It’s been an interesting week, although the Zayo/AboveNet deal drowned out much of the rest. Let’s catch up on some of the items that slipped past my nets the first time through:
The CDN space has been relatively quiet lately, but Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings) turned in a contract announcement earlier this week. Italian fashion and luxury brand Dolce&Gabbana is using their site acceleration services. Traffic levels and a multimedia-heavy website had been overwhelming their online infrastructure, leading to low conversion rates. Yes, there are actually retail websites out there that haven’t yet met a CDN – amazing.
Pacnet has launched its newest data center in Hong Kong, entitled Hong Kong CloudSpace2 (HKCS2). As the ‘2’ indicates, this is the company’s second CloudSpace facility in Hong Kong, and fourth overall. It’s located just 100m from HKCS1, both being part of Pacnet’s Data Landing Stations buildout. I had my doubts when they started this project a couple years ago, but they’ve carried through on it. Their intent is to capitalize on the growing Asian cloud market, emphasizing the direct subsea connectivity one needs to serve enterprises regionally.
Utah’s C7 Data Centers continued its recent PR offensive with another announced contract. DataTree has signed up for ‘extensive data center services’ at the company’s new Bluffdale facility in a multi-year deal. DataTree will use the colo and office space to power its online database services.
Meanwhile, CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings) had a busy day yesterday. The company’s Savvis division launched its private cloud and managed services offerings in Hong Kong, following quickly on the heels of its rollout in Tokyo. MindTree Limited has already signed up for the service both in Hong Kong and in Singapore. And back home, CenturyLink has rebuilt its operating group structure. They will now have an Enterprise Markets Group, a Regional Markets Group, and a Wholesale Markets Group. The aim of the new structure is to better support integrated solutions for enterprise clients – the market that CenturyLink has been maneuvering to address.