Four bits of news from late last week that we need to catch up on before handling this week’s news — some SD-WAN, a new IX, and a big rumor:
Expereo has made an inorganic move, announcing the acquisition of Videns IT Services, a nextgen SD-WAN and SASE specialist. They will use that additional expertise to bolster their own SD-WAN capabilities. The deal follows closely on Vitruvian Partners’ purchase a few weeks ago of a majority stake in Expereo.
Verizon has also moved to enhance its SD-WAN portfolio. They have tapped Cisco-based products to add additional capabilities, leveraging co-managed and managed SD-WAN based on Viptela technology and new managed service tiers for Meraki-poweed offerings. Both Viptela and Meraki came to Cisco via acquisition over the years, of course.
DE-CIX’s latest regional IX is now up and running back closer to its Frankfurt roots. Last week they officially launched Ruhr-CIX, which incorporates assets from three regional network operators and of course IX technology from DE-CIX. It has nodes in DOKOM21 in Dortmund, TMR in Bochum, and GELSEN-NET in Gelsenkirchen within the Ruhr metro region.
And I’d be remiss not to mention the big rumor about GTT, whose share parice took a big hit late last week. Apparently some are expecting the company’s sale of its infrastructure division to I-Squared to be replaced by some sort of pre-packaged bankruptcy filing and restructuring process. GTT and I-Squared have been pretty quiet since the deal was announced last autumn, and I have also wondered why. I wish I had more information, but as of this writing no actual news has come out.
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