Some connectivity, data center, and cloud news to catch up on from this week:
United Fiber & Data has lined up a high profile European-based customer for it's east coast wavelength service. Deutsche Telecom Global Carrier has tapped the alternative fiber provider for 100G wavelengths between northern New Jersey and Ashburn via UFD's unique and diverse route. UFD's fiber takes a western route to Virginia, avoiding the I-95 corridor entirely, and they are adding a new PoP over at 165 Halsey in Newark.
COLT has picked up a bit of retail enterprise business. They are teaming up with Equinix, Interxion, AWS, Google Cloud, and Axians to provide a global digital services platform to the sporting goods giant Decathlon. The first two are providing the colo, the second two are obviously the cloud, and the last is contributing the remote hands, while Colt does the connectivity and the overall holistic solution.
Big Data Exchange is looking to the oceans for future opportunities. The pan-Asian data center operator has signed an MOU with Sembcorp Marine and the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering to explore the development of sustainable ocean data centers. The idea would be to power and cool offshore facilities via seawater, tides, waves, etc. BDX will handle the data center & operations part, Sembcorp Marine will handle the marine platform, and NUS Engineering is supplying the liquid cooling technology.
DataBank continues to expand its footprint out in the Salt Lake City metro area. Yesterday they announced the opening of their 4th and 5th data halls at SLC5 in Bluffdale. Each hall adds 10,000 square feet and 2MW of UPS, and the opening completes the facility's buildout. DataBank is already working on SLC6 of course.
And a whole lot of Z's are gathering at the edge this week. Zenlayer is now providing Zadara's zStorage solution within its edge cloud services portfolio. The enterprise-class, consumption-based, fully-managed storage solution is already available in Zenlayer's North American locations, with plans to expand to other continents next, enabling them to offer backup and disaster recovery out at the edge.
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