Roundup: Savvis, Colt, Equinix, The Bunker

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Here’s our review of noteworthy links for the data center industry:

Savvis details 2011 expansions and openings.  Savvis, a CenturyLink company (CTL), announced its schedule of North American data center expansions and grand openings for the second half of 2011. In response to growing demand Savvis will open data centers in Seattle and Piscataway, N.J., and complete expansions in existing Savvis data centers in Atlanta, Boston and Toronto. “As enterprises move steadily toward a more flexible IT infrastructure strategy, they can benefit from Savvis’ total commitment to reliability, broad range of services and exceptional network expertise,” said Brian Klingbeil, general manager, hosting business at Savvis. Expansions will include an additional 25,400 square feet in Atlanta, 27,150 square feet in Seattle, 13,500 square feet in Boston, 26,000 square feet in Piscataway, New Jersey and 5,500 square feet in Toronto.

Selerity selects Equinix(EQIX).  Selerity, a provider of real-time event data solutions for the financial services industry, today announced that it has colocated in the Equinix Frankfurt (FR2) datacenter to provide low-latency local access to its event data. Selerity adds Frankfurt on top of existing footprints in Equinix Chicago (CH1) and Secaucus, NJ (NY2).  “With the move into the FR2 datacenter, we are able to offer clients low-latency access to our event data without having to back-haul from its origination points in the U.S. We are pleased to expand our successful relationship with Equinix to gain global access and distribution,” said Ryan Terpstra, founder and CEO of Selerity.

Mind Candy selects The Bunker.  In one of the better press release headlines yet, Monsters Invade Nuclear Bunker, The Bunker announced that Mind Candy, creators of the Moshi Monsters game have selected The Bunker as its hosting partner to support its continuing growth.  “At Mind Candy we were seeking to expand our colocation infrastructure to improve our availability & scalability as the company grows,” said Ian Trayler, Network Operations Manager. “We had dozens of requirements and after talking to many data centre providers, The Bunker was the only one that ticked all the boxes. In a year, we could easily have 100 Million users and with some new exciting projects in the pipeline, the demand on our infrastructure is growing day by day. Working with The Bunker, we know we have the capacity to grow rapidly in a secure and reliable environment.”

Colt and BT sign access agreement. Colt announced they it has reached an agreement with BT Wholesale to allow customers to access content from Europe’s largest media market exchange at the BT Tower in London. Colt will provide UK broadcasters with access to key live dedicated and occasional use content from BT’s network of around 350 sports and news locations in the UK.  “The broadcasting sector is currently going through a number of significant transformations with the onset of digitization, transition to high-definition services, convergence of IT networks and content delivery platforms, and the proliferation of devices consumers use, ” said Mark Webb, Business Development Manager, Media at Colt. “This agreement on top of Colt’s existing impressive broadcast specific service capability ideally position us to help our customers offer reliable, high quality content from sporting and news events to a wider geographic reach.” The agreement also allows Colt’s customers to transmit content to locations on the BT network outside of Europe, such as Hong Kong, Delhi, Sydney and numerous locations in the U.S.

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