In Other News

July 5th, 2009 by · 2 Comments

As readers of this blog surely know, I don't cover everything that happens in the sector.  I write about what seems interesting to me each day, but lots of things slip past.  Often it's the format of the blog, I may seem like I have lots to say about everything but often it's just not enough to fill a post.  So given the holiday weekend, I thought I'd catch up on a few such items:

Lexent Metro Connect expanded its fiber footprint in New Jersey, bringing the data center facilities at 165 Halsey in Newark and 300 Boulevard East in Weehawken online.  Lexent is a recent addition to my metro fiber list, which focuses on Manhattan for the most part.  But like many in this sector, they seem to have found their footing and are looking to grow.

Also in New Jersey, RCN Metro announced availability of its new, state-of-the-art high density colocation facility located at 165 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ.  While their focus is generally on metro and regional fiber connections, RCN Metro also offers colocation services in some 24 locations - a business that fits well with their focus on wholesale customers and high bandwidth enterprises.

Lightower announced that it is using Nortel 40G gear to light up its northeastern regional and metro network, and that they will be testing 100G gear later this summer in anticipation of its arrival.  I do wonder in whose hands the Nortel 40G/100G capabilities will wind up.

There was also a rash of data center outages this week, chronicled by Data Center Knowledge.  A major fire at Seattle’s Fisher Plaza took down all sorts of websites, including authorize.net.  A Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX, news, filings) Dallas facility went down after suffering an unusual series of equipment failures.  That is another way of saying that something the engineers said should never happen did in fact happen.  And Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) facilities in Sydney and Paris both were knocked offline briefly.  No matter how many precautions one takes, one just never knows where when or how these things are going to happen.  I think I'm going to go back up this website right now.

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