ZenFi, New York’s carrier-neutral front-haul fiber provider, and Cross River Fiber, a New Jersey-based fiber optic and telecommunications service provider, announced a new partnership focused on streamlining the ability for customers to connect to their resources. Together, the companies are launching zXc (ZenCross Connect), a self-service platform enabling automated purchase and configuration of interbuilding and interstate network cross-connects. 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, making interconnections simple and easy to procure, said the companies.
Through the zXc platform, ZenFi and Cross River Fiber 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. Customers are guided through a series of simple, online ordering steps through which they identify the route, select products, agree to the terms and conditions and, if they want, pay the initial invoice — all through one website. Orders are for month-to-month service and configurations can be completed within minutes with uncomplicated point-and-click location features. Services are delivered within 15 days.
“Companies want to be able to order a circuit from point A to point Z immediately, automatically and on-demand,” notes Ray LaChance, President and CEO of ZenFi. “Other companies have tried to implement similar services, but none have developed such a robust and user-friendly platform as zXc.”
ZenFi and Cross River Fiber will launch zXc in January 2017 with 28 colocation facilities connected. Over the next two years, the network and coverage areas for zXc will continue to grow to meet the demands of customers and expand capacity to carry the growing traffic load.
“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,” comments Vincenzo Clemente, CEO of Cross River Fiber. “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.”