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Roundup: Corelink, Equinix, Peak 10, Telecity

Corelink CEO Geoff Hampson resigns, Equinix selected by Harbour IT, Peak 10 selected by Brown-Forman, TelecityGroup announces new data center in Amsterdam.

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

CoreLink CEO Hampson Resigns. CoreLink Data Centers announced that Geoff Hampson has resigned as the company's chief executive officer to pursue other opportunities. Charles Picasso was appointed as the interim CEO and executive chairman of CoreLink's board of directors. Picasso is the former CEO of IHS Inc., a global provider of critical technical information, related decision-support tools and strategic and operational services in more than 100 countries. “We are excited about the addition of Charles Picasso to our board of directors,” said Gillis Cashman, general partner at M/C Venture Partners.  “The colocation business continues to see strong growth, and as the economy recovers, the convergence of delayed enterprise build outs, long construction lead times and tight IT budgets will lead to even more demand for outsourced capacity. Charles’ breadth of experience and industry know-how makes him the ideal individual to help drive CoreLink’s future growth at this key juncture in the colocation industry.”

Equinix Selected by Harbour IT.  Equinix (EQIX) announced that Harbour IT, a leading information technology services company providing infrastructure, managed services, and cloud computing solutions, is expanding its presence within Equinix’s Sydney International Business Exchange (IBX) data center to satisfy increasing customer demand for its cloud offering.  “Harbour IT’s presence within our cloud ecosystem, including more than 50 networks and interconnection services in Sydney, optimizes performance and creates opportunity to sell their solutions to a diverse range of Equinix customers,” commented Darren Mann, managing director, Equinix Australia.

Peak 10 Will Host Brown-Forman.  Peak 10 announced that Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies, will relocate its global data center and entire network to an undisclosed Peak 10 location.  “We conducted an exhaustive analysis of our options including renovating space on our corporate campus and building a new data center in Louisville and have concluded that Peak10’s services are suited to service our global technology infrastructure needs,” said T.J. Graven, vice president and chief information officer at Brown-Forman. North Carolina-based Peak 10 has seen a lot of activity in their neighborhood recently with data center announcements from Apple, Facebook, Google and American Express.

New Telecity Amsterdam facility. Telecity Group announced a new 9 megawatt, 6,000 square meter data center in its core Amsterdam market.  The new data center will open in phases, beginning in the fourth quarter 2011 and be the fifth facility in Amsterdam.  Michael Tobin, CEO of TelecityGroup, commented: “I am very pleased that we have been able to secure this growth capacity in Amsterdam. TelecityGroup has had a strong year in 2010 and together with the builds in London, Frankfurt, Paris and Stockholm, this new data centre gives us the opportunity to continue to deliver growth in all of our core markets into the longer-term.  Telecity also announced that IPC Systems, a provider of trading communications solutions, has expanded its core financial networking infrastructure to Telecity Group's Sovereign House facility in Docklands, London.  Bryan Clarke, Senior Manager, Carrier and Exchange Relationships EMEA, IPC, comments: "To provide optimum service and connectivity options for our customer base, we need our network to extend to the key strategic financial data centres across the globe. TelecityGroup’s Sovereign House facility is at the heart of the digital economy in London, and our presence there will significantly strengthen our ability to meet the specialised needs of our financial customers."

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