Time to catch up on the rest of the news before heading off into the weekend. Here's a quick look at an EoC milestone for Integra, and three colo deals:
Integra Telecom says that it has expanded its Ethernet-over-Copper network to more than 120 central office, from which it can reach 400,000 businesses. The western regional service provider has been working hard over the past year to shift its emphasis to data-hungry enterprises. That has meant fiber to hundreds more buildings, but of course much of their customer base is still only accessible via copper. Integra still looks like a tasty morsel for several consolidators, but I have yet to hear anything new on that front.
InterXion (NYSE:INXN, news) says that it has expanded its relationship with Orange Business Services's Trading Solutions division. Trading Solutions is leveraging the depth of Interxion's connectivity to power its converged voice and trading infrastructure, connecting to 47 markets from the operator's carrier neutral facilities. The financial vertical continues to be one of the biggest drivers of growth in the sector worldwide.
Viawest (news) picked up a contract with HMS, which offers healthcare containment solutions. They'll be providing colocation, managed bandwidth, disaster recovery, and temporary office space in multiple US locations. Viawest operates 22 facilities across Texas, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Nevada - in this case it seems to be Las Vegas and Texas that HMS now has its primary and secondary data centers.
And NaviSite, which was bought by TW Cable last year, announced both a new cloud contract and a the appointment of a new CTO. Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford, a wholesale reinsurance and specialist retail insurance broker, is moving into the company's cloud for hosting, managed messaging, and manged MPLS services. Meanwhile, David Grimes has been appointed as NaviSite's Chief Technology Officer, taking over for Denis Martin. Grimes had been leading the company's R&D, and will continue in that role as