Here's a quick rundown on some of the other news from this week that's worth a quick look:
CenturyLink's new and growing SDN and NFV deployment efforts are going to be getting a federal audience. CenturyLink said yesterday that they have added the new services to its DREN III contract with the Department of Defense. DREN hooks up 5 DoD supercomputing facilities to some 150 agencies and research sites, and will be implementing the new technology in Sterling VA, Highlands Ranch CO, Dayton OH, and San Diego CA.
Equinix's Cloud Exchange has a new cloud tenant this week. Beeks Financial Cloud has moved in as part of its global expansion. Beeks has some 80 interconnections across 8 of Equinix's data centers and will use the Cloud Exchange to connect its financial customers to the cloud assets they use to run their forex and other businesses. Beeks expects to save some £1M over the next 3 years via the new arrangement.
Down in Florida, Host.net has launched a new initiative aimed at the healthcare vertical. The HIPAA-compliant Healthcare IT solution combines colo, security, power, network, and hybrid IT solutions, enabling the transmission of electronic records and supporting telemedicine initiatives. Priority Ambulence is one of the early adopters.
And Zayo is making the financial moves needed to quickly close its deal for Electric Lightwave. Today they announced their intention to sell $800M in Senior notes. They will also enter into a new $2.8B term loan, paying off the $1.85B of their existing one and adding another $650M to the mix. The combined proceeds will pay the $1.42B in cash the acquisition will require.