Network Roundup 8/10: Pacnet, Telx, Zayo, nTelos, Data Foundry

August 10th, 2011 by · Leave a Comment

Ok, earnings season is coming to a close except for the usual stragglers that will finish up shortly.  Time to check on what else went by that got missed:

Chinese online video company PPLive is expanding internationally, and they're leveraging Pacnet to do it.  Most in the west won't be too familiar with PPLive's PPTV, but it's sort of like Netflix but for Chinese language focused sitcoms, soap operas, and dramas.  I have in-laws that uses the service here in the US actually.  PPLive's expansion via Pacnet is aimed at Singapore and other substantial Chinese-speaking populations across Southeast Asia, where the operator has the deepest assets in its footprint.

Telx added another partner for its CloudXchange initiative, as cloud infrastructure provider Rhythmic Technologies joined its NYC Cloud Connection center at 111 8th Ave.  Rhythmic will use Telx's interconnection expertise to power the bandwidth needs of its expanding cloud services as it expands into new major metro areas.  Telx is currently changing private equity hands from GI Partners to ABRY and Berkshire.

Zayo late last week announced a deal with the Pittsburg Supercomputing Center.  They will be providing network infrastructure to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration's facility out in Fairmont West Virginia. This was obviously a followup to the announcement by Zayo a week earlier of a substantial investment in its West Virginia fiber network centered in Fairmont.

And also out there in the Appalachains, West Virginia's nTelos is still planning to split itself into wireline and wireless pieces, with the big day coming in a matter of weeks now.  This week they announced the new public wireline company's name:  Lumos Networks.  Lumos will have revenues in the $200M range annually, 75% of which will be on the CLEC side, and 25% on the RLEC side.  I'm still trying to figure out how to track these hybrid xLECs, the population of which does seem to be growing.

Down in Austin, Data Foundry picked up an interesting customer from the online legal industry in Liquid Litigation Management.  LLM will house its servers and other infrastructure at Data Foundry's giant new Austin facility, which will power the web-based discovery and case materials management services they offer to law firms and corporations nationwide.  Hmmm, sharks in the cloud already?  Hmmmm.

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Categories: CLEC · Cloud Computing · Datacenter · Metro fiber · Undersea cables

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