Several items in the datacenter sector worth a quick look this week:
IO's giant modular project in New Jersey added another fiber provider yesterday. New metro fiber entrant Cross River Fiber will be building out its network to the facility, which will serve as a hub for additional expansions to other NJ destinations. IO is the latest branding for i/o Datacenters, which seems to be a good move at least from the blogger point of view - at least it will confuse my spell checker less often, not to mention allow the occasional astronomical allusion to that moon of Jupiter.
FiberMedia also added a low latency provider from the lesser-known camp in the Garden State. Hudson Fiber Network has extended its network into their Secaucus facility. FiberMedia just opened this facility in April, which it has positioned as ideal for the financial markets due to its close proximity to key exchanges and other data centers. Hudson has spent substantial effort over the past few years on the financial vertical as well.
Financial trading specialist RTS Realtime Systems Group has picked Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) for its expansion in Germany. RTS's new datacenter will be located within their FR2 facility in Frankfurt, with low latency access to the Eurex and Xetra markets. Equinix's focus on the financial vertical and the hyperconnectivity of its facilities have given it a powerful position with traders. Equinix yesterday also claimed some credit for the rise of Cotendo in the high end CDN segment, where they have quadrupled their customer base. Cotendo has be leveraging many aspects of Equinix's ecosystem worldwide since moving into their IBXs back in 2009.
And on the other side of the planet, Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) is moving deeper into the Australian market. This week they acquired a 30,250 square meter development site in Melbourne, giving it a foothold beyond Sydney - i.e. where everyone goes first. The purchase cost only $4.1M, and is within the Paramount Industrial Park, 19km from the central business district. They're still working on the approvals before beginning construction, after which it will be another twelve months to get the first phase in place.
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