There was a blitz of colocation-related news items yesterday, here are some quick highlights:
Data Center operator QTS is expanding its product set to include build-to-suit solutions and management additions. It's part of QTS's initiative to expand the size of the market it can shoot at by including a wider range of enterprise customer types. While the do-it-yourself approach can be very attractive to enterprises with a certain level of need, getting a datacenter buildout done right is actually a pretty specialized task and enterprises are increasingly aware of this. That's why many of the major builders of such facilities (like QTS) are trying on such build-to-suit models.
New market entrant Cologix gained a new internet backbone tenant out in Vancouver. Hurricane Electric has established a PoP in the Harbour Centre at 55 West Hastings Street, from which it will offer its IPv6-enabled wares. The recent liberalization of Canadian telecommunication ownership regulations already seems to be resulting in more PoP openings from US and international operators. Hurricane Electric had been in Cologix's Toronto facility for two years already though of course.
Terremark (news, filings) [a subsidiary of Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings)] has been active lately, as Verizon's ownership seems to have done their prospects no harm. Yesterday they announced a hybrid cloud solution for e-invoicing provider Direct Insite. Direct Insite's deployment within NAP of the Americas and NAP West serves 100K customers worldwide.
Over in Europe, InterXion (NYSE:INXN, news) announced a deal with FFastFill. FFastFill is an SaaS provider to the financial vertical, offering 'managed market access services to the leading liquidity pools', which basically means high-speed automated trading. They'll be providing services out of Interxion's City of London data center, whose location makes it ideal for this sort of thing.
And finally, there was some executive musical chairs going on. CoreSite (NYSE:COR, news, filings) has apparently done a little poaching, and will be bringing in Jarrett Appleby as its new Chief Operating Officer. Appleby had been chief marketing officer at Equinix for a bit over three years, following a stint with Reliance Globalcom. Equinix can't be happy about the move, as Appleby is a rising star and helped take Equinix to a new level globally during his tenur. Certainly they wasted no time in removing Appleby from the listing of their management team on their website, although he doesn't actually start at CoreSite until May 7.
Meanwhile, Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) announced that Brent Behrman, SVP Sales, has resigned from the company as of the end of next week. No word on his plans from here yet, but perhaps he will pop up else where. Digital Realty plans to start an executive search process to fill the vacancy, while CEO Michal Foust takes over the sales team in the meantime.
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