Wednesday Bytes: STI, Crosslink Fiber, Element Critical, EdgeMicro, IEIC

May 13th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

Here's a set of mid-week quick takes:

Southern Telecom says it did a bit of public sector fiber work down in the southeastern US. They recently built a significant fiber network connecting municipal properties for an unnamed (and apparently bashful?) 'large metropolitan city' in the region. The city will use the fiber to suppot emergency response communications, and may leverage STI's services for additional expansions and upgrades down the line.

Element Critical has expanded a partnership with Crosslink Fiber out in California. The deal gives the data center provider the ability to offer fiber connectivity to 54 data centers in Silicon Valley and the SF Bay Area. Crosslink Fiber's metro footprint also includes assets in Sacramento and LA/Orange County. They haven't really hit my radar until now, however, I'll have to keep an eye out. Element Critical operates an 80K-square-foot, 7MW facility in Sunnyvale. 

EdgeMicro has raised $5M for the next phase of its buildout with some help from DH Capital. The additional seed funding will go toward the launch of several new micro data centers. Exactly where they plan to build those new locations will be announced over the weeks ahead. The company also added some management muscle, bringing in Lauri Abrahamson as Director Business Development and Christian Kersgard as Senior Manager Service Delivery.

And the Internet Ecosystem Innovation Committee has brought in another high profile founding member. Uber has signed on to the effort, which seeks to encourage the development of more key internet peering points to make global internet infrastructure more robust in the long term. The IEIC was launched last summer with high powered help from Google, QTS, Ciena, Telia, Bank of America, Cigna, Freddie Mack, Telxius, Hilton, CenturyLink, DE-CIX, Ford, and other key members of the ecosystem. 

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Categories: Datacenter · Interconnection · Metro fiber

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