A vendor win, some data center news, and some cloud communications M&A activity:
Ciena has won a key 5 year contract renewal across the Atlantic. BT has signed back up and started deploying Ciena's 6500 converged packet optical gear over this past summer. The upgrade will underpin BT's optical services plans throughout the UK via easily managed 100G and nx100G wavelenth chunks.
ROOT Data Centers has raised a warchest as it plans to expand its asset base. The Montreal-based colo provider has secured $90M in new financing from Goldman Sachs. It will use the funds both to handle demand in its home turf in Montreal as well as seek out opportunities in other Canadian markets. We had ROOT CEO AJ Byers on here a few weeks back, and he mentioned Ottawa and Vancouver as interesting expansion markets.
Centeris has a new tenant at its SH1 data center campus in Oregon. Colocation Northwest has leased up to 7Mw of capacity at the company's South Hill location, expanding southward from its footprint that spans 4 data centers around Puget Sound one state to the north. The deal also brings Colocation Northwest's parent, IsoFusion, into the facility.
And there's been some cloud communications M&A activity down in Texas. Digerati Technologies has announced it will acquire Synergy Telecom, which will be merged with its subsidiary Shift8 Networks. The deal will double Shift8's Texas revenue, adding Synergy's 2,500 customers, most of whom were municipal governments and SMBs. Both companies operate cloud communications platforms built off of the same gear and software, making the integration a bit easier.