Equinix acquires Istanbul data centre for $93mn
The Zenium data centre...
US data specialist Equinix has acquired the Zenium data centre in Istanbul in a deal worth $93mn, part of its ongoing expansion.
The Zenium data centre that will now be renamed Equinix IS2 is seen as a vital data link between Europe and Asia, currently generating $2.5mn in annual revenue.
Istanbul is a key traffic route for submarine cables between Europe, Asia and Africa and Equinix is keen to take advantage.
IS2 will provide Equinix with key capacity and a defined growth path, which enables the company to address growing demand for colocation and interconnection services across Turkey.
“The dynamic evolution of digital technology is disrupting how business is done across all industries, forcing companies to invent new, information-centric business models,” said Eric Schwartz, president, EMEA, Equinix.
“These business models rely on interconnection and distributed IT architecture.
“As the Turkish economy continues to grow, Istanbul will become an increasingly important hub for connectivity and technology infrastructure, and this new campus will help Equinix meet this demand from customers across our global customer base.”
The acquisition will become the company’s second facility in Istanbul after IS1, making it the company’s 68th international Business Exchange data centre across Europe and the Middle East.
The company is renowned as an industry leader, with 180 IBX data centres across 44 markets.
China announces 6-month campaign to clean up apps
A 6-month campaign has been announced by China’s industry minister, to clean up what it says are serious problems with internet apps violating consumer rights, cybersecurity and “disturbing market order.”
In an online notice the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that, among other things, companies must fix pop-ups on apps that deceive and mislead users or force them to use services they might not want.
The order is all part of a wider effort to crack down on tech industries and police use of personal information. Authorities have recently ordered fines and other penalties for some of China’s biggest tech companies.
Earlier this month, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) ordered online stores not to offer Didi's app, saying it illegally collected users' personal data. The company’s shares have now fallen by more than 40% since making its New York Stock Exchange debut on 30 June.
The latest campaign in the tech crackdown
The ministry launched this latest campaign with a teleconference call on Friday and issued its 15th list of dozens of apps it has said require fixing on Sunday.
There are 22 specific scenarios it has said require ‘rectification’, among which the ministry mentioned pop-up windows as a specific problem, especially when all the screen of a pop-up window is a jump link with a false close button.
Other various problems it highlighted were threats to data security due to a failure to encrypt sensitive information while it is being transmitted, and failure to obtain users' consent before providing data to other parties; and malicious blocking of website links and interference with other companies products or services.
It also took aim at illegal broadband networks, which it called “black broadband" that failed to conform to website filing procedures or might be subletting or using illegal access to networks.
Regulators have been stepping up enforcement of data security, financial and other rules against scores of tech companies that dominate entertainment, retail, and other industries.