Digital Realty teams up with Megaport to launch into interconnection space

26 September 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Data centre and colocation provider Digital Realty has partnered with Megaport to launch an interconnection platform, Service Exchange, which facilitates direct, private and secure connections to multiple cloud service providers.

Digital Realty believes the hybrid cloud exchange service will simplify global data centre and cloud interconnection and is superior to the Equinix Cloud Exchange, supporting the major cloud providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and IBM – as well as telecommunications providers.

Realty aims to have the platform available in 24 data centres across 15 markets by mid-year 2017, beginning with Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Ashburn, VA in Q4 2016. Service Exchange will be available in London and Phoenix in Q1 2017, and in Amsterdam, Dublin, Miami, Singapore and Portland in Q2 2017.

"Enterprises undertaking the digital transformation must be able to navigate growing concerns regarding network security issues, changing regulatory requirements, unpredictable performance and escalating operating costs," said Rick Villars, vice president for data centre and cloud at International Data Corporation.

"Digital Realty's Service Exchange will enable enterprises to tackle these concerns and efficiently manage high-performance interconnections between internal applications and cloud resources in a secure and cost-effective environment."

It offers enhanced access to providers through a single port that supports multiple virtual private connections, Virtual Cross Connects, to service providers and data centres. Digital Realty customers can actively manage these connects through its MarketplacePORTAL platform, scaling the bandwidth of their connections up or down when required.

Digital Realty has teamed up with Megaport to brings services, capabilities, SDN-enabled flexibility, and enhanced customer experience to IT operations. "We're delighted to partner with Megaport to bring customers enhanced, easy-to-use interconnection services and SDN-enabled flexibility to their IT operations," said Chris Sharp, Digital Realty's chief technology officer. "The Service Exchange creates a simple, flexible and scalable solution for our customers, including those looking to make, jump-start or accelerate their digital transformations."

Denver Maddux, CEO of Megaport, added: "We look forward to working with Digital Realty on this pioneering initiative. Service Exchange is fully integrated with Megaport's ubiquitous elastic fabric, which enables Digital Realty customers around the world to easily access the newest interconnection services and cloud network solutions.”

“Megaport and Digital Realty have partnered to bring services, capabilities. Digital Realty has a longstanding tradition of enabling rapid scalability through its global infrastructure platform, and these benefits are now being complemented by Megaport's similarly scalable interconnection platform. The combination of these capabilities creates an innovative offering for the industry."

Digital Realty announced its new offering enabling enterprise multi-cloud and hybrid cloud deployments, giving cloud providers instant global scale through direct interconnection in 15 global markets, at the 13th annual MarketplaceLIVE, Telx’s (now Digital Realty’s) annual community networking and education event in New York.

The news comes after Digital Realty acquired Telx for $1.89 billion.