TGIF, and a very very wet one here after all the snow melt combined with two days of rain. Here's a quick look at a few news items from around the world to close out the week:
Akamai is expanding to the north. They've opened a sales and service office up in Toronto at 901 King Street West, and they are hiring for engineering roles both there and at their Ottawa location. Their CDN infrastructure has long extended into the country of course, but the need for local boots on the ground is growing for their cloud business more generally.
Telefonica has been busy deploying Cisco gear throughout its Latin American presence. They've deployed the routing giant's routers for cell site backhaul in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico, along with Cisco's software and other gear to go with it. With the Spanish market still under pressure, the region is Telefonica's growth engine.
CoreSite has revealed a high profile data center outsourcing customer. Major League Baseball has selected the data center operator for the infrastructure underlying its 24/7 TV network, which reaches into 70M homes. The deployment happened last September at CoreSite's New York facility.
Faction, which until recently we knew as Peak, has added a new partner. They are working with SoftNAS, whose cloud storage technology will complement the NetApp storage portfolio they already have. They'll be taking the combined platform to the enterprise, but of course indirectly through their channel partners.
And Accedian has brought a key piece of its NFV plans off the drawing board, and has introduced vCPE hardware modules for performance assurance. The idea is to enable service providers to offer premium-SLA-backed cloud connectivity efficiently and scalably. We'll be seeing more and more such launches as we move into spring and summer.