Flexential launches FlexAnywhere extending hyperscale cloud connectivity

15 June 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

Flexential has launched FlexAnywhere a software-defined network fabric that offers high capacity, low latency connectivity from the data centre and cloud, to the edge.

The new offering extends Flexential’s 100Gbps network backbone to now being able to offer full-service, single-hop connections to customers anywhere reducing network delays.

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"We are committed to helping our customers overcome interconnection complexities and connect them to any location," said Chris Downie, CEO of Flexential. "With the launch of FlexAnywhere, our customers can bypass the public internet and use a single interface to directly connect their infrastructure to hyperscale cloud providers, back office platforms and internal customer data centres over a private and secure network."

FlexAnywhere delivers quick predictable throughput from Flexential’s 41 interconnected edge data centres across the US producing faster applications and reduced costs for customers by removing the need for multiple network deployments. As a result customers have access to more than 80 domestic and international carriers, 14 cloud nodes. As well as multiple peering exchanges and more than 250 network, data centre, managed service and cloud providers including: AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

"Businesses today struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of technology evolution. Even with cloud technologies, once they select an infrastructure solution, they can find themselves locked into long-term contracts as better technologies emerge," said Craig Matsumoto, senior analyst at 451 Research. "Services like FlexAnywhere let users consume network and infrastructure in a more flexible way, helping them to remain nimble."

Also because of its use of New Cross Pacific and Hawaiki subsea cables, FlexAnywhere offers the fastest direct network connection to Asia and the South Pacific. Access to FlexAnywhere is also available via Flexential’s network partners including: CenturyLink, Zayo, Telia Carrier, Megaport and PacketFabric.

"As a global broadband communications company, we share Flexential's goal of providing more connectivity options to consumers and businesses of all sizes and industries," said Jim Elliot, vice president of technical operations at Viasat, a Flexential customer. "Working with a high-quality partner enhances the integrity of our offerings and enables us to better deliver affordable and fast connections to our customers, whether they are on the ground, in the air or at sea."

Last month Flexential launched a new wholesale data centre offering aimed at enterprises, mobile carriers plus cloud and content providers.

Topics: Flexential, FlexAnywhere, data centre, cloud, edge, Chris Downie, Craig Matsumoto, Jim Elliot, AWS