PCCW Global, an international communications service provider offering the latest mobility, voice and data solutions to enterprises, telcos, CSPs and application service providers, has announced that its Console Connect Software-Defined Interconnection (SDI) platform is now available in many more colocation data centers via an extended collaboration with Global Switch.
Global Switch develops/operates large-scale carrier and cloud neutral colocation data centers across Europe and Asia Pacific. It owns and operates 13 colocation data centers centrally located in “Tier 1” cities. Glob al Switch offers a total of 390,000 square meters of resilient technical space and hosts some of the world’s largest cloud providers, hyperscalers and enterprise customers.
Console Connect, PCCW Global’s software-defined Interconnection platform offers fully automated switching and routing of all communications for seamless interconnection. Following the successful launch of PCCW’s Console Connect in Global Switch’s Singapore Tai Seng data center in 2019, the platform has now been extended to all Global Switch locations and is immediately available.
The collaboration gives Console Connect users an extensive choice of on-net data centers and cloud access points. These are located in Europe’s largest and most interconnected data center hubs – London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris. It also brings the Console Connect platform to Global Switch Madrid, one of the most important gateways to Latin America, as well as other major European markets.
In Asia Pacific, Console Connect is available at the Global Switch data centers in Sydney and Hong Kong. In addition to the pre-existing facility in Singapore’s Tai Seng data center.
“We are delighted to extend our collaboration with Global Switch by bringing the Console Connect platform into all of its data centers worldwide,” said Mr. Michael Glynn, Vice President of Digital Automated Innovation, PCCW Global. “The addition of eight on-net data centers in Europe forms part of a major expansion plan for the platform across the region, while the new facilities in Sydney and Hong Kong further consolidates our position as a market leader for on-demand fabric in Asia Pacific.”
The Console Connect network-as-a-service platform is fully integrated with the world’s leading cloud, SaaS, IoT and IX providers, including Google Cloud, AWS, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba, Tencent and NAVER Cloud. The automated Console Connect fabric is underpinned by PCCW Global’s IP backbone and one of the largest MPLS networks in the world, spanning more than 3,000 cities and 160 countries.
Global Switch customers will be able to instantly access this ecosystem of clouds, SaaS providers, and network. It enables them to seamlessly connect to over 300 data centers worldwide through Console Connect. The platform provides users with the redundancy and flexibility to scale their businesses on demand at any Global Switch colocation data center. They also have access to the PCCW Global physical network, which is separate to the public Internet. It would offer uncontended and redundant core connectivity with multiple diverse paths between countries.
“We are extremely excited that the Console Connect platform is available at all of our data centers,” said Mr. Paul Selwood, Group Director, Strategic Accounts and Networks, Global Switch. “Our customers will be able to securely access services from any cloud or SaaS provider, connect to business-critical applications with ease, and scale connections up and down on-demand.”