Let’s start the week with a quick roundup of data and content news from across the sector.
On Friday, Zayo’s zColo division bought its way into the Austin market with the purchase of Core NAP. The inorganic expansion gives zColo 8,250 square feet of space at 7218 McNeil Drive with which to kick off their interconnection business. Zayo’s network moved into Austin with the AboveNet deal last year, and the city has been gaining attention of late as a data center growth market due to its low risk profile when it comes to natural disasters.
Earthlink (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) finished up its Chicago expansion last week. With a new data center at 350 East Cermak and new local salse office in place, they’re positioning their cloud-based IT services portfolio for the enterprise market. Still in the works are facilities in San Jose and Miami, while their Dallas buildout went online last month.
In the APAC region, Pacnet continued pushing forward the ongoing infrastructure shift it began last year. In Sydney this morning they announced the completion of a datacenter expansion, adding 350 racks and 3MW of power. And if you had wondered what they were doing with that EdgeCast-powered CDN these days, last week they added a new CDN point of presence in Bangalore, giving them better Indian coverage.
Level 3 picked up some more video business, as its Vyvx division won out at Estrella TV. The Hispanic television network will use Vyvx to deliver its programs to 40 local affiliates nationally. Vyvx has been a steady piece of Level 3, helping give their CDN efforts some complementary depth.
Akamai has enhanced its Aura portfolio, integrating the capabilities it acquire in the Verivue deal. That gives them both a licensed CDN (Aura Lumen) and a SaaS CDN (Aura Spectra) to offer to network operators. It wasn’t so long ago that network operators were poised to invade the CDN space, but these days more and more are looking to get the benefits without re-inventing the wheel.
And NTT has opened a new data center in Hong Kong focused tightly on the financial vertical. Its new Financial Data Center is now live, with 80% of the initial capacity already spoken for. It’s one of 12 facilities on 20 hectars of Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate land. Phase 2 is targeted for 2015, which will bring the total capacity up to 70,000 gross square meters and 6,000 racks.
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