There have been several interesting colo/cloud items already this week, here are a few quick takes:
T-Systems, the IT networking group of Deutsche Telecom AG (ETR:DTE, news, filings), picked up a major cloud outsourcing deal. British American Tobacco has tapped them to help transform their IT services. In a €160M contract, T-Systems will take help the multinational corporation move its SAP-based business software globally into a single SAP instance. They will consolidate the current 10 data centers down to just 3, while bringing its IT costs directly in-line with its cyclical needs. This kind of oursourcing to the cloud is precisely the sort of thing that every global telecommunications provider has on their wish-list.
Windstream (NYSE:WIN, news, filings) kept moving down the path to enterprise cloud services, as its Hosted Solutions division unveiled Disaster Recovery as a Service. The fully managed service leverages the company’s cloud infrastructure to supply cost-effective replication and recovery for enterprise data. Windstream bought Hosted Solutions only a little over a year ago, and the assets have increasingly been featured in their enterprise strategy. Windstream’s purchase of PAETEC is a quarter old now, I’m curious where they are on the integration these days.
Out in Phoenix, IO (news) racked up yet another modular data center customer at its IO Phoenix facility. The online travel agency BookIt.com will be using their IO.Anywhere DCaaS services to help scale its infrastructure to match its growth. IO’s modular push has been gaining traction steadily over the past year.
Meanwhile, Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) is having to accelerate its plans down under. The global carrier neutral provider said yesterday that it has commenced a $50M expansion of its Sydney 3 facility six months ahead of schedule. They just opened that in August last year, and this phase will double the facility’s footprint to 2,000 cabinets. There’s another phase with another 1,000 cabinets after that, assuming the demand is there – which appears to be a good bet. With the NBN now underway, the Australian internet infrastructure market has been gaining more than its usual share of investment lately.