With the Labor Day weekend fast approaching in the US, overseas is where to look for the interesting stuff. Here's a quick rundown of some international items:
KDDI and its subsidiary Telehouse are devoting some substantial resources toward data centers in its home market of Japan. They're building two new facilities at a cost of ¥28 billion, which works out to a substantial investment of about $270M. One will be in Osaka with some 700 racks of space and come online in August of 2015. The other will be at their current Tama data center campus and feature 1,300 racks with a target date of February 2016.
The UK's Telecity is looking for a new CEO. Michael Tobin will be stepping down on October 31 after 10 years leading the company, with chairman John Hugues stepping in temporarily as they look for a successor. The abrupt move came as a bit of a surprise to the financial markets, but it seems likely that there is an underlying story there somewhere.
Pacnet picked up some important certifications for its data center business this week. They have attained PCI DSS 2.0 certification for their SYCS1 facility in Sydney, HKCS1 and HKCS2 in Hong Kong, and SGCS2 in Singapore. In the past several years, Pacnet has turned toward the enterprise and the cloud/networking services markets, and PCI certification will help them along that path.
And euNetworks saw some management turnover just this morning. Uwe Nickl will be moving on from his roles as executive director and CSO to take the CEO role at another, non-competing company in Germany. Denis le Brizault will be taking over as CSO at euNetworks, moving up from his current role heading up the company's French unit.
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