As the US moves into a July 4th weekend, here's a quick rundown on items from the cloud and managed services with a new service at Tata, new customers for CyrusOne and Unitas Global, and a deal closing for EarthLink.
Tata Communications has launched a new cloud product for the media vertical. The cloud-based broadcast-quality video transcoding and delivery service is aimed at content creators, service providers, and media professionals, and helps to reduce delivery time. Viacom18, a JV between Viacom and Network18, has already signed on for HD transcoding, using it for same-day syndication of Indian soap operas in Pakistan. Tata also operates its own CDN of course, from the BitGravity deal.
Artisan Infrastructure has moved in with CyrusOne. The wholesale-only IaaS provider will use CyrusOne's Texas footprint and Internet Exchange to better access the Texas market as a whole and CyrusOne's cloud ecosystem in particular. Artisan's offering aims at service providers themselves, offering virtual private data centers on a pay-as-you-grow model.
Avant Communications has hooked up with Unitas Global for IaaS services. The managed services provider is accessing Unitas Global's private cloud capabilities to put together a single source solution for managed complex IT environments.
And finally, EarthLink has closed its acquisition of CenterBeam. The $22M deal gives them an immediate boost to their managed IT services capabilities for mid-sized enterprises, and comes with an IT support center with a staff of about 140. EarthlLink plans to begin offering Centerbeam's services through its existing channels later in the third quarter.