Cologix launches access marketplace for cloud providers

Cologix teamed up with Blue Planet to deliver a new virtual on-ramp for hyperscale cloud service providers. (Pixabay)

Working with Ciena's Blue Planet, Cologix announced on Wednesday the launch of its new cloud connectivity platform, Cologix Access Marketplace

The software-defined networking (SDN) platform was designed to directly connect customers to the cloud in real time. Starting with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, Cologix's new virtual cloud on-ramp solution enables private, secure, and faster connectivity to the hyperscale cloud providers.

Cologix said it would soon offer the virtual on-ramp connectivity to other major cloud providers. Cologix currently offers direct on-ramps to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and IBM Cloud.

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Within existing Cologix owned interconnection hubs, customers can now customize secure connectivity to one or multiple clouds in minutes by using an automated self-serve portal to meet the security, connectivity and growth needs of its business customers.

"Cologix Access Marketplace supports our core vision, helping customers build and scale their businesses dynamically with on-demand, direct cloud access. We are simplifying interconnection processes and improving our product offering with a self-serve, SDN tool for enterprises to respond to their changing business needs with real-time provisioning, easily scaling up and down as needed," said Bill Fathers, chairman and CEO of Cologix, in a statement. "We are putting our enterprise customers in the driver's seat, helping them to lower costs, adapt quickly and improve efficiencies. With Cologix Access Marketplace, CSPs not only increase their reach, they also can deliver more consistent end-user experiences with secure, private connections."

In order to provision its new virtual on-ramp marketplace, Denver-based Cologix worked with Blue Planet, which was split out as an independent division from Ciena in February. Cologix is using Blue Planet's multi-domain service orchestration to orchestrate and automate its new cloud service.

By using Blue Planet, Cologix can help its enterprise customers increase their service agility and business velocity by eliminating their reliance on manual cloud connect processes.