Wednesday Bytes: Serverfarm, Prime, Ciena, Comstar, Cato, AT&T

April 21st, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

One data center M&A, one build-to-suit, a network upgrade, a technology partnership, and a global enterprise win:

Serverfarm has made an inorganic move out in southern California. With some help from NantWorks, they have acquired a 117,500 square foot facility from T5 Data Centers for $71M. The data center in question is in El Segundo, outside of Los Angeles, and was first opened in 2012. It has now been renamed LAX1, and offers 22MVA of power.

Also out in California but a bit further north, Prime Data Centers has picked up a major customer contract out in Sacramento. They announced yesterday the signing of an 8MW build-to-suite lease with an unnamed 'publicly traded global enterprise', a 33% boost from the originally envisioned 6MW. Prime's Sacramento facility offers lower power costs relative to nearby markets in Silicon Valley.

Ciena says that Japan Network Access Point has deployed its data center interconnect platform. JPNAP is upgrading its DCI backbone network to handle traffic growth in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sendai, deploying 100GbE connectivity while lowering latency and increasing total capacity to 4Tbps between locations. The demand is being driven by gaming and high-definition 4K/8K video traffic.

Comstar Technologies is launching Secure Access Service Edge technology with some help from Cato Networks. Comstar is white labeling Cato's SASE solution to converge SD-WAN, network security, and other technologies for the enterprise marketplace. This won't be the only move into the SASE space, as people look for the best approach to bundling and tuning the various underlying technologies for the use cases they are targeting.

AT&T has picked up a global enterprise contract with the Dutch-based industrial services company ERIKS. They will be providing global WAN capabilities across 17 countries, consolidating ERIK's existing network infrastructure onto AT&T's platform. AT&T will be providing dedicated resource to support 350 locations in Europe, North America, and APAC. The deal will simplify ERIKS' infrastructure as the company prepares to take advantage of nextgen technologies and capabilities.

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Categories: Datacenter · Internet Backbones · Mergers and Acquisitions · SDN · Security · Telecom Equipment

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