The upstart edge computing provider EdgeUno is teaming up with subsea cable operator Seaborn Networks. In an announcement yesterday, the two young companies expanded their relationship to delivering managed cloud services, deploying a unique virtualized cloud infrastructure starting in Brazil but aimed at the surrounding region as well.
EdgeUno was founded this past winter by veteran industry players Mehmet Akcin, Aaron Hughes, and Lane Patterson with an eye on building out edge computing capabilities in Latin America, and quickly bought the Colombian provider Red Uno as a starting point. They have since moved quickly to build out nodes in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, providing cloud hosting infrastructure from bare metal to virtualized environments. It’s not yet clear to me whether their plans are organic from here or if they might have other M&A ideas to help accelerate the process.
Seaborn of course operates the Seabras-1 cable system between the US and Brazil, has a half-fiber pair on AMX-1, is constructing the ARBR cable extending from Brazil down to Argentina and also has plans for a cable across the South Atlantic from Fortalez, Brazil to Cape Town, South Africa. The company has also been moving up the stack, adding IP and SD-WAN services on top of that infrastructure with an initial focus on Brazil, and having an edge computing partner will fit will with those connectivity options.
The two companies seem like natural partners, each with little if any legacy baggage, deep pockets and connections, and a strong interest in opportunities in the southern hemisphere. By working together each gets to keep its own focus tightly on what it does best while expanding the range of opportunities that can be addressed.
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