AboveNet (NYSE: ABVT) may not be offering cloud services in the classic sense, but its new agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to become an AWS Direct Connect Solution Provider illustrates how its fiber network can be an enabler for the cloud services market.
As an AWS Direct Connect Solution Provider, AboveNet will be able to help Amazon's (Nasdaq: AMZN) customers bypass the unpredictability of the Internet with direct fiber connections from AboveNet between AWS and their data centers.
Just the same, AWS Direct Connect potentially attractive to businesses is that it allows them to establish connectivity between AWS and their datacenters, offices, or colocation environments. There are a number of benefits with this approach: lower network costs, increased bandwidth throughput, and a more consistent experience.
Under the terms of the agreement, AboveNet will offer connections to the AWS Direct Connect service at 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps speeds.
While there's been a lot of hype around the cloud, AboveNet's agreement with Amazon is representative of a growing trend where cloud-only providers will seek out necessary network connectivity from a provider that has built out a sizeable high speed network.
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