With Easter on tap this weekend, let's wrap up with a few quick looks at items in the colocation space, which has been very busy this week:
Verizon's Terremark subsidiary further filled out its cloud portfolio with a new private cloud offering for the enterprise. An extension of their hybrid cloud strategy, it is designed to be a single tenant environment, making security easier to match up with the requirements of federal and large enterprise customers. Verizon's purchase of Terremark shook up the sector last year, and since closing the purchase they have put substantial resources behind it as a cornerstone of their enterprise strategy. This year we'll start to see whether they have the right recipe in place or not, but this morning's news brought a cloud-reseller deal with CornerStone.
This morning, Equinix gained another customer in the far east for its Platform Equinix community. Infrastructure-as-a-service provider Unitas Global has signed on for space in both the SG2 facility in Singapore and the SY3 facility in Sydney, and plans to expand to other IBX's in the region going forward. That's the same Sydney facility that Equinix just put another $50M into ahead of schedule earlier this week.
Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) and Savvis (news, filings) [a subsidiary of CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings)] are teaming up in Hong Kong. The two companies formed a joint venture which has agreed to acquire a 165,000 square foot property at Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate in New Territories, 12 miles from downtown. They intend to redevelop the site, turning it into a colo/cloud hub with 5.76MW of power available. Savvis has been working hard on its cloud presence in Asia, announcing two weeks ago the launch of its cloud services in Hong Kong right on the heels of Japan. Partnering with Digital Realty Trust will let them keep the focus on the services they're trying to enable.
Out in Phoenix, IO continued its PR offensive with yet another modular datacenter contract. Web services provider BlueChannel has selected the colocation specialist's DCaaS services to build out its datacenter footprint without having to build the infrastructure itself.
And in Chicago, Corelink announced a contract with Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Company of America, the US affiliate of the Japanese insurance giant. Through their Youtobioa division they provide personal auto, home, and umbrella policies in the midwest, and will be buying a range of services via CoreLink's Chicago facility.
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