Megaport’s SDN enhances Google Cloud’s Partner Interconnect

25 April 2018 | Jason McGee-Abe


Megaport is enhancing hybrid network connections to Google Cloud’s global network with its SDN capability.

The global network-as-a-service (NaaS) provider is supporting Google Cloud’s Partner Interconnect, a service from Google Cloud that allows customers to privately connect to Google Cloud platform from anywhere.

Last September, Google announced Dedicated Interconnect, which provides higher-speed and lower-cost connectivity than VPN, and has become the go-to solution to connect on-premises data centres with the cloud.

“Partner Interconnect gives Google Cloud customers even more connectivity choices for hybrid environments,” said, John Veizades, product manager at Google Cloud. “Together with Megaport, we are making it easier for customers to extend their on-prem infrastructure to the Google Cloud platform.”

With Partner Interconnect, customers can now choose Megaport to provide connectivity from their facility to the nearest Google edge point-of-presence (PoP). In addition, they will be able to select from a variety of sub-rate interface speeds varying from 50Mbps to 10Gbps.

This deeper integration between the Megaport SDN and Google Cloud, via the Megaport open application programming interface (API), enables ease-of-use and smooth provisioning of network capacity to Google Virtual Private Clouds (VPC). The API reduces manual time-consuming processes associated with activating, connecting, and managing services. Partner Interconnect is now available across the Megaport SDN which connects over 200 data centres globally with multiple interconnect points already established.

“Scalable connectivity to Google Cloud Platform ensures that cloud-enabled applications perform to meet mission-critical business requirements,” added Vincent English, CEO of Megaport. “Google Cloud brings tremendous value to the Megaport Ecosystem and empowers our customers to address a wide variety of business needs. We have been working with Google Cloud since our inception and we are excited to grow and evolve our integration to ensure the next generation of business growth.”

The news comes a week after RagingWire Data Centers, part of the NTT Communications group, added Megaport’s global SDN to its Cloud Connect portfolio of solution partners. At the start of the year, Google's cloud division unveiled its participation in three new subsea cables that will service five new regions as part of a $30 billion investment into its infrastructure.