Friday Bytes: DataBank, Summit, Windstream, Comcast Business

October 22nd, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

To finish off the week here is a collection of metro and regional infrastructure news:

DataBank is putting resources to work out in the Kansas City metro area. The data center operator has announced the expansion of its KC3 facility at its South Lake Data Center Campus establishing 2 new data halls of 9,300 and 8,050 square feet of space. That will max out the facility as it triples the overall capacity.

Summit Broadband will be investing $100M in fiber-to-the-home over the next year. The Florida-based operator says it aims to deliver FTTH to 60K homes that currently lack access to modern bandwidth. Details of where and what they will build with that sum weren't revealed, but design work is underway and they anticipate announcing the first neighborhoods by the end of this year.

Windstream had two interesting partnership announcements this week. Windstream Enterprise partnered with VMware for SASE, combining their Cloud Core network with VMware's SASE PoPs to enable enterprises to more securely connect remote employees.  Meanwhile, Windstream Wholesale says it is partnering up with II-VI Incorporated to co-develop next-gen transceivers. They hope to streamline the deployment of 400G waves for hyperscale buyers via II-VI's IPoDWDM architecture. Windstream started deploying 400G on its longhaul network earlier this year.

Segra is teaming up with Netcracker to improve its back office capabilities. They are deploying Netcracker's Digital OSS services to put their network data on a single platform. Segra's footprint spans 9 states in the southeast and mid-Atlantic and is looking to future-proof and unify its network operations platform.

And Comcast Business had a flurry of regional deals of note this week. Out in Texas, Reef Industries is using their Ethernet, UC, and security services to upgrade its network operations in Houston and San Benito. Reef Industries manufactures plastic film and laminate products.  Meanwhile, in Florida Comcast Business was selected by the classroom and online learning specialist Gold Coast Schools for a combination of SD-WAN, Ethernet, and security.  And in California, they picked up some business with Western Tool & Supply. Western Tool & Supply will use their Ethernet and security solutions across its 11-site footprint, which handles tool distribution across the western US.

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Categories: Ethernet · FTTH · Metro fiber · SDN · Security · Software

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