Zayo's IPO is today, and next week earnings season will kick off in earnest. In the meantime, here's a Friday roundup of other news we didn't get to earlier this week:
The Ethernet networking upstart Wolfe has expanded its footprint into Texas. They've established two new points of presence, one in Austin at Data Foundry's Texas 1 facility and the other with Cologix at the Dallas Infomart. Seattle-based Wolfe has been adding new markets to its footprint steadily, with Miami, Ashburn, and Phoenix apparently on their to-do list.
CENX has apparently landed a big fish for its Cortx service orchestration solutions. They've got a new multi-million dollar order from an un-named Tier 1 North American service provider for, which is rolling out JIT capacity management for mobile backhaul. In other words, through forecasting and automated upgrades, they want to have just enough capacity just in time to meet demand across the tens of thousands of wireless sites. Sounds like a bigger and bigger job every time I think about it.
Lumos Networks has completed one of its big projects in western Pennsylvania. They've lit up their parallel NOC in the Pittsburgh metro area, which will replicate their main NOC in Waynesboro, Virginia. Lumos has been working hard to get more out of the Pennsylvania fiber it acquired in the Allegheny transaction, and the new NOC more firmly establishes its place in the region's infrastructure ecosystem. They'll also be housing an R&D center in the Pittsburgh office.
CenturyLink has opened its cloud development center up in the Seattle metro area. It's derived from the Tier 3 acquisition, as well as that of AppFog, and will be CenturyLink's think tank on all things cloud-related. With 300 employees in 30,000 square feet of space in Bellevue, they'll have plenty of resources to try new stuff.
And WOW! Business is moving into Maryland. The cable MSO is bringing its blend of connectivity and cloud services to the business market in Anne Arundel County through its majority ownership in Broadstripe. WOW! will be taking over Broadstripe's business services, while Broadstripe will continue to handle the residential side. They've got further growth plans in the mid-Atlantic, so I'm sure we'll hear more over the next year or two.