Midway through the week, here's a quick look at some news from metro fiber and cloud connectivity.
FiberLight has expanded its Texas reach this week. Yesterday they announced a partnership with Carrier-1 Data Centers under which they'll be providing fiber connectivity between Carrier-1's facility at 1515 Round Table and the key regional node at Infomart Dallas. Texas as a whole has been a big focus for FiberLight over the past five years as they built out a major regional fiber network.
365 Data Centers has a new managed service provider tenant in the Detroit metro area. Troy-based ManagedWay has established a PoP in their Southfield data center, from which it can connect directly to various fiber carriers. ManagedWay acquired Waveform Technology last year, giving it fiber to go along with its colo and managed services in the region.
Level 3 is adding more destinations to its cloud connectivity offerings. This morning they revealed support for Microsoft Office 365 and Azure ExpressRoute, taking aim at enterprises using everything from Office to Skype, OneDrive, and SharePoint. They'll be doing that through Microsoft data centers in Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, London, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.
And yesterday, Zayo expanded its Ethernet portfolio with a new cloud and data center connectivity product called FlexConnect, which will bring usage-based billing to cloud connectivity across their global footprint. Meanwhile, late last week Zayo picked up some business in the Pacific Northwest. They have been selected by an unnamed large health care provider for metro dark fiber hooking up two large hospitals and a clinic. The vast amounts of data being generated in the healthcare vertical and the need to keep it secure has been making dedicated fiber solutions worth the effort.
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