Friday Roundup: Zayo, Windstream, Data Foundry, Digital Realty, LimeLight

September 23rd, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

Lots of other news this week that I didn't get to yet, here's a quick look:

Zayo revealed a significant contract win with an unnamed global CDN provider. They've sold a 20 10G wavelength solution to the CDN that leverages both their North American and European reach, including the recently purchased Allstream and Viatel assets. That latter mentions suggest that Canada and probably France were on the menu. Zayo has been fairly quiet on the M&A front since its international expansion moves last winter, but I expect that won't last very long.

Windstream took a break from its metro expansion announcements to take to the airwaves out in Utah. They have introduced fixed wireless services out in Salt Lake City, where they will be providing Ethernet over microwave connections to the enterprise market. Windstream has been surprisingly active in expanding its network reach over the last year or two following the spinoff of its actual network assets to CS&L in that triple net lease arrangement.

Meanwhile, Data Foundry has unveiled plans for another giant data center in Austin. It will be called Texas 2 and will be located adjacent to Texas 1, unsurprisingly. When fully built out the new facility will span some 325,000 square feet and cost some $200M. The first phase of 165,000 square feet will open for business in about a year. Corgan will be handling the design, and Structure Tone Southwest will be handling the actual construction.

Digital Realty has a new cloud interconnection platform in the works. They've tapped Megaport's elastic interconnection fabric to power their Service Exchange platform, which provides secure connectivity to Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure among others. It will be available in some 24 data centers across 15 markets around the world by the middle of next year, starting with the key US markets and then expanding from there.

And finally, LimeLight Networks announced a significant expansion of its content delivery network in southeast Asia. They have added a PoP in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to better serve the country, and have increased capacity to the region by 200% over the past year.

Categories: Content Distribution · Datacenter · Internet Backbones · Wireless

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