A quick roundup of data center news from this morning and late last week:
Hurricane Electric continued to add new PoPs to its international backbone, with a little help from one of the biggest data center operators around. They're moving into more of Equinix's facilities around the world, in this case MU1 in Munich, FR5 in Frankfurt, and HK1 in Hong Kong. That puts HE in 17 of Equinix's IBXs around the world. HE has been steadily adding depth around the world for several few years now.
QTS has made good on its expansion in Texas. They officially opened the doors in their Dallas-Fort Worth facility last week. This was the former semiconductor plant they bought a year and a half ago, adding 700,000 square feet of space with room for another 600,000 square feet when the time comes.
365 Data Centers unveiled the latest weapon in its arsenal aimed at the SMB colo market. Not content with getting rid of long term contracts, they have now redesigned the cabinet to make it easier for new customers to enter the market. With 'Compact Cabinets' that take up a third of the space, they can sell smaller bundles at a time. An idea that could catch on even in larger markets perhaps?
In London, Interxion hooked itself up a bit closer to Amazon. They've joined the APN program and made AWS Direct Connect available through their cloud connect service. Data center operators are increasingly at the center of the cloud ecosystem, not just to house the servers as they always have but also to facilitate an awful lot of relationships.
And in the CDN world, Limelight picked up some education business. NonLinear Educating has picked their video platform to stream the video for its 'massive open online' courses. That includes the various application tutorials on both macProVideo.com and AskVideo.com, which total some 32,000.
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