A couple of data center moves, a certification, and an M&A move over in Europe:
Worldstream is expanding its footprint with a new German data center. The Netherlands-based IaaS provider has tapped maincubes for data center space at maincubes' FRA1 facility, where they will build out a new PoP and offer their suite of infrastructure services. maincubes operates data center space in both Frankfurt and Amsterdam.
Digital Realty has announced plans to build out a second facility in South Korea. The data center REIT has acquired land in Seoul about 23km from their Digital Seoul 1 location. They are building a new data center on the site, Digital Seoul 2, that will span some 970,000 square feet powered by up to 64MW of critical IT capacity on the site. The first phase is expected to be ready in Q4 of this year.
Colt has completed its MEF 3.0 certification for SD-WAN. The global service provider says that its solution conforms to the MEF 70 global standard, which aims to ensure simplified, pr-validated functionality. MEF has had a steady stream of certifications for their 3.0 efforts, as the industry looks forward to a more mature SD-WAN marketplace.
And Europe may have one less publicly listed infrastructure provider soon. The billionaire Xavier Niel has launched a bid to take Iliad private, offering €182/share for the 29% of the company he doesn't already own. That's a 61% premium above Friday's closing price, and the move was welcomed by Iliad's board and management team. Iliad owns and operates the Free brand in France, the Irish incumbent Eir, Play in Poland, and Iliad Italia as well.
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