There has been lots of interconnection news this week, whether it be between networks, clouds, or data centers. Here’s a quick look:
Another two Tier-1 backbones buried the hatchet this week after several years of sparring. Cogent and AT&T have inked a long term, bilateral interconnection agreement complete with additional capacity and new interconnection locations. Cogent made a similar agreement with Verizon last month in the wake of the FCC’s Net Neutrality order.
Telx and Level 3 have teamed up for cloud interconnections. Level 3’s Cloud Connect solutions is now hooked up with the Telx Cloud Xchange, extending both companies’ ecosystems. Makes enough sense that you wonder what took this long.
Colt has launched a new data center interconnect solution called DCNet. It offers rapid turn-up across 120 data centers in both Europe and Asia. Actually though, ‘launched’ may be the wrong word as DCNet came with the purchase of KVH last year and already had access to 75 data centers in Asia. This is an expansion to some 48 more back in Colt’s home European turf, with the first wave being deployed by the end of this month.
Hurricane Electric says it has turned up its 100th unique internet exchange connection. That’s a lot of IX connectivity, and according to Hurricane nobody else has reached the same milestone yet. In fact, I think only a few people in the industry would even be able to generate a list of 100 internet exchanges without some very extensive googling.
And last week, Equinix picked up a major new cloud partner on its Cloud Exchange: Alibaba’s Aliyun. Yes, yun is the Chinese word for cloud – I knew those Chinese lessons would pay off someday. The interconnection will let Equinix’s customers have easier access to clouds in China, on the other side of that great firewall of theirs.
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