cloud to modernise their technology environments.” He added that the Coronavirus pandemic was fuelling a “ need to tap into the power of data, facilitate remote work and meet public expectations of a virtual world.”
Chris Cook, Group CEO of Lab3 said the business was "first and foremost about client success" which drives the company’s product innovation and motivation to expand into New Zealand. “We look forward to working closely with Microsoft to deliver more for New Zealand clients,” he said.
Microsoft’s New Zealand hyperscale data centre investment plan
Microsoft’s investment into a hyperscale data centre region in New Zealand meant the resulting facilities will aim to provide several organisations with access to the security and scalability of a public cloud without sending data offshore.
Vanessa Sorenson, Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand, said: “We’ve seen a tremendous acceleration in cloud migration over the past year as organisations have responded to global disruption and conversely, recognised the global opportunities a digital operation brings.
“Our research with IDC shows public cloud technologies are set to create 102,000 local jobs and add [NZ]$30 billion to the New Zealand economy over the next four years, so we’re delighted to welcome a partner of LAB3’s calibre to New Zealand, to help more organisations realise those gains even faster," she added.
Lab3’s clients include several fintech organisations, a global software vendor, Australian federal and state government agencies, and insurance and banking corporations. The company employs over 200 staff and has three advanced specialisations across migrations, Azure virtual desktop, and security.