An IX expansion, a retirement, two new products, and a makeover:
Richmond-IX has added another node to its peering exchange. They are deploying a primary IX hub inside QTS's giant 500K square foot data center in the Virginia capital. This follows the company's recent move into EdgeConneX's facility. Richmond-IX was founded by Ninja-IX a year ago.
Cisco is going to be a different place this December. Chairman and former CEO John Chambers has announced his intention not to stand for re-election to the company's board of directors. He'll be replaced by current CEO Chuck Robbins and will be given the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus.
CenturyLink has added another product to its business services portfolio. They have introduced Business WiFi, with the help of Cisco's Meraki technology. CenturyLink will be targeting the SMB that would like to offer its customers WiFi with an easy cloud-based way to manage it.
Level 3 also has a new product offering out there today. They have introduced Encrypted Waves, making it possible to build one's network more securely and without sacrificing performance. The capability is available in North American and Europe from 10Gbps to 100Gbps.
And Voxbone is getting a makeover in hopes of increasing the company's profile in the cloud communications space where its technology helps power many higher profile offerings. They have a new logo, have adopted the tagline "Strangely simple communications", and have released the findings of a new business voice survey. Among the interesting stats in that survey is this gem: "More than 25% of employees have taken conference calls from the bathroom". Not me, I promise!