Here are some quick takes on other news from the start of this week:
Verizon is moving deeper into the public cloud world. The industry giant is making its Virtual Network Services available on Amazon’s AWS cloud platform. The idea is to make it possible to reach into Verizon’s SDN and NFV capabilities from an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud instance.
Digital Realty is going to need a new chief operating officer. Current COO and industry veteran Jarrett Appleby will be moving on to ‘pursue other opportunities’. The company has initiated a search for his replacement, and his responsibilities will be absorbed by the existing team in the meantime. I’m curious where Appleby will resurface next.
ADVA Optical Networking has polished off its acquisition of MRV Communications. Yesterday they revealed that their tender offer garnered 79% of the latter’s outstanding shares, and then promptly closed the deal. The process took only six weeks, although now the hard work of integration begins.
And in London, rats managed to take down a section of the internet in southern London. The furry rodents apparently chewed through or otherwise damaged 96 fiberoptic cables in the area on Virgin Media’s footprint, knocking customers of both Sky and TalkTalk offline in parts of Balham, South Clapham, Streatham, Tootig, and Vauxhall. The problem was fixed over the weekend, but my guess is the rats are still there — hope they aren’t hungry now.
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