Colo Catchup 11/18: Sentinel, IO, Savvis, QTS, Equinix

November 18th, 2011 by · Leave a Comment

Friday again, and I feel a turkey approaching. First though, here are a few quick notes from the colo side of things:

Northeastern fiber operator Sidera Networks has built its network into Sentinel’s NJ-1 data center down in Somerset. They’re now offering ultra-low latency paths to and from the many financial exchanges and key locations around the New York metro area. Sentinel brought phase one of the new 330,000 square foot facility online earlier this year.

Out in Phoenix, IO continued its steady stream of modular data center deals with a contract with Binary Pulse. The private cloud and IT solutions firm will be leveraging their DCaaS offering powered by the IO Anywhere at the giant IO Phoenix facility. Binary Pulse serves the professional services sector – law firms, medical offices, etc.

QTS has made good progress in its goals for energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction at its 990,000 square foot Atlanta Metro facility, earning an LEED Gold Certification in spite of the competing requirements found in such a large multi-tenant environment. QTS plans to invest another $10M in further green advancements over the next few years, aiming at more than $4M in further annual savings.

Savvis (news, filings) [a subsidiary of CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings)] is beefing up its management team by poaching some talent from big tech. James Parker has come over from MicroSoft to oversee Savvis’s Americas sales, while Daniel Patton has moved over from Amazon Web Services to help drive their enterprise cloud platform. That CenturyLink is having Savvis recruit far from the telecom sector fits with the company’s transformational thinking, as it moves to position itself in the enterprise space relative to its larger ILEC brethren.

And finally, Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) announced a $250M share buyback program that will extend through the end of 2012. With all the projects Equinix is working on all over the world, it’s interesting that they still have cash they don’t have a better use for. Perhaps next in line is to start paying a dividend?

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