International network operator glbc won a substantial bandwidth expansion over at privately held cloud and hosting provider SoftLayer. They have deployed 14 new 10Gbps dedicated internet access ports for the company to help meet demand for virtual data center connectivity.
Global Crossing's IP transit business has grown in recent years to the extent that it has taken over the #2 spot from Sprint in some rankings, such as that of Renesys. Their pending merger with the top dog in the space, Level 3, briefly raised some hackles this summer with rival XO and the DOJ. The former of those concerns have already been set aside, though I don't know what the outcome at the DOJ has been. That deal is still expected to close by the end of the year, although Level 3 is surely working to make that earlier if they can manage it.
SoftLayer is one of the most dynamic privately held players in the cloud and managed hosting environment, and actually I have wondered why it has not been the target of more takeover chatter. Fourteen 10Gbps pipes is big bandwidth, obviously they are expecting big things to come. Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll go public sometime.
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