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Monday, June 26, 2017

GTT to Acquire Global Capacity, Building its SD-WAN

GTT Communications agreed to acquire Global Capacity, a provider of enterprise network connectivity solutions, for $100 million in cash and 1.85 million shares of GTT common stock, to be issued to the sellers at closing.

Global Capacity, which is based in Waltham, Mass., addresses a range of enterprise network issues including difficulty in load sharing traffic across a mix of access connections, complex, static and manual network configurations that inhibit mapping to business requirements and lack of application visibility and control over connections. Global Capacity has a partnership with VeloCloud. that unifies network management across disparate network technologies, including Ethernet, MPLS, broadband and LTE, whether these are on the Global Capacity network, a competing network or a combination of the two. This is designed to enable a more agile and responsive hybrid WAN solution and to offer a simplified path for migration from an existing network architecture.

In January, Global Capacity launched the Ethernet Multi-Cloud Connect service, a virtual network service based on its One Marketplace software-defined network platform that allows enterprises to build multiple cloud services from a single port to access hybrid and multi-cloud solutions across multiple locations. The Ethernet Multi-Cloud Connect service employs an interconnection architecture with software orchestration to simplify multi-cloud connectivity and improve service performance. The solution enables businesses to connect to cloud locations or select from a list of interconnected One Marketplace Cloud destinations, including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and twenty cloud providers on the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

GTT said the acquisition will add marquee clients in the healthcare, application service provider, retail and carrier markets, adding highly complementary recurring revenue streams. GTT also operates an SD-WAN service based on Velocloud.

Global Capacity also operates an extensive on-net Ethernet over Copper infrastructure that reaches over 9.6 million U.S. commercial addresses, from 41 data centers and 1,750 Central Office points of presence. Global Capacity acquired Megapath's wholesale business and national colocation aggregation network in 2015.

“The acquisition of Global Capacity accelerates GTT’s growth strategy and underscores our commitment to connecting people across organizations and around the world,” said Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO. “GTT gains new marquee clients, enhanced network reach and scale, and a great team of employees to drive outstanding client experience, through our core values of simplicity, speed and agility. After integration, we expect to achieve our previously announced, next financial objectives of $1 billion in revenue and $250 million in Adjusted EBITDA.”

“This transaction further advances the breadth, depth and ease of deploying connectivity services for our customers,” commented Jack Lodge, president of Global Capacity. “GTT’s global network reach and extensive portfolio of managed services are a compelling complement to our connectivity platform, resulting in substantial benefits for our carrier and enterprise customers. Together, we anticipate growth and success for our customers, employees, and partners.”

http://www.globalcapacity.com

GTT acquires Perseus for $37.5m


GTT Communications based in McLean, Virginia, a global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced the acquisition of Perseus, a provider of high-speed network connectivity that serves major financial and e-commerce companies worldwide.GTT stated that the purchase price for Perseus was $37.5 million, plus the assumption of approximately $3 million in capital leases. GTT anticipates that the purchase price will represent a multiple...

GTT establishes Enterprise, Carrier, EMEA Divisions


GTT Communications, a global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, which in January completed the acquisition of Hibernia Networks, announced it has established three new divisions - Enterprise, Carrier and EMEA - intended to accelerate sales growth and enhance services for customers. Each of the new divisions is responsible for the primary customer experience functions, including sales, quoting, ordering, service delivery and collections. In...

Video: Connecting Everywhere - GTT at #ITW2017


It's been a very big year for GTT.  In January, GTT completed the aquisition of Hibernia Networks, which brings substantial assets, including a Layer 1 optical transport networrk and three subsea cable routes. GTT Express is now the fastest transatlantic cable. In this video, Rick Calder, GTT/s CEO, provides a company update. See video: https://youtu.be/qiU9aG07W8w ...



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Video: Connecting Key Destinations - @Global_Capacity



Global Capacity is expanding seven of its OneMarketplace POPs, adding access to its high-performance Ethernet backbone, expanding Ethernet access for local businesses, and adding connections for cloud business services.

In this video, Mary Stanhope, VP of Marketing for Global Capacity, provides an update.

See video: https://youtu.be/o8nsxZk9ZrQ


Global Capacity expands 7 One Marketplace Ethernet access points

Global Capacity, the provider of connectivity as-a-service based on its One Marketplace platform, announced the expansion of seven One Marketplace points of presence (PoPs) in its North American network, including six Ethernet local access aggregation points and three high performance Ethernet Backbone points designed to support demanding cloud, over-the-top applications and data services.

The new locations that have been Ethernet-enabled include Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Minneapolis, plus three new PoPs in Boston, Kansas City, Missouri and Vienna, Virginia, while locations added to the Ethernet backbone include Kansas City, Missouri, Minneapolis and Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

These key aggregation points support the provision of diverse route options, more competitive pricing and a selection of network access services for One Marketplace customers. Global Capacity noted that Ethernet is the technology of choice for SD-WAN, hybrid WAN and cloud connectivity, and the demand for these enterprise services is driving the continuing expansion and investment in its network.

Earlier in 2017, Global Capacity announced the expansion of its national Ethernet service, strengthening its position as a major provider of Ethernet over Copper (EoC) solutions in the U.S. The investment in CO facility equipment enables the company to use existing copper infrastructure to deliver from 1 up to 100 Mbit/s access to customers and address growing demand for hybrid and SD-WAN network solutions. Global Capacity expanded its Ethernet services footprint in 264 cities across 36 metro markets in 20 states.

Global Capacity announced in April a partnership with VeloCloud Networks, the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, to enable the delivery of managed SD-WAN services, expanding its global enterprise networking portfolio with new software defined services.

Earlier this year, Global Capacity launched Ethernet Multi-Cloud Connect service, a virtual network service based on its One Marketplace software-defined platform that allows enterprises to build multiple cloud services from a single port to access hybrid and multi-cloud solutions across multiple locations.


Jack Lodge, president of Global Capacity, noted with regards to the latest expansion, "Last year, Global Capacity achieved 37% growth in installed Ethernet revenue driven by cloud and data centre connectivity, and the higher traffic needs of the data-driven society… Global Capacity will continue to invest in the One Marketplace network… (to) connect business locations in more markets to key destinations over greater bandwidth and high performance Ethernet".


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Global Capacity Launches SD-WAN with VeloCloud

Global Capacity, a major connectivity-as-a-service provider, has announced a partnership with VeloCloud Networks, the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, to enable the delivery of managed SD-WAN services.

The partnership with VeloCloud is part of Global Capacity's initiative to expand its global enterprise networking portfolio with new software defined services that can offer enhanced flexibility, performance and reliability.

Global Capacity's SD-WAN services are designed to provide an improved network service by addressing common WAN problems that businesses face when implementing and managing complex hybrid WAN architectures. The company cited enterprise network issues including difficulty in load sharing traffic across a mix of access connections, complex, static and manual network configurations that inhibit mapping to business requirements and lack of application visibility and control over connections.

Global Capacity's SD-WAN services are designed to allow businesses to efficiently route data across their WAN via: enabling selection of the appropriate access types based on the performance needs of individual locations and applications; defining the policies to automatically prioritise traffic; and enabling more efficient use of bandwidth to enhance performance and the overall user experience.

Working with VeloCloud Global Capacity has developed a managed SD-WAN service that unifies network management across disparate network technologies, including Ethernet, MPLS, broadband and LTE, whether these are on the Global Capacity network, a competing network or a combination of the two. This is designed to enable a more agile and responsive hybrid WAN solution and to offer a simplified path for migration from an existing network architecture.

In January, Global Capacity launched the Ethernet Multi-Cloud Connect service, a virtual network service based on its One Marketplace software-defined network platform that allows enterprises to build multiple cloud services from a single port to access hybrid and multi-cloud solutions across multiple locations.

The Ethernet Multi-Cloud Connect service employs an interconnection architecture with software orchestration to simplify multi-cloud connectivity and improve service performance. The solution enables businesses to connect to cloud locations or select from a list of interconnected One Marketplace Cloud destinations, including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and twenty cloud providers on the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

http://www.globalcapacity.com
http://www.velocloud.com\

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Global Capacity Expands Network Edge Nationwide

Global Capacity announced its nationwide Ethernet service expansion with a network investment in 346 central offices.

Global Capacity said its investment in central office facility equipment enables it to leverage the existing copper infrastructure to deliver from 1 Mbps up to 100 Mbps access directly to customers, satisfying the growing demand for hybrid and SD-WAN network solutions.

"As demand for our Ethernet offerings continues to soar, Global Capacity recognizes the need to respond quickly to businesses to provide scalable solutions that can meet demand as they grow," comments Jack Lodge, President, Global Capacity. "Global Capacity will continue to expand Ethernet coverage in 2017 to address the need to connect to high-value destinations, including private and public Cloud, business applications, internet and data centers."

With this expansion, Global Capacity increases the density of its Ethernet services footprint, making the following services available to an additional 302,188 new commercial addresses in 264 cities across 36 metro markets in 20 states:

Ethernet over Copper (EoC): Offers symmetric speeds ranging from 1 Mbps up to 100 Mbps to over 2.2 million business addresses. Global Capacity Ethernet over Copper affords businesses with access to high-bandwidth, resilient and cost-efficient service. EoC gives businesses that are in buildings without fiber connectivity a strong, high-speed option. Service is based on location availability.

Asymmetric Ethernet (AsyE): Offers asymmetric speed up to 50/10 Mbps. Global Capacity Asymmetric Ethernet fills the gap for businesses where other broadband services fall short. It offers COS business-class uptime guarantees and MPLS and Voice application support. Service is based on location availability.

http://www.globalcapacity.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Global Capacity's Mary Stanhope: Ethernet Drives Today's Hybrid WANs

Ethernet continues to drives the next wave of hybrid networks or software-defined WANs, says Mary Stanhope, VP of Marketing for Global Capacity, speaking at the MEF's Annual Members Meeting in Boston.

See video: https://youtu.be/kLdHHMJfLAc

MEF16 - November 7-10, 2016, Baltimore


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Video: Simplifying Cloud Connectivity

Enterprises are looking for a secure way to connect to the cloud that they have visibility and control over.

Mary Stanhope, Vice President of Marketing at Global Capacity, says a key performance challenge is overcoming the "long tail" -- the long haul routes that operate users in one city from servers located far away.

See video: https://youtu.be/Y3bDeR7Pb-s







Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Global Capacity Appoints Tony Thakur as CTO

Global Capacity named Tony Thakur as its new CTO, responsible for all aspects of its One Marketplace network strategy, architecture, engineering and planning.

Most recently, Thakur served as Vice President of Engineering & Technology for TelePacific Communications, where he provided strategic direction, technology selection and product development support for next-generation services including IP Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) wide-area Ethernet.  He also held executive positions at leading network and technology companies, including Executive Vice President of Engineering and Operations for CENX and Vice President of Network Technologies and Systems for tw telecom.

https://globalcapacity.com/news-resources/global-capacity-names-new-chief-technology-officer

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Global Capacity Lights Metro Fiber Ring in Wash D.C.

Global Capacity has expanded the reach of its One Marketplace network with the activation of a metropolitan fiber ring in the Washington, D.C. area.

The 54-mile diversely routed fiber ring will interconnect the company’s Points of Presence(PoP) located within the Level 3 1755 Old Meadow Road, McLean, VA facility and the Equinix Ashburn, VA data center. The Washington, D.C. area has long been a major Internet and network exchange point and the Ashburn data center is a critical east coast hub for Cloud and application service providers, where through a direct Ethernet connection, One Marketplace is connected into the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

"We believe that Global Capacity will have a positive impact on the business community in the Washington, D.C. market,” says Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer of Global Capacity.

“Global Capacity is aggressively investing in expanding metro fiber rings in several key markets because bandwidth consumption is on the rise and with our One Marketplace, customers gain reliable, more cost effective data connectivity services to meet their growing business needs.”

http://www.globalcapacity.com/

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blueprint: The 5 Fundamentals of Building the New Enterprise WAN

by Mary Stanhope, Vice President of Marketing, Global Capacity

Wide Area Network (WAN) architectures are changing to meet the evolving needs of business. WANs are the critical component of any medium and large enterprise data environment, connecting locations, people, and systems, and transporting data to support day-to-day and critical business operations. As businesses expand geographically across the US, outside of major metropolitan cities into cost-effective rural locations as well as international business centers, their need to connect a larger and distributed workforce with business applications expands in complexity.

While enterprise business is expanding geographically, WAN architectures also need to evolve to support the growing use of the cloud and the sheer volume of real-time, interactive business applications being deployed outside of headquarters’ brick and mortar. This year alone, enterprises predict they will increase their spending on cloud computing by 42% according to IDG’s Computerworld Forecast Study 2015. Furthermore, enterprises also plan to allocate more budget to both collaborative and enterprise applications, which IDC predicts will show fluctuating CAGR rates of 6-8% into 2017.

Evolving the Traditional WAN

Since the late 90’s, enterprises have turned to the Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) architecture solution to interconnect branch offices to each other because it offers any-to-any connectivity for thousands of sites combined with Quality of Service (QoS) for packet prioritization.  Unlike the standard IP table lookups performed by non-MPLS routers, MPLS’ label switching technology enables faster lookups for destinations and routing.   Interconnecting thousands of sites, such as branch offices and data centers, and handling any-to-any traffic patterns is simplified by MPLS’ routed architecture and Layer-3 IP Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). While, MPLS remains a popular WAN connectivity option, it is no longer the total solution. The evolution of the enterprise has created a need for alternative and complementary access services.

Single provider, single technology WAN architectures no longer cost-effectively satisfy the complex needs of today’s medium and large enterprises. Different technologies and services may work better in connecting different business locations. When interconnecting data centers, the most common alternative to MPLS is Carrier Ethernet.

The advantage to Carrier Ethernet is that the bandwidth is lower cost and the services are easy to set up.  Connectivity to cloud computing is better served by Carrier Ethernet rather than MPLS due to its higher bandwidth connectivity to and between datacenters. In contrast, Carrier Ethernet services do not scale to the same magnitude of sites as MPLS. So, it is best used for a subset of locations requiring high-bandwidth such as data centers and headquarters.

MPLS services are most available in metropolitan areas, but not everywhere. When it comes to remote offices that only require Internet connectivity to be successful, Internet access or Broadband are best used for lower cost and ubiquitous coverage. Sometimes, these are business- grade Service Level Agreement (SLA) Internet services; alternatively they are "best effort" offerings.

Today, there is no single WAN technology that effectively meets every single requirement across enterprise applications and locations.

The Hybrid WAN

Today’s business WAN requires designing the right connectivity for the right application at the right location. For many enterprises, this means deploying multi-service WAN switches at the edge of the network to connect to multiple services such as Internet, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and storage over the same aggregated connection. For others, it involves implementing multi-network, multi-geography WANs built from a hybrid of technologies, including Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) to remote offices with lower bandwidth needs, Carrier Ethernet between headquarters and data centers, and a combination of MPLS and Ethernet connectivity based on availability and pricing between locations.  The new WAN encompasses multiple technologies and locations in order to support multiple bandwidths and performance levels.

Appropriately sizing connectivity to the location, users and applications being used at each enterprise office is imperative to successful WAN performance. With the fractured nature of today’s telecommunication access market, however, this is often easier said than done.

The Five Fundamentals of Building the New WAN 

The need for MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, and Internet access across disparate locations and geographies creates a new complexity for IT and network teams to design WANs. Where buying managed services from a local exchange providers may have been a one-stop solution for an MPLS WAN, the evolving architecture requires a modern approach and tool set to design, order, and manage evolving WAN connectivity.

So, how does any one enterprise effectively design, manage, and maintain the new WAN, and how can this process be simplified? One solution is to leverage a network marketplace for visibility into service options, pricing, and availability. A marketplace of networks offers enterprises connectivity as a service through aggregated network bandwidth combined with an online self-service application to design, order, and deliver services. A network marketplace simplifies the complexity of procuring the new WAN with five fundamental attributes:

1. Visibility – To make informed decisions, Network designers need to have increased visibility into the network availability, technology, and pricing connecting their business locations. Network-building tools need to provide transparency into the fractured nature of today’s telecommunication access market to optimize the cost and performance of connectivity.

2. “What-if” Modeling - “What-if” modeling scenarios greatly simplify designing optimal, purpose-built WANs. With “what-if” modeling capabilities, anyone can enter an address and filter connectivity options based on specific service criteria, including data center locations, service technologies, latency, contract term, and price point to design the optimal WAN that meets specific business objectives.

3. Real-Time Pricing – Enterprises are dynamic and growing, with new locations being added through expansion, mergers, and acquisitions. Access to real-time, automated pricing of network connectivity allows IT teams to make timely decisions on connecting new locations and expanding existing ones.  

4. Ease of Ordering – We are all used to the convenience of online ordering. After spending the time to design and price the optimal WAN, enterprise IT and network teams need to be able to transact on their design without delay. A digital marketplace allows for immediate transactions that deliver the network with a single master service agreement, supporting SLAs, and invoice, as opposed to proposals, orders and provisioning from multiple network service providers.

5. Simplify – Because WANs are growing in complexity and requirements, tools need to be made available that leverage data and automation to simplify the experience for the IT professional. A network marketplace can be used not only to simplify connectivity in today’s fractured market, but also for added control, efficiency, and optimized performance and cost.

Leveraging a digital network marketplace, enterprises with thousands of sites can easily design their WAN without laborious RFP processes and accurately choose and price different solutions for quality, performance, and location. With added visibility into the marketplace, enterprises realize substantial cost savings by connecting the right applications to the right locations with the right services for optimal network performance and price. The evolving WAN demands a new method of network design, build, and management, delivered exclusively, cost-effectively, and simply by the digital network marketplace.

About the Author

Mary Stanhope is Vice President of Marketing for Global Capacity.  Ms. Stanhope is responsible for the strategic positioning and go to market of Global Capacity’s products and services. She has over 23 years in the communications industry, holding business development and product marketing roles of increasing responsibility with companies such as Sidera Networks, RCN, Teleport Communications, Atos Origin and SchlumbergerSema.  From the introduction of SMS and prepaid wireless to the development of online communities and launch of Ethernet and cloud services, Ms. Stanhope has been a pioneer for architecting change in how businesses and people communicate as recognized by Fierce Telecom 2013 Top 10 Women in Wireline.  She is an active participant in the MEF and Light Reading Ethernet Executive Council.  Ms. Stanhope holds a B.A. degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.




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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Global Capacity Releases Network Design Application

Global Capacity introduced its Network Builder application for helping customers design wide area networks based on the company's One Marketplace connectivity platform.

The application enables scenario modeling for optimal network designs based on factors including network cost, service technologies, latency, contract term
and preferred interconnection points. Large enterprises with thousands of sites can optimize their networks without time-consuming request for proposal (RFP) processes, and can specifically identify the cost of different options for quality, performance and location.

“With One Marketplace Network Builder, Global Capacity has delivered on its commitment of Connectivity Made Simple, making technology barriers disappear so anyone can create the network they need,” said Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer of Global Capacity. “One Marketplace plays a critical role in next-generation WAN delivery by providing the cost effective, secure and reliable network connectivity that is essential for businesses to connect across the globe.”

http://www.globalcapacity.com/


In January 2014, Global Capacity completed its previously announced acquisition of MegaPath’s Network Services business unit, creating a $300 million company uniquely positioned to change how businesses and service providers buy data network connectivity.

The deal covered Megapath's wholesale business and national colocation aggregation network. Pivotal Group, a private equity group, provided financing and retains ownership of the company.

Global Capacity said its combination of online applications and network reach enables efficient, cost-effective fulfillment of connectivity solutions to over 14 million businesses across the U.S.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Global Capacity Builds a National Connectivity Platform

Global Capacity completed its previously announced acquisition of MegaPath’s Network Services business unit, creating a $300 million company uniquely positioned to change how businesses and service providers buy data network connectivity.

The deal covers Megapath's wholesale business and national colocation aggregation network. Pivotal Group, a private equity group, provided financing and retains ownership of the company.

Global Capacity said its combination of online applications and network reach enables efficient, cost-effective fulfillment of connectivity solutions to over 14 million businesses across the U.S.

Global Capacity's systems automate greater than 70% of orders from design to bill.  Its platform processes over 26 million connectivity quotes annually, with its One Marketplace analytics engine providing unprecedented visibility and transparency into the highly fragmented global connectivity market. The platform leverages 41 Points of Presence (PoPs), 2,007 Central Offices (COs) and over 4,500 last-mile network interconnections to deliver on its brand promise of Connectivity Made Simple to over 20,000 business and over 400 application service providers, telecommunication carriers, managed service providers and system integrator customers.

“The disruptive nature of the One Marketplace platform has become increasingly self-evident in the market, and the ability to accelerate the scale and competitiveness of our platform through the addition of these assets is very exciting,” says Jack Lodge, President of Global Capacity. “We will continue our drive to fundamentally change the landscape of the global data connectivity market, and this acquisition accelerates the pace at which we can continue to disrupt the status quo.”

http://www.globalcapacity.com/news-resources/article/global-capacity-completes-acquisition-of-megapaths-network-services-busines

Monday, September 8, 2014

Global Capacity to Acquire MegaPath’s National Aggregation Network

Global Capacity agreed to acquire the Network Services Business of MegaPath. The deal covers Megapath's wholesale business and national colocation aggregation network. Financial terms were not disclosed. Pivotal Group, a private equity group, will provide financing.

MegaPath's aggregation network delivers DSL, T1, Bonded T1, high-speed Ethernet, and cable via 4,200 Central Offices (COs) and an extended reach of an additional 25,000 COs across 235 metro markets in the U.S.

Global Capacity has focused on its One Marketplace, which helps businesses buy connectivity by combining interconnected, aggregated network with a Cloud application that automates the procurement of network services. Customers get a single interface through which to design, price and fulfill multi-network, multi-geography requirements, as well as a single SLA, contract and point of contact, and full network visibility and management.

MegaPath is maintaining its Voice network, MPLS network and security network.  It will focus on services.

“Today’s deal creates a more focused MegaPath, with increased access to capital to fund our strategic, high-growth, value-added services,” said D. Craig Young, Executive Chairman of MegaPath. “MegaPath now has a greater capability to invest in a product growth strategy to meet the needs of our customers and partners.”

After the deal closes, MegaPath will be the largest Global Capacity customer.

http://www.megapath.com



  • MegaPath was formed through the 2010 merger of Speakeasy, Covad Communications and the original MegaPath.


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