Zayo and Flex­con­nect

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Car­rier Eth­er­net is a more im­por­tant tech­nol­ogy than ever for net­work op­er­a­tors look­ing for the most flex­i­ble and best value plat­form to base next gen­er­a­tion ser­vices on. Eth­er­net’s role in, for ex­am­ple, de­vel­op­ing the cloud ecosys­tem was un­der­lined this year with the launch of Flex­con­nect by US and Euro­pean car­rier Zayo.

Flex­con­nect is a us­age-based Layer 2 Eth­er­net ser­vice that con­nects data cen­tres with cloud ser­vice providers like AWS and Mi­crosoft Azure. At present it links more than 200 data cen­tres with cloud and soft­ware-as-a-ser­vice providers, and in lieu of a flat fee in­stead bases charges just on the data that is trans­ported. This en­ables busi­nesses with fluc­tu­at­ing con­nec­tiv­ity needs to take charge of their con­nec­tiv­ity costs and never pay more than they need.

Typ­i­cally, in­fra­struc­ture as a ser­vice of­fer­ings al­low busi­nesses to pay only for the re­sources they use. Cloud con­nec­tiv­ity, on the other hand, gen­er­ally re­quires a fixed con­tract with fixed fees. Zayo is chang­ing that model, al­low­ing for the pur­chase of 500Mbps to 100Gbps on Tran­zact, the car­rier’s on­line self­ser­vice plat­form. The Tran­zact cus­tomer por­tal means cus­tomers can or­der con­nec­tions in as lit­tle as two min­utes. Once es­tab­lished, the full port speed is avail­able for the cus­tomer’s use un­til the ser­vice is stopped. The cus­tomer gets the ben­e­fit of hav­ing a port at the ready, pay­ing only for bits used. Cus­tomers can com­pare prices, pur­chase ser­vices, track or­ders, view their band­width us­age and in­voices.

Cus­tomers also ben­e­fit from the reach of the com­pany’s metro and in­tercity fi­bre foot­print with ded­i­cated, high­per­for­mance con­nec­tiv­ity. Zayo has an 8.4 mil­lion fi­bre-mile net­work of­fer­ing car­rier grade con­nec­tiv­ity across North Amer­ica and Europe and 59 of its own data cen­tres pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent colo­ca­tion space. Zayo’s list of ser­vices and prod­ucts have grown through ac­qui­si­tion, help­ing to de­velop its cloud of­fer­ing and broaden its Euro­pean net­work. It has also or­gan­i­cally ex­panded its port­fo­lio with the ad­di­tion of DDOS mit­i­ga­tion ser­vices.

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