Friday Bytes: FirstLight, QTS, RETN, DE-CIX

March 22nd, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

A few items from around the industry:

QTS is upgrading its Switchboard interconnection capabilities. The data center REIT is deploying Ciena's Waveserver Ai, bringing more capacity, layer 1 encryption, and software defined capabilities to bear.  And QTS has also boosted its cloud connectivity portfolio. They are now a Microsoft Azure CSP Direct Reseller partner, and can provide Managed Azure services to their multi-cloud focused customers.

FirstLight has won the favor of another town in northern New England. The Town of Bennington, Vermont has picked FirstLight for fiber connectivity and a firewall solution to its offices. The network operator's reach into Bennington comes courtesy of its merger with Sovernet a couple years ago, I believe.

RETN is building out some depth in the Far East.  The global network operator has added a series of new PoPs in Tokyo and Taiwan.  In Japan, new sites at Equinix TY4, @Tokyo CC1, and BB Tower join their existing node at Equinix TY2.  Meanwhile, their presence at Chief LY data center in Taipei puts them in the Taiwan market for the first time.

And DE-CIX has decided 100GE access is not enough. The internet exchange operator has rolled out 400GE capabilities on its Apollon platform. 400G Nokia line cards are now available in DE-CIX Frankfurt, with its other locations around the world to get the same treatment in the mid term.

Categories: Datacenter · Interconnection · Metro fiber · Telecom Equipment

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