PCCW Global partners TierPoint for software-defined interconnection offering

21 January 2019 | James Pearce

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PCCW Global has agreed a partnership with data centre and cloud firm TierPoint to offer US-based enterprises access to what they claim is the world’s first software-defined interconnection platform.

The collaboration between PCCW Global, which is the international operating arm of HKT, and TierPoint leverages the latter’s data centre infrastructure alongside PCCW Global’s Console Connect platform.

Console Connect offers enterprises a platform that makes easy-to-manage and secure connections to cloud-based applications, partners, and client IT infrastructure. It also offers seamless access to a number of the world’s major cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IB, Alibaba Cloud and Tencent.

The partnership will see Console Connect initially made available at TierPoint facilities in Andover, MA, Bethlehem, PA, and Durham, NC, meaning TierPoint’s data centre tenants can also utilise PCCW Global’s Tier 1 IP network, which spans more than 150 countries worldwide.

Tony Rossabi, chief revenue officer at TierPoint, said: “A growing number of companies are seeking more reliable and secure alternatives to the public Internet for cloud connectivity. This new collaboration with PCCW Global helps address that need, further expanding the options available to clients in our leading, edge-capable facilities.”

TierPoint’s customers will be able to provision on-demand direct access to business critical applications through Console Connect, which can also connect all points in a network to automation software, helping to remove some of the complexities of network configuration.

The offering leverages PCCW Global’s Console Connect platform, which it acquired in a deal at the end of 2017. The deal, announced in November 2017, saw PCCW Global acquire Console Connect’s brand, platform and technology team, but its network assets and customer contracts were hived off and put under separate ownership under the name IX Reach. Paul Gampe, who was previously CTO of Console Connect, has also become CTO of PCCW Global.

According to PCCW Global CEO Marc Halbfinger (pictured), who spoke to Capacity in our December/January issue, Console Connect is now enabled at more than 70 of PCCW Global’s data centre locations. It is on-net in over 33 countries across four continents, he added.

On the TierPoint partnership, Halbfinger said: “The various Console Connect points of presence in TierPoint’s data centres will deliver simple and dynamic access to applications by pairing network and cloud more easily.”