Thursday Bytes: Flexential, Segra, Lumen, Comcast, Cisco

April 28th, 2022 by · Leave a Comment

A new data center, a sports vertical win, some Ethernet, and some SD-WAN:

Flexential has unveiled an expansion project down in North Carolina. They will be building out an 18MW, 120,000 square foot facility in Raleigh. A quarter of that is expected to be ready by Q3 of 2023 in the first phase of development. In parallel the company announced a private placement of another $150M in asset-backed securities, which adds to the $2.1B securitization they completed over this past winter.

Segra has won a new multi-year partnership with the Charleston Battery. The South Carolina soccer team will leverage Segra’s network for connectivity at the Patriots Point stadium, while the two will collaborate on marketing as well. The deal runs through the team’s 2025 season, and will help power various in-stadium experiences.

Lumen is boosting its Ethernet bandwidth for the enterprise marketplace. The company says it will be able to offer 30Gbps Ethernet speeds in 40 cities by the end of the year, with nine coming online early next month. That connectivity powers the company’s DIA, cloud connect, and IP VPN services as well, and represents a 10x increase in its standard Ethernet capabilities.

Comcast is expanding its enterprise portfolio with some SD-WAN. They have added Cisco’s SD-WAN powered by Viptela to their managed services, complementing the Cisco Meraki technology they were already using. The Viptela version enables micro-segmentation and identity-based policy management, extended end-to-end visibility into network health and performance, and integrated 4G LTE and 5G connectivity functionality.


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