Strategic moves by two incumbents, a vendor helping a client with speed needs of another sort, and some HVAC cloud support:
Fairpoint says it is planning to put some significant federal funding to work. They’ve accepted $37.4M in annual support from the FCC’s CAF Phase II. They’ll use it to bring approximately 105,000 locations across 14 states. That’s a big boost from the $4.9M for 7,400 locations they took on on CAF Phase I. Of the new sum, $13.3M is earmarked for Maine, $8.8M for Vermont, and $4.4M for New Hampshire. Fairpoint will be putting some of its own capex in as well of course.
Windstream has teamed up with HP for a new dimension to its cloud offerings. They’ve joined the HP PartnerOne program, and will be offering solutions built on HP’s Helion. That includes private cloud, Backup-as-a-Service, and Replication-as-a-Service.
Juniper won some high speed business for its nextgen switching and security solutions. The NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing will be using the technology for its network infrastructure, improving R&D, back office, and communications between drivers, pit crew, and staff. Speed requires speed I guess. Structured Communications facilitated the deal.
And Shaw’s ViaWest continues to push ahead with its enterprise cloud and colo hybrid offerings. The western regional provider picked up a contract with American Residential Services through its channel partner CDW. ARS is a provider of heating, air conditioning, and plumbing with over 60 service locations in 22 states employing some 5,000. They’re upgrading from a legacy data center in Houston into a smaller, less vulnerable footprint in a ViaWest data center further inland supplemented by cloud services.
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