Friday Roundup 2/8: Subcom, Lightower, Earthlink, Level 3

February 8th, 2013 by · Leave a Comment

I’ve been posting this week from Xishuangbanna, China down on the Myanmar border, and it’s been a blast – though I was a bit late yesterday due to a miscalculated trip that happened to pass through a forest fire (really). Lots of interesting news still out there I didn’t get to, here’s a Friday roundup as I head home:

TE Subcom says it has completed an upgrade to the Trans-Pacific Express cable, adding more than a Terabit per second to its capacity. TPE is a modern consortium cable whose 18,000km fiber system went online in 2008, backed by traditional heavyweights on both sides of the Pacific. They didn’t mention what gear or technology they upgraded to or from, but I’m guessing 40G is involved.

Frontline Data Services says it has partnered with Lightower Fiber Networks (news) to build a new low latency link. The two are hooking up Mahwah, NJ with Frontline’s Orangeburg, NY data center with a mere 568 microsecond round trip delay. They didn’t say so, but they’re clearly referring to the NYSE’s data center there. Frontline hopes to sell colo space to the financial community at a fraction of the cost of colocating directly in the Mahwah facility.

Earthlink (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) continued to round out its cloud portfolio this week with a Data Center Connect solution. The idea is to connect clients to Earthlink’s data centers (and cloud) via Earthlink’s private MPLS network. The company’s fiber footprint is a key strategic element of Earthlink’s intended transition to a managed IT/network provider to the enterprise space.

And Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) had two news items down in South America this week. In Brazil, they added the fashion e-commerce company Dafiti as a customer. They’ll be providing hosting and infrastructure for the company’s online presence.  And further south in Argentina, Level 3 achieved ISO/IEC 27001 certification for its Buenos Aires data center in addition to the ISO 9001 certfication they already had. South America will probably be Level 3’s fastest growth source this year, although it will take an acceleration in the US as well plus more stability in Europe to quiet the naysayers.

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Categories: Cloud Computing · Datacenter · Metro fiber · Undersea cables

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