Data Bytes: Comcast, vXchnge, Cologix, Equinix, Frontier

March 3rd, 2015 by · Leave a Comment

Here's a quick look at some other news from early this week worth a quick look:

Comcast Business is making a metro Ethernet move up in northern New England. They have expanded into five communities in Bennington County, Vermont. That's the southwestern corner of the state, and not exactly a huge market - but one in which Comcast obviously has a concentration of cable franchises. Comcast Business is still awaiting that Comcast/TWC deal that is still before regulators, but which would significantly boost its national reach.

And Comcast Business also had a hand in vXchnge's announcement this morning. They've got new PoPs in three of vXchnge's facilities, two of which are already in place in Santa Clara and Secaucus, and the third in Philadelphia due in mid-2015. vXchnge is in the midst of more than doubling its footprint nationally, adding some 15 new markets.

Cologix has opened its third data center in the upper midwest market of Minneapolis. The first phase of its buildout within 511 11th Ave downtown, where they'll be having their open house this Thursday. The second phase is already queued up. Cologix has been adding new markets inorganically, but then expanding within them very organically.

This week we got a bit more detail on what makes up Equinix's Cloud Exchange. Equinix says it is using Cisco's Tail-f network control system is providing multi-vendor service orchestration and network automation solutions based on NETCONF and YANG. In the year since Equinix launched this effort, they've been making substantial progress.

And Frontier along with all those additional landline assets they're buying from Verizon, they're going to be getting a new CEO. In a planned transition, Maggie Wilderotter will be transitioning up to the Executive Chairman role, as Daniel J. McCarthy will exchange his COO title for the CEO position. Ms Wilderotter has led Frontier for more than a decade, and will be leaving as of April 3, 2015.

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Categories: Datacenter · ILECs, PTTs · Metro fiber

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