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Edge data center market to double in next 5 years, researchers say

The market for edge data center services and equipment will grow at a compound annual rate of 17% over the next five years, propelling the total size of the market above $18 billion by 2026, according to a report from Ireland-based analytics firm ResearchAndMarkets.com.Edge data centers, which the report defined as “small data centers located close to the edge of a network”—that is, closer to the end-user than the public cloud—are currently a $9.3 billion global market, the researchers said, which they predict will nearly double in size in the next half-decade.To read this article in full, please click here

Edge data center market to double in next 5 years, researchers say

The market for edge data center services and equipment will grow at a compound annual rate of 17% over the next five years, propelling the total size of the market above $18 billion by 2026, according to a report from Ireland-based analytics firm ResearchAndMarkets.com.Edge data centers, which the report defined as “small data centers located close to the edge of a network”—that is, closer to the end-user than the public cloud—are currently a $9.3 billion global market, the researchers said, which they predict will nearly double in size in the next half-decade.To read this article in full, please click here

The average US 5G connection is getting faster

T-Mobile is still the fastest 5G provider in the US by some distance, but all three of the major national mobile service providers recorded major increases in their average connection speed between March and June of this year, according to a report released today by Opensignal.Much of the across-the-board increase, the report said, is due to the carriers beginning to use the mid-band 5G spectrum that was auctioned off recently by the FCC. Opensignal said that areas where C-band spectrum is available have seen noticeable improvements to average connection speeds.Other areas of mid-band spectrum, however, are the reason why T-Mobile continues to boast a substantial lead over both AT&T and Verizon in Opensignal’s speed tests. T-Mobile averages 171Mbps over a 5G connection, compared to 72Mbps for Verizon and 53Mbps for AT&T, thanks in large part to its early acquisition of 2.5GHz spectrum, the researchers said.To read this article in full, please click here

Ericsson, Thales and Qualcomm testing satellite 5G services

Ericsson, in partnership with Qualcomm and Thales, announced today that it is jointly planning trials of a satellite-based 5G network, using low-earth orbit satellites to provide globally available connectivity.The idea is to provide a backup service to terrestrial 5G, offering coverage in remote areas where 5G may not be deployed for some time. The companies said in a joint statement that they expect national governments to be among the primary users of such a service, for national security and public safety networks. Read more: 5G: Time to get real about its useTo read this article in full, please click here

World’s first Wi-Fi 7 router hits the market

Chinese networking equipment vendor H3C has released what it says is the first Wi-Fi 7 router on the market, well in advance of the standard becoming final, which isn't expected to happen before 2024.The H3C Magic BE18000, announced in June, uses the same 802.11be wireless protocols that are being designed for use as Wi-Fi 7. H3C said that the BE18000 can operate in the 6GHz band and offers a peak throughput of 18,443Mbps, using the newly widened 320MHz channels designed for use with Wi-Fi 7. The router is designed around the latest chipset from Qualcomm, the first designed for Wi-Fi 7, which was released in May.To read this article in full, please click here

HPE adds to GreenLake on-prem cloud features

HPE has upgraded its GreenLake on-premises cloud platform to include new compute offerings, services for data fabric, and disaster recovery as well as products targeting verticals including payment processing and digital engagement.GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise, which can incorporate private-cloud applications into the GreenLake framework, is the biggest announcement about the platform that the company made at its ongoing Discover conference in Las Vegas. That offering opens new options for organizations that are subject to heavy regulation or those with operational concerns about putting their data in the public cloud.To read this article in full, please click here

Digital infrastructure outages get more costly

Digital infrastructure outages have gotten more and more expensive over the course of the past several years, according to a report from the Uptime Institute. Meanwhile, the total number of major outages has remained the same—meaning that, on average, an increasingly large amount of money is getting spent on recovering from each disruption.The proportion of individual outages resulting in losses of over $100,000 is increasing, according to the report, up to 47% of all outages in 2021 from 40% in the previous year. The institute said that, while it doesn't calculate an average overall cost per outage, overall trends are toward more costs being incurred by the average outage.To read this article in full, please click here

Qualcomm finalizes Cellwize deal, in pursuit of 5G RAN improvements

Wireless equipment manufacturer Qualcomm Monday announced that it had finalized a deal to acquire Israel-based Cellwize, a maker of radio access network (RAN) management technology that uses AI-based automation to streamline the deployment of 5G infrastructure.In particular, the company's offerings aim to simplify the process of designing and deploying 5G networks for both mobile operators and enterprises looking to set up private 5G networks of their own, by automating the deployment of access points, simplifying site deployments, and more.To read this article in full, please click here

Broadcom targets enterprise infrastructure with $61B VMware acquisition

Semiconductor manufacturer and infrastructure software giant Broadcom will acquire virtualization and enterprise cloud vendor VMware in a deal worth roughly $61 billion in stock and cash, the companies announced on Thursday. Broadcom will also assume $8 billion of VMware net debt as part of the deal.The deal, which is still subject to customary regulatory approval and closing conditions, will see the existing Broadcom Software Group fully rebranded as VMware.The deal is the latest in Broadcom's years-long pattern of high-profile acquisitions. The company acquired network switching vendor Brocade in 2016 for almost $6 billion, development and security software firm CA Technologies in 2018 for $19 billion, and security firm Symantec's enterprise security business in 2019 for over $10 billion.To read this article in full, please click here

Broadcom targets enterprise infrastructure with $61B VMware acquisition

Semiconductor manufacturer and infrastructure software giant Broadcom will acquire virtualization and enterprise cloud vendor VMware in a deal worth roughly $61 billion in stock and cash, the companies announced on Thursday. Broadcom will also assume $8 billion of VMware net debt as part of the deal.The deal, which is still subject to customary regulatory approval and closing conditions, will see the existing Broadcom Software Group fully rebranded as VMware.The deal is the latest in Broadcom's years-long pattern of high-profile acquisitions. The company acquired network switching vendor Brocade in 2016 for almost $6 billion, development and security software firm CA Technologies in 2018 for $19 billion, and security firm Symantec's enterprise security business in 2019 for over $10 billion.To read this article in full, please click here

Exium expands SASE, 5G-based security for midsize enterprise networks

California-based secure networking company Exium is adding a new, on-premises SASE ( secure access service edge) node to its cloud-based network management and security platform, bringing that system's capabilities directly to end users' data centers.SASE is a Gartner-defined model that combines SD-WAN with cloud services. It aims to provide a single, cloud-based service that can dramatically simplify the deployment of modern, identity-based security technology. Gartner's definition of SASE mandates the use of five specific security technologies, including secure web gateways, SD-WAN, firewall-as-a-service, a zero-trust network access model and a cloud access security broker to keep data in cloud systems secure.To read this article in full, please click here

Broadcom reportedly working to acquire VMware

Silicon Valley chipmaker Broadcom is working on a deal to acquire cloud service and virtualization provider VMware, although an agreement is not expected to be imminent, according to published reports.VMware's market cap sits around $40 billion, although no proposed purchase price has been disclosed as yet. If a deal is eventually reached, it would be the latest in a long line of acquisitions for Broadcom, which has built itself up, in large part, on the basis of multiple high-profile buyouts.The company acquired network switching manufacturer Brocade in November 2016 for nearly $6 billion, development and security software firm CA Technologies in November 2018 for $19 billion, and the enterprise security division of Symantec in August 2019 for more than $10 billion.To read this article in full, please click here

Canada bans Huawei, ZTE in 5G networks

Canada is the latest country to ban Huawei and ZTE equipment from use in the telecommunications field generally and 5G networks in particular, as the government's announcement this week detailed its intention to introduce a broad, new telecom security framework.Canadian telecom companies are to be barred officially from buying new Huawei or ZTE equipment as of September of this year, according to the government's policy statement Thursday. Canada will also mandate the removal of all Huawei and ZTE gear from 5G networks by June 28, 2024, as well as the removal of all those companies' 4G/LTE equipment by the end of 2027.This means that, like the US, Canada's move to ban certain Chinese networking gear extends to equipment already in use, so that telecom companies that have bought such gear will need to replace it. It's unclear from the announcement whether Canada will follow the US' lead in providing financial assistance to companies working to rid their networks of banned equipment, although the statement did say that the government plans to "engage with industry" in order to make sure that logistical considerations for gear replacement are taken into account.To read this article in full, please click here

AMD makes steady gains on Intel in server chip market

AMD continues to increase its share of both the overall x86 chip market and the server x86 market in particular, despite a large-scale general downturn in shipments, according to a report released this week by Mercury Research.The majority of the fall-off in x86 shipments was felt in the desktop market, the report said, but the server market was also down on a quarterly volume basis — despite reaching record highs in revenue.Dean McCarron, president of Mercury Research, said that the decline was due to a combination of factors."There's a pretty heavy uplift in Q4 on consumer systems due to holiday buying, and it drops off in Q1," he said. "Typically, the worst drop of the year happens in Q1, so not only did that happen, but there's also some excess inventory that got built up and negatively impacted sales."To read this article in full, please click here

5G uploads aren’t fast enough for enterprise needs

Wireless operators around the world have been heavily focused on providing the best possible consumer 5G download speeds, but a new survey from the research division of French managed services provider SmartCIC says that upload connections—which enterprises need to enable important applications—are lagging behind.In fact, according to the survey, 4G/LTE networks, on average, have 1ms of latency, compared to 8ms for 5G networks. The researchers said that there’s a possibility that a large proportion of tests being run on low-band 5G networks skewed the results somewhat, but also noted that even tests on very high frequency mmWave (millimeter wave) networks showed up to 10ms of latency on 5G networks.To read this article in full, please click here

Red Hat debuts edge features for Linux, Kubernetes platform security

Red Hat, one of the open source software world's biggest players, rolled out a raft of new features for its flagship enterprise Linux distribution — several of which were focused on edge computing — this week at its annual Summit gathering,The Red Hat Edge initiative is a project designed to streamline the processes of deploying and managing edge infrastructure, and, under its banner, the company announced several new features like automation technology via Ansible and advanced cluster management for Kubernetes, among others.To read this article in full, please click here

Red Hat debuts edge features for Linux, Kubernetes platform security

Red Hat, one of the open source software world's biggest players, rolled out a raft of new features for its flagship enterprise Linux distribution — several of which were focused on edge computing — this week at its annual Summit gathering,The Red Hat Edge initiative is a project designed to streamline the processes of deploying and managing edge infrastructure, and, under its banner, the company announced several new features like automation technology via Ansible and advanced cluster management for Kubernetes, among others.To read this article in full, please click here

Licenses for 5G service provider auction winners approved by FCC

The winners of a critical FCC auction for midband spectrum that ended last November have received their official grants of license to use the airwaves for which they spent a total of $22.4 billion, the FCC announced Wednesday.A total of 4,041 licenses were issued to 23 different bidders, according to the commission. Licensees hoping to use the spectrum for 5G rollouts still have to reimburse incumbent non-federal users of the band, which had been in use for radiolocation purposes, and the FCC said that further details about those costs would be laid out in a subsequent filing.Auction 110 saw the government sell off 100MHz of spectrum in the midband — around the 3.45GHz range — divided into 10 10MHz blocks for each Partial Economic Area or PEA that the FCC adopted in 2014. (There are 416 PEAs covering the US, meaning that 119 specific licenses were not sold in the auction.)To read this article in full, please click here

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