Wednesday Bytes: CMC, T5, Orange, Adtran, Start Campus

October 4th, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

Several interesting items, both domestic and international, from this week already:

CMC Networks picked up a customer in the legal vertical down in South Africa. The firm Webber Wentzel has tapped the service provider for an upgrade to its network infrastructure. On the list were a WAN to DS-WAN upgrade and enhanced LAN, Wi-Fi, and cloud technologies, as well as a Juniper-based virtual firewall. Webber Wentzel is one of the ‘Big Five’ in South Africa.

T5 Data Centers has acquired a third location in ChicagoLand. The new location is in Northlake, which despite the name is west of Chicago’s downtown and just south of O’Hare Airport. It will add 36MW of capacity to T5’s portfolio, and it will do it in an area with existing energy constraints.

Orange and Adtran have teamed up for a demo of quantum key distribution technology. The two combined QKD and WDM to transmit a 400G signal of a QKD-secured 100Gbps data stream over a 184km SSMF through 3 QKD links and two trusted nodes. The demo used a hybrid approach between classical cryptography and QKD leveraging technology from both Adva Network Security and Toshiba.

And Start Campus continues to progress in its buildout over in Portugal. The green data center project in Sines said this week that it has welcomed its first hyperscaler clients for the initial setup phase in its first data hall. They expect the NEST building to be fully operational in March 2024, or about six months, with an initial 15MW of power. When fully built out, the plans call for 495MW across six buildings.

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