ROOT Data Center deploys Megaport SDN at Montréal facility

14 November 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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ROOT Data Center has announced plans to use Megaport’s software defined network (SDN) technology at its MTL-R1 and MTL-R2 facilities.

ROOT says that its decision to become ‘Megaported’ stems from its goal to bring world-class solutions and partners to its data centre customers.

“The partnership between ROOT Data Center and Megaport removes barriers to cloud adoption, providing customers a more flexible option to leverage public cloud services in conjunction with colocation,” said AJ Byers, president and CEO, ROOT Data Center (pictured). “Their legacy applications can remain in ROOT’s colocation facilities, while cloud-ready applications can seamlessly migrate to various CSPs and their specific global regions using a single cross-connect to Megaport from our Montréal data centres.

By using Megaport’s SDN solution ROOT customers can quickly deploy hybrid and multicloud architectures with direct connections to major cloud service providers (CSPs) such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud and Salesforce, as well as with their colocation service.

“Ensuring performance and scalability of cloud environments is a primary concern for enterprises” added Vincent English, CEO of Megaport. “The combination of Megaport’s SDN and ROOT’s data centre facilities achieves this by providing customers with a gateway to next-generation hybrid cloud solutions through secure and direct interconnection to leading public CSPs. The partnership makes integrating and scaling cloud environments simple for enterprises, driving agility, cost savings and business and digital transformation.”

Additionally, the partnership enables ROOT customers to use on-demand, elastic connectivity enables by Megaport’s self-service portal to design more robust hybrid IT environments. The partnership simplifies and streamlines the migration to hybrid cloud environments, giving customers a secure, flexible and cost-effective solution to interconnect their colocation environment with one or more public clouds.

In August, ROOT confirmed its plans to build a third data centre to become part of its MTL-R1 La Salle campus in Montréal. MTL-R1B, the third data centre, is a greenfield development that will create an additional 10MW of power capacity, meeting the demands of ROOT’s future and existing customers.