Zayo introduces usage-based Ethernet service, offers connectivity to data centers, cloud providers

Zayo Group has launched a new usage-based Ethernet product called FlexConnect, targeting the needs of business customers that need more options for cloud and data center connectivity.

FlexConnect provides dedicated Layer 2 Ethernet connecting to over 200 data centers, cloud, software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers, including Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN), Microsoft Azure (NASDAQ: MSFT), VMWare and Cisco Intercloud.

What's compelling about the service is that businesses with fluctuating connectivity needs only have to pay for the day they transport. Typically, large business customers have a number of applications that create seasonal traffic demands, like storage, that rise and fall according to their specific needs.

Business customers can manage and purchase FlexConnect, available from 500 Mbps to 100 Gbps, on Tranzact, Zayo's online self-service platform.

With Zayo's Tranzact, customers can compare prices, purchase services, track orders, view their bandwidth usage and invoices. FlexConnect leverages Zayo's growing fiber network that includes 110,000 route miles in North America and Europe. Customers benefit from expansive reach of the company's metro and intercity fiber footprint with dedicated connectivity.

Equinix and Microsoft praised Zayo's new service, calling it a new avenue for customers to access their service more cost effectively.

Zayo's FlexConnect service follows the growing industry-wide trend that other providers like AT&T (NYSE: T) and Level 3 Communications are providing via their own on-demand Ethernet services to customers.

This service will make Zayo more competitive on the domestic and potentially global front where multinational corporation customers are looking for service providers to provide them with Ethernet and VPN-based connections to the cloud providers of their choice.

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