Time for a quick review of news from the colo and cloud sector, featuring Fogo, zColo, IO, Primus, and Switch:
The Carrollton City Schools down in Georgia is moving to the cloud with the help of local data center operator Fogo. They're putting PowerSchool, which maintains student information both for educators and the district's 4,500 students, into Fogo's cloud infrastructure. This is the sort of deal that larger telecoms have been positioning their cloud assets to win, but in this case the cloud victor was quite local.
Zayo Group (news, filings) says it is adding the colo and interconnect services of its zColo division to its agent sales channel. zColo now spans 20 carrier neutral facilities across the country, complementing its parent's fiber infrastructure, but there is likely room for more in time both organically and inorganically.
Phoenix-based IO announced a contract with Simplicity Web Hosting. Simplicity is the latest to sign on with IO's modular DCaaS services, but from both Phoenix and New Jersey. IO also recently expanded its reach into Europe, naming Ricky Cooper to head up EMEA sales.
Also out in the desert, Switch Communications added a cloud provider at its Las Vegas facility. Cloud Provider USA has deployed a cloud node at its giant SuperNAP facility, with dedicated connectivity to their Miami location of course. Switch has long been one of the dominant interconnection providers in Vegas.
Up in Canada, Primus continued to put resources into its datacenters with a new tiered cloud offering. They've now launched their PrimusCloud Server platform, allowing business customers better control over server performance. Earlier this year, Primus sold off its Australian business as part of its review of strategic alternatives. They have since been using the proceeds to reposition their Canadian assets, whether for growth or a sale remains to be seen.
And just in this morning, Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) picked up a financial vertical win. Direct Edge is relocating its disaster recovery facilities for the EDGA and EDGX exchanges to Equinix's CH4 IBX in Chicago. The move will be complete in the fourth quarter, giving them geographic diversity in the event that something happens back in Secaucus.
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