Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of June 29

The Week in Review: Larry Ellison as the new Master of the Cloud, Cisco refreshes Catalyst switch portfolio, Cequel buys Baltimore data center in East Coast expansion, Metacloud raisesd $10 million for private clouds.

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Clouds were on the horizon in the data center scene this week, as Oracle forged major cloud partnerships and a cloud startup raised $10 million.

For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week.

Oracle Forges Cloud Partnerships with Microsoft, Salesforce.com - In a series of announcements this week Oracle (ORCL) announced strategic partnership agreements with Microsoft and Salesforce.com. The enterprise hardware and software giant also made a move recently to change its stock listing to the New York Stock Exchange.

Cisco Unveils Major Refresh of Catalyst Switch Family - Taking care to nurture a dominant position in its routing and switching franchise while still evolving its products, Cisco launched a significant refresh to the the service provider and enterprise networking portfolio. At the annual Cisco Live event in Orlando Monday Cisco (CSCO) announced new and updated products for Catalyst switches and Integrated Services Router families.

Cequel Acquires Baltimore Technology Park - Cequel Data Centers continues to grow through acquisitions. This week the company extended its growing data center footprint to the East Coast with the acquisition of Baltimore Technology Park, a colocation provider serving the Mid-Atlantic region. The deal is Cequel’s fifth acquisition since 2010, as it builds its Tierpoint brand of colo, cloud and disaster recovery services.

Metacloud Raises $10 Million for Private OpenStack Clouds - Metacloud has raised $10 million in a Series A funding round led by Canaan Partners and joined by existing investors Storm Ventures and AME Cloud Ventures. The funding will go towards sustaining the company’s growth, pace of innovation and global expansion.

Channel IaaS Provider PeakColo Secures $3 Million Credit Line - Channel-centric Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider PeakColo has secured a debt facility of $3 million from Square 1 Bank. The funding will support what the company says is explosive demand in its existing markets, as well as provides further working capital for growth into new markets.

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