Network Roundup 7/14: Internap, Earthlink, SURFnet, Level 3, Telx

July 14th, 2011 by · 1 Comment

Time to catch up on a few interesting tidbits across the industry:

Internap Network Services (NASDAQ:INAP, news, filings) won an expanded for its colocation and high end IP services, announcing that AudienceScience is using their footprint to support its expansion in Europe.  The audience aggregator will consolidate its traffic into Internap’s Frankfurt data center, adding a sixth hub internationally to their infrastructure.  I’m not too familiar with the term ‘audience aggregator’, but more familiar with ‘advertising network’ where comScore ranks them in the top ten.

Earthlink (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) Business checked in with contract with Blue Beacon International for a national MPLS network.  The new network will hook up 118 locations across 38 states, blending various access technologies like ADSL, T-1, and cable together and supporting the usual busienss services as well as disaster recovery.  According to the PR, Earthlink Business has a physical presence and was able to supply fiber connectivity in Salina Kansas, where Blue Beacon has its HQ. Fiber-to-the-Truck-Wash, hmmm.

Over in Europe, the Netherlands based research network SURFnet has selected Ciena gear to power its nextgen Ethernet efforts.  That’s no surprise, as they are also using Ciena gear for their optical layer, and have had a long relationship there.  In this case, it’s Ciena’s service aggregation switch and service delivery switches, as well as the OneControl management system that will be handling the heavy lifting.  SURFnet has been perhaps the most active research network lately in putting nextgen technologies to work.

The PR team at Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) has had a busy week I think.  Today’s news has them back in familiar territory, winning a bandwidth deal for a European gaming server provider.  Interactive 3D B.V will be using their high-speed IP services and wavelengths out of the Rotterdam PoP, allowing them to scale their network and peer in multiple locations.  Level 3 has been adding depth in Europe, adding more PoPs in a wider variety of datacenters, in this case in the SmartDC facility in Rotterdam.

And back in the US on the cloud front, Telx Group (news, filings) won another member to its CloudXchange.  Bat Blue, which offers secure cloud solutions, will be using the young cloud-focused interconnectivity offering in New York, New Jersey, and Atlanta.  Bat Blue is focusing on reducing latency in and between clouds, building a specialized IP network that uses interestingly named proprietary techniques like its ‘Intelligent Hot-Potato-Extreme’ model.

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