Friday Bytes: Hurricane Electric, Fatbeam, UPN, Data Foundry

July 22nd, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

Here's a quick rundown of some other news from this week that's worth a quick look:

Hurricane Electric has found a new continent to expand its IP backbone into. They are expanding into South Africa, adding a PoP in Johannesburg at Teraco's Isando JB1 facility. HE has been steadily adding PoPs around the world both for IPv4 and IPv6, the latter of which they have been at the forefront of for many years. This is their first PoP in Africa, but given the positive effects of all the investment in submarine cables to the region, they probably have additional locations on the drawing board.

Fatbeam is making a donation to the cause of cybersecurity. They are contributing $3.2M of fiber and connectivity to the Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center at the University of Idaho. The fiber hooks up a Tierpoint data center in Liberty Lake, Washington and spans some 65 miles across the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. There is also a 1Gbps internet access pipe for the UI Research Park in Post Falls. Fatbeam builds and operates metro fiber across the Pacific Northwest, with a strong presence in the education vertical.

Unite Private Networks has another network expansion planned for the Nebraska IT integrator Kidwell. Kidwell is moving into a new facility in the Old Mill area in Omaha, and UPN will be helping them hook things up while extending their own reach into the business park and surrounding area. Kidwell also have offices in Lincoln and Kearney, which UPN already has on-net.

And GVTC is making plans for its wholesale Ethernet business down in Texas. They have selected Data Foundry's Texas 1 facility as a gateway hub for San Antonio, Austin, Marble Falls, the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, and other South Texas cities. Texas 1 is Data Foundry's flagship colo facility in Austin, which they opened five years ago this month.

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