Here's a quick look at some data center news over the past few days, with items from Digital Realty, Equinix, Datagram, and CyrusOne:
Yesterday Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) picked up a data center lease with Renderwurks. Renderwurks provides server farms for animation and computer generated visual effects. While they're still an early stage company, this type of business has always been CPU-heavy and an obvious candidate for the cloud. Digital Realty is providing modular space at one of its data centers in Dallas, Texas.
In London, CME Group is moving in with Equinix. The derivatives marketplace is establishing a new electronic trading hub within Equinix's LD4/5 campus out in Slough. That will put more of its trading activity in close proximity to all the other trading platforms and customers that have been moving into Slough over the past few years. Latency is still everything to the financial vertical.
Datagram expanded its service portfolio to include commercial and residential audio/video automation. The idea is to help clients hook the many diverse media-related systems in today's living and working spaces together into a unified set. They've created a new subsidiary called AVIO, which will leverage the hosting and colo provider's New York City assets and market access to make it happen.
CyrusOne is looking to tap into the worldwide reach of Ingram Micro to sell more colo space via a new alliance. They're the first data center operator to make such a move, but I doubt they'll be the last. One of the major effects of the cloud revolution is to bring colocation space closer to the rest of the technology market as a whole. That means new avenues for taking advantage of the channel.
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