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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: AWS, Bank of America, HPE


April 08, 2017

Deals, data centers and digital transformation. These were the three Ds of Transforming Network Infrastructure coverage this first week of April.

Just the other day, Extreme Networks announced plans to buy Brocade’s data center switching, routing, and analytics business from Broadcom. This is a $55 million cash deal.

“The addition of Brocade's data center networking business significantly strengthens our position in the expanding high-end data center market and reinforces our strategy of delivering software-driven networking solutions focused on enterprise customers,” said Extreme Networks President and CEO Ed Meyercord.

Speaking of data centers, it was recently revealed that Amazon’s AWS, one of the innovators on this front, plans to open a collection of new data centers next year in Sweden.

Data centers and networking used to be considered back office operations, but with digital transformation they’ve moved front and center. That’s because they play a key role in helping businesses better serve their customers, introduce new business models, and otherwise innovate. And, according to Rich Einhorn of HPE Pointnext, digital transformation calls for the right mix of on-premises, managed infrastructure and public cloud.

Of course, one of the ongoing challenges of data centers and networking are their power demands. Indeed, data centers account for more than 2

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percent of energy use in the United States. But the industry has seen some success at addressing that, and continues its work on this front.

The Future of Internet Power group is one organization involved in these efforts. It aims to bring together companies to address challenges and collaborate on solutions to make it easier to procure renewable energy sources for data centers.

We’re discussing this now because Bank of America recently announced its membership to the group. Others involved in the Future of Internet Power group include Adobe, Facebook, and Salesforce.

“It’s a good tipping point, having Bank of America’s support,” said Kelly Gallo, the manager at Businesses for Social Responsibility, a not-to-profit group involved with the Future of Internet Power group. “It sends the signal that the initiative is not only for tech companies.”



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