Time for a look at some news from around the world, with items from Hibernia Atlantic, AT&T, NTT, AXTEL, and Level 3:
Hibernia Atlantic said this morning that it has joined the ranks of technology partners for Amazon Web Services. They’ll be providing bandwidth and connectivity options for AWS Direct Connect, aiming at the growing cloud vertical. This follows quickly on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of the acquisition of Teliasonera’s MediaConnect business, boosting their role in video delivery services. Hibernia had been rather quiet this year so far, busy working on that new ultra-low latency transatlantic buildout of course.
AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) is helping Brother Industries to extend its MPLS connectivity across Asia and the Pacific. They have already connected up 42 sites in North America in Europe via VPN services, and this new expansion adds another six is the Asia-Pacific region. Brother wanted a single provider, and had already been working with AT&T in the US previously.
NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) won an expanded relationship with the French-based global news agency Agence France-Press, or AFP. The news media business has been evolving rapidly, requiring much larger and more complicated network operations to feed content to audiences worldwide. NTT is helping AFP manage those data flows across the Asian theatre via connectivity and other services in Hong Kong.
Down in Mexico, the alternative provider AXTEL tapped none other than IBM to help it revamp its IT infrastructure. AXTEL is moving from an older SAP infrastructure to an all-IBM setup in order to handle growth and improve its customer relationship capabilities. So far, the upgrade has yielded a 60% improvement in application performance, lowering costs and improving their overall operational efficiency.
And in London, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) added another data center to its network. They are now providing direct fiber connectivity to a facility in North London operated by the London Data Exchange. The SME-focused data center reflects Level 3’s plans to grow its exposure to the enterprise in the UK, which will mean more on-net building activity to come.
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