Fridays are slow news days, so let's catch up on some news on the cloud and datacenter front:
Way over in Chongqing, China, Pacnet has been making some friends. The Asia Pacific networking specialist has signed on to the city government's plans for an international cloud computing hub. Centrally planned Chinese government projects are rarely small, and indeed they have dedicated 10 square kilometers to it of which 3 are reserved for the buildout of datacenters. If it happens, the deal would make Pacnet Business solutions the first foreign JV to operate in the new Special Zone with a data center holding at least 1,500 racks. But Chongqing? I mean, it's a huge city, but it's not exactly positioned at the crossroads of the internet...
Yesterday, European carrier neutral datacenter operator InterXion (NYSE:INXN, news) announced a deal with the pan-European trading platform Equiduct. Equiduct has moved into their facility in the City of London. The financial community continues to assemble their nextgen platforms in a rapidly evolving market, with data centers and low latency routes being the raw material.
Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) found itself an international partner for providing build-to-suit datacenters, signing an alliance with M+W Group. It's aimed at projects in Europe and Asia, and lets the two companies offer a one stop shop that expands their addressable market. Digital Realty clearly has further expansion plans overseas.
Finally, Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings) announced a new cloud-based optimization service directed at the gaming industry, composed of its download manager, download analytics, and HTTP delivery. The idea is to enhance the download experience and improve that first impression for try-before-you-buy massively multiplayer onling games. Seems like a good idea, but weren't they already doing this sort of thing? Perhaps the gaming segment of the CDN business has been getting a bit more competitive lately.
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