Lots of interesting news items from the colo world still to look at from this week.
The oddest bit came yesterday, when Server Farm Realty announced that it can now accept a new form of payment for its colocation services. Yep, apparently you can now pay for your racks and cages in bitcoins. Whether it's a simple bid for a bit of extra press (mission succeeded!) or an actual marketing move aimed at luring more bitcoin mining companies into their facilities I have no idea.
365 Data Centers picked up a partner out in Buffalo, New York, a city that has aspirations of a higher spot in the digital pecking order. ColoCrossing will be using 365 Data Center's space to take its managed hosting offerings to the SMB and enterprise markets there. 365 Data Centers was 365Main until recently, when it rebranded and aimed at the SMB space in less traditional colo markets.
Equinix won another convert to its Cloud Exchange. The big data cloud provider GoGrid has signed on to give its potential customers more ways to interconnect with its infrastructure. They've initially connected to it in Ashburn, with additional points of interconnection in Europe on the drawing board. There's going to be a steady stream of announcements like this.
QTS had two announcements positioning themselves for future opportunities. They've gained FedRAMP authorization, which will put their federal cloud ambitions on a faster track. And on the interconnection front, they've gained Open-IX certification for three facilities: Atlanta-Metro, Atlanta-Suwanee, and Richmond.
Peak has picked up another channel partner for its whitelabel cloud. Daymark Solutions will be using Peak's technology to power its disaster recovery, storage, and cloud services. Of all the pieces of telecom that seem to be shifting to meet the cloud, the channel seems like it has the most to gain.
And ViaWest also picked up some business this week. Extra Space Storage Inc is using a combination of their data center and managed services to help power its IT and data systems. Apparently, even the self-storage business needs to store stuff someplace, haha. They've housed it in Viawest's Denver Arapahoe facility with failover to the Cottonwood facility out in Salt Lake City.