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EdgeConneX®, Comcast Business, Datapipe and Megaport Partner to Bring the Cloud Local to Boston Enterprises

Collaboration Provides Direct, Local Access to AWS Direct Connect, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, Simplifying Enterprise Migration to the Cloud

Herndon, VA – July 26, 2016 EdgeConneX®, specializing in global data center solutions at the Edge of the network, today announces that it has entered into an agreement to facilitate the availability of direct cloud connectivity to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform within its Boston Edge Data Center® via the deployment of Megaport’s SDN-based elastic interconnection fabric. With this new offering, Datapipe and Comcast Business will offer localized cloud migration services to ease enterprise adoption and simplify network connectivity to the cloud.

Datapipe, a leading global managed hosting and cloud services provider, will offer Boston-based cloud integration services, facilitating and managing local enterprises through the appropriate migration to public and hybrid solutions. Comcast Business, which offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business, is offering its direct and private Ethernet services to the EdgeConneX Boston Edge Data Center (EDC) and will be training its vast sales team to speed enterprise adoption of hybrid cloud services. Megaport, the pioneer in elastic bandwidth services, will provide its elastic interconnection platform, which enables on-demand, highly reliable, scalable and private direct connections to leading Cloud Service Providers. As a Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connectivity partner, Amazon AWS Direct Connect partner and Google Cloud Platform Carrier Interconnect partner, Megaport makes it simple to directly connect to cloud services with right-sized capacity.

This collective partnership results in the availability of a cloud ecosystem that makes Boston one of the most effectively and efficiently connected markets in the world for handling the complex needs of IT organizations as they continue to advance their use of the cloud and take advantage of its many benefits. Previously, cloud connectivity investments of this magnitude were only found in a few global core markets leaving the majority of enterprises outside of those geographies without an ideal solution.

“It’s amazing that a top-five enterprise market relies on services hundreds of miles away for critical IT infrastructure,” remarks Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer, EdgeConneX. “Effective cloud solutions, and thus adoption by enterprises, depends on reliable, fast and secure connectivity. Furthermore, an effective hybrid implementation is still one that is local to the customer. Boston marks our third roll out of local cloud services, following the May and June announcements of Portland and Detroit, respectively. We plan to continue rolling out these services across our entire global EDC footprint.”

The Internet of Everywhere requires a highly diverse and distributed content and cloud architecture, with the network Edge extended beyond traditional major peering hubs to ensure the service quality and experience expected by today’s enterprises and consumers. According to the Cisco Global Cloud Index (GCI): Forecast and Methodology, 2014–2019 White Paper, network latency is a critical factor in cloud adoption and limits the use of advanced services in the cloud. “Reducing delay in delivering packets to and from the cloud is crucial to delivering today’s advanced services and ensuring a high-quality end-user experience,” the GCI stated.

“Boston enterprise growth is on the rise with the city’s high-tech sector growing nine percent every year since 2010,” comments Robb Allen, CEO, Datapipe. “EdgeConneX has built a compelling multi-cloud ecosystem around their data center facilities to meet this increase in demand. Datapipe’s experience in migrating, optimizing and managing IT infrastructure can help enterprises take full advantage of this ecosystem.”

The EdgeConneX Boston EDC is optimized to offer security, speed and performance improvements. These innovations enable customers to deliver digital content, cloud and applications to end-users as fast as possible. Edge Data Centers are proximity-based, strategically located nearest to the end-user’s point of access to reduce network latency and optimize performance. Local proximity access also brings the cloud closer to the enterprise, enabling more secure, real-time access to cloud applications and services while offering reduced backbone transport costs.

“Until recently, cloud services were consumed on-demand while connectivity to those cloud services remained static and fixed,” explains Denver Maddux, CEO, Megaport. “Megaport enables enterprises to deploy on-demand capacity that is right-sized and reliable. We’re excited to support this initiative to enable Boston businesses with a powerful set of tools to unlock next-generation cloud architectures.”

“Our extensive Boston network has direct on-net access to thousands of enterprises,” states Steve Walsh, vice president for Comcast Business in Greater Boston. “This broad reach allows us to offer reliable Ethernet services that can meet virtually any business demand. Having a local cloud offering in Boston adds a tremendous solution for us to bring to our customers and further highlights how Comcast Business is keeping pace with the growth needs of the market.”

For more information about EdgeConneX and its leading Edge of network infrastructure solutions for expanding and improving access to wireless and data communications, visit: edgeconnex.com or email info@edgeconnex.com.

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About EdgeConneX®
EdgeConneX® is the only global Edge Data Center® provider. Creating purpose-built, edge-of-network infrastructure solutions that extend the Internet’s reach, EdgeConneX enables the fastest and most secure delivery of content, cloud services and applications. Edge Data Centers host bandwidth intensive and latency sensitive data closer to end-users, establishing a more secure, reliable and cost effective distribution model for the Internet. For more information, please visit the EdgeConneX Internet of Everywhere® at edgeconnex.com.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About Datapipe
A next generation MSP, Datapipe is recognized as the pioneer of managed services for public cloud platforms. Datapipe has unique expertise in architecting, migrating, managing and securing public cloud, private cloud, hybrid IT and traditional IT. The world’s most trusted brands partner with Datapipe to optimize mission-critical and day-to-day enterprise IT operations, enabling them to transform, innovate, and scale. Backed by a global team of experienced professionals and world-class interconnected data centers, Datapipe provides comprehensive cloud, compliance, security, governance, automation and DevOps solutions. Gartner named Datapipe a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting.

About Megaport
Megaport is a global leader and pioneer in elastic interconnection. Megaport built the world’s first SDN-based neutral elastic fabric, changing the way enterprises, networks, and services interconnect. The high demand for interconnects and the need to change the way bandwidth is acquired has pushed Megaport into new markets including the U.S., where Megaport has completed its core deployment, and Europe, where deployments are currently underway. To learn more about Megaport, please visit: www.megaport.com.