Thursday Roundup: Ciena, Farice, Scala, Cologix, DriveNets

May 25th, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

A subsea deployment, two data center buildouts, and some Ethernet for AI:

Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme technology will be getting a workout under the North Atlantic. Farice is using Ciena’s submarine network solution to power its newly launched IRIS cable system, which connects southwestern Iceland with Galway on the west coast of Ireland. The 1700km cable has six fiber pairs capable of 22Tbps each at 500Gbps line rates, for a total capacity of 132Tbps. IRIS is Farice’s third cable connecting Iceland, joining the older FARICE-1 and DANICE cables.

Scala Data Centers has officially launched a new data center buildout down in Brazil. The SGRUTB05 facility is located in the Tamboré Campus, in Barueri city near São Paulo. It will have 400 racks and 9MW of power across 5 floors and 6,700 sqm. It’s their third single-tenant site on the Tamboré Campus, where they have some 90MW of hired capacity under construction and 170MW of booked capacity.

Cologix is building another giant data center up in Québec. Yesterday they began construction on a 205,000, 21 MW facility in Technopark Montréal. That’s in the borough of Saint-Laurent in the north central part of the island the city is built on. MTL8 will be built by Crevier Mancini Leeswood Construction and is expected to be ready sometime next summer. Cologix’s full greater Montreal footprint will be 11 facilities.

And DriveNets has thrown a new hat into the AI networking realm They have introduced a new Network Cloud AI solution that claims dramatically improved utilization levels for the Ethernet connectivity used by AI workloads. They are leveraging OCP’s DCC architecture, and have been able to claim a 30% improvement over other Ethernet solutions and as much as a 10% reduction in cost for an entire AI cluster. It’s a good time for it with all the AI hype out there in popular culture.

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Categories: Artificial Intelligence · Datacenter · Ethernet · Telecom Equipment · Undersea cables

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