TGIF and 11 shopping days left until Xmas. But before you get busy, here's a look at some of the other cloud-related news from the week.
Distil Networks is consolidating its IT infrastructure with some help from Internap. The cloud security provider offers online businesses real time protection from malicious bots. Distil had been using five different managed service providers, but has moved it all onto Internap's managed hosting and cloud services in multiple locations around the world.
NTT's ArcStar unit picked up a unified-communications-as-a-service deal close to home base this week. All Nippon Airways will be using their cloud-based UCaaS portfolio to connect employees at offices, airports, and everywhere else starting in 2014. NTT has put a tremendous amount of effort into its global cloud-based services portfolio over the past few years.
Earthlink has launched a new cloud-based service targeted at the business market. Their FlexCloud Hosting offering helps businesses pool their computing resources and avoid 'server sprawl'. Tuning cloud-based services to what enterprises really need as opposed to what is really cool has been a big part of Earthlink's transformation plans.
And Viawest is adding some muscle to the power distribution systems that power its cloud and colo infrastructure. GE's substation distribution equipment, switchboards, panelboards, transformers and power switching equipmen will be deployed across existing facilities at Lone Mountain in Las Vegas, Cornell in Denver, and Synergy Park in Dallas plus the two it is building in Denver and Minneapolis as well.