Australia’s MetroNode acquired by Equinx in $792mn deal

Australia’s MetroNode hosting company has been acquired by Equinix for $792mn. 100 % held by the Canadian Ontario Teachers Pension Plan currently, MetroNode was previously part of the NextGen Group. When the ownership of NextGen changed in 2016, OTPP retained MetroNode (NextGen became part of Vocus Communications) OTPP has now agreed to sell MetroNode to…

Lenovo buys control of Fujitsu’s PC business

Lenovo and Fujitsu have announced the creation of a joint-venture company. Lenovo is effectively buying a 51% controlling stake in Fujitsu’s FCCL (Fujitsu Client Computing Ltd). Fujitsu is selling an additional 5% to Development Bank of Japan (DBJ). Fujitsu gains about 28bn¥, providing them with cash for the rest of the business. Lenovo pays 25.5bn¥,…

Quintillion completes Alaskan subsea cable

Quintillion has announced it has completed the first phase of its cable between Japan and the UK. The finished segment runs from Prudhoe Bay to Nome, as well as the overland segment from Prudhoe to Fairbanks, following the Dalton Highway (of Ice Road Truckers fame). These Alaskan sections bring coastal communities onto terrestrial internet links.…

Product Announcement: Cisco ISR 1000 router

Cisco have launched a new entry point ISR router. This is the Cisco ISR 1000 series, intended as the new entry point for SME connection into the corporate network. It supports lower density remote locations accessing through either an MPLS link or a VPN using the Internet. This isn’t designed to support NFV, but it…

Ethereum to reach Visa-like volumes in two years

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of the Ethereum platform had an interview with Naval Ravikant, CEO of AngelList during TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF17 conference. Despite Techcrunch taking some quotes out of context, both on Twitter and its website, it is a good interview with lots of insights from Vitalik. For the record: I said ethereum (+plasma et al)…

Sputtered tape capacity boosts from IBM and Sony

The most cost and energy-efficient way of storing data is still tape. Offline data storage is still a major requirement for many organisations. For the fifth time since 2006, IBM has achieved an increase in areal density, with tape developed by Sony. The team from IBM Research team in Zurich, Switzerland and Sony team in Japan…

Digital Realty to acquire DuPont Fabros Technology

In the continuing merger of data centre companies, the next round is upon us. Digital Realty (DLR) and DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT) will become one, the acquisition creating a $7.6 billion enterprise. DFT shareholders will gain 0.545 DLR shares for each DFT share held. A press-release from DLR (Digital Realty To Merge With DuPont Fabros) This…