Roundup: Telco rumors, Ingram Micro, CBTS

A rundup of data center news from Ingram Micro, Cincinnati Bell, Storwize and Force 10. Plus some tasty telecom rumors.

Here’s a roundup of some of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:

  • Telecom acquisition rumors. Separate reports recently show Deutsche Telecom thinking about purchasing Sprint Nextel and Seeking Alpha revisits the rumor about Google buying Level3.  Marketwatch reports that German telecommunications giant and T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telecom might bid for Sprint Nextel within the next few weeks.   The Telecom Ramblings blog sums up the Google/Level3 rumor nicely as "baseless yet immortal rumor".  Both Google and Level3 stocks were up Monday.
  • Cincinnati Bell opens new Ohio data center. Wholly owned subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell CBTS announced Monday that they have opened a new facility in Lebanon, Ohio.  The 50,000 square foot data center will offer colocation, disaster recovery and managed services.  The Lebanon facility will be connected to the CBTS DWDM network and five other facilities in the Cincinnati area.  CBTS is providing premier data center services to Fortune 1000 companies in 25,000 square foot of space and an additional 25,000 square foot is ready to receive additional customers.
  • Ingram Micro unveils Australian data center. Distribution giant Ingram Micro announced Monday that it opened an AUS$6 million data center in Sydney.  The facility, branded as the Partner Technology Centre will help Ingram demonstrate partner solutions and is backed by 12 suppliers.  Equipment on show at the site will come from Avocent, APC, Brocade, Cisco, EMC, Fortinet, HP, HP ProCurve, IBM, Microsoft, Symantec and VMware.  The Sydney facility is based on green datacentre practices and will undergo certification through Carbon Planet.

  • Storwize partners with Hitachi Data Systems. Storage capacity optimization company Storwize announced it has joined the Hitachi Data Systems Technology Alliance Program to offer real-time compression to Hitachi storage customers.  "Hitachi Data Systems customers want to better utilize their storage capacity across multiple tiers and applications to meet the continued growth of file-based data," said Marc Trimuschat, Senior Director, Worldwide Technology Alliances at Hitachi. As a part of the partnership Storwize has tested and validated their real-time compression appliances with the Hitachi NAS platform.
  • Force 10 Interoperability in DoD networks. Network infrastructure company Force10 Networks announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has listed the Adit 600 Converged Services Access Gateway on the Unified Capabilities Approved Products List (UCAPL).  The listing comes after extensive security and interoperability testing performed by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC).  The Adit 600 combines multi-network access and multi-service delivery capabilities into a single chassis.  Force10 Networks recently announced 3rd quarter results, with dramatic sequential revenue growth.  Third quarter revenues increased 24% from the previous quarter and the company's ExaScale switch/router product contributed to growth significantly.  In April 2009 Force10 merged with Turin Networks.
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