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 will continue to increase over the next 24 months to meet the demands of customers, expanding capacity to carry the growing traffic load.
Ray LaChance, President and CEO of ZenFi, described the zXc platforms advantages.
“Companies want to be able to order a circuit from point A to point Z immediately, automatically and on-demand,” Mr. LaChance explained. “Other companies have tried to implement similar services, but none have developed such a robust and user-friendly platform as zXc. Realizing that the marketplace wants faster delivery, ease of ordering and competitive pricing, ZenFi and Cross River Fiber have created this platform to provide leading-edge transport services, within and between the New York-New Jersey marketplace, which are straightforward to order and provide rapid deployment.”
Cross River Fiber CEO Vincenzo Clemente also commented on the launch of zXc.
“We really wanted to create a simple tool that would eliminate the cumbersome process that exists today when ordering bandwidth; we believe zXc changes that process,” stated Mr. Clemente. “As businesses continue to become more digital and cloud centric, access to transport services between data centers is becoming a commoditized necessity. We believe zXc is as transparent and streamlined as it gets when having to procure these services.”