Some quick takes from the datacenter and the cloud from Interoute, NaviSite, Cobalt, and Akamai:
Interoute is teaming up with Unisys on a new cloud computing initiative. The two plan to meld Interoute's IaaS/VDC services with Unisys's cloud services portfolio, and thus better address the enterprise market and accelerate the adoption of cloud-based technologies. Interoute has been building its IaaS portfolio for several years, aiming for just this sort of arrangement.
NaviSite announced a, dare I say, tasty contract today with the food retailer EAT. They'll be providing IaaS services to power EAT's customer facing web application, which will take lunch orders on the same day as delivery. And you thought I was kidding with my Pizza-Delivery-as-a-Service article back on April 1. Ok, I guess I was...
Last week saw the unveiling of another data center company, this time out in Las Vegas. Cobalt Data Centers announced that they've begun construction of their Cheyenne facility, which will feature 5.5MW and 34,000 square feet of space when it opens in November. Vegas has been seeing some colo action lately, considering Zayo's purchase of MarquisNet earlier this year, ViaWest's purchase of a Corelink Facility combined with a buildout of its own, and now Cobalt's arrival. SwitchNAP's neighborhood is getting rather more diverse, I'd say.
Speaking of Viawest, they also had a contract announcement today. The social peering specialist SympIT is going with ViaWest's cloud computing platform to increase its website performance, with improvements of as much as 50%.
Cloud Data Corp is expanding its presence in western Canada, and leveraging Cologix's Vancouver data center and meet-me-room at 555 West Hastings to do it. Cloud Data's new Sproq Network application hosting platform is moving out of beta and into production.
And just in a short while ago, Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings) unveiled a new cloud-based media solutions portfolio called Sola Media Solutions. The offering combines its dominant CDN platform with cloud-based transcoding and stream packaging, analytics, and its 'Luna' control center. They've also teamed up with Verimatrix to demonstrate Sola's capabilities. Akamai continues to move up the application food chain while maintaining its core CDN cash machine intact.
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