INAP, a provider of Internet infrastructure services including colocation, network connectivity, and (cloud) hosting, has announced an expansion of its CloudConnection platform – a cloud interconnection service from INAP colocation and hosting environments to third-party vendor cloud providers.
In 2016, INAP recognized that many of its customers often encountered performance and cost challenges when attempting to share data between existing IT infrastructure and external cloud services. To meet its customers’ needs, INAP launched their CloudOption service. The cloud connectivity service was initially available to customers in the following metropolitan markets: Dallas, New York/New Jersey, Seattle and Silicon Valley (Santa Clara).
Now, under the name CloudConnection, INAP has expanded this cloud interconnection service to customers in Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles.
“Many of our customers need the ability to connect their INAP colocation and hosting infrastructure to external cloud providers in a quick and cost-effective manner,” said Corey Needles, SVP and General Manager, INAP COLO. “We are pleased to make this service available in these new markets. We know it will benefit our current and future customers whose services are located in these markets.”
AWS Cloud, Microsoft Azure
CloudConnection would provide a “secured and reliable” link from INAP’s colocation and hosting environments to outside public and private clouds, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS Cloud) and Microsoft Azure. This interconnection allows customers to instantly scale bandwidth from 1G to 10G. According to INAP, CloudConnection can be deployed faster and at a lower cost compared to individual connections set up with each provider.
INAP operates in Tier 3-type data centers in 21 metropolitan markets, primarily in North America, with 50 data centers and 89 Points of Presence (PoPs) around the world. The company has approximately 1 million gross square feet under lease, with 500,000 square feet of data center space.