With groundhog day in mind for tomorrow, here’s a further roundup of news I didn’t get to this week from AT&T, CyrusOne, Emerald, Level 3, and Zayo. Note that next week I’ll be travelling, so if articles trail actual news a bit further then usual for a few days that’s why.
AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) added the bicycle maker Dorel Industries to their multinational customer rolls. Dorel will be using their MPLS VPN to connect up more than 40 offices and to help converge the company’s various operating segments. They had been working with AT&T prior to this with a legacy network design.
CyrusOne picked up a customer in its massively modular Carrolton TX facility: CARFAX. The newest public data center operator will be housing the 11 billion vehicle history records that make its service possible. What, just 11 billion? I thought we were talking about BIG DATA these days, haha.
Emerald Networks forged further ahead with its plans for a new transatlantic cable with an Icelandic offshoot. They have obtained a preliminary commitment from the Export-Import Bank of the United States for the Emerald Express, freshly issued the week before Christmas. I’ve been doubtful they’d get this far, but it’s still a long haul yet.
Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) is once again carrying the Super Bowl this weekend, as its Vyvx division has done for the past 24 years. This year it will be from the Superdome down in New Orleans, which Level 3 has on-net. 3,500 hours of video content make their way via their VenuNet+ network to NFL nodes in Mt. Laurel NJ, Culver City CA, and Atlanta GA, not to mention to the various broadcasters.
And Zayo got to stake its own claim to carrying a major video event, courtesy of their newly expanded Washington DC presence. Yep, their metro fiber was carrying many of the bits for the broadcast of Obama’s re-inauguration last week, in particular for the morning Worship Service and activities at both the White House and the US Capitol. Zayo’s purchase of AboveNet, Fibergate, and Litecast have given it one of the deepest regional and metro footprints available throughout Maryland and northern Virginia.