Quick takes on network news today from Zayo, Internet2, AT&T, and Verizon:
Zayo has closed its purchase of the rest of US Carrier, just a day into the fourth quarter. The $15.9M purchase brings them a regional fiber network with substantial depth in Georgia and stretching into Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee. Notably, it connects two of Zayo's remaining islands of metro fiber to the rest of its footprint: Birmingham right away and soon Nashville as well. So now Zayo has no further pending acquisitions, having closed the Arialink, Abovenet, FiberGate, and USCarrier deals in the space of just five months. Still lots of integration work to go I'm sure.
The Internet2 turned up what it is billing as the nation's first 100G open national software-defined network yesterday. The 8.8Tbps research system is now officially operational for member institutions. They've been putting this together for some time, with Ciena coherent 100G gear on Level 3 fiber. The SDN side of things reflects the growing influence of virtualization on both networking and all things cloud.
AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) won an undersea contract, but not for submarine cables this time. They've completed an upgrade of Subsea 7's global IP-VPN, effectively doubling its size and covering 30 sites worldwide. Subsea 7 specializes in seabed-to-surface engineering for the energy industry, and has been working with AT&T for more than five years already. The upgrade has enabled Subsea 7 to consolidate its voice, video, and data traffic.
And finally, Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings) Enterprise Solutions introduced a cloud portfolio aimed at the healthcare vertical and the HIPAA requirements in particular. The services offer secure storage of ePHI data, and cover the full range of colo, managed hosting, and cloud services. Their healthcare-focused offerings are provided out of Terremark's big Miami and Culpeper facilities.
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