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.