Deloitte Acquires Day1
Audit, consulting, tax and advisory services firm Deloitte has purchased cloud consulting firm Day1 Solutions Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The company says it’s also adding 3,000 U.S.-based engineers to its ranks as part of its cloud effort expansion. Most of those new positions will be based in new cloud studios to be opened in Orlando, New York and Washington, D.C., over the next year. Synergy Research Group says the cloud business was worth $148 billion last year and is growing 25 percent annually.
Juniper Emphasizes Its Openness
Juniper Networks has introduced Open Cloud Interconnect, which brings under one umbrella the company’s coherent optical technology with open and programmable routing, switching, security, and virtualization. That includes existing products, some of which are newly enhanced. For example, Juniper Networks recently unveiled a coherent DWDM line card for the BTI7800. The UFM6 line card offers muxponder/transponder functionality and combines 10 configurable 10GE/100GE client ports with two coherent DWDM ports of up to 2000Gbps each. Coherent DWDM line cards for the QFX10000, to be available starting in the second quarter, offer 1.2 terabits per second of optical capacity. They provide six ports of up to 200Gbps each. And they let you combine DCI-optimized Ethernet VPN, VXLAN, and MacSec security with low-power coherent DWDM. The company also has announced improved network visibility and control through open APIs, and YANG-based integration of proNX Service Manager and Juniper Networks NorthStar Controller.
Vendor revenue from sales of Ethernet switches, servers, and storage for cloud IT grew to $8.4 billion in the third quarter of 2016, according to International Data Corp. That includes both public and private cloud. And it represents year over year growth of 8.1 percent. Revenue from private cloud grew 8.2 percent to $3.3 billion; public cloud grew 8 percent to $5.1 billion.
China Sees Hyperscale Data Center Influx
The U.S. remains the world leader in cloud and internet data centers, but China is gaining on us. Indeed, a recent Data Center Dynamics article says China accounts for 8 percent of the world’s hyperscale data centers, with recent openings of such facilities there by such industry giants as Alibaba, Amazon, and Google. That makes sense, given that 710 million people were online in China as of June 2016 – making this the largest plugged-in population in the world. However, while hyperscale data center growth continues in China, getting approval for and building new facilities is often more difficult here than in some other parts of the world. That’s due to the heavily regulated environment, and nebulous rules, in place in China. For example, as the DCD coverage notes, the Chinese government won’t allow a foreign company to have a majority stake of a data center in the country. So some companies are doing it via partner relationships. For example, IBM (News - Alert) builds data centers in China for Chinese companies, and it otherwise works through its a long-standing partnership with Tencent. Meanwhile, Microsoft partners with Chinese company Baidu.
Commvault, Huawei Partner
Huawei and Commvault are collaborating on a Hybrid Cloud Backup Solution, which the companies unveiled at CeBIT (News - Alert) 2017. It enables enterprises to efficiently and securely back up the core data of private data centers to a Huawei public cloud platform using Commvault software. Deutsche Telekom is among the first to work with the partners related to this new initiative.
Cavium NICs Premium Certified
Semiconductor company Cavium Inc.’s FastLinQ QL45000 Series of 10/25GbE Ethernet NICs are now certified for Microsoft Windows Server Software Defined Datacenter Premium. "Software Defined Networking, Storage Spaces Direct and Microsoft Azure Stack are core to Microsoft's strategy to deliver a software-defined hybrid cloud infrastructure," said Ravi Rao, group manager of data center and cloud networking for Windows Server at Microsoft.
Cloudera Files IPO Paperwork
Cloudera Inc. is reportedly readying for an initial public offering that could yield a valuation of $4.1 billion. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, which sells software and services that businesses use for big data analytics and machine learning, has filed IPO paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to BloombergMarkets. Already Cloudera has raised about $1 billion in private funding. Investors include Intel, Google, Michael Dell’s MSD Capital LP, and T. Rowe Price Group.
Aviatrix Raises $15M in B Round
Aviatrix, a company that addresses the network part of hybrid cloud, has raised $15 million in a Series B funding round. New investor CRV led the round, in which existing investors Formation 8 and Ignition Partners also participated.
Edited by Alicia Young