Time to survey some news this week in the datacenter and cloud sector from IO, Telx, Terremark, Earthlink, and Equinix:
IO (news) unveiled a new initiative called 'Powered by IO' aimed at taking its modular DCaaS technology to new markets. They are adding other data center providers as partners, giving their IO.Anywhere modules and IO.OS software vectors into new markets without having to build from scratch themselves. Denver's FORTRUST is amongst the first to sign on, committing to IO's modular technology. FORTRUST will transform its current data center while also expanding its scope geographically through the IO Phoenix and IO New Jersey locations. Looks like a smart move by IO that could find some traction by empowering the many smaller data center operators.
Global Capacity expanded its One Marketplace Access Exchange further by partnering with carrier neutral interconnection provider Telx. They'll be providing their automated pricing, ordering, and provisioning capabilities within the Telx Connect Marketplace. Global Capacity is actively seeking greater scope for its exchange these days. For instance, just last week they joined DBR360's 360Exchange.
Terremark (news, filings) [a subsidiary of Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings)] continued the steady expansion of its cloud infrastructure by adding a new Enterprise Cloud node in its Denver facility. This expansion follows closely on the heels of yet another Brazilian expansion. Verizon's acquisition and integration of Terremark seems to have gone quite well thus far, and Verizon is clearly putting serious effort behind its cloud efforts.
On the competitive side of the cloud space, Earthlink (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) continues to fill out its product portfolio as it makes its IT services and communications play for the SME. This week they launched a hosted desktop service, called Cloud Workspace, enabling employees to do their jobs from any device. They hope to target the CLEC customer base they acquired last year with next generation cloud-based products. It's an aggressive plan, and a much, much more realistic one than their post-dialup transformation efforts of a few years ago.
And aside from yesterday's announcement of their intent to acquire ancotel, Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) had two interesting financial-related global contract wins. BT has picked the carrier neutral colocation specialist to power its new BT Radianz Venue offering, a cloud-services suite aimed at the financial vertical. They'll be moving into 10 Equinix locations around the world. And Australian-based financial services technology provider IRESS has deployed within Equinix data centers in London, Singapore, and Hong Kong. They were already in Toronto and Sydney.
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