Tuesday Bytes: Ciena, Spectrum, GNX, LINX, IBM

November 17th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

Here’s some quick catch-up from around the industry:

Ciena has sold some 800G business over in Japan. NTT Communications is deploying a single-wave 800G DCI solution via Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme optical platform. The upgrade enables 33.6Tbps per fiber between data centers in a metro area, enabling NTT to prepare its infrastructure for the rise of 5G and other nextgen technologies.

Spectrum Enterprise is boosting its federal market team. They have added a strategic partnership with Core Technologies, Inc., which has a piece of the GSA EIS contract. Spectrum Enterprise has also made an equity investment in CTI and will provide business development and marketing support that will enable CTI to more efficiently bid on upcoming federal contracts.

GNX has raised new funding for its expansion over in the Netherlands. The former co-CEO of Flow Traders, Sjoerd Reitberg, and the co-founder of Custome Connect, Jan Willem Meijer, have invested in the global connectivity company. GNX will use the funds to support its growth plans for 2021, simplifying the sourcing of connectivity via thousands of local carriers around the world.

The London Internet Exchange has added another node to its presence in northern Virginia. LINX NoVA has added a PoP within Iron Mountain’s VA-1 data center facility. The deal also allows Iron Mountain customers to interconnect with the IX from its other locations via cross Connect, such as from NJE-1 in Edison, New Jersey.

We hear most often about the expansion of data center footprints, but IBM recently took the opposite step for its cloud services. IBM Cloud is closing the doors on three facilities: DAL07 in Dallas, MEL01 in Melbourne, and SEA01 in Seattle, migrating customers to other nearby locations. The closures acknowledge the fact that older legacy data centers just aren’t up to snuff next to modern hyperscale technology, and it’s best just to start from scratch.

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