A quick survey at some items from the data center over the last day or two, from zColo, Internap, CDNetworks, and Equinix:
Zayo’s zColo division launched a new Metro Interconnect product yesterday on the heels of the AboveNet deal. The idea is to fuse all that Tier 1 deep metro connectivity with their existing interconnection footprint to create a metro-wide ecosystem. AboveNet was ‘data center neutral’, and Zayo is looking to optimize its use of that connectivity. Initially that will be in eleven AboveNet markets, with 8 Tier 2 markets under evaluation for phase 2.
Internap won a high profile managed services deal with the Formula One team Sahara Force India. The UK-based racing team moved their website hosting to Internap’s combination of hosting, IP, and CDN services, decreasing website load time by by 50% and thereby boosting average time spent on their site by 52%. Never a bad idea to associate speed with speed of course.
CDNetworks, which is part of the KDDI empire these days, picked up a dynamic web acceleration deal out in California. The Korean-based CDN operator will be speeding up content for HighQ, a provider of collaboration software to global enterprises. HighQ wants to preserve the ‘instant-on’ nature of its cloud application across a footprint that includes Australia, the Middle East, India, and China without building out infrastructure in those regions.
Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) had two items from the Far East. Yesterday they closed the purchase of Asia Tone for $230.5M in cash. That gives them six data centers and a disaster recovery facility in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore. One of the ones in Shanghai is under construction with phase one to be complete this quarter. And this morning, they teamed up with SynapSense for energy efficiency in Singapore. Focusing on real time monitoring and automation, they expect to have $700K in energy savings in place by December.
And Sprint is expanding its move into cloud services via an alliance with the systems integrator CSC. They’ll be taking CSC’s IaaS solutions to market alongside the UCaaS solutions they unveiled a few months back. SaaS services are next, apparently. All of this seems like a natural evolution of Sprint’s wireline business, and one that keeps the cost of expansion low through high profile partners ready to hit the ground running now.
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