Colt extends its software-defined networking fabric to more regions

Created May 20, 2019
Applications and Research

Colt Technology Services has expanded its SDN (software-defined networking)-enabled On Demand portfolio, with the introduction of high bandwidth fibre options available to enterprises and service providers over a wider network footprint.

The latest enhancements will see the introduction of 100G ports in critical data centres, end-to-end connections of up to 20Gbps and the number of data centres where customers can benefit from real-time delivery increase to over 250 locations globally. “This will result in a significant improvement to the overall On Demand customer experience,” said the data centre and network services player.

As part of the expansion, Colt’s On Demand offering is now available in the US, Hong Kong (pictured), Portugal and Austria, in addition to existing locations across Europe and Asia Pacific.

With On Demand, customers can take full control over their network, flexing bandwidth up and down in “near-real-time”, bypassing legacy service delivery processes and lead times. On Demand was launched in Europe in 2017 and Asia Pacific in 2018, and now businesses across three continents can use it through a self-service portal. The offering competes against similar connectivity packages sold by the likes of Megaport and Packet Fabric.

Peter Coppens, vice president of the product portfolio at Colt Technology Services, said: “This expansion sees the network now truly behave in an innovative way, with enterprises being able to access high bandwidth, on-demand solutions across multiple continents, that can be delivered in minutes and then flexed up or down in bandwidth as needed.”

With the service, Colt now connects 13 major telecoms and cloud hub cities in the US and Canada, enabling multinational enterprises in the region to take advantage of the reach and density of the Colt IQ Network – a 100Gbps optimised intelligent network distributed to over 850 data centres and carrier hotels – in both Europe and Asia.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation