Yes, there are a few things other than the Verizon/XO deal going on out there. For this midweek-update, three NFV-related items, one M&A, and a colo deal:
In a proof of concept that is surely a preview of a bit of the future of the content delivery world, Akamai, Orange, and HP have integrated virtualized CDN services with network functions virtualization. The idea is to quickly deploy massive, scalable CDN infrastructure to handle streaming requirements for large, one-time events. They used HPE's NFV Director 3.0 and Helion Openstack technologies to deploy Akamai's virtualized CDN instances on KVM hypervisiors, either automatically or by manual intervention.
Speaking of NFV, ADVA says it has picked up a pure-play NFV customer. The data center solutions provider DartPoints has deployed their Ensemble technology to support multi-vendor VNFs for its own customers. ADVA's Ensemble division was just unveiled last week, merging together the assets of Overture to take on the broader NFV market.
Still speaking of NFV, Cisco made a move of its own in the space today. They unveiled their NFV Infrastructure solution, which is basically all the hardware and software one needs to run NFV itself. It's another piece of the puzzle for Cisco alongside its virtualized packet core technology, for which Vodacom and other customers are getting ready now.
We had a bit of consolidation in the last mile out in the Midwest yesterday. St. Louis-based CountryWide Broadband is acquiring iTV-3 Inc, which offers FTTH to homes and businesses in Peoria, Illinois. The deal will put them in Peoria, Champaign, and Urbana, cities that rarely escape from the shadow of Chicago when it comes to internet infrastructure. It's a small deal perhaps, but CWB has further growth plans to keep an eye on, both organic and inorganic.
And in the data center space, Coresite says it has added a new anchor customer out in California. They aren't naming names, but it's a Fortune 500 company and it's leasing the entire 80,000 net square feet being built out as Phase 2 of their SV7 facility in Santa Clara. CoreSite will start building Phase 2 this coming July, which is also when Phase 1 will be coming online.