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Evoque opens data centres to create carrier diversity

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Evoque Data Center Solutions, a global colocation services company, today announced that it is opening its data centres to multiple carriers.

The move, responding to the increasing demand for diverse connectivity options among both large and small enterprises, is expected to benefit both data centre users and carriers by fostering competition and promoting more reliable and quality connections at lower costs.

"We have 1,100 enterprise customers that have not had carrier diversity until now," said Tim Caulfield, CEO of Evoque, which was rebranded earlier this year when AT&T sold its data centres to Brookfield Infrastructure Partners for $1.1 billion.

"Carriers understand this and are racing to be the first wave of new carriers into the Evoque facilities so they can sell to these enterprises.”

Evoque currently has data centre customers throughout the globe in a variety of industries, including content and media, government and education, healthcare, retail and e-commerce, technology and telecommunications. That customer list will most likely grow with the addition of multiple carriers.

"In this digital economy, carrier diversity is critical for data centre customers," added Caulfield. "Being successful in bringing new carriers to our data centres will give us a stronger competitive advantage."

By providing an ISP marketplace of sorts, Evoque says it will “facilitate better and lower-cost connections for its enterprise customers. Other benefits of these carrier-neutral data centres include reliability and flexibility”.

Caulfield said: "We think it's critical to give our customers choice. A carrier-neutral colocation facility allows customers to connect their infrastructure to a range of bandwidth providers that can help improve the reach and performance of their business applications, while also enhancing protection of their critical data."

Evoque's new carrier diversity also opens the door for possible new product opportunities for customers, including: Cloud on-ramps, inter-facility connectivity, and blended IP services.

"We are excited about offering a range of critical services to help foster our customers' success as we continue to build the data centre of the future," added Caulfield.

Evoque has recently built dedicated Meet-Me-Rooms (MMR) in its 18 data centres across the US; the MMR in its Redditch, UK, data centre will be completed during Q3 2019.

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