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PCCW Global announces on-demand direct connections to Alibaba Cloud

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PCCW Global has established an on-demand, direct and automated connection service to Alibaba Cloud Express Connect through its Console Connect arm.

The service will see Console Connect’s enterprise customers able to establish private connectivity to Alibaba Cloud through PCCW Global’s international network, which spans more than 150 countries across the globe.

The collaboration means that partners can deploy globally within Alibaba Cloud’s network by leveraging the Console Connect platform, which PCCW Global acquired in 2017 for an undisclosed fee. Console Connect delivers on-demand cloud connectivity through a blend of software and network infrastructure.

The platform fully automates switching and routing for seamless interconnection, removing some of the traditional complexities of network routing, according to PCCW Global. It also offers users enhanced performance, visibility, monitoring and security.

Paul Gampe (pictured), chief technology officer of PCCW Global, said: “By connecting the Alibaba Cloud platform to Console Connect at multiple points around the world, we have enabled businesses to rapidly establish secure high-performance direct connections to business-critical applications hosted in the cloud. The agility and performance benefits of Alibaba Cloud Express Connect integrate perfectly with the superior cloud networking experience offered by Console Connect.”

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For Alibaba Cloud, the partnership means its customers can connect locally vi Console Connect, allowing faster and more consistent network performance. Alibaba Cloud customers can also access PCCW Global’s network, which covers more than 3,000 cities worldwide.

Leo Liu, general manager for Alibaba Cloud Hong Kong, Macau and Korea, said: “Alibaba Cloud Express Connect gives customers even more connectivity choices for hybrid environments. Together with PCCW Global, we are making it easier for customers to accelerate their digital transformation process and with the Alibaba Cloud Express Connect, we can enable rapid provisioning of capacity to Alibaba Cloud as a result of our integration with Console Connect.”