The US may still be recovering from turkey and shopping, but Europe has plenty going on this week to look at:
Interoute has picked up another enterprise customer for its cloud IT offerings. The luxury clothing specialist Scabal is moving its entire IT infrastructure into the cloud rather than move their existing infrastructure into a new Brussels HQ. In addition to hosting, security, backups, and monitoring Interoute is also helping with telephony, video communications, system integration, and a centralized help desk.
According to various reports, Telefonica is shutting down Jajah or at least the consumer service it offers. They bought the VoIP company back in 2009, with the idea apparently being to proactively take on OTT VoIP and thus insulate themselves from the threat and maybe get some buzz for itself. But the combination never really went anywhere, and Jajah just sort of faded into the background, no longer exciting and not seeming to get much benefit from the new ownership.
Orange Business Services is expanding its US managed services presence. They've opened their first US integration and briefing center down in Clearwater, Florida. Helping customers migrate to newer technologies is of course a big thing right now, especially for those with a lot of customers to migrate.
And there was a substantial network expansion announced last week over in the UK that slipped past me. The infrastructure provider SSE Telecoms says it has completed a buildout that takes them into 25 new PoPs in the central business districts in cities across the UK. There are another 29 PoPs in the works, which are more concentrated on London and along the Thames Valley.
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