Friday Bytes: EdgeConneX, Windstream, Ritter, NewCloud, Frontier

April 24th, 2015 by · Leave a Comment

Here's a roundup for this cold Friday here in the northeast.  I expect to be at the WAN Summit in NYC early next week, should anyone want to look me up there.

In Virginia, SummitIG has a new dark fiber customer in Virginia. EdgeConneX is using their fiber to hook up their newly opened Richmond Edge Data Center. SummitIG operates dark fiber between Richmond and Ashburn, giving EdgeConneX's customers a direct and low latency route back to the global internet hubs there. EdgeConneX plans to do the same thing with their Norfolk facility.

Windstream picked up a significant federal contract from the GSA. As part of the green buildings initiative of the Public Building Service, Windstream will have the opportunity to serve some 1,200 GSA-owned buildings under a 9 year contract. We're all waiting for the imminent spinoff of Windstream's fiber REIT.

There's a new way for bits to move around in the territory between Memphis and Dallas this week. Ritter Communications and Fidelity Communications have partnered to put together a regional network connecting regional sites in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Missouri with pipes up to 100Gbps. Customers in the region will be able to use the combined infrastructure to reach hubs like the TelX and InfoMart facilities in Dallas and the Level 3 data center in Memphis.

In the channel, NewCloud Networks has a new Master Agent on board. TDM has signed on with their channel partner program, and will be taking their hybrid cloud, cloud backup, cloud disaster recovery, desktop as a service, and cloud-hosted PBX to market. NewCloud operates out of four markets so far, with another four planned.

And in the Pacific Northwest, Frontier has been busy in the education vertical. They've helped the Granite Falls School District in the foothills of the Cascades on a new phone system. The existing 250-unit legacy system was replaced with something more modern from Mitel, including an HMTL interface, RSS feeds, and the ability to send out emergency text and audio alerts in case of lockdown situations.

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Categories: Channel · Cloud Computing · Federal contracts · Metro fiber · VoIP

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