PCCW Global, DCConnect Ink SDI Partnership

PCCW Global, DCConnect ink SDI partnership

19 September 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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PCCW Global and DCConnect have entered into a technology collaboration, enabling Console Connect and DCConnect customers to seamlessly leverage network services from either service provider.

“The interconnect collaboration with DCConnect allows our customers to access more data centres directly from our platform,” said Michael Glynn, global vice president of digital automated innovation at PCCW Global (pictured), who took up the reins in April 2019.

“We are building one of the largest SDN wholesale ecosystems worldwide for carriers, network providers, and other SDN providers, enabling them to access our extensive redundant global backbone on-demand, while extending their coverage and service offering to support their own customer needs,  by interconnecting into our platform at any of our on-net data centres.”

Customers of DCConnect, which is a leading APAC on-demand connectivity, data centre and cloud provider, will attain on-demand access to PCCW Global’s extensive international network footprint.

PCCW Global’s Console Connect is a game-changer for business, making the process of connecting to cloud-based business-critical applications and geographically distributed offices, partners and clients simple, predictable and secure. Capacity first broke the news on November 8th 2017, stating PCCW Global and a revived company, IX Reach, had split the assets of Console Connect in a pair of separate, but unannounced deals. BSO acquired IX Reach in May 2019 and announced this month that it had successfully integrated the global network service provider into its low-latency global infrastructure. PCCW Global publicly launched the platform in May 2018 after the successful integration of the acquired platform onto its network.

Spanning over 37 countries, the Console Connect platform enables users to purchase on-demand connectivity in more than 100 global data centres and to all major cloud on-ramp partners, including AWS Direct Connect, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud.

DCConnect is a leading software-defined enterprise and carrier platform in China. DCConnect’s coverage includes every major data centre and cloud vendor in China. The technology collaboration will enable DCConnect’s clients to interconnect with the Console Connect platform in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Los Angeles - providing access to a truly global network.

Billy Fung, chief technology officer at DCConnect, said: “DCConnect is excited to establish a two-way integration with PCCW Global. We look forward to enabling our customers to make use of PCCW Global’s extensive and robust IP backbone and global subsea network, providing instant access, with Quality of Service, to many markets around the world. Similarly, we also look forward to serving PCCW Global customers with our own extensive network resources throughout China.”

Last year, DCConnect partnered with Epsilon in a two-way inter-carrier SDN network orchestration pact.

The API integration allows users to run private and secure virtual connections across both networks, as well as being able to provision, upgrade, and monitor on-demand services. Both platforms enable users to interconnect and purchase flexible services on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis - only paying for services which are available to be used with no lock-in contracts or minimum usage criteria.

PCCW Global recently signed a deal with Orange and PEACE to deploy the PEACE Med subsea cable, making it the first Chinese private cable in France. Earlier this year, PCCW Global launched a new Console Connect point of presence (PoP) at the Global Switch-owned Tai Seng data centre in Singapore in July.