Colt speeds up data centre interconnection
DCNet helps enterprises and service providers expand into new markets and optimise business continuity;
Supports wide range of choice with over 560 vendor neutral data centres in Europe and Asia
London, UK, 10th June 2015 – Colt today launched DCNet, an advanced data centre interconnection solution, which provides service providers and businesses with rapid service turn-up to over 120 vendor neutral data centres in the key European and Asian business hubs and direct access to more than 560 Colt and third party data centres globally. DCNet offers service providers as well as enterprises in data intensive industries – including capital markets, media, and cloud computing – greater choice on where they host their data and with whom they connect.
The first phase of DCNet in 48 European data centres adds to Colt’s current DCNet footprint of 75 data centres in Asia. The fast-track interconnections will be available in data centres in key European business hubs: Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris and Zurich. The service has been designed to enable the rapid provisioning of 100Mbps and up to 10Gbps connections, with wholesale and enterprise customers able to activate services in as little as 5 working days in these key business locations.
Global data centre traffic is expected to reach 8.6 zettabytes by the end of 2018, increasing businesses’ need for high-bandwidth connectivity. By offering service providers and businesses quick access to a wide range of data centres, DCNet helps them to expand into new markets more rapidly, adopt cloud-based business applications, haul traffic between data centres, and deploy more robust data centre diversification and business continuity strategies.
It also brings service providers and enterprises simplicity by seamlessly and cost-effectively connecting business partners, suppliers, and customers while eliminating the challenges of managing several network contracts and SLAs.
“We recognise that enterprises looking to expand, adopt cloud-based business applications or, for example, upgrade their disaster recovery and business continuity plans to meet local regulatory requirements, want to be able to focus on their core business – and trust the underlying infrastructure”, Zhongmin Guo, VP of Strategy and Business Development, Network Services, Colt, says. “DCNet supports this goal by providing service providers and enterprises with flexibility and simplicity: the ability to choose from a vast network of data centres to best meet the business requirements while also being able to rapidly and cost-effectively connect to the ecosystem of business partners and easily upgrade bandwidth or switch routes as required.”
The fast-track data centre interconnections will become available over the next few months. The first stage of the deployment will be completed by the end of June and focus on key data centres in London, Frankfurt and Paris.
Colt provides network, voice, data centre and managed cloud services to thousands of businesses around the world, allowing them to focus on delivering their business goals instead of the underlying infrastructure. Customers include 18 of the top 25 bank and diversified financial groups and 19 out of the top 25 companies in both global media and telecoms industries (Forbes 2000 list, 2014). In addition, Colt works with over 50 exchange venues and 13 European central banks.
Colt operates across Europe, Asia and North America with connections into over 200 cities globally. It recently completed the acquisition of KVH, an integrated managed communications and IT infrastructure services business, with headquarters in Tokyo and operations in Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore.
Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT).
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