Friday Roundup: STACK, FirstLight, Colt, Bluebird, Telia

January 24th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

Here's a set of quick takes on news from this week before everyone goes home for the weekend:

STACK has some major development plans down in northern Virginia. They are working with the real estate developer Peterson Companies to build a data center campus in Manassas, Virginia on a 125-acre pice of land. The first phase uses 25 acres of that for as much as 700K square feet and 72MW of critical power capacity. IN the long term, the vision calls for more than 4M square feet and 250MW of critical load.

FirstLight has added another service to its portfolio up in the northeastern US. They have launched a DDoS mitigation solution, responding to demand from customers. DDoS continues to rank at the top of the list of IT security concerns faced by enterprises, a scourge that adapts to the current structure of the global internet and never seems to die.

Colt has been working to squeeze out latency in the Far East. This week they announced a reduction in latency between the stock exchanges of Tokyo and Hong Kong, and (re-)claimed the title of fastest connectivity on that route for HFT customers. Once a primary driver of new infrastructure, the HFT community's appetite for ultra-low-latency connectivity still creates opportunity for whoever can squeeze out the last few microseconds.

Bluebird Network has polished off a fiber expansion on its home turf. They have completed a buildout in Springfield, Missouri, adding 61 miles of metro depth that interconnects the major business areas of the city with the Bluebird Underground Data Center as well as the rest of its regional fiber network. We had Bluebird CEO Michael Morey on here a while back for a spotlight where he gave a lot of details on that fascinating facility.

And Telia Carrier has a new customer south of the border. The Mexican cable MSO Gigacable has selected their IP transit and backbone services to connect up with destinations around the world. Telia Carrier has been busily adding infrastructure and reach in North America over the last few years. Most of what we have heard about is in the US, but they expanded into Mexico a little less than two years ago.

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Categories: Datacenter · Internet Backbones · Low Latency · Metro fiber · Security

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