Time for a quick roundup of US data services news, with items from XO, Cologix, Global Capacity, Cbeyond, and UNSi:
XO is boosting its video capabilities with the help of Ciena's digital video transport solution. Along with the national 100G upgrade XO announced last year, this rollout will enable the cost-effective transport of real-time, uncompressed HD video without affecting original quality. Ciena's gear is also powering the metro side of XO's 100G rollout.
Cologix picked up a new fiber-based network operator as a customer out in Dallas. Unite Private Networks has selected their Dallas INFOMART facility for the space, power, and connectivity for a core network node. UPN has been building out fiber in the Dallas metro area to support two recently announced contracts for school districts.
Global Capacity continues to add capabilities to its One Marketplace. Today they launched an Ethernet interconnection service, called One Hub, offering 1G or 10G ENNIs with access to over 3 million endpoints. They've upgraded their Ethernet capabilities with the Overture 6000 and the Telco System T-Metro 8006 for a wide range of access methods, with T1 and DS3 connections automatically mapped to Ethernet VLANs.
Cbeyond has further tuned its SMB-facing management capabilities. They've enabled customers to view, customize, manage, and control cloud computing services through a single portal. Cbeyond has been transitioning from a T1 and voice-heavy model to one powered by Ethernet connections and cloud-based services. There's a long way yet to go, but the effort seems to have traction.
And finally, UNSi has partnered up with the cloud application provider RapidScale. The two will team in offering business applications to enterprises over UNSi's private MPLS network. The CloudMPLS synthesis looks to eliminate QoS and security worries for businesses that depend on a cloud-based IT infrastructure.
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