Pan-European network operator Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) is adding integrated data encryption to its enterprise managed services. It's a feature of packet-optical gear from Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), in which 'in-flight', protocol-agnostic encryption can secure data streams without impacting network performance itself.
Colt will be deploying Ciena's 5000 series throughout its metro networks in 14 European markets. That will let it address regulatory compliance and intellectual propery concerns for enterprise clients, giving them an edge in a very competitive data market. Latency generated by the encryption process is in the single digit microsecond range, something that certainly won't hurt in the financial vertical.
Colt also shipped a 500 square meter data center to Iceland, according to a release yesterday. How does one transport a data center of that size? In 37 pieces of course, sent by sea. They will be reassembled at the Verne Global campus in just a few weeks. Iceland has been getting attention on the data center front due to its ample geothermal energy supplies.