Several interesting items in the colocation world so far this week, let’s take a quick look:
Visa Europe has selected Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) to provide a new data center under its build-to-suit program. The new facility will be near London and will provide 10,000 square feet of raised floor space. The building just never stops in the colo sector, but it does seem as if there’s less and less do-it-yourself going on.
Meanwhile, InterXion (NYSE:INXN, news) had a busy week. On Tuesday they announced a transatlantic alliance with US-based CoreSite (NYSE:COR, news, filings). The two carrier neutral datacenter operators will combine forces to address dual-continent demand from the cloud industry. That’s a much easier way to expand their addressable market than trying to break into the business on another continent of course. On Monday, Cable and Wireless extended its data center collaboration with InterXion, by which it helps power its global multi-service platform. And just this morning, the company’s group managing director, Anthony Foy, announced he will be stepping down as of June 24.
TeliaSonera AB (ETR:TLS, news, filings) International Carrier has moved in with Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings). The international arm of the Nordic telecommunications giant is now offering its IP and managed services in 25 of the colocation specialist’s IBX facilities across North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Actually, I’m kind of surprised they weren’t already doing that, given Equinix’s huge carrier neutral presence pretty much everywhere.
And finally, back in the US, Midwestern network operator US Signal followed through on its plans to enter the cloud space by unveiling its managed data center offering. US Signal is looking to power virtual private cloud environments for customers in their region, powering them with Ethernet and VPN connectivity. It’s hard to tell right now just what type of scale one needs to attack the cloud segment, there are so many efforts just getting started.