Cologix has added connections to two of the world’s largest cloud service providers, bringing AWS Outposts to its data centers in Vancouver, Canada and making IBM Cloud Direct Link available through Cologix Access Marketplace, the company’s Software-Defined Interconnection (SDI) cloud and network exchange.
Cologix’s Chief Revenue Officer Chris Heinrich said the two additions significantly expand Cologix offerings and provide great benefits for customers. Cologix is North America’s leading network-neutral interconnection and hyperscale edge data center company.
“We’re thrilled to bring AWS Outposts to our data centers in Vancouver,” said Heinrich. “Our customers and the Vancouver market as a whole will benefit from access to AWS capabilities within our Cologix facilities.”
Heinrich said the company is also excited to expand its partnership with IBM Cloud. “This brings Cologix customers IBM Direct Link’s enhanced connectivity and flexibility along with providing multicloud choice for enterprises and network providers.”
The Cologix and IBM collaboration brings IBM Cloud Direct Link access to Cologix customers in Ashburn, Columbus (via Chicago), Montréal and Toronto through Cologix Access Marketplace, one of the most open, flexible and automated interconnection exchanges in the market today. The easy-to-use IBM Cloud Direct Link service enables customers to connect their on-premise environments to IBM Cloud resources through Cologix’s self-service online portal.
IBM’s collaboration with Cologix is a win for customers looking for rapid data access and enhanced connectivity at the digital edge. “Cologix customers now can choose the agility and advanced connectivity provided by IBM cloud services,” said Nick Woodyard, Product Manager – IBM Cloud Direct Link. “IBM Cloud Direct Link is particularly well-suited for customers with IBM virtual private cloud (VPC) deployments as well as those with hybrid or cross-provider workloads, large or frequent data transfers and private or regulated workloads.”
Regarding the AWS Outposts partnership in Vancouver, customers now can deploy AWS Outposts at Cologix’s VAN3 digital edge data center, a 42,000-square-foot facility and the region’s largest neutral data center. Cologix provides customers secure access to AWS Direct Connect at its VAN2 digital edge data center. This is an ideal location to connect given the density of interconnection options and enterprise-grade infrastructure. As Vancouver’s leading colocation provider, Cologix provides connectivity to more than 20 unique networks and direct access to the primary node for the Vancouver Internet Exchange, hosted in Cologix’s VAN1 digital edge data center. All of Cologix’s Vancouver data centers are ISO 27001 certified and HIPAA, SOC1, SOC2 and PCI compliant.
“We now provide Vancouver’s only colocation and connectivity solution with access to AWS Direct Connect cloud onramps and the ability to deploy to AWS Outposts,” said Cologix’s Head of Product Peg Hallberg.
AWS Outposts is a family of fully managed solutions delivering AWS infrastructure and services to virtually any on-premises or edge location for a truly consistent hybrid experience. The AWS hardware/servers located in Cologix data centers supports customers’ hybrid cloud strategy where they develop once and deploy in the cloud or on-premise without having to rewrite or re-architect their applications. Developers can use the same APIs and services that are in the cloud to develop applications on premise.
“Cologix customers can securely connect their AWS Outposts to AWS Regions via Cologix’s hosted AWS onramps with low latency, high availability and cloud adjacent private connectivity,” added Hallberg. “These connections provide companies local access to local workloads previously only available in the cloud. AWS Outposts customers can be assured that their data is kept secure in a Cologix facility. This capability to use AWS cloud services inside Cologix’s Vancouver data centers is a reflection of our commitment to give our customers the best options available to grow their businesses at the digital edge.”