The Australian software-based interconnection specialist Megaport has revealed plans to expand, taking aim at the largest US markets. So they'll be moving from down under to go up over, right? Ok, weak wordplay... I'm an engineer, what did you expect?
Megaport is establishing a US headquarters in San Francisco, and has earmarked $10M in spending over the next 12 months to expand there as well as into markets like Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Ashburn, Chicago, and Dallas. The idea with this new expansion is simply to offer the same SDN-based cloud interconnection with better commercial terms and instant provisioning they've been successful in those markets to a wider audience.
The company was founded just two years ago, and already has footholds in New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong in addition to its home turf Australia. But in North America, it enters an increasingly complex interconnection marketplace, with established players like Equinix and Telx being challenged by European specialists like LINX, DE-CIX, AMS-IX and locally grown upstarts like Cologix and a bevvy of regional exchange operators. Digital Realty's purchase of Telx this morning only roils the markets further.