Monthly Archives: October 2012
Cologix Extends Partnership with MICE in Minneapolis to Support An Independent, Member-driven Interconnection Community
Minneapolis is major metropolitan Point of Presence (PoP) in the US; not far behind Chicago, the Midwest’s largest metropolitan hub, Minneapolis the home of approximately 18 Fortune 500 companies. Following its May 2012 acquisition of the Minneapolis Gateway, Cologix has been steadily gaining ground within the major Midwest market. The company has since on-boarded over 100 customers that fit its philosophy of a ‘mature interconnection community’ with direct access to its 20, 000 sq. ft., downtown Minneapolis facility at 511 11th Avenue South; the most recent being the Midwest Internet Cooperative Exchange (MICE).
Cologix recently announced the renewal and extension of its relationship with the non-profit carrier neutral, layer 2 regional Internet exchange, providing open IP exchange among members in Minneapolis and across the Midwest. This interconnection provides customer with ample space, power and direct connectivity to 70+ carrier, ISP, and ASP networks as well as the MICE core switch in Cologix’s Minneapolis facility. MICE members include Internet Service Providers (ISP), Application Service Providers (ASP), carriers, cable companies, VoIP providers, government entities, academic institutions, and content providers.
“We believe that Minneapolis is a natural place to support the growth of a strong Internet, which is an important element of mature interconnection community,” stated Mike Hemphill, General Manager, Cologix Minneapolis. “Cologix believes that exchanges are best positioned for success when they are operated by independent, member driven organizations and are committed to support these models. MICE has established its roots in the Midwest internet community and is investing for significant growth. We are happy to continue to build our partnership.”
The relationship greatly enforces the overall missions of both organizations, improving Internet connectivity by reducing network latency, increasing performance, and reducing backhaul/ bandwidth costs by keeping Internet traffic local to the upper Midwest via a public peering fabric. Cologix’s Minneapolis facility is just one of 11 strategically-positioned US and Canada-based data centers, including Dallas, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.
“We are happy with our partnership with Cologix and to be in a position where we can scale significantly within their facility at the 511 Building,” stated Jay Hanke, Steering Committee Member of MICE. “We have recently upgraded our equipment to accommodate increased member traffic and are in continuous discussions with new potential member peers who value the dense connectivity they can access through the Cologix Minnesota Gateway Meet-Me-Room.”
In order to offer Canadian businesses and service providers direct access to major US Points of Presence (PoPs) and metropolitan markets, XO Communications recently announced deployment of its transport and IP infrastructure in Cologix’s 151 Front Street data center – Canada’s premier telecommunications hub and carrier hotel. Also known as TORIX, 151 Front Street West is Canada’s largest interconnection point and a hub for financial services and a network point for Cloud/hosting and large enterprise networks – making it quite a hot commodity amongst diverse service providers.
Cologix also capitalized on the opportunity, recently completing a 30,000 sq. ft. expansion within the Toronto data center and nearing completion of a connected 20,000 sq. ft. tier 3 data center at 905 King Street West. Its unique colocation suites now enable over 150 customers like XO Communications to meet demand for their network services in Canada in addition to providing interconnection services that allow them to grow their network reach in the US.
“We are thrilled that XO Communications has chosen our 151 Front Street data center to leverage their expansion into Toronto,” stated Sean Maskell, President, Cologix Canada. “We are committed to enable XO to reach new customers, sustain their growth goals and provide them with robust connectivity, all backed with unparalleled local customer support and flexibility to meet their growth requirements
XO Communications, one of the nation’s largest US-based communications service providers, already maintains over 1.6 million miles of fiber across 85 metro markets. Already an existing Cologix customer in its Dallas data center, this relationship expansion with Cologix enables XO to expand its services into a previously untapped Toronto market.
“As a major North American market and a strategic interconnection location in Canada, Toronto is a natural and strategic choice for XO’s international network expansion. We are excited to offer network connectivity services at speeds up to 10 Gbps for Canadian businesses and service providers that need direct access to major markets across the U.S.,” said Don MacNeil, chief marketing officer at XO Communications. “Cologix has been a great partner for our expansion into Toronto by demonstrating a high touch customer support model that made their customizable solutions and robust facilities even more attractive.”
For more information about Cologix, please visit the company’s website at www.cologix.com.
In this flattening world of on-demand service and ‘anywhereization,’ virtually every enterprise –across any industry – relies on global connectivity in order to function, let alone succeed and prosper. This growing demand for cross-border and domestic connectivity has proved that global presence is key for all modern-day communications service providers. As a part of the TeliaSonera group, Europe’s fifth largest provider of network access and telecommunication services, TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) already has a renowned reputation as one of Europe’s most prominent providers. But to say that is where its presence ends is quite the misconception.
“We have a commitment to be recognized as truly international in the wholesale space. Our presence in North America has grown significantly over the past few years,” comments Ivo Pascucci, Regional Director, Americas for TeliaSonera International Carrier. “We have been doubling our US business volume for two consecutive years, and those suggesting we are purely European just have to look at the Renesys rankings of our network in Canada and the US to show that it is a misconception.”
TSIC has been making quite the name for itself as the only non-American carrier to own a fiber network in the country. It currently maintains 35 Points of Presence (PoPs) across 23 major US hubs, including Chicago, New York, Miami, Phoenix, L.A., Kansas City, Atlanta and Dallas. With numerous accolades including being recognized as one of the largest and fastest growing Tier 1 carriers in the North American region according to Renesys, it is clear that TSIC has successfully established itself as a major player in the US and Canada.
TSIC first established its North American presence in 1996 and became one of the first operators in New York’s 111 8th Avenue colocation facility in 1998, only to expand the facility by a grandiose 30,000 sq. ft. in 2000. The organization has recently placed a large focus on identifying and acquiring fiber infrastructure to enhance reliability and diversity in the network while maintaining the scalability and quality that its customers require, according to Art Kazmierczak, TSIC’s Director of Business Development in the Americas.
With such unprecedented growth sustained in a fairly short amount of time, it will be interesting for the telecom sector to see what TeliaSonera conquers next. According to Kazmierczak, it’s all about enhancing TSIC’s fiber infrastructure to provide customer with physical diversity, latency and quality of service (QoS). This means working side by side with customers, carriers and operators to enhance networks and provide an unmatched fiber infrastructure that brings to life the world’s next technologies, including online gaming, content, Cloud service, social networks, e-commerce, and more.
Recurring charges for telecom services from carriers can seriously erode business gains. Keeping data available in real-time and on-demand, while maintaining redundancy in a safe remote facility, can become exceedingly costly. To do so typically requires substantial monthly fees to a service provider, or fussing with complicated networking gear.
But, in the 80’s, one person dedicated to bringing networking to the masses, Len Bosack, co-founder of Cisco, is at it again. This time, he is bringing the ability for companies to deploy their own optical transmission systems in an easy, cost-effective way. For metro, regional and long-distance networks, XKL’s Dark Star technology allows data network engineers to bypass expensive carrier services. XKL’s DarkStar product line, led by the flagship DXM Optical Transport System, is designed to allow enterprises to build private optical networks with massive bandwidth and achieve higher reliability, reduced cost and power, and more control over IT resources.
The key is in the simplicity of its design. XKL’s DWDM optical multiplexers are simple passive filters, not complex active devices that could fail. XKL goes further by not only filtering the light on the receiving side, but on the transmission side as well. This additional filtering protects a possibly defective channel in the system from disturbing any other channels.
XKL’s DarkStar Optical Transport Systems come with 2, 4 or 10 connection points supporting up to 10G of bandwidth per connection. Then bandwidth is further utilized by combining channels in a single point-to-point solution using XKL’s Bandwidth Combiner Devices, either 4–port or 6–port.
One of the biggest drawbacks to private fiber networks has been the need to amplify the signals at relatively close distances, making deployment of private networks outside of a campus or metro area cost prohibitive due to capital outlay (equipment), maintenance and operations costs. However, with the XKL DRA and DBA, amplifiers can now move data point-to-point up to 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles).
The design criteria for the DarkStar suite of plug and play products required it to be easy to deploy, simple to manage and reliable – ensuring data is sent at nearly the speed of light. In doing so, XKL provides dependable, cost-effective, easy-to-use solutions to enterprises managing their own optical network. Companies can break free of stifling re-occurring charges by taking control of their network using XKL’s DarkStar technology.
October 8, 2012 brings exciting news as Sidera Networks announced that it has begun construction on a statewide Virginia network, projected to be completed by the end of 2013. As a premier provider of fiber optic based network solutions, Sidera’s latest construction will interconnect major cities throughout the state of Virginia, adding over 1,000 route miles to their East Coast footprint. This expansion will extend Sidera’s network from its point in Chantilly, Virginia to cities including Roanoke, Newport News, Richmond and others located in between. The Virginia expansion will deliver greater reach to customers that require resilient, diverse and scalable network solutions by interconnecting major cities, data centers and government locations.
Clint Heiden, President of Sidera Networks commented on the importance of the Virginia expansion stating, “The new Virginia network is an important extension of our footprint, providing both new and existing customers with access to key locations throughout Virginia. Sidera already connects to approximately 125 data centers; the Virginia network will provide our customers with access to additional data centers in key areas such as Culpeper and Richmond.”
Heiden continues, “This expansion also will provide a diverse, high-capacity network option to major Government and Military locations throughout Virginia, bringing us closer to data centers and Financial, Healthcare, and Education hubs in North Carolina – an important benefit to our customers.”
Frame Relay is a standardized wide area network (WAN) technology widely adopted throughout the 1990’s that specifies the physical and logical link layers of digital telecommunications channels using a packet switching methodology. It is often used to connect local area networks (LAN) with major backbones as well as on public wide area networks and also in private network environments with leased lines over typically over T-1 circuits. Frame Relay was an inexpensive, reliable and practical solution for businesses in the 90’s. However, modern-day enterprise applications are highly bandwidth-intensive, and customers are demanding new and efficient ways of transmitting data, increasing network capacity, enhancing quality of service (QoS) and reducing cost. Frame simply cannot keep up with today’s business demands, and as most good things, its acclaim has finally come to an end.
Major ILECs are beginning to announce the complete phase-out of legacy Frame Relay technology. What does this mean for current Frame customers? For many, it means looking to migrate onto alternative network solutions. But data and network migration can be a risky undertaking, and is better left to the experts. Global Capacity recently introduced a solution that simplifies the complex process, enabling the effortless migration from legacy Frame Relay onto a lower-cost, private network solution through One Marketplace Access Exchange. The automated access network platform upgrades business’ underlying network infrastructure in order to enable the support of new, high-bandwidth services. This enhanced capability gives organizations an added revenue stream, while also delivering increased network capacity, improving QoS, lowers service cost (per megabit) and secures their positioning as competitors in today’s highly competitive marketplace.
“By utilizing the automated optimization algorithms powered by One Marketplace Access Exchange, Global Capacity is able to help customers lower costs and increase bandwidth while concurrently increasing their off-net reach,” comments Jack Lodge, President of Global Capacity. “Interconnecting to our One Marketplace Network often provides customers the most competitive rates, allowing them to secure a newly found advantage over their competitors.”
Global Capacity is able to take the painstaking hardships out of Frame Relay migration through the implementation of its multi-phase Frame Relay migration plan. This framework is a guide for full-cycle migration, from in-depth analysis of a customer’s existing Frame Relay inventory to the migration of the physical circuits themselves. Greg Hough, Global Capacity’s EVP of Network Strategy, explains the migration process. “Each customer is unique, with specific requirements and demands. Some customers novate their inventory immediately; others choose to work closely with our team to migrate circuit by circuit onto the One Marketplace platform. Either way, Global Capacity mitigates the risk of migration and delivers an efficient, competitive network today.”
But One Marketplace doesn’t just stop at Frame Relay; the platform leverages market-based rates from its supplier base to deliver automated pricing, ordering, provisioning and delivery of access network and any accompanying services the customer requires.
Cross River Fiber Expands their NJ Footprint 50+ Miles as they Secure a New Customer Relationship with Atlantic Health Systems
October 2012 will remain an exciting month for Cross River Fiber, a New Jersey-based, boutique dark fiber optic and telecommunications solutions provider, as they announce a new customer partnership with Atlantic Health Systems, one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in New Jersey. This new relationship within the healthcare vertical expands Cross River Fiber’s New Jersey footprint enormously, creating an additional 50+ miles of new fiber.
“Cross River Fiber provides Atlantic Health Systems with a single-source, secure, reliable and scalable solution,” comments CEO of Cross River Fiber, Vincenzo “Enzo” Clemente.
With world-class facilities and state-of-the-art- equipment, Atlantic Health Systems offer some of the best medical technologies and treatments to its patients, making them true front-runners within the healthcare vertical. Cross River Fiber now has the ability to aid Atlantic Health System in continuing their innovative and impeccable reputation by providing a dark fiber-based network to support large data transfers required by new medical technology. This important and cost-effective network interconnects Newton Medical Center with Atlantic Health Systems primary data center, helping to jumpstart future operations of Atlantic Health System’s applications.
Enzo continues to further discuss Cross River Fiber’s role in this relationship stating, “Our dark fiber infrastructure seamlessly converges Atlantic’s voice, video and data solutions, connecting back office, telecom network, servers and data centers. We are able to provide the organization with critical ultra-low latency, unlimited bandwidth, increased data speed and complete independence, while significantly reducing the overall telecom budget.”
For more information about Cross River Fiber and its mission to design, construct and deliver the most innovative fiber optic network solutions, visit www.crossriverfiber.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After an exciting September 2012, filled with nominations at the World Communications Awards (WCA), TeliaSonera International Carrier kicks off the fall season with two more award nominations for a couple of categories in the 2012 Capacity Awards. The prestigious Capacity Awards place an emphasis on companies, technology partners and individuals who excel in the deployment, development and use of carrier services throughout the year. TeliaSonera International Carrier, providing exceptional network infrastructure and services, has been shortlisted in the Best Global Wholesale Carrier and the Best Pan-European Wholesale Carrier categories.
Erik Hallberg, President of TeliaSonera International Carrier, commented on his excitement of the nominations, “The 2012 Capacity Awards is a huge event and to be nominated in not one, but two separate categories is fantastic for TeliaSonera International Carrier. It has been a momentous 12 months for the company as a whole and to have our achievements recognized is great news. The fact that we could potentially win four awards in one evening would be an outstanding achievement for us”.
TeliaSonera’s nominations are an outstanding addition to their already successful year. Prior to being shortlisted at the 2012 Capacity Awards, TeliaSonera was the proud recipient of the award for Best Global Optical Network at the DWDM NGN Optical Networking Conference in Monaco.
Winners of the Capacity Awards will be announced at the 8th annual Gala dinner on November 13th in Amsterdam, taking place the same night as the WCA awards in London.
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In response to the increasing customer demand for scalability and network density in the downtown Toronto market, Cologix announced today its completed expansion in the 151 Front Street data center. Cologix, a colocation and network neutral company, now has a 30,000 SQF footprint in the data center. 151 Front Street’s space, although it is Canada’s largest interconnection point, is selling quickly, reflecting the high demand for “connectivity rich downtown colocation.” Not only is Cologix’s expansion in 151 Front Street reaching its capacity, but the entire building is as well. This expansion may be one of the last opportunities to secure a footprint with in 151 Front Street.
President of Cologix Canada comments on the importance of 151 Front Street stating, “As wholesale space and retail colocation options are narrowing at 151 Front Street, we are excited about the opportunity to offer these unique suites to the Toronto market.”
Though Cologix’s two suites within the data center were pre sold, remaining space is still available for those searching for a shared colocation environment or a dedicated suite in the downtown Toronto area. The new suites include modular power distribution, enabling customized
power delivery to the rack within 24 hours, Hot Aisle Containment with N+1 In Row cooling technology, real-time monitoring of environmental, electrical and security systems, connectivity to over 140 networks and service providers and multiple UPS configurations are available from N to 2N+1.