Four interesting bits of news from around the sector that might otherwise have slipped past my nets this week:
Bluewater Regional Networks has unveiled a new, diverse option for data crossing the border between the US and Canada. The affiliate of the Bluewater Power Group has created a new path between Toronto and Chicago that passes between the cities of Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan, about an hour northeast of Detroit. The route presumably crosses the Blue Water Bridge over the St. Clair River. The route completely avoids both 151 Front Street in Toronto and 350 E. Cermak in Chicago by using endpoints at 45 Parliament and 427 S La Salle, respectively. The new route goes live on March 1.
Infovista has won a key customer over in the Middle East. Zain KSA is using Infovista's radio planning portfolio to manage the deployment of the second phase of its 5G infrastructure. Zain started rolling out 5G capabilities back in 2019, and today says its reach spans 50 cities and 4700 towers. Infovista's software uses a crowdsourced data set to help map traffic patterns, enabling more effective plans for densification.
DE-CIX has expanded its New York City exchange fabric over to Edison, New Jersey. They have deployed a new switch at Iron Mountain's NJE-1 facility, from which tenants and customers can now access a wider array of interconnection options. NJE-1 is a 26MW facility with 18K solar modules on its roof generating 7.2MW of renewable power. DE-CIX continues to add breadth to its IX footprint in NYC even as it focuses resources on new exchanges in Chicago and Richmond.
And there was a bit of interesting consolidation on the network security front this week. LogRhythm has announced the acquisition of MistNet, aiming to bring the latter's cloud-based threat detection and analytics platform in-house. The deal will improve LogRhythm's AI depth and increase its ability to serve the large enterprise market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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