Wednesday Bytes: Xtera, T5, XKL, Cisco

May 2nd, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

Here are a few other interesting items from the week so far that are worth a look:

Xtera has won the contract to supply the equipment powering Seaborn Networks' ARBR cable system, which will connect Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires. More specifically, Seaborn has picked Xtera's C+L band design, which leverages a hybrid Raman/EDFA wideband repeater. Seaborn expects the deployment to enable on-demand capacities of up to 44Tbps per fiber, which it will target at the demands of internet content providers.

T5 Data Centers has purchased some significant land down in the Atlanta metro area. The acquisition of 40 acres in Douglas County will be developed to hold a 55,557 square foot, 10MW facility, T5@ATLANTA II, with space for a second such facility later on. The buildout will complement T5's existing data center in Alpharetta, enabling them to better serve hyperscale customers.

XKL has won a convert in the research & education network community. South African-based TENET is using their DarkStar transponder and mux/demux systems to hook up the organization's data centers in London, which it connects to via the WACS cable. The deployment enables TENET to better scale its capacity without disrupting service and to provide optical path protection.

And Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Accompany for $270M.  Accompany's platform uses AI to help sales teams find new prospects, navigate sales, and strengthen relationships.  Accompany CEO Amy Chang will join Cisco's collaboration team, while Cisco's SVP and GM of the Collaboration Technology Group is leaving to become CEO elsewhere later this week.  The deal is expected to close in Q4 of 2018.

Categories: Datacenter · Telecom Equipment · Undersea cables

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