Wednesday Bytes: CenturyLink, Colt, DE-CIX, Netnod, ADVA

May 20th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

Some metro fiber, a new CEO, an interconnection of IXs, and some cloud security:

CenturyLink yesterday detailed a bit of what it has been working on lately. The company says that in 2019 it built fiber to an additional 18,000 buildings of all types across its global footprint. That buildout included extensive metro investments in Foster City CA, Hillsboro OR, Mesa AZ, Midland TX, Milpitas CA, Palo Alto CA, Franklin TN, and Troy MI. They are continuing that momentum with new network infrastructure this year in 20 more markets. On the consumer front, they added fiber that boosted internet speeds to 300K homes and small businesses, with another 400K on deck.

Colt has itself a new leader. They have promoted Keri Gilder from the CCO position to become the new CEO. She takes over from Carl Grivner, who has decided to step down after a 5 year run. The company has had a pretty good 5 years, shifting from defense to offense operationally. Gilder joined the company a year and a half ago, having moved over from Ciena's European division. Colt also today unveiled an enhanced integration with Microsoft Azure.

Late last week DE-CIX announced an interesting partnership giving it a greater presence in northern Europe. They have signed an MoU with Netnod, connecting DE-CIX Frankfurt with NetNod's IX in Stockholm with plans to do the same for its other Nordic IXs. Both companies will be able to sell the other's interconnection services as well.

And ADVA has won a convert to its virtualized encryption technology. The IT managed service provider dacoso will be using their ConnectGuard Cloud product to enhance its managed services portfolio. dacoso is helping many of its enterprise customers shift toward the cloud and needs this capability to keep the data flowing securely.

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