A few items to catch up on from around the world before the snow hits me later this week:
NTT has officially opened a major new data center facility in the London metro area. The London 1 facility i slocated in Dagenham, about 8 miles from Docklands in a site formerly occupied by Sanofi. It launches with 32MW of capacity with potential expansion to 64MW and 276,000 square feet. It’s part of a £500M investment that the Japanese giant is making into the UK market.
DZS has picked up some new business for its access technology. Grain Connect is deploying the company’s fiber access tech to expand its fiber broadband network in the UK. Grain specializes in symmetrical connections aimed at the notoriously latency-sensitive gaming community. I haven’t run into them much yet, I’ll have to keep an eye out.
PacketFabric has made an aggressive pricing move for hybrid cloud connectivity. Late last week the NaaS specialist unveiled flat rate pricing of $100 for connections up to 1Gbps across the US and Europe and for both metro and longhaul. PacketFabric’s move will make it easier for enterprises and businesses of smaller scale to benefit from the economies of infrastructure scale as larger ones. Pricing pressure is one of those everpresent things in the bandwidth business, whether one is at the front or back of the wave.
ADVA is expanding its NFV ecosystem once again. They have added another 20 members to the multivendor program. Among those are VMware, Lanner, CASwell, flexiWAN, IEI INtegration Corp, and NEXCOM. The Ensemble Harmony ecosystem now boasts 65 members offering access to some 50 VNFs and 40 white box servers.
And Fatbeam has itself a new CEO at the helm. The regional northwestern US fiber provider has named former Lumen executive Paul Merritt to the role, taking over from co-founder longtime leader Greg Green who shifted his efforts to the board of directors earlier this year. Under Green, Fatbeam grew from a few towns in Washington to operate network assets across the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains.
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