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Month: January 2017

Solving the Demand for Hybrid and SD-WAN Networking, and Providing Connectivity to Businesses Without Access to Fiber

For years, many telecom industry analysts have pointed to fiber as the future of internet access. The reality is that fiber-based services are available in only about a third of office buildings across the U.S., primarily in downtown metro areas or large corporate parks. This is because the economics of running fiber do not support geographies with more modest commercial building densities, which means that more than two thirds of businesses today have few options for acquiring high-speed internet access. But advancements in technology are allowing increases in data speeds as well as distances from carrier aggregation equipment when using copper wires, making Ethernet over Copper (EoC) more attractive for businesses, as well as a solution for the surge in demand for hybrid and SD-WAN networking. Global Capacity recently expanded its nationwide Ethernet service, further strengthening its standing as the leading Ethernet over Copper (EoC) solutions provider in the U.S. The company’s investment in Central Office (CO) facility equipment enables it to leverage the existing copper infrastructure to deliver from 1 Mbps up to 100 Mbps access directly to customers, while satisfying the growing demand for hybrid and SD-WAN network solutions. Global Capacity has increased the density of its Ethernet services footprint, making the company’s services available to an additional 302,188 new commercial addresses in 264 cities across 36 metro markets in 20 states. These services include EoC, which...

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In the New York-New Jersey Metro Area, Network-to-Network Cross-Connects Between Data Centers Have Become Mission-Critical

As business continues to become more digitalized and reliant on the cloud, access to transport services between data centers has become mission-critical. The irony is that configuring and purchasing interbuilding and interstate network cross-connects, particularly in the New York/New Jersey metro area, can be a time-consuming and arduous process. To solve this conundrum, ZenFi and Cross River Fiber have partnered to launch zXc (ZenCross Connect), a self-service platform enabling automated purchase and configuration of interbuilding and interstate network cross-connects. Making interconnections simple and easy to procure, by leveraging a robust fiber-optic network, zXc offers a streamlined portal for ordering bandwidth between data centers and colocation facilities in the New York-New Jersey metro area. ZenFi and Cross River Fiber, via the zXc platform, now provide pre-provisioned, on-demand dark fiber and 1GB / 10GB lit services between 28 major data centers and colocation facilities in and around New York and New Jersey. Using zXc, a customer is guided through a series of simple, online ordering steps through which they identify the route, select products, agree to the terms and conditions and, ultimately, if they so opt, pay the initial invoice all at one website. Configurations can be completed within minutes with point-and-click location features and orders are for month-to-month service, which can be delivered within 15 days. With 28 colocation facilities connected at launch, the network and coverage areas for zXc...

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Innovation, Increased Security and Energy Efficiency Are Among the Key Attributes of Progressive Data Center

Technavio predicts the global data center market to grow at a CAGR of close to 11 percent between 2016 and 2020. The rise in digitization and cloud computing among enterprises have necessitated the construction of data center facilities across the globe. However, where there is heavy competition among data center and colocation providers, there are also those who stand out among the competition, tapping innovation, increasing security, improving efficiency and providing renewable energy resources for their customers to achieve continuous growth year after year. For Infomart Data Centers, 2016 was a banner year as they achieved various milestones in operations, innovation and company growth while exceeding their initial expectations. Beyond several existing tenant expansions, Infomart was able to bring on an additional 25 new customers throughout the past year, completing more than $120 million of development across its facilities. Among these investments are the addition of 8 MW of new capacity and 100,000 square-feet of new space in Infomart Portland, new development of 6MW and improvement and re-commissioning of 8MW of capacity in Silicon Valley, and Phase 1 completion of a comprehensive security upgrade at Infomart Dallas. One of Infomart’s most notable achievements from this past year took place last November when LinkedIn’s data center in Infomart Portland was awarded the Efficient IT (EIT) Stamp of Approval by Uptime Institute for its sustained leadership in IT. This project, which...

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A New Way of Building Subsea Networks

An Interview with Tom McMahon, CTO of Aqua Comms Aqua Comms’ America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) represents not only a new transatlantic cable, but also a new way of building networks – data center to data center, instead of cable landing station to cable landing station. Interconnecting metro networks and designed to address the rise in demand for transatlantic data center interconnectivity (DCI), Aqua Comms has incorporated the most important data center locations in New York, Dublin, and London as key Points of Presence (PoPs) into its system. Additionally, AEConnect offers customers an alternative route from New York to London via Dublin, end-to-end encryption, demonstrating the ability to safeguard all data at the optical layer, and a level of resilience that is unmatched by any other transatlantic subsea cable. Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Tom McMahon, Chief Technology Officer at Aqua Comms, about the technological and commercial drivers at play that pushed for this design, and the advantages of this approach to building subsea cable networks. TelecomNewsRoom: Prior to data center to data center interconnectivity what was the traditional connectivity design? Tom McMahon: Traditionally it was always the Submarine Line Terminal Equipment and the two cable landing stations. And then, as you extended from the cable landing stations, either by going out to PoPs, or carriers coming to you from the PoPs, it was always an interface point for...

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EdgeConneX® to Co-Sponsor and Speak at Metro Connect USA 2017

CTO, Don MacNeil, to Discuss the Importance of Localization to Reduce Latency Herndon, VA – January 26, 2017 – EdgeConneX®, specializing in global infrastructure at the edge of the network, announces today its chief technology officer, Don MacNeil, will speak at Metro Connect USA 2017.  The company will also co-sponsor the event, which takes place January 31-February 1, 2017 at the Nobu Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort in Miami, FL. On Tuesday, January 31 at 4 p.m., Mr. MacNeil will participate on the panel, “The Edge: The Importance of Becoming Local.”  Mr. MacNeil will be joined on the panel by executives from Alpheus Communications, FiberLight, Global Capacity, NJFX and Schneider Electric.  As metro fiber providers look to localize their services to reduce latency, this session will look at how cloud, data centers and content services are driving this shift.  Mr. MacNeil and his industry colleagues will also discuss how virtualized systems such as SDN and NFV will impact the future of connectivity in metro markets. “I look forward to sharing ideas with my esteemed fellow panelists and attendees at Metro Connect,” comments Mr. MacNeil. “EdgeConneX is committed to providing the most secure and lowest latency cloud options at the edge.  As more and more enterprises migrate to the cloud, the soundness of their cloud connectivity strategy and the advent of new technologies such as SDN and NFV in the...

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Access to Cloud Networking Services and Next-Generation Interconnection Technologies in Core U.S. Markets Just Got More Affordable and Easier

The goal of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is to enable cloud and network engineers and administrators to respond quickly to changing business requirements via a centralized control console.  SDN encompasses multiple kinds of network technologies designed to make the network more flexible and agile to support the virtualized server and storage infrastructure of the modern data center. Connecting major carrier hotels and data centers throughout North America, PacketFabric’s Software-defined Networking (SDN) based network platform is designed to deliver hundreds of Terabits per second of on-demand connectivity across its purpose-built private backbone network. PacketFabric, by leveraging this innovative architecture, allows customers to easily procure and maintain their network services in real-time, while reaching many hundreds of destinations without the need to deploy and manage costly infrastructure, or rely on the public internet. Additionally, PacketFabric, a NantWorks company and a provider of next-generation Ethernet-based cloud networking services, provides many unique options for usage-based connectivity, allowing customers to pay only for what they use, and eliminating the hassle of long-term contracts and expensive stranded capacity. CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) recently announced the immediate availability of PacketFabric’s SDN-based network platform at 11 strategically located CoreSite data centers throughout North America. CoreSite is a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S. Its customers can now access PacketFabric’s fully automated network platform, enabling users to instantaneously provision terabit-scale connectivity...

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Modernizing Your Network Strategy

Enterprises today require seamless connectivity across multiple regions, clouds and data centers as well as enough bandwidth to support heavy workloads and applications. Many companies, however, are finding it difficult to achieve seamless connectivity because they are using outdated networking solutions that are slow to provision and difficult to update. Now there is an easy way to obtain high-quality connectivity. PacketFabric, a NantWorks organization and a provider of next-generation Ethernet-based cloud networking services. offers fully automated, purpose-built software-defined networking (SDN)-based architecture that allows users to instantaneously provision terabit-scale connectivity directly, privately and securely over next-generation transport fabric now powered by the Juniper Networks QFX10000 line of switches. PacketFabric recently selected Juniper Networks as its principal packet-switched network infrastructure provider. In addition to providing advanced flexibility and scalability, Juniper also simplifies the connectivity provisioning and management process by providing real-time visibility and interactivity across the network. “As we thought about how to implement our vision for a better way for companies to build and maintain their network infrastructure, we realized that the only way to achieve our goals was to create a purpose-built, greenfield network, designed specifically around automation and scale,” stated PacketFabric Chief Technology Officer Richard Steenbergen. “Utilizing Juniper’s QFX10000 line of switches for our infrastructure was instrumental to achieving those goals, combining Juniper’s unmatched carrier-class reliability, industry-leading automation capabilities, and the latest in cloud-scale performance.” Juniper Networks Vice...

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Timing and Flexibility Are Everything When Provisioning Network Connectivity

It used to take several weeks or even months to fully provision connectivity across an enterprise network, as each new circuit would have to be set up manually. Oftentimes, it would also require signing a long-term contract with a service provider. Now the process is much more flexible and can be done almost instantaneously by working with a company like PacketFabric, which is a member of the NantWorks ecosystem of companies. Last week at the annual conference of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC), PTC’17: “Changing Realities” in Honolulu, PacketFabric unveiled a next-generation Ethernet-based cloud networking platform that allows businesses to instantaneously provision massively scalable network connectivity between two or more points across its private backbone network. The platform runs on an any-to-any SDN-powered network, which currently enables coast-to-coast connectivity across 86 carrier-neutral colocation facilities in 11 U.S. markets. What’s more, the PacketFabric platform is fully-automated and can be controlled programmatically. Using PacketFabric, customers can easily meet the capacity demands that come with bandwidth-intensive applications and workloads by instantly provisioning terabits of capacity to any other facility that is connected to the fabric. The platform was designed with the latest networking and optical technologies, which enable it to deliver massive capacity. PacketFabric delivers hundreds of terabits per second of network capacity, and will scale to petabits over time. Plus, this service can be used on a month-to-month or usage basis...

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