At iMiller Public Relations, we measure success by the success of our clients, and as you will see, 2016 has been a banner year for every one of them. It’s an honor to support global telecom, data center, industry associations and network provider organizations that continue to have a profound impact on our interconnected world.
Five years in business provides us with a great vantage point from which to look back at the accomplishments of our clients. While it’s not practical to list all of our clients’ achievements over the past year, much less those whom iMPR has been serving since our launch in 2011, let’s take a look at their most recent accolades, presentations, breakthrough product and service launches, and expansions to new markets.
Here are some exciting highlights from 2016:
Aqua Comms, whose transatlantic subsea cable system AEConnect went live and handed off commercial service to its first customer at the beginning of the year, has a newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Bayhill. Mr. Bayhill is a telecom industry veteran with more than 25 years’ experience. Additionally, Aqua Comms recently completed a co-investment agreement with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to support its strategic vision of providing secure, next-generation international data connectivity to Ireland’s growing digital economy. Aqua Comms also successfully tested 8QAM technology, which will increase the capacity of their submarine network by 50 percent.
Chayora has been a pivotal global provider in helping multinational enterprises and international service providers establish a data center presence in China, a market that had been largely untapped in 2016 by private operators and external hyper-scale companies. Chayora is poised to serve Fortune 500 companies and other global multinationals with high-quality data center infrastructure in China in the near future.
Compu Dynamics President Steve Altizer presented at the Fourth Annual Washington, D.C., Mid-Atlantic Data Center Summit in Dulles, Virginia, in September 2016. Mr. Altizer discussed the topic of data center design and government mandates affecting the federal facilities. Compu Dynamics also released a thought-provoking white paper, “Essential Elements for Data Center Optimization: What Every Government and Enterprise Operator Should Know.”
EdgeConneX recently partnered with Electric Lightwave to create the first-of-its-kind Edge Landing Station™ (ELS) utilizing Electric Lightwave’s expansive fiber network to provide direct access to transpacific subsea cables from an Edge Data Center®. The partnership enabled EdgeConneX to consolidate its network access presence in San Diego.
Etix Everywhere secured 14 data center deals throughout Europe and Africa, completed construction on nine data centers, and currently has eight additional data centers under construction. In 2016, Etix Everywhere achieved massive success, including a 400 percent growth rate in the number of data center deals. In addition, the company gained 150 percent growth in the number of data centers open using built modules. France, Morocco, Belgium, Ireland and Angola are just some of the major data center developments completed by Etix Everywhere over the past year. The company continues to expand in U.S. and European markets.
MEF recognized Global Capacity’s Ethernet Cloud Connect as the Best Service Innovation and FierceMarkets honored Global Capacity’s One MarketplaceTM with an award in the ‘Wireline Market’ Last Mile/Edge/Access sub-category.
GTT recently acquired Hibernia Networks, adding owned and leased dark fiber assets including five owned subsea cable and eight landing stations to its tier-one IP network. The acquisition will help GTT scale to serve multinational clients, while adding physical network assets and expanding their portfolio of optical and low latency transport, video and CDN services.
Host in Ireland
Host in Ireland was the recipient of Datacloud’s ‘Innovative Data Center Location of the Year’ Award on behalf of Ireland. They also welcomed two new strategic partners in 2016: EdgeConneX® and Schneider Electric. In October, Host in Ireland’s founder and President, Garry Connolly, spoke at HostingCon Europe on the panel, “Considerations When Choosing a Data Center in a Different Country.” The discussion focused on key governmental policies, as well as economic and technological considerations when selecting a data center location.
Infomart Data Centers
Infomart provided their largest anchor tenant in Infomart Portland, LinkedIn (now Microsoft) with the flexibility to procure sustainable power sources and explore new possibilities for renewable energy directly on the ground, as well as the ability to accommodate high kW/rack densities. The Portland data center is LinkedIn’s most efficient, flexible and resilient facility to date. The move marks the last leg of LinkedIn’s retail-to-wholesale migration, enabling it to decommission its final two multi-megawatt retail-based locations. It is also one of the most sustainable IT operations in the world.
INOC recently launched its Enterprise Network Operations Center (ENOC), dedicated to supporting the complex and evolving requirements of enterprise customers. The company also expanded its Madison, Wisconsin, facility to house the new enterprise-focused NOC. Key expansion investments include a 2,100-square-foot build-out, elevated security measures and environmental controls, electrical infrastructure enhancements for increased redundancy, and added protection from weather-related incidents.
MEF’s Global Networking Event, MEF16 was a rousing success. The event attracted more than 1,000 registrants from 260 companies from around the world. The messaging was forward looking and the sessions were standing-room-only. MEF also continued its drive to accelerate the industry transition to agile, assured and orchestrated services through its 30 ongoing projects that will enable Third Network services to provide user-directed control over service capabilities and cloud connectivity.
MOD Mission Critical
MOD Mission Critical (MOD) grew exponentially this year, with the addition of 18 new Managed Service Points of Presence (PoPs) located in strategic markets throughout the world, bringing its total to 26. MOD’s expansion is in response to the growing international managed service market, specifically in the advertising, e-retail and security verticals, as well as the increased IPv4 network address requirements of these business sectors.
Spread Networks has set its sights on the carrier industry. The company has expanded its network offerings to serve even more carriers seeking fiber-based, high bandwidth solutions to meet their growing needs for intercity bandwidth in the Northeast. From Tier 1 carriers to regional CLECs, Spread Networks is able to provide customized solutions for any type of provider. The company’s reliable, high-bandwidth network also meets the needs of traders and financial firms, research and education customers, and healthcare and government entities.
Telehouse America celebrated the 20th anniversary of its New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX), one of the largest public peering exchange points on the U.S. East Coast. NYIIX’s mission is to provide the internet community with a neutral and scalable peering infrastructure, and assure reliability and stable internet connectivity. In line with the overall business growth, the peering traffic through NYIIX has been steadily rising, with reports showing the current traffic peaking at over 400 Gigabits per second.
Webair was recently named among the world’s Top 100 Cloud Service Providers by Penton’s sixth annual Talkin’ Cloud 100 report. Webair was also listed as a representative vendor in Gartner’s Market Guide for Cloud Service Providers to Healthcare Delivery Organizations.
ZenFi was selected as a finalist in this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Telecom Edition in the category of Next-Gen Deployment. The designation is confirmation of its innovative, industry-leading Access Network. The ZenFi network is made up of a series of neighborhood fronthaul networks, collocated at ZenFi Points of Presence (PoPs), and interconnected to a core backhaul fiber network.
iMPR looks forward to the next five years and beyond with great anticipation. As the telecommunications industry evolves, we’ll continue to serve our clients by telling their stories in a way that drives action across the global markets and audiences they seek to impact, influence and inspire.