Here’s a roundup of some of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:
Switch & Data adds Hibernia Financial Network. Switch and Data (SDXC) announced that Hibernia Atlantic's Global Financial Network (GFN) has become part of their GeoReach Program in North Bergen, New Jersey. Built for the demanding requirements of the financial community Hibernia's GFN provides a global fiber network dedicated to capital markets across the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Pacific Rim. "As a part of Switch and Data's GeoReach Program, we will be able to provide further connectivity throughout North America and Europe from Switch and Data's New York EcoCenter in North Bergen," said Joe Hilt, Vice President of Sales, North America for Hibernia Atlantic GFN. GeoReach participants have engineered optimum paths from Switch and Data's Financial EcoCenters to each of the regional liquidity providers to satisfy the requirements of the most latency-sensitive infrastructures. In November 2009 Equinix announced that Hibernia Atlantic was expanding its GFN into the Equinix New York-2 and New York-4 data centers in New Jersey. Switch and Data announced fourth quarter and full year 2009 financial results last week and confirmed that the Equinix merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2010.
Telx announces Lexent fiber expansion. Colocation provider Telx announced that Lexent Metro Connect, a leading provider of dark fiber networks in the New York Metropolitan area, has expanded its presence to meet the continued growth of its client base colocating within Telx facilities. “The Telx interconnection facilities at 60 Hudson St., a major telecommunications hub in New York, and 300 Boulevard East, a carrier-rich connectivity hub for the financial industry, are important to our growing client base,” said Ray La Chance, President of Lexent Metro Connect. Lexent has an extensive base of enterprise and wholesale clients in the financial trading houses and the Telx expansion will provide both diversity and added capacity to their clients.
Verisign: 192 million domain registrations. In its latest Domain Name Industry Brief, Verisign (VRSN) reported that 2009 was closed with a base of more than 192 million domain name registrations across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLDs), an increase of nearly 15 million domain name registrations since the close of 2008. Overall 96.7 million domain names were registered for .com and .net. Verisign's average daily DNS query load during the fourth quarter was 52 billion per day with peaks as high as 61 billion per day. Copies of the Domain Name Industry Brief can be obtained here.