EdgeConnex recently took a major leap forward toward its goal of improving the Internet experience. The edge data center provider has long hung its hat on pushing the edge of the Internet into cities like Santa Clara and Sacramento, enabling vendors to offer more affordable, better quality and higher-speed services to end users. These vendors will now get an even bigger upgrade through EdgeConnex’s pioneering Edge Landing Stations (ELS) – edge data centers in the middle of the ocean.
ELS is the next step in pushing the edge of the Internet beyond peripheral U.S. markets and into international ones. Cloud and media providers can take advantage of ELS’s combined subsea cable stations and dark fiber to deploy faster, more reliable network architectures.
The Shift Toward Smarter Ecosystems Begins
EdgeConnex’s next-generation ELS underscores a seismic shift in what’s driving infrastructure. Evolving user demands for content and data have powered the Internet edge’s rapid extension, and providers are challenged to find reliable and affordable ways to keep pace. As a result, direct access to the cloud is fast becoming a priority for many content providers.
For example, EdgeConnex’s mission has been to push content to end users seamlessly. Their advancement of ELS, as well as partnerships with cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Azure, help them equip content providers to bridge the gap between network performance and user demands through SDN-giant Megaport. Megaport built a network that connects the global cloud ecosystem. Rather than building their own networks, providers can buy ports on the Megaport system, gaining the flexibility to adapt their ports and routing to their infrastructure and user requirements. The result is a strong ecosystem between key network hubs that doesn’t require companies to deploy separate circuits to connect to the cloud.
We believe the shift toward smarter, more user-focused network ecosystems will only continue. With the development of solutions like ELS, it’s clear providers have exciting new opportunities to leverage the cloud and push content faster and more seamlessly to broader markets. The challenge remains identifying the right network solutions and deploying them in a way that meets user requirements and business goals. NEF has over a decade of experience in advising clients on how to architect their disparate network elements into a cohesive, high-performance infrastructure. If you’d like insight into evaluating solution options or sourcing vendors, speak with our team today.