Time to catch up on some of the other news this week with a few quick looks before everyone goes home for the weekend.
Ajubeo has selected FORTRUST's Denver facility from which to launch its IaaS services. The cloud startup formally launched last month, aiming at the enterprise cloud opportunity with a highly optimized greenfield approach to the technology. FORTRUST will be able to accomodate Ajubeo's need for high power densities of 17kW per cabinet/rack by using those modules from Phoenix-based IO they recently signed up for.
In metro fiber, Bright House Networks says it has been awarded a multi-year contract with the Orange County Public Schools down in Orlando Florida. They'll be implementing a dedicated metro Ethernet network connecting 218 locations, along with the internet access, managed routers, security, VoIP, and WiFi to go with it. It's one of the largest school districts in the country, with 181,000 K-12 students.
On the wireless backhaul front, Tower Cloud has secured another $17M in funding in a round led by the Florida Opportunity fund. They'll use it to continue expanding their footprint in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama. Tower Cloud takes a hybrid fiber/wireless approach to the backhaul problem, and has been steadily gaining traction for years. In fact, their networks have grown to the point that they have a pretty substantial fiber footprint that I have now added to my metro and regional maps pages.
Orange Business Services (news) [a subsidiary of France Telecom (NYSE:FTE, news, filings)] has been called in to turn around DiaSorin's call center situation under a 3 year contract. The Italian healthcare vendor wants a system capable of efficiently managing call collection across 28 countries out of a centralized facility in Italy. DiaSorin is already a customer of Orange Business for VPN services.
And finally, this morning NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) announced an expansion of its presence on the Chinese mainland. On July 1 they will open branch offices in Shenyahg, Chengdu, and Shenzhen, raising their presence to 10 such cities. Doing business in China is a complex undertaking for anyone and an especially delicate one for Japanese firms.