Time to survey recent developments in the data center marketplace:
Interconnection and colo specialist Telx Group (news, filings) turned on the lights at its new Ethernet exchanges in Miami, Dallas, and Los Angeles this week. Three months ago, they added their first five such exchanges, and are of course partnering with tndm for even greater coverage. Telx filed to go public last spring, but there has been little noise since, I wonder when they'll make their move.
Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX, news, filings) is taking its Cloud Files and Cloud Servers products across the pond and into the UK. This helps resolve European regulatory issues about where data is stored which had prevented many UK customers from using their services. They have 500 customers already in Beta for their UK cloud. They've been offering traditional hosting in Europe for a while of course.
Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) continued its long parade of wins in the financial vector with a contract win at BIDS Trading. BIDS moved critical infrastructure underlying its Alternative Trading System into the NY4 IBX, trumpeting both increased performance and a 40% cut in opex as a result. Seems like they've got one of these trading wins every few weeks at Equinix, doesn't it?
Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) also added a financial customer recently. The alternative investment management business Man Group plc signed a 10 year lease for a turn-key datacenter. They'll use the half megawatt site for disaster recovery. They didn't actually say in the PR where this facility would be, but since they spelled it DataCentre and the release came out of Dublin, I'm guessing that's a pretty good guess.
And finally zColo, the datacenter arm of Zayo Group (news, filings), maintained its aggressive stance by expanding its interconnection capabilities in the NY metro area. They now offer Ethernet, DS1, DS3, and Fiber/OCN connectivity at 60 Hudson Street, 111 8th Avenue, and 165 Halsey Street. Hmmm, I wonder where Zayo will come down on the Ethernet exchange question. Might they roll their own?