With the merger news and rumors in wireless and wireline, the colo sector has probably been feeling a bit neglected a bit this week. Here are some quick takes covering XO at Equinix, Cadre at Viawest, Cologix in Toronto, Funding for C7, and a big new project for Sentinel:
Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) got some credit from XO for its part in the service provider's national 100G rollout. The first such connection has been launched between its Silicon Valley and Ashburn IBXs. XO's 100G deployment features NSN and Ciena gear, and aims to get a head start in the market relative to its larger peers. Talk of a quick XO sale by Carl Icahn has largely vanished over the last month and a half.
Out west, regional colo and cloud provider Viawest (news) [a subsidiary of Shaw Communications (news)] picked up a contract with the logistics and fulfillment software company Cadre Technologies. Viawest will be providing managed hosting and private cloud services aimed at streamlining system management and IT workload for Cadre's customers. Enabling software services companies via IaaS like this is core to Viawest's game plan.
Up north, Cologix (news) says it has completed its expansion at 151 Front Street in Toronto. The additional 3,000 square feet of colo space gives them 30,000 at 151 Front Street and 50,000 in Toronto overall following the completion of the buildout at 905 King. Cologix has had a busy year since exiting stealth mode last October.
In Utah, c7 raked in substantial new funding, raising $25M from MCG Capital and Signal Peak. The new war chest will go toward funding the company's expansion, adding space and operations capability to their Salt Lake City metro footprint.
And finally, Sentinel Data Centers announced a major development project in Durham, North Carolina. When complete, it will cover 420,000 square feet optimized for large footprint customers. The first phase of 120,000 square feet will be available in early 2013. Sentinel's other facility is up in Somerset, New Jersey, but the company obviously senses an opportunity in the North Carolina market, which has seen big private data centers from the likes of Google and Apple but not so much of the multi-tenant variety.