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  1. #1
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    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    [EN] Equinix, DRT Strike Submarine Cable Deals

    "Net Neutrality"

    by Yevgeniy Sverdlik on November 3, 2015

    There is a resurgence of submarine cable construction, and two of the world’s largest data center service providers, Equinix and Digital Realty Trust, are positioning to benefit from the new intercontinental cable systems that are being built.

    Earlier this year, a partner of Irish submarine cable operator AquaComms has started laying one of the first trans-Atlantic cables in more than a decade in response to growing demand for intercontinental bandwidth. The system, called America Europe Connect, or AEConnect, will span 5,400 kilometers between the west coast of Ireland and Long Island.

    Equinix announced a deal to connect its data centers to the new cable system in August. Digital announced its own deal with AquaComms this week.

    “A resurgence of subsea cable projects is … creating opportunity for Equinix, helping service providers accelerate returns by terminating cables directly into our IBXes,” Equinix CEO Stephen Smith said on the company’s third-quarter earnings call late last month, referring to the company’s International Business Exchange data centers. “Equinix is working with AquaComms, who is deploying one of the first trans-Atlantic subsea cables in more than a decade to meet increased bandwidth needs for global businesses.”

    Both Equinix and Digital also have agreements to connect data centers to a submarine cable system called Faster, which will reach across the Pacific Ocean, connecting the US West Coast with Asia.

    Equinix announced an agreement with the operator of Faster in September. Digital will tap into the system through Telx, the data center operator it recently acquired. Telx announced it will plug one of its West Coast data centers into the Faster system in July.

    The use of cloud services and consumption of online content is growing, and more and more companies provide content and services internationally, which is driving demand for connectivity bandwidth between continents. Multitenant data center providers like Equinix and Digital make their facilities more attractive for prospective customers by positioning them as access points to the new network capacity.

    Equinix data centers in New York and London will provide access to AEConnect, while its Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Los Angeles facilities will plug into the Faster system.

    Digital plans to connect its facilities in major New York carrier hotels – 32 Avenue of the Americas, 111 8th Avenue, and 60 Hudson Street – to AEConnect. The Telx agreement with Faster was to connect the cable system to the data center operator’s Hillsboro, Oregon, facility.
    Última edição por 5ms; 04-11-2015 às 13:10.

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    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    Microsoft invests in transatlantic submarine network capacity

    May 11, 2015
    Lightwave Staff

    Two suppliers of submarine network capacity have announced Microsoft Corp. has leased capacity on their undersea cables across the Atlantic. Aqua Comms Ltd. says Microsoft is the first foundation customer for its upcoming America Europe Connect (AEConnect) submarine cable network. And Hibernia Networks reveals that its Express subsea fiber-optic network will connect Microsoft data centers in Canada, Ireland, and the UK.

    TE Subcom recently began construction of AEConnect, which will link Shirley, NY, and Killala on the West Coast of Ireland, a span of more than 5,400 km (see "America-Europe Connect submarine network construction begins"). It is designed to provide intercontinental data center interconnectivity via 100-Gbps wavelengths.

    Aqua Comms says Microsoft will use the transatlantic capacity to address growing bandwidth demands as well as to support delivery of enterprise cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and Microsoft Intune.

    "Out of approximately 230 subsea cables across the globe, very few are currently equipped to fully support coherent technology with 100-Gbps capabilities. With bandwidth-hungry applications on the rise, we want to ensure our customers are getting the capacity across the Atlantic that they need," said Dave Crowley, managing director of Microsoft's Global Network Procurement, via an Aqua comms press release. "AEConnect aids in future-proofing our transatlantic capacity requirements, connecting directly to our operations in Ireland and onward into Europe to support our expanding data network capacity needs."

    Meanwhile, Hibernia says its Express fiber-optic network will offer Microsoft connectivity between Halifax, Canada; Ballinspittle, Ireland; and Brean, UK. The connections will link several Microsoft data centers via multiple metro and long haul fibers.

    The Express cable, which is also under construction, is designed to support in excess of 10 Tbps per fiber pair. TE Subcom is managing this deployment as well.

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