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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: Infinera, Switch, Telstra

June 10, 2017

There were a lot of moves, adds, and changes this week in Transforming Network Infrastructure. That included Switch moving to take aim at Uptime Institute with its new standards initiative. It entailed Telstra adding Company85 to its business. And it involved Infinera changing its data center interconnect solution via the addition of new functionality.

The move by Switch is especially interesting in that it seems to pose a direct challenge to an organization called the Uptime Institute. And the multitenant data center provider is working with some former Uptime Institute leaders around its Data Center Standards Foundation.

“The DCSF approach will be in contrast to entities like the for-profit Uptime Institute, which sells its certification services to the same customers pursued by Uptime Institute's parent, the 451 Group, creating conflict of interest and independence questions,” according to the Switch announcement. 

Uptime Institute countered that it “is an independent advisory organization – not a colocation company.” And it said that: “We'd add that a non-profit driven and funded by a private entity with [a] specific agenda is not an unbiased organization.” 

As for Telstra’s acquisition of Company85, that provides the Australian service provider with new consulting and technical expertise in data center automation. It also helps with its global expansion efforts.

Company85 was a cloud services and data center company established in 2010 and headquartered in London. It provides solutions in the areas of cloud, data center, network, security, and workspace.

Meanwhile, Infinera’s new Cloud Xpress 2 solution enables customers to activate their own bandwidth in 100 gigabit per second increments. And they can do that within minutes.

This solution also features APIs, built-in hardware-based data encryption, and high density. It has low power use, plug and play installation, and software-defined networking activation automation and scaling.

Also this week, web editor Maurice Nagle discussed the results of a recent Transforming Network Infrastructure community poll. It asked: In today’s digital transformation business environment, do you find the physical infrastructure team and networking team at your company [are] collaborating? For more details on that, click here.

Click here to share your opinion – Would color of equipment influence your purchasing decision, one way or another?

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