Here's a quick look at some of the data center news out already this week from two European internet exchanges, Savvis, Equinix, and tw telecom:
The DE-CIX exchange is upgrading its core connectivity with 100G metro channels from ADVA. The bigger pipes will hook up their core Frankfurt data centers, enabling them to better scale the 2Tbps of peak internet they see now and the 80% annual growth they have been seeing. The major European exchanges were among the most vocal in demanding 100G pipes ASAP, and now they finally have them.
Speaking of European internet exchanges, Over in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) also made a move this week. The AMS-IX is taking over the management and operations of the Caribbean Internet exchange (CAR-IX), which it once helped found. CAR-IX will now be called AMS-IX Caribbean. AMS-IX has been making a series of moves beyond their home turf lately, I wonder how far that expansion interest extends.
This morning Savvis opened its first data center in continental Europe, formally launching their new Frankfurt facility. They'll be offering everything from colo to the cloud as well as low latency network services to the financial sector. Their virtual private data center service will launch in the new market early next year.
Equinix has opened the third phase of its London LD5 facility out in Slough. The expansion adds 4,000 square meters of space, or 1,400 cabinet equivalents, and special features for the trading commmunity with phase 4 still to come. Equinix recently announced plans to convert itself into a REIT over the next several years, but for now nothing will change except the extent of their footprint.
And finally, SureHosting Internet Solutions has tapped tw telecom for connectivity to Equinix's Sunnyvale IBX. Initially, tw will be deliver a 1Gbps connection via its deep metro fiber footprint with flexibility to expand as demand grows. The additional pipe will help the hosting provider provide more extensive and secure connectivity to its customers.
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