Wednesday Roundup: Integra, Verizon, Limelight, NGN, HE

October 14th, 2015 by · Leave a Comment

Not a lot of big news today as the markets continue to digest the Dell/EMC deal. In the meantime, here’s a quick look at some other network and data items worth checking out:

Out west, Integra has closed its acquisition of opticAccess LLC. The deal augments the company’s reach by 3,500 route miles, including a subsea section along the California coast. Integra estimates its addressable near-net demand jumped by 40% as a result, of which I’ll bet southern California contributed a big chunk of. With a bigger footprint and a new CEO at the helm, I’ll be curious to see what’s on deck at Integra.

Verizon says it is expanding its secure cloud interconnection service’s reach. Along with additional sites in the US and Europe, it is adding a node down in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has become something of the Ashburn of South America over the past few years. Verizon has its own cloud of course, courtesy of Terremark and all that, but also hooks enterprises up to AWS, Azure, Google, HP, and Salesforce via its Private IP network.

Limelight Networks says it is delivering content for another over-the-top content provider. Calkins Media is using Limelight’s video services to deliver the bits produced by its five newspapers. A change in the news format of its apps and the introduction of video content brought a 300-400% increase in views, and thus required some scaling.

Two regional networks down in Georgia are partnering up to expand broadband in underserved regions. NGN and Georgia Public Web will each be allowing cooperative access to their respective networks through a new interconnection arrangement. If this sounds a bit familiar, NGN made a similar move four weeks ago with Tennessee’s iRis Networks.

And Hurricane Electric is taking on South Korea.  The internet backbone has made its first connection in the country at the Korea Internet Neutral eXchange (KINX).  The Korean bandwidth market has always gotten less attention from international providers than its broadband penetration and advanced networks ought to generate, so it’s nice to see some attention getting paid.

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Categories: Cloud Computing · Content Distribution · Mergers and Acquisitions · Metro fiber

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