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BSO completes IX Reach core network integration

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BSO has announced that it has successfully integrated IX Reach into its low-latency global infrastructure.

The Ethernet network provider broadened its growing wholesale portfolio in May 2019 with the acquisition of IX Reach, a global network service provider.

Commenting at the time, Michael Ourabah (pictured), founder and CEO of BSO, said: “Acquiring IX Reach cements our reputation as the network provider of choice for financial services, cloud providers and technology businesses.

“Combining the vast experience, international footprint and R&D capabilities of the two companies together enables us to deliver the next generation of network, cloud and services. We are really looking forward to continuing to define standards in an ever-changing landscape.”

IX Reach’s services are accessed via One Portal, which enables customers simple management when procuring and delivering its cloud and infrastructure services. The integration provides BSO’s customers with “exceptional performance, speed and scale, engineering talent, and the latest advancements in SDN networking and automated cloud provisioning”.

It further increases the diversity of BSO’s global network and enriches the SDN and SD-WAN capabilities orchestrating BSO’s three state-of-the-art networks, strengthens its end-to-end cloud services, and enhances a customer experience already defining industry standards.

Stephen Wilcox, founder of IX Reach and head of product, said: "This network integration truly cements our extremely strong challenger status, by proving our commitment to offering the best network latency paths, extensive easy-to-deploy cloud connectivity, advanced SDN automation, and robust direct partnerships."

Notable enhancements include additional connectivity into South Africa, Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney, new cloud location on-ramps, and proactive preparations for soon-to-be-announced providers joining the company’s global cloud ecosystem. The integration also delivers an even denser North America network as well as deeper metropolitan penetration in over 12 metro cities globally, providing a strong network proposition for both wholesale partners and enterprise customers.

The global integration accelerates BSO’s 100G rollout plans, with new paths in Marseille, London, New York, Ashburn and Chicago and expansions underway across Europe in Madrid, Milan, Zurich and Frankfurt. BSO’s network has also been bolstered by IX Reach’s Microsoft Azure C3 interconnects, which offer direct access in USA, Canada, Amsterdam and most recently, the UK. This offers full diversity away from the Slough campus with connectivity in the heart of the Docklands at Telehouse North.

Ourabah added: “Since BSO acquired IX Reach, we have worked around the clock to unite our complementary offerings while strengthening our specialist services that confidently operate on their own. We have brought together the best people, the most robust technology and our joint knowledge of working in every corner of the globe. This combination equips our customers with a potent blend to propel them forward in their own growth ambitions.”