Friday Bytes: Level 3, FirstLight, Comcast, Equinix, CyrusOne

August 8th, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Here’s a quick roundup of other interesting news from this week:

Level 3 picked up two contracts, one in New England, and the other way down in Chile. Massachusetts has added them to the ITT46 contract, making them an authorized vendor for contracts across the state. Meanwhile, the travel and tourism agency Turavion is moving its IT platform into Level 3’s data center down in Santiago. They’ll also be using Level 3’s VPN services too hook it all up.

In Upstate New York, FirstLight Fiber says it will be serving unified communications to an Albany-based nonprofit. CDChoices will use their virtual PBX services to upgrade a more traditional phone system. They’ve been using FirstLight’s bandwidth for almost 3 years, and now will converge their voice systems onto it as well.

And last week, Comcast Business expanded its network out in the Salt Lake City metro area. They’ve extended fiber into C7 Data Centers’ new Granite Point II location in Bluffdale. They’re already connected to three other C7 locations in the region. Comcast’s metro Ethernet business has been booming in recent years.

Blue Box became the latest cloud services provider to move into Equinix’s cloud exchange. They’ll be using it to provide their ‘Private Cloud as a Service’ out of Equinix’s SE3 location in Seattle. The name ‘Private Cloud as a Service’ seems like a bit of a definitional circle, but that’s never stopped marketing before. Blue Box is also expanding into Equinix’s ZH4 facility over in Zurich.

And just this morning CyrusOne got a new kind of customer down in Texas. They will be housing a colocated 911 dispatch center for Carrollton, Coppell, Farmers Branch, and Addison. The deployment is billed as the first ever, and will occupy 12,000 square feet in CyrusOne’s Carrollton facility. 911 dispatch centers usually operate their own dedicated facilities for their data center needs.

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Categories: Datacenter · Federal contracts · Metro fiber · VoIP

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