New York, NY (October 4, 2011) – Telx®, a leading interconnection and data center provider in 15 strategic North American markets, today announced that Zayo has joined the award-winning Telx Ethernet Exchange. By joining the Telx Ethernet Exchange in Telx’s strategically located downtown Atlanta data center, Zayo can continue to organically grow its 518 mile metro fiber network which today connects over 250 enterprise locations and more than 50 carrier pops, LSOs and Data Center facilities throughout the greater Atlanta area. Zayo's interconnection with Telx will further extend network reach, opening new business opportunities with other wholesale buyers and sellers of Ethernet while ensuring end-to-end cross network quality of service.
Zayo’s Ethernet service offering is designed as a carrier-grade transport alternative for traditional TDM, SONET, ATM and Frame Relay networks. Zayo offers protected and unprotected Ethernet with multiple interface options and speeds. Zayo’s Ethernet service connects its customers’ LANs within the same metropolitan area or across regions using an optical fiber transport. As a Telx Ethernet Exchange member, Zayo can leverage a high-value community of carriers and enterprises in the Atlanta area to establish new revenue streams by expanding their network footprint.
“Ethernet services come in many varieties and not all of them are equal. Transport and delivery can take several forms and vary in quality,” states David Howson, president of Zayo Bandwidth. “End-to-end service must meet stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Telx's Ethernet Exchange environment removes much of this complexity and enables a scalable platform for Ethernet interconnection across carrier networks."
By Rob Schrage, Director, Product Development and Strategy Interconnection Products, Telx
As Ethernet moves beyond the data center and becomes more prevalent as the fabric of choice between carriers and Ethernet service providers, Ethernet exchange platforms are emerging as a proven method to quickly and cost-effectively deliver dynamic content to today’s financial firms.
Ethernet Exchange: What is it?
An Ethernet exchange is a physical network infrastructure through which Ethernet service providers, carriers and Internet service providers can seamlessly and securely exchange Ethernet traffic (voice, data and video) among their networks. The Ethernet exchange is ideally designed to be a neutral meeting place where wireless and wireline carriers can connect to multiple Ethernet services in several markets that need access to specific locations through one scalable connection that can be turned up to support more bandwidth as the need grows. As service providers and operators continue to grow, they need a network to support the increasing amount of data and video on mobile networks. The exchange platform allows Ethernet sellers to connect in a secure, carrier-neutral location (such as a data center) for immediate access to the buyers and a more basic technical process of buying and selling Ethernet-based services such as voice, video and data. Ethernet exchanges offer an accelerated system for carriers and worldwide service providers to extend market reach and coverage – without adding expensive transport equipment. Many carriers and service providers have adopted this technology due to the refined administration features and lower costs, especially when compared to older wholesale Ethernet interconnectivity solutions that required separate External Network-to-Network Interface (ENNI) agreements for each carrier and each connection – which could take months. And now, this technology is being closely examined by financial market companies as a way to quickly share real-time information across multiple locations.
The new fabric for information exchange
Just as the Internet has evolved as a viable transport
for the distribution of financial services, Ethernet exchanges are equally well-positioned for data interchange created by colocation environments where trading platforms are adjacent to each other. Colocation environments, also known as...
Interconnections have always been a key focus for data centers located in areas with high concentrations of network service providers. Some of these data center providers are now investing in specialized exchanges to support Carrier Ethernet services.
The Metro Ethernet Forum’s formal definition of an Ethernet Exchange, a form of an External Network-Network Interface (ENNI), is “an interconnect point among service providers where Carrier Ethernet Services are exchanged.” From an end user’s point of view, you want your service provider to supply this service so you can have a direct Ethernet connection from end-to-end.
End Users See Benefits of Ethernet
Today, most enterprises are still encapsulating their native Ethernet data into TDM/SONET/SDH then de-encapsulating it at the other end. However, more and more, end users are seeing the benefits of Ethernet Services and perhaps eventually, the entire public network may be running native Ethernet.
Telx®, a leading interconnection and data center provider in 15 strategic North American markets, today announced that USCarrier Telecom, LLC has joined the award-winning Telx Ethernet Exchange to expand the reach of its own Ethernet service delivery footprint in the Southeastern U.S. By joining the Telx Ethernet Exchange in Telx's strategically located Atlanta data center, USCarrier can now expand its reach to include previously underserved regions of Georgia, opening new business opportunities with other wholesale buyers and sellers of Ethernet, as well as large and medium enterprises.
USCarrier Telecom is a provider of high-capacity, high-speed telecommunications bandwidth. Wholesale services include optical transport, metro Atlanta access, long-distance, Ethernet and Internet access, connecting more than 40 cities in throughout the Southeast. Headquartered in Atlanta, USCarrier has an operations center in Macon, GA with technicians deployed throughout the network. USCarrier has more than 3,600 route-miles of state-of-the-art fiber optic network, monitored 24/7. The company is a "carrier's carrier," serving wireless and wire line carriers, ISP's and cable companies. The USCarrier Ethernet offering currently delivers bandwidths from 50 Mb to 1 G across four Southeastern states. As a Telx Ethernet Exchange member, USCarrier can leverage a high-value community of carriers to establish new revenue streams by expanding their network footprint. Any network operator connected to any Telx or USCarrier exchange point will have the ability to virtually interconnect within Telx's Atlanta data center, eliminating the need for time-consuming ENNI agreements.
SoftLayer Joins Telx cloudXchange Community, Enables Telx to Offer Customers Turnkey Access to On-Demand Infrastructure Within New, SLA-Ensured Cloud Connection Centers
Cloud Computing Expo, New York, NY — June 6, 2011 — Telx®, a leading interconnection and data center provider in 15 strategic North American markets, today launched its new Cloud Connection Centers and announced that SoftLayer® Technologies, a global provider of on-demand Cloud and Dedicated hosting, has joined the Telx cloudXchange. Telx Cloud Connection Centers are an innovative new way for cloud service providers like SoftLayer and their Enterprise end users to securely connect their infrastructures, leveraging Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to ensure IaaS and application uptime. Through this new partnership, Telx can now directly offer any of its 880+ customers within its Cloud Connection Centers direct access to SoftLayer’s industry-leading Cloud and Dedicated Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions, including the popular CloudLayer® Computing offering. The launch of Telx’s Cloud Connection Centers furthers the Company’s leadership in interconnection, and establishes Telx as a formidable enabler of cloud computing.