The summer season begins in the USA with a long holiday weekend tomorrow (or later today). Before you head out for the barbecue or the beach, here's a quick look at some other news from this week:
Level 3 signed its third new interconnection agreement with the country's major eyeball networks since the FCC passed network neutrality and promised to look into such things. This time it's with Comcast, who they famously disputed Netflix traffic with a few years ago. That episode ended temporarily with an earlier agreement, but didn't solve all the issues. Having Netflix pay for peering directly with Comcast last year probably went a long way toward it though, and now the threat of regulatory intervention seems to be prompting a renewed spirit of cooperation.
AT&T says it will be supplying connectivity for QuakeCon 2015 again this year in Dallas. Keeping an entire festival of bandwidth-sensitive gamers happy for four days, as well as providing streaming of the event to other gamers around the world, can't be an easy job. AT&T is using the platform to promote its GigaPower FTTH offering, now that it's decided to invest in more of that despite the new Title-II-based network neutrality regime.
Over in Europe, Interoute picked up a high profile network deal. Airbus subsidiary CIMPA is deploying their MPLS VPN, access, and VoIP products to bring its 940 employees closer together. That means 40Mbps in their central Toulouse site, 30Mbps to Hamburg, Paris, and other major sites, and 10-12Mbps to the others around western Europe. They are also looking at Interoute's virtual data center offerings for the consultancy's test platforms.
And Ciena has a new data center interconnect platform to show off. The stackable, multi-terabit Waveserver platform gives them a solution specialized for metro DCI that better addresses the needs of webscale data center tenants. It's one of the fastest growing segments out there, to be sure