Time for a quick roundup of news from around the industry, with items from Exponential-e, XO, IO, Sabey, and Agawi:
The UK's Exponential-e says it has finished a project transforming the ICT network for Viridian Housing. The social housing association's infrastructure is now powered by the cloud via a pay-by-usage model, and supported by Exponential-e's national 100GE layer 2 footprint. Viridian supports over 30,000 residents and has a staff of some 850 employees.
XO announced a contract with the internet company IAC. They'll be supplying internet access services in support of IAC's corporate headquarters in New York City. IAC operates some of the biggest websites on the internet, with more than 1.2 billion monthly visits. Ramblings is still trying to crack the 100K barrier in that metric, just for a bit of perspective.
IO and its modular data center plans have landed in Ohio. They've rolled out their first DCaaS deployment in Springboro for LexisNexis, taking just 90 days to go live. IO operates two giant modular-based facilities in Phoenix and New York, but has lately been spending more of its efforts on the modules themselves and the operating system that runs them than on building out large blocks of square footage. Hence IO.Ohio's unveiling is more about speed and flexibility than size.
Speaking of square footage, Sabey opened a whole pile of it in New York City yesterday. They've now formally commissioned Intergate.Manhattan, which will eventually 1 million square feet of high-rise data center space at 375 Pearl in lower Manhattan. At the moment it's just phase 1 going online with the first installment of 100K square feet and 5.4Mw of power. And as it is lower Manhattan, they noted that their Con Ed substation is on the second and third floors and out of range of storm surges.
And finally, Agawi has introduced a new way for last mile providers to take advantage of the cloud. They've unveiled a cloud-based gaming product that it bills as a plug-and-lay way for cable and telecom operators to boost ARPU by offering a portfolio of online games to their subscribers. The gaming market is in many ways tailor-made for the cloud when it comes to scaling services, but has always been a tough one to please.