SRP Telecom introduces 40G data center transport service in Phoenix

SRP Telecom is providing local Phoenix, Ariz. businesses and service providers a new, up-to-40 Gbps optical metro transport service to connect with the region's key data center provider sites, including IO Phoenix, IO Scottsdale and Phoenix NAP.

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Detail of SRP's Phoenix area network and data center connections. Click here for a closer view (PDF).

Scaling from as low as 1 Gbps speeds, the hybrid Ethernet/optical wavelength service also provides necessary physical layer diversity over its 1,600-route-mile Phoenix dark fiber network. Because it's a direct subsidiary of Salt River Project (SRP), one of the largest water and electric utilities, it can leverage its utility parent's Right of Ways (ROW) extend its network quickly into these data center sites.

Leveraging a mix of Ethernet and DWDM technology, the new service supports multiple protocols with traditional physical interfaces, including ESCON, FICON and Fibre Channel for wavelength services.

"Ethernet and Wavelength services are the new standard for metropolitan and wide-area networking," said Michael Sherman, director of SRP Telecom, "and are a natural evolution of our successful dark fiber business."

While SRP does not offer data center services itself, their move in Phoenix is part of an industry-wide trend in the fiber network services space where operators are providing necessary connectivity to data centers to not only provide connectivity between sites, but also to support high bandwidth services such as storage and cloud computing.

SRP Telecom has provided dark fiber capacity to service providers and multisite enterprise customers for more than 15 years, but bandwidth-intensive storage networking, disaster recovery, business continuity, converged applications and cloud-commuting requirements are changing the needs of its customers. 

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