Here's a quick set of network quick-takes for this Friday morning.
EarthLink may be slimming down with the sale of its IT services division, but it is investing a few dollars in its network out in Chicago. This week they announced the activation of a new metro fiber ring, bringing the district around Canal, Cermak, LaSalle, and South Federal streets on-net with a four node DWDM setup. They'll use the additional reach and capacity to help meet demand for faster and cheaper bandwidth in the Chicago metro area.
Zayo has picked up a new contract in the legal vertical. They will be providing connectivity for an international law firm, hooking up 11 offices around the US with 10Gbps of protected Ethernet. The deployment includes a new 100G PoP at 1500 Champa in Denver.
Out in Ohio, Independents Fiber Network has announced a the completion of another expansion project. They have finished up a buildout into the counties of Wood, Lucas, Williams, and Fulton in northwestern Ohio. The expansion includes a new PoP near Maumee aimed at providing diversity from existing routes through and around Toledo.
And the financial networking specialist IPC Systems got a bit bigger this week. They have completed the acquisition of Etrali Trading Solutions and its compliance and UC solution set. They add Etrali's additional reach in Europe and Asia, deepening their global reach. Etrali CEO Lionel Grosclaude will stay on as managing director of EMEA and lead the combined company's compliance business division