Friday Bytes: Sparkle, Cologix, CenturyLink, Comcast Business

September 6th, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

Two expansions and two security moves before you head out for the weekend.

Sparkle, the international arm of TIM group, has invested in some new reach down in South America. It has opened a new PoP on the company’s IP backbone in Huechuraba, Chile. It’s Sparkle’s second PoP in the Santiago metro area, and complements their recent connection to the PIT Chile internet exchange point.

Cologix has opened the doors on its new Vancouver data center. VAN3 is located at 2828 Natal Street and adds some 42,000 square feet of space and 5MW of power to the company’s footprint. It’s about 7kmm from Cologix’s other two data centers, to which it of course has direct fiber connectivity.

Black Lotus Labs, CenturyLink’s cybersecurity threat research & operations team, is raising alarms over DNS monitoring. The company says that the attack technique known as DNS tunneling remains popular, but people aren’t taking it seriously enough. It’s a method that can encode data in subdomains of a DNS query, enabling cybercriminals to bypass firewalls.

And Comcast Business is making a few cybersecurity moves as well. They have been collaborating with both Fortinet and Akamai to boost their security portfolio. Comcast Business is seeking to integrate Fortinet’s virtual firewall and security fabric products into its SDN platform and to work with Akamai to develop cloud-based solutions for the SMB market.

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Categories: Datacenter · Internet Backbones · Security

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