Here's a quick look at some news from late last week and the start of this one from around the world worth noting:
AM Property Holding Corp said this morning that it has completed a refinancing for 1025OCR out on Long Island. The 200K square foot Technology Center and its 1025Connect data center now has a new $21M credit facility, with which it will seek accelerated growth. In the works are a new building entrance, additional capacity and an improved power and cooling infrastructure, and security enhancements. The transaction was led by Metropolitan Bank and Steel Harbor, while AM Property Holdings was advised by Bank Street Group.
Colt has announced another upgrade to its IQ Network. The global network operator has deployed Ciena's WaveLogic Ai technology and converted to flexible grid photonics, resulting in a quadrupling of optical capacity. Colt's network hooks up to 27,500 on-net buildings worldwide, mostly in Europe and Asia, and the company has been at the forefront of SDN and interoperability trials and rollouts. This optical upgrade will enable them to bring greater bandwidth to market within that service portfolio.
Ciena also picked up a customer down under, this time for its Blue Planet division. Vocus Group has selected Blue Planet's automation capabilities to power its adaptive network, which spans 30,000km and connects 5000 buildings across Australia and New Zealand. The deployment will leverage Blue Planet's Multi-Domain Service Orchestration, Inventory, and Route Optimization and Assurance capabilities as well as professional services.
And Sparkle is going to be helping European researchers hook up to Amazon AWS. They have been selected for the first wave of the Open Clouds for Research Environments Voucher program. OCRE has €9.5M in funding and leverages the IaaS framework of GEANT. The program will provide vouchers of €500-2000 to individual researchers to help them get started with compute, storage, databases, networking, and the rest of Amazon AWS's suite of services.
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