TGIF. Here’s a quick look at some more news from the metro this week:
EarthLink won some fast food business out in the Midwest this week. LDF Food Group will be using their network services across its more than 40 Wendy’s franchises across Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. LDF uses EarthLink’s MPLS Direct Connect for its credit card transactions between the point of sale and its payment processors. Flex Communications helped with the implementation.
Also in the Midwest, Frontier and Mitel teamed up for the education vertical. Illinois Wesleyan University has moved its phone system onto a cloud communications platform. The deployment took six months, and included 875 cloud powered phones plus 900 still on analog (for the power during blackouts etc), hooking up 600 faculty and staff plus 1,900 students.
Hurricane Electric kept its steady expansion with yet another new point of presence. They’ve added a second PoP at Digital 365 Main out in San Francisco, the Digital Realty facility that was purchased from 365Main before the latter bought those 15 data centers from Equinix and started over as 365 Data Centers.
Zayo added another data center to its deep footprint in Maryland this morning. They’ve built out to BYTEGRID’s 214K square foot facility in Silver Spring. BYTEGRID has been acquisitive lately, and has more inorganic expansion plans for this year. I’d say the same about Zayo, but it’s the possible IPO that dominates the horizon there.
tw telecom’s national fiber expansion followed up its New York announcement with one out in Ohio. They’ve now expanded their fiber network into Cleveland, starting out with a node at BlueBridge Networks’ downtown data center. tw telecom is already in the other 3 significant bandwidth markets in Ohio: Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton.
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