Welcome to this dark fiber week in review. As always it was a busy week, so let’s dive right in.
Generally, when thinking of data centers the first thought may be a ton of servers with wires draped everywhere like vines from a rain forest. The city of Boise is showing data centers across the country how to properly consolidate its data centers and increase efficiency.
The city, nestled in the southwest portion of Idaho, has recently purchased its dark fiber from Zayo Group (News - Alert). Its 13 data are spread out around the city hiding out in closets, libraries, offices and even the airport. The switch to receive its dark fiber from Zayo Group is to make the transition from 13 data centers, down to just three smoother and increase connection speed.
"Professionals in city departments have reported a 3,000 percent increase in speed. Transmitting a 30-minute video once took two hours, but can now occur in as little as two minutes," said Adam Reno, a Boise IT infrastructure services manager. Leasing dark fiber ensures that the City is always connected at the fastest speeds possible," Reno said, adding that any necessary maintenance is handled by their vendor. "We don’t have to repair the fiber strands when they break. That’s up to our fiber provider.”
In other dark fiber news this week, Hawaiian Telecom came to an agreement to purchase Wavecom Solutions. Hawaiian Telecom’s purchase is set to have a $9.6 million price tag (News - Alert), but it also gains control of arguably its biggest business rival in the Aloha state. With the purchase, Hawaiian Telecom also gains control of applications that were exclusive to Wavecom (News - Alert), like the interisland fiber optic network.
“We are pleased that the acquisition has closed and we can welcome Wavecom Solutions’ employees and loyal customers into our Hawaiian Telecom Family,” said Eric Yeaman, Hawaiian Telecom CEO.
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