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March 21, 2017

Colt DCS targets cheaper AWS & Azure cloud costs with private data centre connectivity

Colt DCS is to deliver private connectivity to AWS & Azure Cloud across its three German data centre sites.

By Hannah Williams

Colt Data Centre Services has added private connectivity for cloud providers Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure to its German data centres in Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg.

The decision to do so was made following news that carriers Versatel and, will allow their customers to make direct connections to Colt DCS’ Hamburg data centre.

This ties in with plans for Colt DCS to generate a larger choice of carriers across its entire data centre estate, which will further strengthen the company’s links with existing carriers across the German sites.

Colt DCS also offers its Dedicated Cloud Access service, allowing customers to consume connectivity services on-demand and in real-time via an intelligent and intuitive online customer portal.

The on-demand flexibility also extends to pricing, with Colt DCS giving customers the option to choose per-hour pricing plans as well as more traditional fixed-term contracts.

Read more: Colt DCS London data centres to deliver private connectivity to AWS & Azure cloud

The new service delivers between 10Mbps and 1Gbps of private connectivity, just with the provision of a cross connect from customers’ racks to the Colt DCS platform. Customers will also be able to contract 1Gbps for three years, or use the service at hourly rates with per-hour billing for bandwidth.

Matt Cantwell, Director of Product and Propositions, Colt DCS said: “The connectivity services available in our German data centres have been significantly enhanced in response to the demands of our growing customer base.

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“The cloud connectivity service can reduce the costs of provisioning bandwidth, improve consistency in network performance and offer the flexibility to scale usage up and down in line with capacity requirements in real-time.”

The on-demand Cloud Access also enables organisations that are building hybrid platforms to avoid the high cost of fixed private network connectivity to major cloud providers, or the premium paid to collocate next to cloud gateways.

This includes enterprises, system integrators and managed service providers that are increasingly building hybrid or multi-cloud platforms as part of their IT infrastructures.

Cantwell said: “We are also delighted that DE-CIX and BCIX are also joining our German data centres. Direct connectivity to Internet exchanges can be important to many cloud and media service providers so we’re happy to have them in our data centres.”

Both DE-CIX and BCIX internet exchanges will now be available at Colt DCS’s Frankfurt and Berlin data centre sites.

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