Colt Data Centre Services, the global data centre operator, announced today it has added private connectivity for two major public cloud providers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure to its three German data centres in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Hamburg.
In addition, German internet exchanges, DE-CIX and BCIX will now be available at their Frankfurt and Berlin data centres respectively.
The announcement coincides with news that carriers Versatel and Willy.tel, will allow customers to make direct connections to Colt DCS’ Hamburg datacentre. This initiative is testament to Colt DCS’s focus to create a larger choice of carriers across its entire data centre estate. This partnership will further strengthen the company’s ties with many existing carriers across the German sites.
“The connectivity services available in our German data centres have been significantly enhanced in response to the demands of our growing customer base. The cloud connectivity service can reduce the costs of provisioning bandwidth, improve consistency in network performance and offer the flexibility to scale usage up and down in line with capacity requirements in real-time,” said Matt Cantwell, Director of Product and Propositions at Colt Data Centre Services. “We are also delighted that DE-CIX and BCIX are also joining our German data centres. Direct connectivity to Internet exchanges can be important to many cloud and media service providers so we’re happy to have them in our data centres.”
The Dedicated Cloud Access service allows customers to consume connectivity services on-demand and in real-time via an intelligent and intuitive online customer portal. Gaining full control, customers can flex bandwidth requirements up and down instantaneously. This on-demand flexibility also extends to pricing, giving customers the option to choose per-hour pricing plans, as well as more traditional fixed-term contracts.
Enterprises, System Integrators and Managed Service Providers are increasingly building hybrid or multi-cloud platforms as part of their IT infrastructures. High-performance, private connectivity to the biggest cloud service providers forms a critical element of this.
Colt DCS’ Dedicated Cloud Access on-demand allows organisations building hybrid platforms to avoid the high cost of fixed private network connectivity to major cloud providers, or the premium paid to collocate next to cloud gateways. The new service can deliver between 10Mbps and 1Gbps of private connectivity simply with the provision of a cross connect from customers’ racks to the Colt DCS platform. Once the cross-connect and access port is in place, the required bandwidth can be delivered within minutes.
With per-hour billing for bandwidth, customers can contract 1Gbps for three years, or use the service at hourly rates as required. Furthermore, Colt DCS can provide the same flexible, high-capacity private connectivity to multiple cloud locations around Europe, connected via the same port in any of its London data centres, without a requirement for additional network purchase.
Cantwell continued: “Customers will no longer need to pay a premium for buying colocation services within the same sites as the major cloud services providers. It will also negate the upfront capital costs of provisioning fixed connectivity to cloud platforms. We’re confident that it’s the best possible model on the market, developed to keep costs for our customers to a minimum, without sacrificing performance and delivery.”