Thursday Bytes: Zayo, RETN, Equinix, EdgeConneX

August 10th, 2017 by · 4 Comments

Here’s a quick rundown of some other news from the last 24 hours or so:

Zayo this morning has announced another dark fiber customer.  This time we have a name to go with the win though.  Consolidated Smart Systems is leasing 190 miles of dark fiber in southern California to expand gigabit services to more MDUs in the region.  Some of that will be existing fiber, and some of it will be built fresh by Zayo, adding depth to the company’s footprint in the region.

RETN has expanded its interconnection capabilities in eastern Europe. They have implemented a 100GE connection with the Ukrainian IXP DTEL-IX. It’s DTEL-IX’s fourth customer to hook up via 100GE, and brings RETN’s total bandwidth to the IX up to 120Gbps.  RETN has been expanding its reach and depth across Europe steadily lately.  While I haven’t heard their name in the context of M&A, I wonder if that might change soon.

Equinix has another cloud partner in its ecosystem. The global data center operator is now offering direct and private access to the SAP Cloud via the Equinix Cloud Exchange. The deployment is initially available in Amsterdam and Frankfurt in Europe, in New York, Washington DC, Toronto, and Silicon Valley in North America, and Sydney down under in Australia. Additional locations will be added over time, and I’m guessing someplace in Asia would be on that list.

EdgeConneX continued to add internet exchange partners to its ecosystem. Today they announced that the Richmond Internet Exchange is adding a connectivity node in its edge facility in Richmond, Virginia. Both Richmond-IX and EdgeConnex’s 101,796 square foot edge data center are relatively new to the marketplace, and both aim to add diversity to the region’s interconnection infrastructure, which is heavily weighted toward northern Virginia of course.

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Categories: Datacenter · Fiber Networks · Interconnection · Internet Backbones

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4 Comments So Far

  • mhammett says:

    Way to go Justin, Scott, etc.

    • mhammett says:

      I guess I’ll retract those congratulations. There’s another IX in Richmond?

      Why would anyone start another IX in such a small market like Richmond?

    • mhammett says:

      A conversation on LinkedIn of some of the top minds in the peering community doesn’t really understand why this happened either.

    • Rob Powell says:

      Ok, so I didn’t even notice this either. I assumed it was the same IX without actually looking. Richmond-IX and RVA-IX, however, do indeed appear to be separate efforts but I don’t know any of the backstory yet. The website for richmond-ix apparently derives from that of phoenix-ix (, which also has QTS and EdgeConneX on board.

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