Friday Bytes: FirstLight, VMware, Sprint

November 3rd, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

TGIF, here are a few quick takes before it's time to rake some leaves this November weekend.

The SD-WAN business continues to evolve rapidly, and this week another big player dove in via M&A. VMware has announced an agreement to acquire VeloCloud. The deal will enable VMware to take its network virtualization platform beyond the data center and out to the edge. The deal is expected to close in VMware's fiscal Q4/2018, which means before February 2, 2018.

FirstLight Fiber won a tasty contract this week. Cabot Creamery, which bills itself as maker of "The World's Best Cheddar", has tapped FirstLight for E-LAN services at all of its locations across its New England and upstate New York footprint. That includes the company's offices Waitsfield, Vermont, population 164 and rather far off the beaten track. Cabot is also taking a look at adding other FirstLight services to add on.

Colo Atl unveiled some new expansion plans yesterday.  The Atlanta colocation and interconnection provider will be adding 10,000 square feet by building out on the fifth floor of its 55 Marietta Street facility.  The extra space will enable Colo Atl to meet the growing demands for colo by its customer base.

And, apparently the Sprint/T-Mobile talks have been rekindled. The two companies are said to be working to salvage the deal, with T-Mobile putting a revised offer on the table. The issue hanging in the balanace is whether it would be DT or Softbank that holds the controlling stake in the combined company. I'm still betting they find a way to make it work.

Categories: Datacenter · Ethernet · Mergers and Acquisitions · SDN · Wireless

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