Almost back in the saddle now, just in time for the weekend. Here's a quick look at some interesting metro news from four markets around the US, three data center connectivity expansions and one bit of e-Rate news:
NYI's data center in Bridgewater, NJ got some new metro connectivity this week. Lightower Fiber Networks has built out its fiber into the facility, establishing an access point in the suburb some 40 miles southwest of lower Manhattan. Lightower has been very quiet for the past few quarters, with only a handful of press releases since closing the Fibertech deal last summer actually. I wonder what they've been up to, and where they were when Oak Hill bought FirstLight in March.
Out in Chicago, QTS has lined up some metro connectivity for its soon-to-open Chicago facility. AT&T, Comcast, Level 3, Sunesys, Windstream, and Zayo will all have the building on-net, and of course there will be plenty of options to hook up directly to 350 E. Cermak. QTS is rehabilitating the Sun Times building into a Tier 3 data center with some 317,000 square feet of capacity and 24MW of power, and expects to bring the location online in mid-July.
WANRack has been busy with it's e-Rate approach out in Arizona. Today they announced the completion of a 33 mile buildout in the city of Yuma. The network hooks up some 25 sites across two school districts with 10Gbps per site. They announced the Yuma win back in August of last year, so they made pretty quick work of the project.
And in Houston, Phonoscope LIGHTWAVE has a new data center partner. They've built out their fiber network into the Quasar Data Center at 101 Texas Ave and the two have entered into a joint partnership. They will be teaming up to provide cloud solutions, networking, and Department of Information Resources direct purchase opportunities -- that last one being a play for some juicy state government contracts I assume.