Wednesday, time for a quick rundown on news from the metro:
Zayo has a new partner to help boost its network operations. They're teaming up with Resolve Systems in a strategic partnership that will bring real-time alarm views, troubleshooting wizards, testing, and interactive automations to their customers. They'll be working to reduce downtime, outages, and support costs.
Pan-European infrastructure provider euNetworks has teamed up with Microsoft. They are enabling access to Microsoft Azure via their ExpressRoute services, which route traffic over euNetworks' network rather than the internat. It's been a year now since the Fibrelac acquisition, euNetworks is probably ready for another soon.
Birch's thirst for metro fiber connectivity continues to grow. Recently they expanded their BirchLink services of up to 1Gbps symmetric to more than 320,000 potential new buildings in 12 major US metro markets. Since I doubt they built that much fiber in one swoop, it looks like Birch has one or more new infrastructure partners on tap -- cable MSOs perhaps.
Speaking of cable MSOs, Comcast also had a contract win to announce yesterday. Natera, which specializes in non-invasive genetic testing, has upgraded its Ethernet connectivity to better handle the vast amount of bits involved in genome-scale data processing. They've moved up from 50Mbps to 200Mbps, but I rather doubt 1Gbps is far behind.
And Infinera says more of its gear is being deployed in the southeast Asian country of Vietnam. Hanoi Telecom Corporation selected Infinera's TM-series gear for an optimized 10G solution. That's the Transmode solution being sold to an existing Infinera DTN/ATN customer, with help from the systems integrator Nissho Electronics Vietnam.
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