A month and a half ago, Peak 10 closed its acquisition of Viawest. Today the combined company, which is simply going by the probably temporary name of "Peak 10 + Viawest", has made its first big move: launching a network backbone.
Various network operators operate data centers, but we don't often see a data center operator an operate expansive networks of its own. Peak 10 + Viawest has unveiled a 100Gbps backbone connecting nine of the company's data center and cloud nodes. Nodes in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Portland, Chicago, New York, and Ashburn are online already, and Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Louisville will follow in the next few months.
The company also aggregates 40Gbps connectivity from other of its markets onto the new backbone, and the 100Gbps network is scalable to 400Gbps when the time comes. Customers can use the capacity to access interconnection resources, especially to cloud providers - as you might expect would be the initial driver. Just what else they might to do with all that network capacity should be an interesting story to watch over the next year or two.