Some IX and vendor news, plus a data center M&A:
DE-CIX is moving to take on Arizona, with a little help from phoenixNAP. The Phoenix-based data center and global IT services provider will host the IX provider's latest project in the desert southwest, which will unsurprisingly be called DE-CIX Phoenix. The new interconnection platform will add connectivity options to enterprises, cloud providers, and network operators in thre region, with connectivity back to DE-CIX's growing global IX footprint as well.
Infinera's ICE6 technology is getting an R&D workout over in Europe. GÉANT has completed a live network trial of the 800G coherent technology on its GX platform as it prepares for the next wave of traffic. GÉANT today carries about 7 petabytes per day with growth of about 30% per year over the past 5 years as it supports research in areas like bioinformatics, medicine, physics, astronomy, and climate change.
Nokia's technology has also picked up some business over in Europe. NL-ix will be leveraging Nokia's optical transport solutions to power a new optical layer on over its meshed interconnection fabric. The upgrade will support up to 400Gbps connections while helping to streamline operations. NL-ix operates exchanges not just in the Netherlands cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, but across other western European markets like Brussels, Marseille, London, Paris, and Berlin.
And LightEdge has some new backers. The Des Moines-based data center and managed services provider has announced that GI Partners has acquired a controlling interest in the business, taking over from Anschutz, which had been majroity owner since 2008. LightEdge operates 7 facilities in the five markets of Des Moines, Kansas City, Omaha, Austin, And Raleigh. GI Partners will now be in a position to fund the company's next stage of growth.
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