Wednesday, 16 November 2016 20:07

Aqua Comms ‘AEConnect’ and Megaport elastically interconnect for subsea cable network


Aqua Comms, which operates "Ireland’s first dedicated subsea fibre-optic network interconnecting New York, Dublin and London", has partnered with Megaport to "access the Aqua Comms’ America-Europe Connect (“AEConnect”) system and enable elastic interconnection to its transatlantic subsea cable network".

Billed as an "innovative partnership", it will "allow enterprise customers to access transatlantic capacity on AEConnect via Megaport’s global Software Defined Network (SDN)".

We’re told that Megaport’s customers will be able to "utilise elastic interconnection services to Aqua Comms’ transatlantic subsea network and take advantage of the agility and flexibility that this solution provides".

This allows those customers to "rapidly provision services including direct cloud connections and Point to Point transport between the U.S. and Europe, each way, to enable multi-cloud, multi-region, and hybrid cloud architectures".

Nigel Bayliff, chief executive, Aqua Comms, said: “We’re excited to partner with Megaport and enable its enterprise customers to rapidly connect their network to other services and data centres across the world via elastic interconnection to AEConnect. We’re confident that this initial pact is a precursor to many successful alliances between our companies in the near future.”

The companies explain that, as with all Megaport enabled networking services, "customers can consume elastic bandwidth on the Aqua Comms systems, pay for what they use and adjust it as their business demands change".

Megaport’s estimated "Ready for Service date" is targeted for early December 2016, and is but the "first phase of a larger partnership between Aqua Comms and Megaport that may include additional capacity and terrestrial landings".

Denver Maddux, chief executive of Megaport, said: “Megaport enables enterprises to utilise Aqua Comms’ subsea capacity in a way that they haven’t been able to before.

“Enterprises can now directly connect to public cloud providers outside of their own region, on-demand. This opens the door for new use cases and better economics as IT architecture moves towards multi-region, multi-cloud deployments. Directly connecting at the capacity your business needs between regional public and private cloud infrastructure enables redundancy, improved security, and, in general, better performance for cloud-based applications.

“As a leading provider of transatlantic bandwidth, Aqua Comms is the perfect partner to bring new service offerings to our mutual customers and ties in nicely with our market launch in Europe. It’s so great to be working with such an excellent group of people that provide critical connectivity services.”


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