APAC, hyperscale, edge, partnerships, executive shuffles

  • July 13, 2020
  • Source: Philbert Shih

The past week was a bit on the lighter side after public holidays in Canada and the US. But there were still a number of notable developments. The data centre market in APAC saw activity around Hong Kong, while there were interesting developments in edge.

There was activity in various pockets of APAC. In Hong Kong, Digital Realty is set to bring online a second data centre, while iTech Towers acquired land that it can build and expand into. Meanwhile, in India, the Carlyle Group acquired a stake in Nxtra Data, which is the data centre arm of Bharti Airtel. Hyperscale cloud continues to be a primary driver across the region and Oracle Cloud launched a second India-based cloud region in Hyderabad.

The edge continues to build out amid a challenging pandemic environment. Digital Realty and Vapor IO established a partnership late last year and have continued to push that forward with integrations and customer proof-of-concepts in three US markets. The technology and deployment models supporting distributed edge architectures continue to be built and in recent weeks, we saw EdgeMicro ramp up its use of the BitBox edge data centre management platform, while AWS rolled out Snowcone.

We continue to collect data points and insights around the debate between colocation versus cloud, while the pandemic environment continues to push usage across major platforms and networks like those run by Microsoft.

Finally, there was some shuffling in executive circles. CyrusOne has a new CEO and Flexential hired a former Equinix executive to be COO of the colocation business.