Colt begins SDN roll-out with on-demand data centre offering

26 October 2015 |


Colt has launched DCNet as-a-service; its first major offering to leverage software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV).

The on-demand data centre interconnect service is available across Europe via a self-service portal.

It claims to improve integration with cloud services, reduce lead times and build on flexible commercial models.

It marks the first step in the roll-out of Colt’s SDN-based network, which it plans to extend into Asia in the first quarter of 2016.

“SDN will enable a major business model change for the telecoms industry and transform the way service providers interact with customers. Colt’s Novitas programme is not simply a technology upgrade, but a business transformation that will enable our customers to consume services in a way that is right for them. Our vision is to be the cloud access provider for the business sector, enabling customers to build and operate their network from anywhere,” said Carl Grivner, EVP of network services at Colt.

Wholesale and enterprise customers in the finance and media verticals will begin trialling the service in November. DCNet’s self-service portal is initially available in 57 third party data centres in London, Paris and Frankfurt, which will be extended to over 150 data centres across Europe and Asia-Pacific in early 2016.

To read a full exclusive interview with Carl Grivner, who is due to take over as CEO of Colt in 2016, watch out for the October/November edition of Capacity magazine.