Here are four quick takes on items from the data center, cloud and interconnection space that are worth noting:
BroadSoft's expansion in Japan gained a little traction today. The service provider NIFTY is building its ShaMo! UC service for small and medium enterprises off of BroadCloud and UC-One. In November, BroadSoft acquired its licensee PBXL specifically because it felt the SMB market in Japan was underserved.
IIX's Console division won a deal up north. Canada's Porter Airlines will be using the company's interconnection platform to connect with its partners and with its applications in the cloud while bypassing the public internet. The Canadian data center services provider Q9 facilitated the arrangement. Console has been picking up adherents steadily since its launch back in August.
Faction has a new reseller for its infrastructure-as-a-service portfolio BluePrint Information Management and Security Services. BIMASS will be using Faction's cloud to power its security-as-a-service offerings, among other things. Faction's footprint now spans seven markets in the US plus London.
And some US private equity money has found an opportunity over in the Chinese internet infrastructure market. Standard Chartered Bank Principal Finance Real Estate is investing $73M for a 19.5% stake in Chayora. Chayora has data center campuses planned in both Tianjin and Hangzhou, as well as entries into Shanghai, Nanjing, and Guangzhou. With a $300M war chest in a market where construction is fairly cheap, Chayora seems likely to hit the ground running.