AFIBER deploys PoP at Datacenter.com in Amsterdam to widen optical service

Created August 7, 2018
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On-demand optical network provider AFIBER has deployed a connectivity PoP in Datacenter.com’s Amsterdam AMS1 data centre to help spread its services. AFIBER’s software-defined networking offering is seen as a perfect fit for Datacenter.com’s own on-demand colocation proposition with month-to-month contracts.

AFIBER aims to become a major European provider of optical SDN services within five years through its expanding channel partner ecosystem. AFIBER’s automated and flexible workflows use dark fibre and wavelength services backed by a high capacity optical network with low latency access to global carriers, network service providers and a network of international data centres.

“A variety of AFIBER customers and prospects have been asking us for a while to have our network services available in Datacenter.com Amsterdam AMS1,” said Jochem de Gruyter, CEO of AFIBER. “If you want to have the Amsterdam metropolitan data centre market truly covered, you have to take a customer-focused approach as a network service provider.

“Adding AMS1 to our optical network offers more diversity to our customers and service providers and underlines our connectivity strategy for high density data and cloud colocation.”

The vendor’s investments in proprietary optical network management software have resulted in an automated and fast delivery pipeline of dark fibre and wavelength services. Retail customers and channel partners are able to select and configure their network preferences remotely online through AFIBER online applications.

They can select the type of network service, the preferred route(s) and engineering specifications for deployment. AFIBER’s network management system then automatically generates an optimal network design, while the prices and technical specifications are being generated in real-time.

“Our unique network design provides high grade fibre optical specifications and connectivity standards in the global industry, thanks to our investments in latest network management systems and equipment,” said De Gruyter. “Together with the transparent characteristics of our connectivity services and features like optical encryption, it makes our proposition a valuable one in the European market and beyond.”

He added: “Datacenter.com’s market vision is pretty much similar to our own, with their on-demand colocation proposition, its plans for international expansion and also their channel-focused strategy.”

Datacenter.com anticipates AFIBER’s offering to be an attractive addition to its broad choice of connectivity options already available in its Amsterdam AMS1 data centre. Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com, said: “AFIBER and Datacenter.com share the same company values of delivering high quality data centre services featuring highly flexible, on-demand characteristics.

“What’s more, we share the same aggressive plans for international growth, while we’re both delivering a large part of our services through an international ecosystem of channel partners.”

He added: “AFIBER will certainly cater to the low latency and high bandwidth needs of our most demanding customers, including cloud service providers, financial services firms and organisations in healthcare.”

Antony Savvas

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by Antony Savvas

Freelance journalist Antony Savvas has been a technology ‎writer for almost 30 years and has worked across the IT sector's major magazines and websites. He was Computer Weekly's first ever networks and telecoms editor in the late1990s as the computing, mobile and networking industries converged. Antony also undertakes corporate writing assignments for the world's biggest technology companies.