Global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions provider, phoenixNAP, has announced the availability of Megaport Cloud Router (MCR) within its flagship data center in Phoenix, Arizona. MCR is a virtual routing service that gives businesses private connectivity at layer 3 between cloud services without the complexity of having to set up and manage physical infrastructure.
With the ability to circumvent the public Internet when accessing cloud services, the MCR service allows organizations to ensure secure and low latency data transfer across all their providers.
Already offering direct access to the global Megaport Network out of the facility, phoenixNAP has now expanded the collaboration with Megaport to enable private cloud-to-cloud and multi-cloud connectivity through its virtual router instance.
As a global Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) provider, Megaport helps businesses establish “fast, flexible, and secured” connectivity to the world’s top cloud providers. It includes access to AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, data center operators, systems integrators, and managed service providers (MSPs) using its on-demand global Software Defined Network (SDN).
“We are excited to extend our collaboration with Megaport and offer their MCR service to organizations looking to enhance their multi-cloud strategies,” said Ian McClarty, President of phoenixNAP. “MCR brings simplicity to network management by enabling simple creation of secure and resilient virtual networks. Organizations that manage multiple cloud services can benefit from the ability to establish private connectivity into their clouds, ensuring faster data transfer and improved security. With security continuing to be a priority in the IT world, we are thrilled to be able to offer this new private connectivity option out of our flagship facility in Phoenix.”
As an access point to over 40 global and domestic carriers housed in the facility, phoenixNAP’s data center in Phoenix, Arizona, is strategically positioned at the intersection of two major fiber rings in Phoenix. The facility provides global reach through the total of 17 data center and network Points-of-Presence (Pops) worldwide.
The Megaport Cloud Router deployment would further expand the available connectivity options for phoenixNAP’s customers and businesses in Arizona. They can now access Megaport’s software-defined networking solution to easily create virtualized private networks for safer and more efficient multi-cloud management.
“Megaport has had a successful collaboration with phoenixNAP for years and we are excited to provide even more powerful interconnection capabilities with Megaport Cloud Router,” said Rodney Foreman, Chief Revenue Officer, Megaport. “MCR will make it possible for phoenixNAP customers to create faster and more resilient multi-cloud networks while making cloud-to-cloud connections as simple as pointing and clicking.”
To sum up, key benefits of the MCR service at phoenixNAP’s flagship data center would include:
- On-demand cloud to cloud connections between leading cloud services
- Four speed tiers capable of 1Gbps, 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps, or 10Gbps routing throughput
- Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) for BGP that allows for fast link failure detection supporting fast failover of routed traffic
- Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Multi Exit Discriminator (MED) to support Virtual Cross Connect (VXC) prioritization that tells autonomous systems (AS) the preferred route to take for performance tuning
- BGP shutdown toggle, so users can quickly turn BGP on or off
- Google API integration to make it faster and easier to add MCR connections to the Google Cloud Platform
- Route filters by BGP peer and BGP prefixes for security and greater control over route advertisements