Time Warner Cable Business Class (NYSE: TWC) is offering connectivity to Equinix's Cloud Exchange, providing its Ethernet customers the ability to bring their own cloud services to its network.
Through this arrangement, businesses can chose to connect to a number of the top cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN), Microsoft Azure (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Rackspace.
By leveraging interconnection points with Equinix at major U.S. locations, TWCBC will provide Ethernet connectivity to the Equinix Cloud Exchange over TWCBC's extensive fiber network. Customers can choose an array of connection speeds from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps speeds, depending on capacity availability from the public Cloud Service Provider requirements.
What this arrangement means is that a business can get a secure, reliable, and private network to access their cloud and physical IT infrastructure from anywhere in the United States.
TWCBC is hardly alone in providing such services.
A number of other telcos and competitive providers such as AT&T (NYSE: T), Level 3 and Zayo provide similar abilities to enable business customers to connect to their cloud service of their choice.
AT&T's Net Bond technology uses a mix of on-premise, private cloud and public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms, NetBond works by bonding networking and computing resources together and automates functions that are often performed manually, for example. Meanwhile, Level 3 and Zayo have continued to establish similar relationships with Equinix and other large cloud players.
Regardless of the competitive environment TWCBC faces, having these services in place will enable it and its new parent Charter, which is in the process of purchasing the cable MSO, to more effectively compete for medium and larger business customers who have more complex needs.
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