Tuesday Bytes: Allied Fiber, SummitIG, Digital Realty, 1547, Dell

October 13th, 2015 by · Leave a Comment

For those who get Columbus Day off, and those who just need to catch up, here’s a recap of some news from the start of the week:

Another regional network operator has signed on for some dark fiber on the new Allied Fiber build in Florida.  C&W Networks, the pan-Caribbean operator that bought Columbus Networks last year, has signed up for a 20 year IRU.  They’ve added colo and dark fiber along the route between Miami and Jacksonville, improving their terrestrial connections between the various ARCOS-1, DFX, and PCCS submarine cable systems.

Further north in Virginia, SummitIG gave an update on its progress since completing its new intercity and metro fiber build within and between Richmond and northern Virginia late last year.  The infrastructure upstart says it now has 45+ on-net buildings to go with its 450 route miles of underground network, and has seen revenues climb 650% over the past year.

Digital Realty made good on its plans to acquire Telx from ABRY Partners yesterday.  They have closed the $1.88B deal, bringing together their raw colo footprint with Telx’s interconnection-focused business into a new, broader competitor for Equinix.  The two have worked in tandem in many markets for a while already, and thus the integration process will probably be relatively mild.  Telx will now operate as DLR’s colo and connectivity business.

fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty has added a bunch of connectivity to its flagship data center in Orangeburg, NY.  Verizon Business, Zayo, and Cogent have all extended their networks into the Rockland County facility just north of New York City.  1547 just opened its data center there in Q1 of this year, launching with 232,000 square feet and 24MW as well as a 60,000 square foot disaster recovery and business continuity center.

And of course, the big M&A move on Monday was Dell’s purchase of EMC, powered by its financial buddies over at Silver Lake.  While peripheral to what this site usually covers, one can’t exactly ignore a $67B deal for the storage giant that also happens to own 80% of VMware.  It puts Dell further into the enterprise and cloud infrastructure space without a doubt, and further from the computer biz the company is best known for.  I’m reminded of the Force10 acquisition though, and the fact that I haven’t written the word ‘Force10’ in rather a long while.


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