Showing posts with label Colt. Show all posts
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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Colt launches 400GE across Europe and Asia Pacific

Colt Technology Services announced the availability of its new 400GE Wave and Private Wave services across its European and Asia Pacific footprints.

The services are delivered using Ciena’s Waveserver 5 platform, powered by WL5e 800G technology to enable efficient 400GE between locations on its IQ Network.

Vivek Gaur, Colt’s VP Network Engineering, said: “As a company, we’re known for our innovation – and that’s really highlighted with this announcement, with us being the first to deliver 400GE commercially across both Europe and the Asia Pacific. Colt continues to make systematic and strategic investments to drive innovation in the IQ Network, introducing next-generation, scalable and sustainable optical network technology in partnership with Ciena. We’re staying one step ahead in the market and helping our customers transform the way they do business through high bandwidth connectivity.”

Jamie Jefferies, Ciena’s Vice President and General Manager, International, said: “In today’s digital era, end users expect more high-quality and innovative digital experiences. Ciena’s industry-leading WaveLogic technology continues to push the envelope and give innovative providers like Colt the ability to construct their network to adapt and meet enterprise connectivity requirements that power digital transformations across the world.”

https://www.colt.net/

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Colt implements Ciena's Blue Planet for Service Assurance

Colt Technology Services' IQ Network is using Ciena's Blue Planet fault management software to proactively anticipate – and even act upon – potential network issues before they occur. Blue Planet Route Optimization and Analysis (ROA) provides visibility and control of Colt's multi-layer network to correct service delivery issues, accelerating time to market for new services. 

Colt's 100Gbps-optimised, high-bandwidth and low-latency IQ Network connects over 900 data centres and more than 29,000 on-net buildings globally. 


“Deploying UAA for fault management enables us to leverage automation and AI to rapidly analyse and resolve network issues, as well as to proactively identify opportunities to enhance the reliability of our network,” said Shane Sura, Colt’s Vice President of Network Operations. “This is a key enabler in providing the fastest detection and resolution of network issues for exceptional customer service.”

“Networks today are incredibly complex and require automation so network providers can deliver the best digital experiences possible,” said Rick Hamilton, Senior Vice President, Blue Planet. “With Blue Planet, Colt is creating a network that can adapt to support the next wave of connectivity demands while further reinforcing its goal of putting customers first.” 

https://www.ciena.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/colt-technology-services-enriches-customer-digital-experiences-with-blue-planet.html

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Colt and IBM form edge alliance

Colt Technology Services is collaborating with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to help customers adopt an edge computing strategy designed to enable them to move data and applications seamlessly across hybrid cloud environments, from private data centres to the edge. 

The companies have agreed to jointly explore  use cases using IBM Cloud Satellite and Edge Application Manager, designed to benefit enterprise customers globally across 29,000 enterprise buildings.

IBM Cloud Satellite is IBM’s hybrid cloud offering, built on Red Hat OpenShift, that allows customers to deploy secure and open IBM Cloud services anywhere they choose –on-premises, on any public cloud, or at the edge. Virtual machines for IBM Cloud Satellite can be instantiated and configured using a management and orchestration tool with zero-touch provisioning. Furthermore, Colt’s on-demand networking capabilities are designed to help critical connectivity be provisioned in near real- time to help enable distributed cloud deployments with IBM Edge Application Manager for its customers (in industries such as retail and healthcare) across 29,000 enterprise buildings.


“We look forward to collaborating with Colt to help customers deploy, operate and manage thousands of endpoints throughout their operations with IBM Cloud Satellite and IBM Edge Application Manager,” said Evaristus Mainsah, GM, IBM Hybrid Cloud and Edge Ecosystem. “Together, we can help enterprises accelerate their digital transformation by acting on insights closer to where their data is being created, at the edge.”

“Colt and IBM have been working together for many years across multiple markets and verticals with a focus on accelerating digital transformation. As we see an increasing demand for multi and distributed cloud environments, we will collaborate on how we can serve our joint customers,” said Mark Hollman, Colt’s VP Partner Development and Success. “We’re exploring now how to combine our Colt IQ Network with IBM’s hybrid cloud platform, to help deliver innovative solutions designed to help accelerate digital transformation for our enterprise customers.’’

IBM Cloud Satellite brings edge capabilities built on Red Hat OpenShift

IBM announced the general availability of its hybrid cloud services - IBM Cloud Satellite.

IBM Cloud Satellite promises a secured, unifying layer of cloud services for clients across environments, whether on-premise or in the public cloud.  IBM said its architecture addresses critical data privacy and data sovereignty requirements for industries including telecommunications, financial services, healthcare and government.

In addition, Lumen Technologies and IBM have integrated IBM Cloud Satellite with the Lumen edge platform to enable clients to harness hybrid cloud services in near real-time and build innovative solutions at the edge.  Applications can be hosted on Red Hat OpenShift via IBM Cloud Satellite from the close proximity of a Lumen edge location. 

Customers using the Lumen platform and IBM Cloud Satellite can deploy data-intensive applications like video analytics across highly distributed environments such as offices and retail spaces, and take advantage of infrastructure designed for single digit millisecond latency. 

"With the Lumen platform's broad reach, we are giving our enterprise customers access to IBM Cloud Satellite to help them drive innovation more rapidly at the edge," said Paul Savill, SVP Enterprise Product Management and Services at Lumen. "Our enterprise customers can now extend IBM Cloud services across Lumen's robust global network, enabling them to deploy data-heavy edge applications that demand high security and ultra-low latency. By bringing secure and open hybrid cloud capabilities to the edge, our customers can propel their businesses forward and take advantage of the emerging applications of the 4th Industrial Revolution."

IBM also noted that it is collaborating with more than 65 ecosystem partners, including Cisco, Dell Technologies and Intel to build secure cloud services helping clients run workloads in any environment via IBM Cloud Satellite. 

https://newsroom.ibm.com/2021-03-01-IBM-Cloud-Satellite-Enables-Clients-to-Deliver-Cloud-Securely-in-Any-Environment-Including-at-the-Edge

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Colt upgrades with Cisco’s Silicon One, 400G OpenZR+, Segment Routing


Colt Technology Services is transforming its global IQ Packet Network through the deployment of Cisco’s Silicon One hardware alongside 400G OpenZR+ pluggable technology and Segment Routing MPLS software throughout the network. As part of this initiative, Colt is looking to Acacia’s 400G OpenZR+ technology for long-haul inter-metro connections greater than 200 km.

Colt's IQ Network, which launched in 2016, currently connects over 900 data centers across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs, with over 29,000 on net buildings and growing. 

Cisco’s Silicon One hardware converges IP and optical networking layers for a simpler and more scalable architecture that delivers cost efficiency and reduces space and power usage in data centers and colocations. Segment Routing MPLS offers software capabilities which further simplify the network and provide fine-grained control for guaranteeing stringent SLAs. Combined with pluggable 400G OpenZR+ technology within the IQ Network, Colt will deliver high-bandwidth and software-defined networking that meets connectivity demands of today and the future.

“Colt is committed to ensuring its network is at the forefront of technological innovation, and this latest investment is the next step in our network optimisation strategy, as we continue to leverage next- generation optical and packet technologies”, says Vivek Gaur, Vice President – Network Engineering, for Colt. “Over the last couple of years, Colt and Cisco have built a strategic relationship centered on innovation, and we’re excited to continue to push boundaries for our customers and the industry. We know the requirement for ultra-high bandwidth services is increasing. With Cisco’s technology in specific layers of our network, we’ll have a scalable and efficient packet core network that fulfils the connectivity demands of our customers across the globe.”

“The internet is now an integral part of critical national infrastructure and must be continually reimagined to help transform the way we live. Colt is helping accelerate this as one of the first network providers to leverage the full capability of 400G OpenZR+ coherent pluggable optics in data center interconnect for metro and long-haul applications,” said Adam MacHale, Vice President of EMEAR Service Provider, Cisco. “We look forward to continuing our exciting journey together with Colt and unleashing the full power of Routed Optical Networking technologies.”


 

Monday, May 17, 2021

Colt appoints Google Cloud exec as EVP of Strategy and Transformation

Colt Technology Services appointed Jaya Deshmukh as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Strategy and Transformation, reporting to Colt’s Chief Executive Officer, Keri Gilder.

Jaya joins Colt from Google Cloud, where most recently she held the position of Head of Strategy – EMEA, responsible for creating and curating Google Cloud’s EMEA strategy. She has also recently held roles at Microsoft, PwC and Cognizant, where she was responsible for implementing digital solutions and accelerating cloud consumption to drive customer success.

Jaya’s appointment follows Colt’s recent announcement of its new three-year strategy, aiming to further develop Colt’s IQ Network through innovation and digitisation.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

PacketFabric teams with Colt to extend Network-As-A-Service to Europe

PacketFabric announced a strategic partnership with Colt Technology Services to expand the reach of PacketFabric’s Network-As-A-Service Platform across Europe.

Under the partnership Colt’s On Demand offering will be directly integrated with PacketFabric’s Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform, initially enabling PacketFabric’s enterprise customers with real-time network connectivity to 100 key data center locations across Europe.

PacketFabric’s global customer base can now create private, secure, low latency hybrid cloud and backbone connectivity in minutes, enabled via an API-based software defined interconnection with Colt. Colt’s On Demand platform is underpinned by the Colt IQ Network, which spans more than 29,000 on net buildings and 900 data centers globally, and will significantly increase the reach of PacketFabric’s advanced NaaS platform throughout Europe. Through this integration, PacketFabric’s enterprise customers will be able to benefit from a true SDN experience, which sees services being delivered in real-time via a portal, creating greater agility for the fast-paced business landscape of today.

“When we looked at our European expansion plans, it was clear that Colt was the right strategic partner for PacketFabric,” said Jezzibell Gilmore, PacketFabric Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer. “Not only is Colt an innovator and pioneer in connectivity services, but they lead the telecom industry in diversity and inclusion. As a women-founded start-up, we are passionate how Colt CEO Keri Gilder has been a champion for women in the telecom and tech industry—so this partnership is personally meaningful for me and my co-founder Anna Claiborne.”

“Colt strives to transform the way the world works through the power of connectivity and this collaboration with PacketFabric will offer enterprise customers the agility and flexibility they need to take on the business challenges of today,” said Keri Gilder, CEO of Colt. “At Colt, we don’t just want to transform how networks are provisioned, we also believe in changing how this sector is viewed and the voices that are heard in it. I am passionate about championing women and I am proud to be partnering with a company created and led by women. I see this collaboration being just an example of how we are innovating and delivering the networks of tomorrow for customers globally.”

https://www.packetfabric.com/


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Colt’s SD-WAN now offers multi-cloud connectivity

Colt Technology Services is now offering multi-cloud access via its SD-WAN platform across Europe, enabling enterprises to use a single connection to multiple Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), including cloud-to-cloud connections, with enhanced security, agility and latency compared with connecting via the public internet.

Colt said its SD-WAN leverages application recognition and traffic steering to increase the availability and performance of access to multi-cloud services. This new offering is underpinned by the Colt IQ Network, which is comprised of 29,000 on net buildings and over 900 data centres, serving more than 25,000 customers globally. Colt’s fully-owned and operated dense fibre network allows enterprises to benefit from an end-to-end, seamless connection to the cloud.

Colt’s public and private peering with CSPs globally, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft’s Azure Cloud means that whichever combination of cloud platforms an enterprise choses, application traffic will be optimised to take the most direct path.

Colt’s Vice President Product Portfolio, Peter Coppens said, “As more and more enterprises are shifting their business-critical workloads to the cloud, and using multiple cloud environments to do so, working with a connectivity partner that can provide high-performance, rapidly scalable and highly secure cloud connectivity to one or many cloud environments has never been more important.

“Colt is a leader in delivering quality of experience, exceptional performance, and business resiliency to customers throughout Europe, Asia, and North America,” said Michael Wood, CMO, Versa Networks. “We are excited to partner with Colt and their innovative multi-cloud connectivity offer which leverages Versa Secure SD WAN to enable a best in class experience for businesses around the globe.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Colt appoints Keri Gilder as CEO

Colt Technology Services appointed Keri Gilder as its new CEO, replacing Carl Grivner, who after five years with Colt, has decided to step down.

“Colt has always been determined to be ahead of the curve. It’s why we invested in high bandwidth connectivity, blockchain and APIs, even before we saw customer demand for these innovative solutions. It has been a privilege to lead an organisation during such a transformation, and it’s been an honour to have the backing of the Board, my team and the wider organisation as we pushed ahead with doing some things that haven’t been done before. I am proud to be a Coltie, and I can’t wait to see where Keri takes the business – it’s in incredibly capable hands," stated Carl Grivner.

Gilder has served as Colt's Chief Commercial Officer since joining the organisation in November 2018. Before joining Colt, Keri held several leadership roles at Ciena but was most recently its Vice President and General Manager EMEA, responsible for guiding Ciena’s EMEA service provider and enterprise customers, as well as partners.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Colt trims latencies on key financial routes with Arista switches

Colt Technology Services has reduced latency on critical routes of its PrizmNet infrastructure in Europe. PrizmNet serves the high-frequency trading (HFT) sector and the Capital Markets community, including financial brokers, investment funds and banks, and FX-related applications.

Colt PrizmNet is underpinned by the Colt IQ Network, a 100Gbps optimised intelligent network that’s distributed to more than 29,000 on net buildings, 900 data centres and hundreds of data network connection points around the world.

Following recent investment in its ultra-low latency PrizmNet infrastructure in Asia, Colt has now implemented next-generation Arista 7130 Layer 1 switches (also known as Metamako Metamux) within the PrizmNet European core to provide even lower latency connectivity between the following key liquidity hubs and exchanges:

Equinix London (LD4) and London Stock Exchange (LSE)
Equinix London (LD4) and Interxion London (IXL)
Equinix London (LD4) and Equinix Frankfurt (FR2)
Interxion London (IXL) and Equinix Frankfurt (FR2)
Interxion London (IXL) and Equinix Zurich (ZH4)
Interxion London (IXL) and Bolsa de Madrid Colocation (BME)

Colt said customers connected to these hubs and exchanges via PrizmNet, and service providers using PrizmNet to connect to away markets or to execute to brokers or market data services, will automatically benefit from the latency reductions and performance enhancements on these routes.

“We know that every microsecond counts for Capital Markets participants. The latency reductions on these important European routes will help our PrizmNet customers improve their trading performance and execution success rates,” says Matthew Reinholds, Colt’s Head of Capital Markets for the US and Europe. “Colt will continue to monitor the market and make infrastructure investments to ensure we keep delivering the best possible latencies and performance for the Capital Markets community.”

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Colt tunes into Oracle FastConnect

Colt Technology Services will provide dedicated, private and on-demand access to Oracle Cloud through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect.

The Colt IQ Network is a 100Gbps optimised intelligent network that’s distributed to data centres and data network connection points around the world. The expanded collaboration between Colt and Oracle allows customers to take advantage of on-demand, high-speed secure connectivity from their sites to Oracle Cloud.

Colt On Demand for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure allows customers to self-provision secure, high bandwidth connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions in a matter of minutes, and allows them to dynamically scale bandwidth up or down in near-real-time. Colt On Demand for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is controlled by an online customer portal and purchased through a flexible, pay as you use commercial model.

Keri Gilder, Chief Commercial Officer for Colt said: "These next few years are going to see the momentum shift for enterprises who are starting to migrate more and more business-critical applications to the cloud. In order to experience a truly successful cloud migration, you need a network that reacts in the same way as the cloud – flexibly and intuitively. By deepening our relationship with Oracle, a best-in-class network is being paired with a best-in-class cloud platform, and we know this partnership will enable enterprises to enter the next decade in the best possible position; able to digitally evolve and thrive."

https://www.colt.net/resources/colt-technology-services-announces-expanded-cloud-offerings-with-oracle-fastconnect/

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

State of NFV: Evolution of the NFV Market - Colt



2020 State of NFV Site: https://ngi.how/nfv-20

The NFV market is now moving to a maturity stage. Mirko Voltolini, Head of Network on Demand at Colt, discusses the evolution of the market and the significant NFV opportunities moving forward.

https://youtu.be/nbeiy5SrQWI

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Colt adds Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute at Interxion AMS8

Colt Technology Services has added support for Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connectivity capabilities to the ‘Amsterdam2’ Point of Presence (PoP), located at the Interxion data centre in The Netherlands.

The expansion of Colt’s Azure ExpressRoute footprint benefits both SAP customers migrating their on-premises environments to the cloud and customers who require higher resiliency into Azure.

SAP has announced that by 2025 it will no longer support on-premises database platforms, with customers needing to migrate to a SAP S/4HANA environment. This represents a significant challenge for existing customers, as up to 93% of these are still operating from an on-premises data centre environment.

"Colt has been a Microsoft Azure partner for five years now, which demonstrates just how strong the relationship between Microsoft and Colt is. At Colt, we understand the significant business challenges that enterprises are facing; such as SAP migrations, and we are well-positioned to help organisations as they navigate the shifting technological landscape.”

Colt’s DCA On Demand service offers a consumption-based, highly available and resilient end-to-end solution. The solution is delivered over the Colt IQ Network and is supported by a single SLA agreement. The proposition allows customers to flex their bandwidth requirements via a consumption-based pricing model, which represents a significant opportunity for cost optimisation versus traditional network solutions," states Peter Coppens, Vice President for Product for Colt.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Colt completes fiber densification project in London

Colt Technology Services completed a fibre densification project in and around the city of London, adding 110 kilometres of new fibre in the city in which the company was founded.

Colt also has expansion projects underway in in Eastern Europe, Dublin and Berlin. These expansions have seen a new 7,000 kilometre network connecting more than 10 cities in Eastern Europe with more than 300 kilometres of fibre being installed in the London, Dublin and Berlin metros.

Carl Grivner, CEO, Colt Technology Services said: “We know that as the world shifts dramatically towards wireless networks, having fibre in the ground becomes increasingly important. Colt has been investing in our owned, high bandwidth network, the Colt IQ Network, for several years now, because we know it’s our most valuable asset."

“The projects we announced last year in Eastern Europe, Dublin and Berlin, customers are now benefitting from these, and the London expansion sees Colt extending its already impressive fibre footprint in the UK capital. This is particularly exciting for us because we were founded in the City of London some 28 years ago, and since then we’ve seen telecoms truly evolve. We’re happy to say that we’ve prepared the connectivity backbone that is truly ready for the next decade.”

Monday, October 28, 2019

Colt upgrades its core optical backbone with Ciena

Colt Technology Services has upgraded its Colt IQ Network by deploying a combination of Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai technology with a conversion to flexible grid photonics. The upgrade will quadruple the capacity on Colt’s core optical network in preparation for the delivery of 400Gbps wavelength services.

The Colt IQ Network launched in 2016, has facilitated high bandwidth services to more than 900 connected data centres and 27,500 on net buildings – providing unrivalled coverage in Europe and Asia.

“In 2016, Colt announced a major investment in a next generation optical and packet network as a key enabler to our high bandwidth strategy”, explains Rajiv Datta, Colt’s Chief Operating Officer. “Since then, we have actively served the growing needs of enterprises and providers to connect to the cloud and to bring that scale to their end user locations with our highly distributed fibre network. The response from our customers has been strong and this further investment ensures that we will continue to be at the forefront of serving high bandwidth connectivity needs.”

Over the past few years, Colt has expanded its global reach to the US – spanning 13 cities, Eastern Europe, Australia and new regions in Japan. Additionally, the network in existing metros like London, Dublin and Berlin have been further densified.

https://www.colt.net/resources/colt-future-proofs-its-award-winning-colt-iq-network-with-extensive-upgrade/

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Colt's enhanced uCPE delivers NFV to enterprises

Colt Technology Services announced its enhanced universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) solution, which brings the benefits of Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) to enterprises. The expanded functionality provides a network operating system and hosting environment for Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), such as SD-WAN and firewalls, all running on standard off-the-shelf servers, with both provider-managed and customer-managed NFV applications being run on this platform.

Colt’s Vice President Product Portfolio, Peter Coppens said: “By enhancing our uCPE offering we are aligning Colt with the future of networking. This approach allows us to deliver virtualised services from the broadest range of suppliers under end-user control. It will also enable Colt to achieve faster product development, cost savings and operational efficiency.

Colt’s uCPE utilises ADVA’s Ensemble Connector as the virtualisation platform and offers a host of VNFs, supporting multiple network functions, such as SD WAN and firewalls.




ADVA advances its Ensemble Suite for NFV with zero-touch capabilities

Ensemble, a division of ADVA, launched a major new release of its network functions virtualization (NFV) platform with a focus on reducing deployment and operations complexity for network operators. The suite includes the Ensemble Orchestrator, Ensemble Director, Ensemble Connector.

New management and orchestration (MANO) capabilities enable service providers to roll out secure virtualized services at scale by using pre-packaged designs. Better design simplifies integration into higher level OSS, BSS or portal systems, which leads to faster deployment of services at scale with less-trained staff.

The company said the new capabilities were developed alongside Tier 1 customers in direct response to their requirements and the need to address security and complexity challenges. The new MANO features include multi-layer security, simplified management of NFV infrastructure (NFVI) and service chain creation, visibility, monitoring and troubleshooting. The latest release is based on three years of real-world experience enabling companies to deploy and manage software-based, cloud-native solutions.

Some highlighted capabilities in Ensemble

  • The ability to deploy NFV and virtualized services across multiple locations with flexibility and scale
  • The ability to provide Day 0 configuration of VNFs. 
  • The ability to resolve problems related to operating uCPE deployments at scale, such as a single IP address for management and in-service software upgrades with reversion. 
  • Multi-layered approach to security helps operators tackle vulnerabilities, and it provides software-based encryption that can be combined with VNFs. 
  • User-friendly information on service chain operations as well as virtualization tools for analysis and troubleshooting. 
  • Zero touch provisioning capabilities remove the need for user intervention and replace truck rolls and on-site technicians with automation. This empowers an operator to ship an unconfigured COTS server to a customer site and commission it automatically.
  • Embedded cloud: Solves the problems of deploying OpenStack in the distributed telco network 
  • LTE wireless support: Enables turn-up of sites that don’t yet have wireline connectivity, as well as providing an economical means of resilient access.
  • Scalable software -- from small Intel Atom servers, up to large Xeon-based blade servers. Upcoming support for ARM servers.
  • Multiplatform hardware support -- including Dell, Lanner, Advantech, Lenovo, HPE, Supermicro

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Next Gen SD-WAN adoption is a growth driver for SPs



Enterprises are quickly adopting SD-WAN technology. This has been a significant source of growth for Colt.

Mirko Voltolini, Global Head of Network-o-Demand for Colt, discusses what's driving SD-WAN.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Colt Ethernet Line Encryption leverages ADVA FSP 150

Colt Technology Services is using the ADVA FSP 150 with ConnectGuard security technology to deliver its new Ethernet Line Encryption service at up to 10 Gbps.

ADVA’s ConnectGuard Ethernet technology, which is built on an enhanced version of MACsec, uses cryptographic techniques including dynamic key exchange and hardware tamper protection. It also features comprehensive service assurance and testing functionality.

Colt’s Ethernet Line Encryption is now available in Europe, North America and Asia on metro, national and international Ethernet line circuits. Earlier this year, ADVA and Colt jointly displayed the comprehensive Layer 2 encryption service at the Berlinale Film Festival in a live proof of concept demo.

"We’re using the ADVA FSP 150 with ConnectGuard Ethernet encryption to offer robust protection for data in transport. Our Ethernet Line Encryption solution ensures that all data flowing through the Colt IQ Network is safe from attack. But what makes it especially valuable to today’s businesses is how straightforward it is to implement and that it only adds a few microseconds of latency and barely any impact on throughput,” said Peter Coppens, VP, product portfolio, Colt Technology Services. "

“Our FSP 150 ConnectGuard Ethernet technology enables encrypted connectivity with none of the complexity, latency and bandwidth cost associated with IPSec. Developed in compliance with the most stringent security standards, such as the US FIPS, it’s the ideal basis for an encryption-as-a-service offering,” commented Stephan Rettenberger, SVP, marketing and investor relations, ADVA.

http://adva.li/colt-encryption

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Colt plans hyperscale data center in Osaka

Colt Data Centre Services (Colt DCS) has acquired a site in Osaka, Japan to house its first hyperscale data centre near the city. The expansion is driven by the surge in cloud service providers in Japan.

Construction of the 30MW hyperscale facility is expected to commence later this year.

The Osaka data centre will be Colt DCS' third hyperscale data centre in Japan, adding to the existing Inzai campus just east of Tokyo, which already houses two other hyperscale facilities.

"The acquisition of the site and our continued focus and investment in Japan is being driven by our hyperscale customers who are in need of large capacity requirements and require reliable and scalable solutions. We are confident that our track record of building and delivering hyperscale facilities will be able to support the influx of cloud service providers in the country as they continue to expand their operations. The Osaka site acquisition is yet another step forward for us in significantly strengthening our foothold in APAC as well as being testament that our land banking strategy remains solid."

http://www.coltdatacentres.net

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Colt employs Cisco segment routing and eVPNs for 5G backhaul

Colt will deploy Cisco’s segment routing and Ethernet VPN (eVPN) based architecture to deliver its wholesale 5G backhaul.

Colt said that by allowing MSPs to share connectivity costs while maintaining individual service level agreements (SLAs), its 5G backhaul will help its MSP customers deliver 5G services to end-users faster and with lower subscription costs.

“We are focused on providing best-in-class, high bandwidth, on-demand connectivity solutions to meet our customers’ ever-growing business needs and the arrival of 5G presents exciting opportunities,” said Peter Coppens, Vice President, Product Portfolio at Colt. “We have worked closely with Cisco to design a network architecture that is simple to operate, highly available, and capable of delivering the innovative network services that are required for 5G.”

Cisco’s programmable-routing architecture for advanced 5G service enablement will enable the Colt IQ Network to be extended to customers directly using standards-based APIs. The companies describe this as a breakthrough in automation for next-generation 5G backhaul requirements, enabling self-provisioned bandwidth scaling and guaranteed SLA services or network slices based on latency and bandwidth demands.

“With every new mobile technology comes complexity, and 5G is no different. We are proud to support Colt as a strategic partner in its mission to simplify 5G deployments,” said  Sumeet Arora, SVP and GM Service Provider RoutingCisco. “Cisco’s highly programmable segment routing architecture will enable Colt to lower the barriers of entry for MSPs, reducing costs and significantly speeding up the delivery of 5G services.”

Thursday, December 6, 2018

MEF18 PoC - Blockchain-Based Carrier Marketplace for LSO Sonata



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Blockchain-Based Carrier Marketplace for LSO Sonata. PoC Participants:  Colt Technology Services & Zeetta Networks. 

Speaker: Joan A. Garcia EspĂ­n, Director of Product Management, Zeetta Networks.

Today, carriers have to build formal agreements with every off-net provider with which they want to do business. This limits the commercial engagement to providers with whom we place a larger number of off-net orders.  Engaging with more off-net providers with whom we only will place a handful of orders is expensive, and the cost (especially in terms of manpower) of doing so more than outweighs the potential benefit.  As a result we pay more for off-net circuits than we could because we use larger providers as intermediaries to do business with smaller providers.  These “aggregators” add their own margin in these transactions, which effectively acts as a “tax” that carriers pay for working in this model.

Blockchain could be used to establish a circle-of-trust that service providers, large and small, can join that gives each access to a larger market of suppliers with whom to do business with directly, whilst in tandem bringing about a massive reduction of the overhead of bilateral agreements.

We would achieve this by providing capability -- building on LSO API work happening in MEF to which Colt is contributing -- to be able to find a provider that can meet a specific off-net requirement, evaluate their track-record in the market in delivery and assurance (reputation), get quotes, and place orders on a fully automated basis.  This would allow providers like Colt to ensure they are getting a good balance of price and quality of service when buying off-net services as well as using the reputation we build through the quality of IQNet and our service-centric approach in the market to increase the number of sales when selling.

Each transaction -- and specifically SLA compliance in producing quotes, delivering orders, and in-life performance -- will be stored on the blockchain so that operators can evaluate the performance, in a secure environment, of a potential partner in their own selection process.  An opaque copy of the financial contract established between the providers will also be stored on the blockchain to later support settlement.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/Wg_Ej68VhJo