Some quick catchup with news from overseas -- Rackspace down under, Equinix in southeast Asia, and PCCW in the Middle East:
Cloud hosting provider Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX, news, filings) is expanding its presence down under. Yesterday the company announced the opening of its first data center in Australia, located in western Sydney. The new facility will give them a much stronger position in serving the local market, including the ability to guarantee compliance with Australias' National Privacy Principals and other regulatory frameworks. Aamongst Rackspace's early customers for the service is Kogan.
A few thousand miles to the north, Equinix picked up another international partner for its Platform Equinix community. Telin, the international arm of Indonesia's PT Telkom, has selected it for secure connectivity in Equinix's Hong Kong (HK1) and Singapore (SG1) data centers in Asia and its Los Angeles (LA1) and Silicon Valley (SV8) data centers on the west coast. Telin would likely have been combined with Pacnet if PT Telkom had purchased the company as it had been considering. Instead, they are boosting their bandwidth on both the Asia America Gateway and the upcoming South East Asia Japan Cable.
Renesys and ArsTechnica both have very interesting pieces out about Syria's dependence on Chinese connectivity to keep the internet running. Sanctions on Syria, amongst other things, have made it impossible for many transit providers to do business there, and thus PCCW is now handling 3/4 or more of the troubled country's traffic. Yep, China is helping someone to not get cut off from the rest of the internet - great firewall and all, an event that would be highly counterproductive from a US point of view. Gotta wonder what they're thinking in DC. Wait, strike that, I actually don't want to hear what they're thinking in DC anymore these days.
Arizona-based Phoenix NAP has expanded its cloud infrastructure across the Atlantic with the official launch of a new cloud node in Amsterdam, operating out of Interxion's facility there. They're offering their Secured Cloud on-demand computing product now, with other IT services potentially to follow depending on demand.
And reports say that Level 3 has restructured its enterprise sales team in Ireland and the UK. The new setup will focus on four verticals: media, broadcast and gaming; finance; e-commerce and e-tail; and travel and logistics. They're looking to start taking share in the enterprise sector to offset the weaknesses they've been fighting in the UK government sector, looking to take advantage of those former Global Crossing assets in new ways.