Singapore-based ST Telemedia plans to develop a greenfield data centre campus in Noida. It would develop IT capacity of 18 MW at an estimated investment of ₹600 cr in the first phase, and 36 MW IT capacity with an investment of ₹ 500 cr in the second phase. The campus is expected to create 30-40 direct and 550 indirect employment avenues. The total investment would be around ₹1,100 cr with 80 direct and 1,000 indirect and induced employment avenues.
Intel said that it would ramp up the production of a new data centre chip in the Q1 and a new generation of chipmaking tech would become a key part of its output this year. “Ice Lake” server chips made on the 10-nanometer process would start ramping up production this quarter with the introduction of 50 new processor designs for PCs, 30 of those using the new 10-nanometer tech. It would also work on a lidar sensor, a laser-based device for vehicles to obtain a 3D view of the road.
CltS, hyperscale datacenter provider, was awarded the prestigious Golden Peacock Award for Eco-Innovation to became the World’s first datacenter to be awarded in the category. The jury selected CtrlS Datacenters, after having evaluated 234 firms on innovation, environment, health and safety, energy conservation, and impact on climate change. Instituted in 1991 by the Institute of Directors, India, the award is globally regarded as a Corporate Excellence benchmark.
Zoom together with Singapore’s Economic Development Board has opened its first-ever Southeast Asian data centre in Singapore, where the app’s usage was briefly halted following the report of hackers breaching some of the sessions. The popular VC app faced scrutiny over data sharing practices with China and this move may be considered as an attempt to gain trust from its customers. The company plans to hire an unspecified number of engineers and salespersons.
TikTok is planning to set up its first European data centre in Ireland. It has promised to create employment, improve users’ data security and reduce loading time for European users. This investment of $500M “signals our long-term commitment to Ireland”, said the firm. ByteDance’s TikTok has been accused of threatening national security in the US and India. Hence, this move comes as an effort to prove its innocence regarding its data sharing/storing practices.
Dunzo disclosed a data breach in its database that stored its users’ phone numbers and email addresses. Weak security of a third-party server, that Dunzo works with, enabled the hackers to bypass into its database causing the breach. Dunzo didn’t reveal the number of affected users and the third party’s name. Also, no payment info was breached. They updated passwords, closed vulnerable ports, bolstered infra security to avoid further such accidents.
1) Relying on passwords gives users a false sense of security. Elimination of passwords and relying on identity can get greater security. 2) Organisations see cloud security as data centre security. However, only streamlining people, processes and systems, can avoid security issues. 3) Phishing emails are not obvious these days. Built-in security protocols from email providers could tie up loose ends. 4) People should not assume that why would a hacker target them.
Microsoft will create its first datacentre region in Italy by investing $1.5 bn in the next few years. The tech giant, under a five-year plan, will empower SMEs by providing access to cloud services, launching digital skilling, smart-working and AI programmes. The company will also help in the digital transformation of state-owned postal operator Poste Italiane. Based in Milan, the new datacentre region will join Microsoft’s other 60 global regions.