Digital Realty Adds Cloud Connectivity Services in UK
August 19th, 2013 By: Jason Verge
Digital Realty is offering enhanced cloud connectivity services in the UK, in partnership with communications service provider Epsilon. By leveraging Epsilon’s outsourced connectivity model and expertise, Digital Realty (DLR) will offer a dynamic bandwidth solution to cloud and content providers for seamless backbone connectivity throughout its London-area data centers.
It begins with an initial two Points of Presence (PoPs) in two Digital Realty data centers, connecting data centers in Chessington and Woking with 22 key London-area Internet and metro gateway centers. The company will extend this across Europe.
“Our goal is to provide flexible solutions that accommodate the evolving needs of our customers’ businesses, now and in the future,” said Bernard Geoghegan, Managing Director, EMEA, for Digital Realty. “Our London-area customers require on-demand and rapidly scalable automation of their bandwidth as part of their data center solutions. We are pleased to offer this platform as we continue to build the Digital Realty Ecosystem across our portfolio in Europe and globally.”
Digital Realty is leveraging Epsilon’s experience in operating high-density metro connectivity platforms. The new platform brings enhanced connectivity for cloud and content providers in Digital Realty’s London-area data centers, with seamless interconnectivity to over 65 data centers globally. This enhanced connectivity platform will operate on a major dark fiber ring commissioned by Digital Realty. Customers will benefit from connectivity to 25 additional London metro gateways, as well as interconnectivity to more than 500 carrier, service, internet exchange, cloud, content and local access providers currently connected on Epsilon’s exchange.
“Epsilon’s global network exchange, powered by BTI’s Cloud Networking Solution, provides the platform that we believe will help us achieve our distributed cloud data centre vision,” said Robert Bath, Vice President of Engineering, at Digital Realty. “We expect the solution to attract a new class of global cloud and content provider customers to our data centers.”
Epsilon has created an application-aware network to rapidly scale capacity to support 100G connectivity, and facilitate on-demand switching of cloud based application workloads between data centers.
“We see growing demand from data centre customers for our outsourced connectivity model and this agreement with Digital Realty reaffirms our commitment to supporting cloud and content connectivity development,” said Andreas Hipp, Chief Executive Officer at Epsilon. “As a global provider, we are driven by service excellence and agile operational objectives. Working with BTI helps us achieve our dual mission by simplifying network operations and increasing service velocity, while enabling the introduction of new cloud connectivity services.”