Two acquisitions, one technology partnership, and a UC win:
Equinix has made an interesting acquisition that takes it deeper into the bare metal world than it has attempted so far. Yesterday the colo and interconnection giant acquired Packet, a specialist in bare metal automation. It's a move that will enhance Equinix's edge computing ambitions, although exactly how that will play out we'll just have to wait and see for what they do after the acquisition closes later this quarter.
In the cable MSO world, Atlantic Broadband has made itself an acquisition. They announced an agreement this week to purchase Thames Valley Communications, which serves some 10K customers in southeastern Connecticut. The purchased assets complement their existing footprint in the state, adding customers in Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Pawcatuck and Gales Ferry.
GTT is fleshing out its SD-WAN portfolio further this week. They have are now offering a Fortinet Secure SD-WAN option, leveraging Fortinet's technology across any last mile option and of course its global backbone. This sort of enterprise-focused managed service is where GTT would like to make its mark in 2020 I think.
And Vonage has won a high profile customer in the education vertical. The University of Pennsylvania's Information Systems & Computing Department will be using their cloud communications technology to connect up the 14K staff and faculty on campus. The initial contract is for 5 years starting in early 2020.
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