Global Capacity addresses growing cloud needs with fiber ring in Dallas

ORLANDO, Fla.--Global Capacity has responded to its Dallas customers' needs for more cloud connectivity options between data centers by lighting its own fiber ring in the city.

With this fiber in place, the new network will be used to connect at the company's new Point of Presence (PoP) located at 2323 Bryan Street and its existing One Marketplace PoP at 1950 North Stemmons Freeway. It will provide access and local loop capabilities for IP transit and traditional point-to-point bandwidth.  

"What we did was we looked at prices in terms of leasing, in terms of buying managed service, and we had a lot of enterprises and businesses coming in at 2323 Bryant Street wanting to gain access to One Marketplace," said Mary Stanhope, VP of marketing for Global Capacity, in an interview with FierceTelecom. "We went in and lit up some fiber we had to deliver Ethernet services, meaning enterprise customers at 2323 Bryant can get direct port connectivity coming and gain access to that North Stemmons Freeway Equinix property."

Stanhope added that the company wants to take advantage of the growth of the Dallas market while providing "the best cost effective solution to our customers and potential wholesale and enterprise customers."

What makes the Dallas fiber ring location an attractive one for Global Capacity is the fact that it is the location of a major Internet and network peering exchange point.

What's more, the PoP in the Univision building at 2323 Bryan Street provides an additional access point to One Marketplace with near-ubiquitous network reach to over 9.6 million commercial locations across the country. 

Having this new network connection could also potentially complement Global Capacity's recent move to offer MPLS VPN service across its entire footprint, something it gained after purchasing MegaPath's wholesale business last fall.

Stopping short of providing information about new fiber rings, Stanhope said it will continue to look for similar opportunities in other markets it serves.

The service provider will consider either building new fiber rings or provisioning point-to-point or point-to-multipoint network extensions to wholesale carrier and business customer sites.

"As we look at opportunities, particularly when you look at all our PoPs and the best way to bring them together, we'll evaluate the best connectivity and build rings where it makes sense," Stanhope said. "What we're doing in some cases is you may have a dominant enterprise data center that we may put a point-to-point extension out to from our PoP because it's the most cost effective way to where they are located with their servers connected into the carriers and the cloud and service providers are located in other locations."

Stanhope added that the company is seeing interest for other applications, including connecting multiple buildings, small PoP aggregation and Internet peering.

"Whether it's a data center where there's a bunch of enterprises, the same equation works for big shiny buildings that have a huge amount of tenants that are trying to reach some of those same places," Stanhope said. "We're beginning to see small PoP aggregation and consolidated connectivity to reach those same high demand business applications and address Internet peering needs."

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