Hurricane Electric

Hurricane Electric expands with PoP at University of Guam data centre

05 October 2020 | Abigail Opiah

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Hurricane Electric has added a new point of presence (PoP) in the data centre at the University of Guam in Mangilao, as well as connecting to the MARIIX (Mariana Islands Internet Exchange) housed at the university.

The new PoP is located at 303 University Drive, Mangilao, Guam, with the PoP being the company’s first in the region set to serve the Asia-Pacific market.

The expansion of Hurricane Electric’s global network to this location will provide organisations in the data centre with improved fault tolerance, load balancing and congestion management in the delivery of next-generation IP connectivity services, according to the company.

Those in the data centre will have access to Hurricane Electric’s extensive IPv4 and IPv6 network through 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports.

“We are excited to provide local ISPs and other organizations in the data centre cost-effective, high-speed IP transit,” said Mike Leber, President of Hurricane Electric.

“Additionally, our presence in Guam continues to build on our expansion in the Asia-Pacific region and our commitment to provide cost-effective connectivity to as many people as possible.”

By connecting to MARIIX, networks will be able to exchange IP traffic, or “peer,” with Hurricane Electric’s global network of more than 250 major exchange points and 8,000 different networks.

MARIIX is independent of all other networks and is operated at and partially funded by the University of Guam’s Office of Information Technology.

According to the company, Guam is on pace to become a global telecommunications hub, and over the next year, undersea Internet cables will be laid east and west of Guam.

The company said that providing connectivity options will also help the two US military bases that call Guam home transport important data.