Thursday Roundup 4-28: Unite, Level 3, PAETEC, Windstream

April 28th, 2011 by · 1 Comment

What with all the earnings reports flooding in lately, let's take a quick look at other items that might otherwise get drowned out:

Unite Private Networks continued to rack up fiber builds for lesser known school districts and municipalities.  Ohio's Elyria City and Perrysburg Schools both signed 10 year agreements with the fiber builder.  According to Elyria's Brian Kokai, "This will allow us to consolidate our data centers and continue to grow our network application offerings including voice and digital video distribution without fear of running out of bandwidth."

Still basking in the glow of its proposed purchase of Global Crossing, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) had two deal announcements this week.  The Moffitt Cancer Center will be using their data and networking solutions to power their traffic growth and enable secure transmission of critical healthcare data.  More specifically, Level 3 will be providing Moffitt with two GigE wavelength private lines, one 10GigE wavelength private line, and four PRI connections.  Presumably this is down in Tampa where Moffitt's hospital is.    And out in Salt Lake City, Level 3 expanded its network into the data centers of C7 - a provider I haven't run into until now.

PAETEC (news, filings) broke ground on a new office facility out near  Ceder Rapids, Iowa.  When done, the Hiawatha building will support the company's new Small Business Division, it's provisioning needs in the Central and West regions, and customer care.  PAETEC does seem quite fond of building their own facilities rather than leasing, they're still working on that big one in downtown Rochester too.  Iowa of course was the home turf of McLeodUSA, and so they have a big presence there already.

And Windstream's new Hosted Solutions division, whose name derives uncreatively from the recent acquisition of Hosted Solutions, announced the opening of its third data center in Charlotte. This one is 7,200 square feet and is located on one of Charlotte's primary power grid arteries.  This is of course Windstream's cloud effort, which doesn't get the airtime that Verizon/Terremark or CenturyLink/Savvis get but is the same kind of idea nonetheless.

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Categories: Datacenter · Internet Backbones · Metro fiber

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