Hurricane Electric, one of the world’s largest IPv4 and IPv6-native internet backbones, has announced the deployment of Points of Presence (PoPs) at Digital Realty’s data centers in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sydney. Colocation clients of Digital Realty would then have access to Hurricane Electric’s high-speed IP transit network, which would help their data networks operate more efficiently and minimize latency.
With this deployment, Digital Realty and Hurricane Electric are extending their partnership to the APAC area, which would currently be one of the fastest-growing data center colocation markets due to growing demand for online content, mobile gaming, and on-demand video.
“With businesses everywhere facing an explosion in the volume and complexity of the data they are managing, Hurricane Electric’s expansion to our facilities in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney will help our customers access a variety of new connectivity options to overcome data gravity barriers and scale their digital businesses,” said Govind Choudhary, Head of Service Provider and Market Strategy, Asia Pacific, Digital Realty. “This extension of PlatformDIGITAL across Asia Pacific through Hurricane Electric’s global network connectivity will further enhance Digital Realty’s position as an industry leading interconnection platform.”
In the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, Digital Realty operates data centers in major markets including Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, but also through a joint venture with Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo. These data centers in APAC offer a range of services including colocation, interconnection, and managed services to help customers manage and scale their IT infrastructure. Digital Realty’s data centers in APAC are designed to meet the highest standards for availability, security, and energy efficiency, and are supported by a team of experienced technicians and engineers. Additionally, the company’s data centers in the region are interconnected with its global network of data centers, allowing customers to easily extend their IT infrastructure to other parts of the world.
Exchanging IP Traffic
Through this extended collaboration with Hurricane Electric, clients of Digital Realty will have direct access from these data centers in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sydney to Hurricane Electric’s expansive IPv4 and IPv6 network via 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet), and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports. This would allow customers to gain access to a rich connected data community with over 4,000 customers in 53 metro areas across 27 countries on six continents without having to upgrade their last mile network connection.
Digital Realty clients will now also be able to exchange IP traffic with Hurricane Electric’s extensive worldwide network, which supports more than 30,000 BGP sessions with more than 10,000 distinct networks via more than 280 key Internet Exchange Points and thousands of client and private peering ports.
“Hurricane Electric is delighted to expand our relationship with Digital Realty by extending our global network to its fast-growing customer base at key locations in the APAC region,” said Walt Wollny, Director of Interconnection Strategy at Hurricane Electric. “This network expansion builds on Hurricane Electric’s commitment to ensure that we provide connectivity to as many places as possible across the globe.”
Hurricane Electric operates a backbone network that spans across North America, Europe, and the APAC region. In terms of its APAC coverage, Hurricane Electric operates several Points of Presence (PoPs) in the region, including in major cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo. These PoPs serve as hubs for the company’s network in the region, allowing customers to easily connect to Hurricane Electric’s global network. The company’s network backbone in APAC is connected to the other parts of the world via multiple undersea fiber-optic cables, providing low-latency and high-bandwidth connectivity to customers.
Hurricane Electric also provides direct connections to major Internet exchanges in the APAC region, such as HKIX in Hong Kong and Equinix in Singapore and Tokyo, which allows customers to interconnect with other networks and services. Additionally, Hurricane Electric provides several IP transit options, including BGP and OSPF, for customers to connect to its network, which allow for more flexibility and control over network routing.