Network-neutral interconnection and colocation company Cologix has launched its Standard Connections product across its data center footprint, which offers leased access into a Cologix controlled environment to colocate a single Ethernet switch or router.
The product has been available in Toronto and is now being expanded into Cologix’s carrier hotel data centers in Dallas, Minneapolis, Montreal and Vancouver. Deploying a presence through Standard Connections provides low-cost, low-risk access to the network providers in Cologix’s Meet-Me-Rooms as well as the network customers on the colocation floors.
“Introducing Standard Connections to Dallas, Minneapolis, Montreal and Vancouver is a natural step which builds on the success that we have already seen in Toronto,” said Graham Williams, senior vice president of product and strategy at Cologix. “We already have more than 100 customers taking advantage of the product’s unique benefits, which has driven a more robust interconnection community and is directly responsive to what our customers are asking for in other markets.”
“Over the last two years Hurricane Electric’s presence at Standard Connections has enabled us to broaden our network reach through the opportunity for additional peering relationships, while continuing our strategic global expansion,” said Reid Fishler, director at Cologix customer Hurricane Electric.
Some customers use Standard Connections to expand their network’s geographic reach. “We needed a way to quickly and cost effectively onramp traffic from customers in Toronto and Vancouver back to our global network,” explained Dave Scammell, CEO of Sohonet, a services company for the media and entertainment industry. “We became a Standard Connections customer in 2012 to create points of presence without significant capital so we could leverage the power of our existing network.”
Regan Kerry, CTO of Epik Networks, said that his company was looking to reduce switching costs: “We largely maintain our own data center facilities, but learned early on that without broad choice of networks our switching costs were too high. We deployed switches within the Standard Connections environment in both 151 Front Street in Toronto and 555 West Hastings in Vancouver, so that our procurement team could gain access to all of the network providers without having to replicate or migrate our existing infrastructure. The service has paid for itself many times over.”
Customers looking to interconnect at 1950 North Stemmons in Dallas, 511 11th Avenue South in Minneapolis, 1250 Rene Levesque West in Montreal, and 555 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, will have access to individual rack units for network switches or routers, redundant UPS power and a cross connect to bring the leased access from one of the network providers in Cologix’s Meet-Me-Room to the point of presence.