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Verizon enables private IP network connectivity

30 Jul 2019
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Verizon is aiming to increase connectivity between organisations with a private IP network to more than 100 data centers worldwide.

The company launched a new solution called Software-Defined Interconnect (SDI), which works with Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric.

The solution leverages an API to integrate pre-provisioned Verizon Private IP bandwidth via ECX Fabric, while eliminating the need for dedicated physical connectivity. 

Organisations are able to use their private IP network to connect to 115 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers within minutes.

They can integrate pre-provisioned Verizon Private IP bandwidth via ECX Fabric, while eliminating the need for dedicated physical connectivity. The result is to make secure colocation and interconnection faster and easier for customers to implement, often at a significantly lower cost.

Verizon vice president of product management and development, Vickie Lonker, explains that SDI is an addition to the company’s services that can deliver performance at the edge.

“Think about how many devices are connected to data centres, the amount of data generated, and then multiply that when 5G becomes ubiquitous. Enabling enterprises to virtually connect to Verizon’s private IP services by coupling our technology with the proven ECX Fabric makes it easy to provision and manage data-intensive network traffic in real time, lifting a key barrier to digital transformation,” says Lonker.

According to Verizon, SDI was designed to address challenges associated with connecting customer networks to colocation data centers.

“Verizon’s new Software Defined Interconnect addresses one of the leading issues for organisations by improving colocation access,” adds IDC group vice president Courtney Monroe.

“This offer facilitates a reduction in network and connectivity costs for accessing colocation data centres, while promoting agility and innovation for enterprises. This represents a competitive advantage for Verizon as it applies SDN technology to improve interconnecting its Private IP MPLS network globally.”

Verizon’s private Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network is also growing rapidly year-over-year. The company says that the adoption of colocation services continues to proliferate, as more businesses grapple with complex cloud deployments to achieve greater efficiency, flexibility and additional functionality in data management. 

“With Software-Defined Interconnect, a key barrier to digital transformation has been lifted. By allowing enterprises to virtually connect to Verizon’s private IP services using the proven ECX Fabric, SDI makes secure colocation and interconnection easier – and more financially viable – to implement than ever before,” comments Equinix vice president of interconnection services, Bill Long.

Verizon manages more than 500,000 network, hosting, and security devices and more than 4,000 networks in more than 150 countries.

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