Colo Bytes 5/9: Savvis, CENX, DBR360, PhoenixNAP, zColo, Equinix

May 9th, 2012 by · Leave a Comment

Time for a quick look at some recent news items from the colocation and interconnection markets - there's been lots of it.

Savvis (news, filings) [a subsidiary of CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings)] won a renewal and expansion of its contract with FXall. The independent foreign exchange platform hosts its matching engine in Savvis' NJ2 data center in Weehawken. They'll be expanding their footprint to accomodate client demand and ongoing market growth. CenturyLink certainly seems to be enjoying its larger stature in the financial vertical.

We haven't heard much from CENX (news) lately, so I found their latest press release of interest. CENX announced that its new Ethernet backhaul management services are available globally, and serving multiple national carriers. This product is the one they announced LightSquared would be using last August, I'm glad to see that it has evolved in a positive way since then. But the pure Carrier Ethernet exchange business model has not had a good year, and since CENX was the purest of its participants they probably haven't had a good year either. I've wondered if they might wind up as an acquisition target for someone like CoreSite (NYSE:COR, news, filings).

DBR360 has gained a new member for its 360Exchange network-as-a-service. Global Capacity is accessing the service to help expand the reach of its One Marketplace Access Exchange. I don't know DBR360 very well yet, I'll have to read up.

In Arizona, Phoenix NAP added another carrier to its toolset. Inteliquent (NASDAQ:IQNT, news, filings) has expanded its network into the colocation provider's facility, has been added to the Secured Servers bandwidth blend. Inteliquent's network, of course, used to be called Tinet until the rebranding earlier this year.

Zayo Group (news, filings)'s zColo division added a fiber network customer at its flagship meet-me-room at 60 Hudson Street in Manhattan. They'll be providing colo and neutral interconnection services for First Communications, a regional fiber operator serving the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. zColo is Zayo's smallest segment, but once AboveNet gives them national scale in fiber perhaps their appetite will shift toward more colo/interconnection assets like the recent MarquisNet deal out in Las Vegas.

And finally, Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) is housing another set of cloud infrastructure. Front Porch Digital has selected their LD5 IBX in London to locate their LYNX cloud solution platform. Front Porch Digital specializes in video archive, migration, and online video publishing. Equinix will supply connectivity as well as space, leveraging its ecosystem.

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