Here's a quick look at some interesting news items from this week:
Zayo has officially launched Transzact, the platform it has been working hard on since last winter. The portal will offer customers and the channel pricing and ordering 'anytime, anywhere', which given the extent of Zayo's infrastructure these days covers a lot of territory. With all the M&A has done over the years, just getting all the varied infrastructure onto the same platform was a big enough task on its own of course, but they are clearly looking to take it to the next level.
Fresh off its acquisition by Canada's Shaw Communications, ViaWest has found itself a new network partner in Texas. Consolidated Communications (CCI) will now be reselling ViaWest's data center services in Dallas, targeting the enterprise community. CCI is also in the midst of an acquisition, working on the purchase of Enventis up in Minnesota and the surrounding area.
Virtacore and tw telecom have teamed up to expand their enterprise reach. Virtacore offers cloud solutions out of Equinix facilities, which will be connected to customers over tw telecom's eLynk Ethernet pipes. tw telecom should soon be part of the Level 3 empire, but I imagine the relationship should be the same once that happens.
Highwinds has expanded its content delivery network out in the APAC region. They've added a PoP in the capital of the Philippines, Manilla, in response to customer demand from the gaming and video markets.
And CENX has formally launched its Cortx Service Orchestration suite, aimed at helping networks that are migrating to SDN and NFV. Since starting out as an Ethernet Exchange, CENX has moved increasingly into providing the software and support systems needed for managing nextgen networks across multivendor infrastructures.
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