LONDON, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data centre solutions, has signed a network partnering agreement with Epsilon, a privately owned communications service provider, to offer a dynamic bandwidth solution to cloud and content providers for seamless backbone connectivity. The solution leverages Epsilon's extensive experience in operating high-density metro connectivity platforms. The new platform facilitates enhanced connectivity for cloud and content providers from Digital Realty's London-area data centres with seamless interconnectivity to over 65 data centres globally. The establishment of points of presence in two of Digital Realty's data centre locations in the UK represents the initial phase of the deployment plan, which the company expects to extend across Europe.
"Our goal is to provide flexible solutions that accommodate the evolving needs of our customers' businesses, now and in the future," said Bernard Geoghegan, Managing Director, EMEA, for Digital Realty. "Our London-area customers require on-demand and rapidly scalable automation of their bandwidth as part of their data centre solutions. We are pleased to offer this platform as we continue to build the Digital Realty Ecosystem across our portfolio in Europe and globally."
This enhanced connectivity platform will operate on a major dark fibre ring, commissioned by Digital Realty, the initial deployment of which connected Digital Realty's data centres in Chessington and Woking with 22 key London-area Internet and metro gateway centres. This partnership facilitates the creation of an intelligent, application-aware network fabric. Customers will benefit from connectivity to 25 additional London metro gateways, as well as interconnectivity to more than 500 carrier, service, Internet exchange, OTT, cloud, content and local access providers currently connected on Epsilon's exchange.
"Epsilon's global network exchange, powered by BTI's Cloud Networking Solution, provides the platform that we believe will help us achieve our distributed cloud data centre vision," said Robert Bath, Vice President, Engineering, at Digital Realty. "We expect the solution to attract a new class of global cloud and content provider customers to our data centres."
Epsilon operates the largest global network exchange, powered by BTI's intelligent networking software and systems, to enable the delivery of on-demand metro connectivity services in days rather than weeks. Supported by BTI's Cloud Networking Solutions, including its industry-first Intelligent Cloud Connect platform, Epsilon has created an application-aware network to rapidly scale capacity to support 100G connectivity and facilitate on-demand switching of cloud-based application workloads between data centres.
"We see growing demand from data centre customers for our outsourced connectivity model and this agreement with Digital Realty reaffirms our commitment to supporting cloud and content connectivity development," said Andreas Hipp, Chief Executive Officer at Epsilon. "As a global provider, we are driven by service excellence and agile operational objectives. Working with BTI helps us achieve our dual mission by simplifying network operations and increasing service velocity, while enabling the introduction of new cloud connectivity services."
"Today's data centre and cloud ecosystem is driven by service innovation and partnership," said Steven Waszak, President and CEO at BTI Systems. "Digital Realty, Epsilon and BTI represent an exciting cloud-centric collaboration that leverages leading technologies, strategies and solutions. Together we have established an application-aware, distributed cloud data centre connectivity solution to serve Digital Realty's global cloud and content providers."
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty focuses on delivering customer driven data centre solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost effective facilities that meet each customer's unique data centre needs. Digital Realty's customers include domestic and international companies across multiple industry verticals ranging from information technology and Internet enterprises, to manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty's 127 properties, including three properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprise approximately 23.7 million square feet as of June 30, 2013, including 2.8 million square feet of space held for development. Digital Realty's portfolio is located in 32 markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Additional information about Digital Realty is included in the Company Overview, which is available on the Investors page of Digital Realty's website at www.digitalrealty.com
Epsilon is an award-winning enabler of connectivity services to communications service providers around the world. They operate the world's largest Global Network Exchange with 500+ network operators pre-connected and ready for their networks to be used to create tailor-made solutions for service providers globally. Their services portfolio includes managed networks, co-location, system integration, first line maintenance and access solutions for voice service aggregation. As a carrier neutral infrastructure provider, they operate and source the highest quality networks and services in more than 170 countries and build flexible network solutions for national, regional and international communications companies. www.epsilontel.com
BTI delivers solutions that transform the economics, performance and innovation of global networks through intelligent networking software and systems. Leading content, cloud and service providers choose BTI to drive improved operational efficiencies and profitably deliver high-value services to businesses and consumers around the globe. With more than 350 customers, BTI is headquartered in North America, and operates regional sales, marketing, and R&D centers of excellence throughout the world. For more information, visit www.btisystems.com
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