Four news items from four continents and four spots in the ecosystem:
Ciena has picked up some business over in the Middle East. Omantel has launched a 400GbE DCI service that leverage’s the company’s technology, more specifically the 6500 Packet-Optical platform, Wavelogic 5 Extreme coherent optics, and MCP control plane. The deployment will give them the ability to deploy 400GbE DCI connectivity for the first time. Omantel and Equinix teamed up for the MC1 data center.
DE-CIX has officially opened its latest Internet Exchange down in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond’s profile has grown as the subsea cables landing to the east at Virginia Beach have boosted infrastructure demand in the region. DE-CIX Richmond has nodes within EdgeConneX, QTS Richmond, and the Pixel Factory data centers, and has a direct connection back to DE-CIX’s New York, Dallas, Chicago, and Phoenix IXs.
IXAfrica has raised $50M from Helios Investment Partners. The new funds will enable the company to accelerate the development of the data center campus they are building in Nairobi. Located on 17,300 square meters of land along Mombasa Road, Nairobi Campus One will feature 20+MW of hyperscale-ready capacity at full buildout.
And there was a bit of interesting consolidation within the data center services space. Salute Mission Critical has announced the acquisition of AMS Helix, giving them greater resources in the UK and EMEA. We talked with Salute’s Kristen Vosmaer two years ago this month about the company’s strategy of recruiting and training veterans to work in mission critical data center environments.
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