Int’l Roundup: Orange, Pacnet, Colt, Interoute, Level 3

November 7th, 2012 by · 1 Comment

Now that the election’s over (finally!), there’s plenty of news from global service providers already this week to look at.  Here’s a set of quick takes on some of the interesting bits:

Orange Business Services won its first Asia-Pacific contract for Flexible Computing Express product yesterday. Mainland China’s Tiens Group will be outsourcing its IT infrastructure to Orange’s cloud, gaining the ability to modify its infrastructure instantly and autonomously. Tiens is a multinational conglomerate that has businesses in many industries and across 110 countries and regions, making its IT infrastructure more than a little complex.

Pacnet continued its recent offensive with a low latency Ethernet provate line expansion into Chicago. They’ve extended their financial-focused Lightning offering to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, giving it a US endpoint to join its connectivity to exchanges in Osaka, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Surely New York will make that list before long.

Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) unveiled the next generation of its data center offerings on Monday, called ‘ftec’. It offers CIOs substantial additional flexibility on three fronts: space, cooling, and power requirements. Colt’s modular data centers have become a key part of their plans going forward.  The pan-European operator finally looks ready to stop running in place and take advantage of that metro depth.

And also in Europe, Interoute offered an update on its growth, for which it credits surging opportunities in the cloud. The first nine months of 2012 saw revenues up 15% and EBITDA up 23% ove the same period last year. Given the macroeconomic swamp that is Europe these days, those are powerful growth numbers. Interoute has been building out its cloud further in response, extending its virtual data center offering into Berlin in Q3 and preparing to do the same in Paris this quarter. They also have a new facility in Ghent, Belgium scheduled to open in January 2013.

And finally, the Nemours Foundation has selected the global operator Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) to support its bandwidth needs and power the operation of its advanced medical record system. Nemours operates pediatric clinics and hospitals in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The healthcare vertical is key to Level 3’s quest for a sustained higher growth trend.


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