Wednesday Roundup: Infinera, Seaborn, STT GDC, OQC, DoD

July 7th, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

Some new subsea upgrade work, a new hyperscale facility, a new XaaS acronym to remember, and a renewed chance for the cloud players to win big at the Pentagon.

Infinera’s ICE6 will be getting a subsea workout between the Americas. Seaborn Networks is deploying the vendor’s 800G coherent technology across its infrastructure, enabling 400GbE$ services between North and South America. Seaborn operates both Seabras-1 and a slice of AMX-1, and the upgrade will enhance their overall spectrum delivery.

STT GDC has another data center in its core market of Singapore. Yesterday the data center operator launched its latest facility, STT Loyang, bringing another 40MW and 290,000 square feet online. The new six-story infrastructure targets the hyperscalers of course, and boasts a PUE under 1.3.

The UK enterprise market apparently has a new quantum option. Oxford Quantum Circuits says it has launched a Quantum computing as-a-service offering, offering outside access to the country’s only quantum computer. Cambridge Quantum, in which Honeywell recently bought a controlling stake, will be the first to give the system a whirl. It’s not so much for production usage as it is for trying out quantum computing’s current capabilities.

And that major cloud US DoD computing contract Microsoft won a couple years ago, called JEDI, is now back up for grabs. Amazon has long complained that the original $10B deal was awarded on a political basis rather than on the merits of the deal. Now not only will Amazon get another shot, but apparently Google, Oracle, and IBM will give it a go as well. Lots has happened in the two years since the original project was envisioned, and the newly formulated Joint Warfare Cloud Capability, or JWCC, deal or deals will be awarded next spring.

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Categories: Cloud Computing · Datacenter · Federal contracts · Quantum

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