Friday came awfully quickly this week, what with the New Year and all that. Here’s a quick look at some of the industry news that started the year, plus one from the week before that I hadn’t seen:
The independent European fiber operator euNetworks continued to add high profile talent, roping in another longtime industry executive and putting him on its board of directors. Neil Hobbs has signed on as of the start of 2014. Hobbs is currently CEO of Terrepact, having previously served as CEO at Teliris and Atlantix Global Systems, but earlier was the guy who led operations for Level 3 after Kevin O’Hara left, and headed up global sales for the AT&T/BT joint venture Concert back in the bubble years. Just a week earlier euNetworks also brought in Joachim Piroth as CFO.
EarthLink did a bit of a corporate paperwork reshuffle to start off the year. In a holding company formation transaction, EarthLink Holdings Inc. has replaced EarthLink, Inc. everywhere of importance. The change has no operational impact, except to the lawyers and tax folks of course for whom such things mean so much.
Open-IX kicked off the new year by beginning to accept certification applications for all data center and IX locations in North America. With LINX’s NoVA effort now in service, and DE-CIX and AMS-IX both taking on New York and looking at other expansions, it certainly seems the arrival of the European-style internet exchange in the US will be an ongoing story in 2014.
And just before 2013 ended, Juniper added an SDN customer. Hong Kong’s Cyberport is using Juniper’s Contrail solution to help automate its community cloud offering. Cyberport will thus be able to offer network-as-a-service via a self-service portal.
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