Colt expands global on-demand SDN footprint

07 May 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Colt Technology Services is expanding its SDN-enabled on-demand portfolio with the launch of new high bandwidth solutions for enterprise and service provider customers.

The new enhancements will see the introduction of 100G ports in data centres, end-to-end connections of up to 20Gbps as well as an increase in the number of data centres that will benefit from a real-time delivery to over 250 locations worldwide. In addition, the on-demand solution is now available in the US, Hong Kong, Portugal and Austria adding to its existing availability across Europe and Asia-Pacific.

“For years, Colt has focused on creating a backbone that is purpose-built for the technological challenges of today,” said Peter Coppens, vice president product portfolio, Colt Technology Services. “This latest expansion to our on-demand portfolio, sees the network now truly behave in an innovative way, with enterprises being able to access high bandwidth, on-demand solutions across multiple continents, that can be delivered in minutes and then flexed up or down in bandwidth as needed.”

As a result of the on-demand expansion customers can now take greater control over their network, flexing bandwidth up and down in near-real-time, bypassing legacy service processes and lead times.

“We have known for some time that the demand for high bandwidth connectivity isn’t slowing down and we are confident that the latest expansion of our on-demand solutions can meet this demand and continue to enable enterprises’ digital transformations,” added Coppens.

Colt first launched in the US in June 2018, with the expansion seeing the organisation connect 13 major telecoms and cloud hub cities in the US and Canada, enabling multinational enterprises in the region to take advantage of the reach and density of the Colt IQ Network in both Europe and Asia.

Back in April, Colt partnered with Ooredoo to launch Ooredoo’s Cloud Connect service, which enables business customers to scale innovation with global cloud providers. As a result of the partnership, Ooredoo Cloud Connect services now connect to Colt’s IQ Network. In turn, the Colt IQ Network connects to more than 850 data centres and 27,500 on net buildings globally.