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

The company is to offer on-demand connectivity at its London data centre sites.

By Hannah Williams

Colt Data Centre Services has added private connectivity to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure at three of its data centres, located in London.

The new service can deliver between 10Mbps and 1Gbps of private connectivity just with the provision of a cross connect from customers’ racks to the Colt DCS platform. When the cross-connect and access port is in place, the required bandwidth can be delivered within minutes, according to the company.

This means that Colt DCS can deliver the same flexible, high-capacity private connectivity to multiple cloud locations around Europe. They are also connected via the same port in any of its London data centres without a requirement for additional network purchase.

The service also enables customers to gather connectivity services ‘on-demand’ and in real-time via an intelligent and intuitive online customer portal, along with provided full control customers are able to flex bandwidth requirements up and down.

The on-demand flexibility also extends to pricing with customers being given the option to choose per-hour pricing plans along with fixed-term contract durations.

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This provides an option for per-hour billing for bandwidth, whereby customers are able to contract 1Gbps for up to three years or use the service at hourly rates at their choice.

Matt Cantwell, Director of Portfolio Propositions, Colt Data Centre Services said: “This solution has been designed in keeping with our vision to be the most customer-centric data centre operator.

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“It 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.”

Colt DCS’ dedicated cloud access on-demand enables organisations building hybrid platforms to avoid the high cost of fixed private network connectivity to key clouds.

The new service is to form a central part of the evolution of the company’s data centre portfolio and will see the same connectivity rolled out across a number of its facilities in Europe over the next few months.

Cantwell said: “Customers will no longer need to pay a premium for buying colocations services within the same sites as the major cloud service providers.

“It will also negate the upfront capital costs of provisioning fixed connectivity to cloud platforms that don’t offer a data centre services capability.”


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