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Data Bytes: IBM, Open Data Centers, Internap

July 9th, 2013 by · 4 Comments

Here’s a quick rundown on some news from data centers and the cloud:

IBM has officially closed its acquisition of Softlayer. Softlayer has long been one of the most dynamic providers of managed hosting and cloud computing infrastructure out there, and IBM will be combining it with its own SmartCloud platform. Just how they integrate them and where they point the combined platform toward will have a big effect on the rest of the sector. Separately they announced Flow, Inc. as a cloud customer for their digital media business.

Open Data Centers has added a new tenant out in Piscataway. iAreaNet wil be using their facility to host its cloud-based office solutions for the northeast. The expansion to Piscataway complements their existing footprints in Georgia and California.

And Internap added a contract for both hosting and route-optimized IP connectivity. The SaaS marketing company Screendragon will be using their servers, hosting, and network connectivity to power their clients’ digital marketing campaigns. Geographically, that means a presence both in New York and Singapore.

Categories: Cloud Computing · Datacenter

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  • schmuckinsurance says:

    Any guess on how amazon responds to a real competitive entrant into this business Rob – there are those out there who speculate that adding network on top of its managed computing is possible – what do you think?

    • Avatar of Rob Powell Rob Powell says:

      I suppose I’m not clear on whether IBM poses a real competitive threat yet to Amazon. But I highly doubt Amazon buys fiber etc, though at the wavelength level sure.

  • schmuckinsurance says:

    Rackspace is down 8% this morning as Amazon announced an 80% price reduction. Welcome to managed computing price declines Big Blue. I guess we now know how Amazon plans to respond to IBM(at least in part).

    • Avatar of Rob Powell Rob Powell says:

      Well, the 80% is just on dedicated instances, which isn’t really even cloud in a sense. But I agree with the general point, which is why it will take some proof before I consider IBM a threat to Amazon. IBM can do great work, but can it do it anywhere as cheaply as Amazon on a sustained basis?

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