XO Communications has been delving steadily deeper into the cloud since Icahn took it private, and yesterday they added three new cloud-based services aimed at the enterprise. Their enterprise cloud computing, drive, and vault offerings put them up more directly against the likes of Amazon than they have been until now.
The Cloud Vault solution offers simplified backup services for multi-location enterprises, while the Cloud Drive enables an enterprises employees with easy sharing and collaboration. The Enterprise Cloud offering is built off of VMWare, HP, ane EMC hardwre, with Fortinet security.
And in terms of where, today’s announcement by CoreSite describes it as a bicoastal solution leveraging the CoreSite Mesh out of its Reston and One Wilshire campuses in Northern Virginia and Los Angeles. CoreSite has been actively developing a cloud ecosystem within its national footprint.
XO’s move deeper into cloud services for the enterprise is not unexpected. Given their legacy voice and data revenues from enterprise sources, it’s a good transformation path to similar capabilities on a modern infrastructure. I still suspect Icahn may be ready to finally make some sort of move later this year with XO, though I’m unsure just what it will be.