Four bits of expansion news, two from the data center side and two from the network operator side:
Uniti Group has officially delivered its first private wave channel, turning over 3.6Tbps of bandwidth to an unnamed national fiber provider between Tampa and Miami. The company’s new Open Line System currently connects markets within Florida and up to Atlanta, but this year will be added on routes between Dallas and Atlanta as well as Atlanta to Ashburn, with both routes offering add/drop to other regional markets along the way.
Flexential has revealed new investments in its data center footprint for this year. They plan to build out 33MW of new data center capacity, including the first phase of what will be a 150,000 square foot, 22.5MW facility in Atlanta. To help enterprises leverage the sapce they are building out, Flexential has developed three new preconfigured blueprints and plans to add more cloud on-ramps during 2022. The company also has completed its 36MW facility out in Hillsboro, Oregon.
QTS is expanding its connectivity ecosystem via a new multi-megawatt agreement with Amazon AWS. AWS has deployed components of its infrastructure at QTS facilities in Chicago, Atlanta, and Piscataway. QTS is providing high-density colo as well as the necessary space, power, and fiber for expansion down the road.
And GTT is moving deeper into the world of SASE. Leveraging technology from Palo Alto Networks, they have launched a new Secure Connect product alongside their managed SD-WAN solution. The move enables secure access from any location with converged security and network functionality, which they will take to the enterprise marketplace.
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