Kao Data has announced the installation of two fully diverse Openreach fibre spines offering highly resilient data connectivity for its London ONE data centre customers in a move which substantiates the company’s claim to be the UK’s leading player in the wholesale colocation market. The Openreach EAD (Ethernet Access Direct) connection allows customers’ external sites direct (point to point) connection to the data centre, delivering multiple high bandwidth connections over a reliable fibre network, to build and extend customer networks.
Openreach EAD supports a range of customer requirements, allowing them to develop new infrastructure and meet low capacity backhaul requirements, up to 1Gbps. This installation provides customers with the resource to implement their cloud computing capabilities with the knowledge that two diverse fibre routes ensure a high degree of network reliability for critical customer applications. This capability provides an automatic switch from primary path to secondary data path activated within 50 milliseconds, as protection from unforeseen incidents.
Commenting on the announcement, Jan Daan Luycks, CEO of Kao Data said: “Our customers will choose Kao Data because we offer carrier neutral communications options within a state of the art data centre providing a highly flexible, reliable and cost-effective approach to the growing data transfer needs of business, government and academia. The installation of the Openreach fully diverse fibre as part of our customer strategy is a crucial step in that process, giving customers high speed, reliable data transport into the customer server space.”
The fibre cables are terminated within the customer server hall, using Openreach fibre and products to ensure optimised implementation and minimised cable runs from the customer systems to the Openreach product racks.
Bill Quirke, Head of Data Centre Delivery, Openreach, said, “The fully diverse fibre installation provides a highly flexible solution for high-speed, resilient data traffic with an estimated 10-day lead time on customer connections, and with no excess construction charges. Together with the introduction of new products for this service portfolio, Openreach can offer data centre customers support for upgrades to coherent 40Gbps and 100Gbps interfaces, allowing for delivery of up to ten times more traffic capacity than before.”
These services are provided to wholesale and colocation providers offering dedicated fibre links and high bandwidth services up to 10Gbit/s and with the capability to access 200 Ethernet communication providers, it is claimed.