A few interesting items from the start of this week, focusing in on metro and the edge:
FiberLight has rolled out some fiber down in Georgia. They have completed a dark fiber deployment project for the city of Roswell, just north of Atlanta. The fiber and 400Gbps of connectivity now connects city resources to the Ascent data center in the neighboring city of Alpharetta. The value-added reseller SereneIT facilitated the deal.
EdgeConneX continues to invest in its presence in Munich, Germany. They have now added cloud connectivity services via Microsoft Azure Expressroute services at the facility, relieving customers of the need to connect over to Frankfurt 400km to the west. EdgeConneX entered Munich by purchasing an existing data center last winter, and has been busy transforming it to fit with the rest of its infrastructure this fall by adding interconnection options of all stripes.
CenturyLink is moving to fill in more of its managed cloud services out at the edge. Yesterday they rolled out a network storage product that enables enterprises to store data closer to them, rather than putting everything in those large data center hubs where it can be less convenient. Being able to manage their storage locations more closely enables the design and operation of better data-intensive applications.
And EarthLink has signed up with Goergia Tech for a multi-year sponsorship platform agreement. The deal covers not just branding as the 'official internet services partner' for Georgia Tech athletics, but supports the university's SPRINT initiative applying new technology for the health and well-being of athletes. EarthLink was reborn as an independent ISP last winter when Windstream caved out the consumer DSL and access business and nsold it to Trive Capital.
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