In Other News: Telx, Unite, EdgeCast, Akamai

April 12th, 2011 by · 2 Comments

The announced acquisition of Global Crossing by Level 3 yesterday drowned out a bunch of other news, so it’s time to take a quick peek at a few of them before they’re all the way past:

Telx Group (news, filings) expanded its Ethernet exchange service coverage into its facilities at 100 Delawanna in Clifton NJ and 8435 Stemmons Freeway in Dallas.  Perhaps not so coincidentally, they just built out new space in each of those facilitities a few months ago.  Telx has been building its Ethernet exchange services out steadily all year, expanding into Miami, Dallas, and LA in January and adding regional providers such as Pinpoint and US Signal in the midwest.

Midwestern-based metro fiber builder unite announced a series of buildouts in Oklahoma collectively entitled the second Oklahoma Land Rush.  Eight school districts (Atoka, Bartlesville, Drumright, Geronimo, Meeker, Pauls Valley, Tuttle, and Woodward) will be getting direct fiber connectivity.  Those aren’t nearby each other either, they seem to be spread around the state.  Typical contracts for Unite though, which targets school district fiber.

CDN challenger EdgeCast Networks (news) [a subsidiary of Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings)] offered up a demonstration of a cloud transcoding and delivery solution with the help of Kalubyte and Sorenson Media.  The aim is to deliver live transcoding across both legacy and emerging formats and eliminate stacks of encoding hardware and bandwidth.  Customers could upload a single stream for transcoding in the cloud, rather doing it all locally and then uploading them all.

And Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings) unveiled progress with two different partners.  Yesterday at NAB it was content provider Synacor, with whom they demonstrated technology enabling TV Everywhere services.  And today it was IBM, with whom Akamai has been working on application acceleration with an eye on optimizing the link between the cloud and the enterprise.  It’s part of a multi-phase project integrating IBM’s WebSphere products with Akamai’s application delivery capabilities.  The application accelerator for public networks is ready now, while the one for hybrid networks is still in the pipeline.

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