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NEXTDC and PCCW Global launch new cloud infrastructure integration

NEXTDC and Console Connect by PCCW Global are officially collaborating with a technology integration targeted at Australian businesses seeking cloud infrastructure solutions.

The collaboration unites PCCW Global’s Console Connect Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform and NEXTDC’s virtual interconnectivity platform, AXON, with the aim of simplifying and strengthening connectivity for Hybrid and Multi-Cloud environments.

Through direct interconnections with the automated Console Connect digital platform available at NEXTDC’s S1 Sydney data centre, or via the AXON platform, customers can immediately begin self-provisioning uncontended layer 2 connections among more than 350 data centres from more than 40 countries worldwide.

Once interconnected with the platform, NEXTDC customers can access all major cloud providers with service coverage in Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the companies state.

Additionally, the platform facilitates direct access to key SaaS, IoT, carrier and IX partners, including DE-CIX, RingCentral, Cloudflare, Anexia, and others.

The Console Connect automated fabric makes use of PCCW Global’s carrier IP backbone and MPLS network, which spans more than 3,000 cities and 160 countries worldwide.

The companies state the collaboration creates a new opportunity for existing Console Connect users to establish private and secure connections, on demand, to NEXTDC’s national data centre network of nine facilities located in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Canberra.

The AXON platform interconnects NEXTDC’s data centre infrastructure. As an Australian cloud-connected data centre provider, NEXTDC provides customers geo-diversity when it comes to interconnecting its data centres, clouds and ICT services.

Both interconnection platforms exclusively use private and dedicated connections that are separate from the public internet.

According to a statement, direct interconnections to business-critical applications hosted in the cloud improve network availability, performance, and security.

PCCW Global vice president of digital automated innovation Michael Glynn says “Console Connect is excited to team up with NEXTDC to make our Network-as-a-Service interconnection platform available to more customers across Australia, who can enjoy a flexible and secure provisioning experience.

"Through the Console Connect ecosystem and our global network coverage, we will work with NEXTDC to bring Australian businesses closer to Asia and the rest of the world.

"Similarly, Console Connect users will enjoy seamless access across Australia by using the AXON platform.”

Console Connect offers pay-as-you-go pricing for on-demand bandwidth between Australia and key Asian markets such as Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, and the platform is accessible via more than 55 data centres in 12 markets across Asia Pacific.

NEXTDC chief customer and commercial officer David Dzienciol says, “Our customers are leaning on their digital infrastructure and networks more than ever. Ensuring they are securely and directly interconnected with the cloud and IT services that underpin their Hybrid/Multi-Cloud strategy is a critical role NEXTDC plays.

"Teaming AXON with Console Connect’s Network-as-a-Service platform forms a powerful, globally available ecosystem that will deliver the reliable, secure and easy-to-manage interconnectivity that businesses are increasingly relying on.”