Thursday Roundup: Ericsson, Microsoft, QTS, Megaport, FirstLight

December 19th, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

Some connected cars, some interconnection, and some fiber-to-the-mountain:

Ericsson and Microsoft are teaming up for connected cars. The integration of Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud and Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform promises to improve scaling and deployment of such systems by automakers. The former already connects 4M vechicles worldwide, while the latter’s Azure platform will provide the underlying infrastructure and ecosystem for scaling it further. Meanwhile, both companies can focus on their own areas of expertise.

QTS and Megaport are deepening their relationship. The data center operator is deploying Megaport’s interconnection fabric in seven more data centers than the current three. That includes QTS facilities in Atlanta, Ashburn, Piscataway, Miami, Suwanee, and Sacramento. Tenants of those facilities will now have more options for connecting to a host of major cloud and hyperscale providers.

And FirstLight is taking its fiber network to new heights, literally. They are providing fiber-based connectivity to the Mount Washington Observatory, which sits atop the tallest mountain on the US east coast up in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The facility carries the nickname “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”, and weather-related data and observations are what will be going over that bandwidth in real time.  I took the cog railway to the summit for the first time myself just this past summer.

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Categories: Cloud Computing · Datacenter · Fiber Networks · Interconnection

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