Hurricane Electric Taps Zayo for 100G Backbone

April 9th, 2013 by · Leave a Comment

Hurricane Electric has decided to jump on the 100G bandwagon, and they're going to get the wavelengths for it from Zayo.  The global IP backbone and IPv6 trend-setter has purchased 100G waves along Zayo's recently upgraded routes, which include both New York to Washington DC and Chicago to Memphis, and probably a few others they have in the works.

Hurricane Electric US network mapAt least, it's clear that these initial routes won't be the end of the 100G rollout for Hurricane Electric, given that Memphis isn't even a major node on their network map yet (left).  Clearly it'll be part of a longer upgrade process as Zayo puts the technology to work on other segments of its network throughout as the rest of 2013 unfolds.

The benefits of the move to 100G will include both reduced management needs and latency improvements, and will help the Hurricane Electric improve its per Gigabit cost efficiency.  It's interesting to see a challenger like HE moving to 100G already, suggesting the market for 100G waves themselves is now developing in earnest.

The one year anniversary of Zayo's announcement of its intent to buy AboveNet passed a few weeks ago, and perhaps reflecting their rapid growth they moved into a new HQ last week up in Boulder.  Come to think of it though, it's been a whole quarter since they closed the purchase of LiteCast.  I'm not saying the next M&A announcement is overdue, but I wouldn't be terribly surprised...

 

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