Here's a quick roundup of some cloud/colo news with items from Equinix, Savvis, Limelight, and iomart:
Joyent has picked Equinix to support its global expansion. They've deployed their cloud infrastructure at Equinix in both the Washington DC and Amsterdam metro areas, with Asia planned for later this year. They'll be leveraging Platform Equinix's ecosystem of partners and customers, an effort that has gained steady traction over the past year.
XN Asia Pacific will be moving its clients' digital engagement platform into Savvis's cloud. The digital marketing and technology consulting firm will be using the Savvis Symphony Open public cloud platform out of Singapore, replacing its current privately operated server infrastructure and moving its expenses from the capex side to the more flexible opex side. Savvis has been offering its public cloud services from Singapore for more than two years now.
The cloud automation provider Opscode picked up one of the major CDNs as a client yesterday. Limelight is using their Hosted Chef technology to automate the Limelight Video Platform, enabling them to scale their server infrastructure without human intervention (and, occasionally, error). Real time scaling of internationally deployed networks like Limelight's to match user demand was a fairy tale not so many years ago.
And in the UK, iomart has announced the acquisition of Melbourne Server Hosting in Manchester. Melbourne's 600 customers and 30 employees give iomart their seventh data centre and their first physical presence in the north of England. Manchester's presence has been growing rapidly of late, although it's obviously not a market the size of London yet or anything.