Lots of news from the IaaS side of the cloud in the last day or two that is worth a quick look, with items from Earthlink, PeakColo, Data Foundry, and Equinix.
The luggage maker Samsonite is upgrading its IT infrastructure with the help of Earthlink and Broadleaf Services. All their North American IT operations will be run off of Earthlink's Infrastructure as a Service offerings. Initially that means managed colo and professional services, but it's part of a long term move to the cloud for Samsonite. They hope to spend less time and resources on servers and more on, well, luggage I suspect.
PeakColo also picked up a contract via a channel partner, in this case IQ Wired. Subex, a provider of business support systems, will be using their cloud/IaaS offerings to power their software and applications. They'll be migrating from straight-up colo to a hybrid cloud model.
Down in Texas, Data Foundry added another disaster recovery customer to its client rolls. The Houston area's PrimeWay Federal Credit Union is moving into their giant Texas 1 facility in Austin. Disaster recovery was one of the big targets for Data Foundry when it built the facility, due to Austin's position outside the danger zones of most natural disasters. For a Houston-based bank, that would be hurricanes for the most part.
And finally, Equinix expanded its AWS Direct Connect service to another set of data centers. Their Seattle facilities SE2 and SE3 will both now offer direct connectivity to Amazon's cloud juggernaut. SE3 just opened a few months ago of course. Equinix has also now enhanced the capability to include connectivity to the AWS GovCloud.