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Data centre provider NEXTDC is collaborating with software-defined interconnection platform Console Connect by PCCW Global in a move aimed at expanding access for Australian businesses to cloud infrastructure and data centres worldwide.

The Australian-listed NEXTDC (ASX:NXT) says the collaboration unites its virtual interconnectivity platform, AXON with PCCW Global’s Console Connect Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform to simplify and strengthen connectivity for Hybrid and Multi-Cloud environments.

“Through direct interconnections with the automated Console Connect digital platform available at NEXTDC’s S1 Sydney data centre, or via the AXON platform, customers can immediately begin self-provisioning secure, uncontended layer 2 connections among more than 350 data centres in over 40 countries worldwide,” NEXTDC said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Once interconnected with the platform, NEXTDC customers can instantly access all major cloud providers with service coverage in Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Additionally, the platform facilitates direct access to key SaaS, IoT, carrier and IX partners, including DE-CIX, RingCentral, Cloudflare, Anexia, and others.”

NEXTDC says the collaboration creates a new opportunity for existing Console Connect users to establish private and secure connections, on demand, to its national data centre network of nine facilities located in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Canberra.

Michael Glynn, Vice President of Digital Automated Innovation, PCCW Global, said, “Console Connect is excited to team up with NEXTDC to make our Network-as-a-Service interconnection platform available to more customers across Australia, who can enjoy a flexible and secure provisioning experience.”

“ Through the Console Connect ecosystem and our global network coverage, we will work with NEXTDC to bring Australian businesses closer to Asia and the rest of the world. Similarly, Console Connect users will enjoy seamless access across Australia by using the AXON platform.”

Console Connect offers pay-as-you-go pricing for on-demand bandwidth between Australia and key Asian markets such as Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, and the platform is accessible via more than 55 data centres in 12 markets across Asia Pacific.

“Our customers are leaning on their digital infrastructure and networks more than ever. Ensuring they are securely and directly interconnected with the cloud and IT services that underpin their Hybrid/Multi-Cloud strategy is a critical role NEXTDC plays,” said David Dzienciol, Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, NEXTDC.

“Teaming AXON with Console Connect’s Network-as-a-Service platform forms a powerful, globally available ecosystem that will deliver the reliable, secure and easy-to-manage interconnectivity that businesses are increasingly relying on.”

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