Fiber Services Provider Lumos Networks Launches Colocation Offering

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Lumos Networks, a provider of fiber services to the Mid-Atlantic region, said this week that it has launched colocation services, the first of a set of tool sit calls its Lumos Networks Data Center Services portofolio.

The company is one of several organizations that hosting providers may have looked at more as suppliers than competitors to introduce services that fall more within the realm of hosting services.

Earlier this month, Data Center Knowledge reported that data center landlord Digital Realty Trust had added colocation services in the expansion of its St. Louis data center, a move that would seem to put the company in competition with some of its customers.

Lumos says its colocation services are designed to fill out the range of services it provides to its customers, which by the sounds of things tend more toward the enterprise side of things than service providers.

“Through Colocation services, Lumos Networks is meeting a growing need in the areas of data center services and cloud computing,” says VP of product management and engineering Craig M. Drinkhall, quoted in the press release. “We are expanding services to complement the data products our customers are demanding, such as Metro-Ethernet, MPLS, and dedicated Internet services. Colocation reduces capital expenses for space, power and cooling systems.  “

For hosting companies, then, the Lumos news is perhaps most interesting in the sense that it represents new competition, particularly if hosting services becomes a popular avenue for expansion among more typically upstream providers.

Judging by the press release, the service seems geared mostly toward customers who are operating internal IT architecture, and its main intended use seems to be backup and disaster recovery scenarios. However, with “colocation sites in six cities in Virginia and West Virginia,” Lumos seems poised to deliver colocation to suit a wider variety of uses than just disaster recovery.

What’s more, the company quite explicitly refers to colocation as the “first” of its Lumos Networks Data Center Services, which suggests that it has other data center services in the works already.

Colocation itself seems to be a product that hosting providers are looking to expand on. Last month, Telx, one of a few really colocation focused businesses, announced that it was launching a marketplace, in order to enable customers to take advantage of each other’s services.

The move was similar to the “Platform Equinix” ecosystem launched by colocation provider Equinix in the later part of last year.

Talk back: does the proliferation of colocation among upstream providers strike you as a threat to your business? Do you find your services overlapping with any of your suppliers’ lately? Do you consider this a threat? Let us know in the comment section.

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