A few more bits of infrastructure news to end the week:
CoreSite has a new dark fiber provider out in the Bay Area. BandwidthIG has expanded its infrastructure into the company's Santa Clara data center campus. BandwidthIG's metro dark fiber infrastructure in the area stretches from Mountain View through Santa Clara, San Jose, and south to South San Jose. They also operate a substantial metro footprint in Atlanta.
DataBank has added some interesting technology at its ATL1 data center in Atlanta. They have installed a microgrid, leveraging a natural gas and diesel generator, energy cells, and a battery bank to enable smart power usage. It will operate alongside the facilities existing power structure, acting as an emergency backup and as a standalone 1.5MW power source that can more quickly adjust to meet meak loads. It's a collaboration between Georgia Power, Southern Company, Georgia Tech, and of course DataBank.
MEF has moved to expand MEF 3.0 to define Secure Access Service Edge services. SASE has risen quickly over the last several year, combining SD-WAN, security, and other services into a package that meets the common needs of many enterprises. The new framework is intended to standardize that package such that everyone knows what everyone else is talking about, which can't be a bad thing.
And Verizon Business has picked up a global pharmaceutical customer. Bayer has picked them to build the company's next-generation global network infrastructure, taking over from their in-house team. It's a 5 year outsourcing contract with an optional two year extension. Bayer's infrastructure touches 700 sites in 91 countries worldwide.
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