Colocation and interconnection provider Cologix announced on Tuesday that it has extended its Standard Connections product to its carrier hotel data centers in Dallas, Minneapolis, Montreal and Vancouver.
Already available in Toronto, the Standard Connections product allows customers to leverage leased access into a Cologix controlled environment to colocate a single Ethernet switch or router.
According to Cologix, deploying a presence through Standard Connections provides “low cost, low risk access” to network providers in its Meet-Me-Rooms as well as network customers on colocation floors. The product includes individual rack units for network switches or routers, redundant UPS power and a cross connect.
Cologix said Standard Connections can be used in a number of different cases, but the core value is its low cost access to the Cologix interconnection community. For example, over the past two years Hurricane Electric has had a presence at Standard Connections in Toronto, where Cologix recently completed a 3,000 square foot expansion, which has allowed it to broaden its network reach through additional peering relationships. Other customers cite the ability to expand their network’s geographic reach, and lowering 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,” Regan Kerry, chief technology officer of Epik Networks said in a statement. “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.”
Cologix has a network of more than 300 network providers and 11 prime interconnection locations, and recently increased its credit facility to $81.65 million which includes amended terms to support the company’s strategic initiatives for growth.
“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,” Graham Williams, SVP of product and strategy at Cologix said in a statement. “We already have over 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.”
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