Metro Bytes: Allied Fiber, Integra, FirstLight, RCN, 8×8

October 21st, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

We've had a bunch of regional and metro news to look at this morning, here's a quick rundown:

Allied Fiber announced a dark fiber customer for its new route along the east coast of Florida. Summit Broadband will use the fiber to further expand its regional footprint within the state. Summit Broadband and its Orlando footprint were bought by Cable Bahamas last year and merged it with US Metro for what is becoming a regional networking arm of the Bahamian company. Summit is also just the sort of customer Allied Fiber has always been aiming for.

Out west, Integra is expanding its security capabilities with some help from Arbor Networks. They've added a DDoS mitigation service that combines a cloud-based approach with hands on management. Integra already had a cloud-based firewall product in place of course, so this is a logical extension.

In Vermont, FirstLight Fiber picked up a non-profit customer in Burlington. The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science center is using their IP services to keep their staff and 150,000 annual visitors sufficiently connected. FirstLight recently closed yet another northern New England purchase, acquiring G4 Communications over in neighboring New Hampshire.

Back in the Big Apple, 325 Hudson got itself a new network operator tenant. RCN Business has installed a point of presence in the rapidly growing carrier hotel and meet me room. RCN Business has been busy in the city lately, with new connectivity to the Empire State Building announced a few weeks back.

And the business VoIP provider 8x8 has won a multisite contract in the medical vertical.  ChenMed has deployed its virtual office technology at 36 medical centers and two corporate offices across six states.  They're moving from a centralized, premesis-based PBX to cloud communications, a shift that these days seems like a no-brainer.

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Categories: Datacenter · Metro fiber · VoIP

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