Friday, 23 September 2016 03:25

Megaport, Digital Realty partner to enable ‘Service Exchange’ Featured

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Megaport, the company founded by high-profile serial entrepreneur Bevan Slattery, is to use its SDN-based elastic fabric interconnection solution to power Digital Realty’s Service Exchange, a solution designed to simplify global data centre and cloud interconnection.

The Australian-listed Megaport (ASX:MP1) says enabling Service Exchange will result in the expansion of the Megaport fabric into additional locations to reach more customers and provide more connectivity options to existing Megaport customers.

Megaport chief executive and industry veteran, Denver Maddux, says the deal will see Service Exchange is fully integrated with Megaport’s “ubiquitous elastic fabric, which enables Digital Realty customers around the world to easily access the newest interconnection services and cloud network solutions”.

Under the deal announced on Friday, Service Exchange will offer customers access through one port which supports multiple virtual private connections (VXC services) to a large ecosystem of service providers and data centres – and customers can actively manage their VXC services through the Digital Realty MarketplacePORTAL and can increase and decrease the bandwidth of those connections as needed.

In addition, API integration between Megaport’s platform and the Service Exchange enables a seamless ordering experience through Digital Realty MarketplacePORTAL.

“Megaport and Digital Realty have partnered to bring services, capabilities, SDN-enabled flexibility, and a great customer experience to IT operations in every business segment,” Maddux says.

“Digital Realty has a longstanding tradition of enabling rapid scalability through its global infrastructure platform, and these benefits are now being complemented by Megaport’s similarly scalable interconnection platform.  The combination of these capabilities creates an innovative offering for the industry.”

Other key points of the Megaport/Digital Realty deal include:

•    Availability: Service Exchange will be available in 24 data centres across 15 markets by mid-year 2017, beginning with Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Ashburn, VA in the fourth quarter of 2016.  Service Exchange will be available in London and Phoenix in the first quarter of 2017, and in Amsterdam, Dublin, Miami, Singapore and Portland in the second quarter of 2017.

•    Combined Reach: Megaport connects over 500 customers throughout its 132 locations in 36 markets in 19 countries. Digital Realty owns and operates more than 140 properties encompassing over 26 million square feet across 33 global metropolitan areas.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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