Two bits of cloud interconnection and two other bits of M&A worth a quick look from midweek:
Megaport has a new data center partner for its cloud connectivity platform. DataBank has signed on, and will be leveraging Megaport's SDN to offer its colo customers secure access to the usual public cloud suspects: AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, etc. They will start in five markets: Dallas, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City.
There was a bit of interesting M&A in the SDN/NFV world yesterday. The cloud infrastructure platform provider Kontron has acquired Inocybe Technologies. The two companies already had a relationship, partnering to add networking capabilities to Kontron's compute and storage expertise. Kontron will now be able to fully incorporate Inocybe's SDN controller expertise into its own offerings. No financial details on the deal were disclosed.
CenturyLink is now offering direct connectivity to another cloud through its Cloud Connect solutions. They have hooked up to IBM's cloud infrastructure and can establish secure, dedicated, private network connectivity via IBM's Cloud Direct Link. The service is available across 15 key markets in North America, Eruope, and Latin America via wavelength and IPVPN.
Zayo got a little bit smaller this week. On Tuesday they closed the sale of Scott-Rice Telephone to Nuvera. Nuvera, which was until recently called Nu Ulm Telecom, paid $42M for the ILEC, which was previously owned by Electric Lightwave and Integra before that. Zayo is still sitting on a pile of Allstream business that it will probably divest as well.