Tuesday Bytes: Expereo, Sparkle, GPC, AMS-IX

July 13th, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

Four expansion projects, one inorganic, one technology, and two geographical:

Expereo has made yet another an inorganic move over in Europe. The managed services provider has agreed to acquire Brodynt, a global virtual network services provider based in Barcelona, Spain. Expereo has been busy rolling up smaller providers in the SD-WAN and SASE space, having acquired GlobalInternet, Comsave, and Videns IT Services over the last few quarters. They clearly see an opportunity, and will likely remain in the market for more such deals.

Sparkle is adding some depth to its SD-WAN proposition. They have announced the adoption of a multi-vendor approach for the company’s managed SD-WAN services. The question of whether to jump on any one of the particular SD-WAN bandwagons is becoming more and more urgent as ecosystems develop around SASE. Sparkle clearly would like to remain flexible while things shake out rather than committing too early in the name of efficiency.

Out in the Midwestern US, Great Plains Communications is extending its business fiber reach across the Missouri River from Omaha. Last week they announced plans to roll out their fiber footprint across Council Bluffs, Iowa. If all goes according to plan, some 1,300 businesses in the area will have access to GPC’s 10Gbps Ethernet, managed WiFi, and cloud connectivity.

And AMS-IX’s flagship internet exchange platform will soon have two more nodes. They plan to build out PoPs in Smartdc in Rotterdam and Greenhouse Data Centers in Naaldwijk. Tenants in both facilities will be able to leverage AMS-IX’s direct connectivity to more than 875 networks. It’s AMS-IX’s first extension beyond Amsterdam itself, and will give them 16 physical locations on the platform.

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Categories: Interconnection · Managed Services · Mergers and Acquisitions · Metro fiber · SDN

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