Qwest provides optical connection to CoSentry's data centers

CoSentry may be finding continued success in selling cloud and managed services, but it still needs local fiber connections to connect its diverse data center sites, so it's turning to Qwest's (NYSE: Q) fiber and Ethernet network to fulfill those needs.

Qwest will interconnect CoSentry's four data centers located in Kansas City, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; Papillon, Neb. and Sioux Falls, S.D. with Qwest Metro Optical Ethernet (QMOE) service to help support CoSentry's ability to deliver data center, managing hosting and cloud services to its customers. As a completely meshed Ethernet network, Qwest said it can deliver speeds of up to 1 Gbps and will connect back to its nationwide IP backbone.

What's more, because Qwest is extending its IP fabric directly into the CoSentry data centers, CoSentry's data center customers will be able to connect to the Internet directly and avoid paying local loop fees.

Providing wholesale interconnection and related service to data center is becoming a bigger business for service providers, but Qwest is certainly not alone in this desire. In addition to Qwest, CoSentry previously signed an agreement with Qwest rival Cox Business to obtain fiber connectivity and other services it can extend to its customer base.

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