Zayo Group, a global provider of network neutral colocation and bandwidth infrastructure based in Boulder, Colorado, has launched its Connect to the Cloud platform, a program enabling connectivity to multiple cloud hosting providers and over 500 data centers worldwide. The new program offers direct connect options to cloud hosting providers including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SoftLayer.
Zayo’s cloud program is designed to simplify shopping for cloud connectivity and assist customers with operating a hybrid cloud hosting environment. “More and more companies are relying on some form of cloud computing,” said John Real, vice president of strategic channels, Zayo Group. “It’s clear that the business landscape is changing, and with so much critical business intelligence now residing in cloud hosting environments, it is crucial to have reliable network connectivity. Zayo’s Connect to the Cloud platform provides that connectivity.”
AWS Direct Connect
In 2011, Zayo Group started offering direct bandwidth up to 10G through the AWS Direct Connect portal. In 2013, the company announced it had become an Amazon Partner Network (APN) Technology Partner. As an APN, Zayo provides private networks with circuits to enable connectivity to each AWS Direct Connect location.
Zayo Group’s fiber optic network extends more than 77,000 route miles and includes more than 14,000 on-net buildings, providing connectivity to the majority of data centers and carrier hotels in the United States. Zayo is continually on-boarding new cloud hosting providers and offers multiple options to connect to the cloud including Ethernet, IP VPN, and wavelengths up to 10G.