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Console Connect and Colt Technology achieve interoperability between SDN platforms

By Catherine Knowles
Fri 21 Jan 2022

Console Connect and Colt Technology Services have completed the first stage of major API-led interoperability between their global on-demand SDN platforms.

The APIs between the Console Connect Software Defined Interconnection platform and the Colt On Demand platform enables enterprises to benefit from on-demand, agile networking and interconnect directly to clouds, data centers and business partners across both private networks.

The APIs will also enable quoting, ordering and provisioning on-demand services between two high-performance networks in real-time, the company states.

As part of the initial integration of the two SDN-enabled platforms, Console Connect will be able to extend its automated platform reach into new data center locations, with plans to expand to more enterprise locations and metro areas, leveraging the speed and performance of the Colt IQ Network.

This enables Console Connect users to provision and pay for dedicated Layer 2 services between two networks using a single portal, according to the company.

The collaboration demonstrates Console Connect and Colt's mutual commitment to end- to-end automation, and recognises the need for increased interoperability and collaboration to orchestrate connectivity among networks.

Console Connect CEO Marc Halbfinger says, "APIs are crucial for the advancement and settlement of automated network services and enable carriers to work together in new and innovative ways. We are honoured to work closely with Colt a partner with whom we share a vision of a fully automated and on-demand future."

Colt Technology Services CEO Keri Gilder says, "Working with Console Connect, were pioneering the use of APIs within intelligent networking and to provide agile, on- demand, high bandwidth connectivity solutions to more enterprises across the world.

"APIs continue to be a major focus area in our industry, and our collaboration will help us to continue to transform the way businesses interact with each other and how they provide value to their customers by optimising automation, improving collaboration, simplifying innovation and enhancing security."

In 2021, Console Connect extended its automated network coverage to over 650 data centers across more than 55 countries worldwide.

Console Connect is home to a growing ecosystem of cloud, SaaS, IX, IoT, carrier and enterprise partners, which are directly interconnected by the platform's private high-performance network.

Through the platform's MeetingPlace feature, users can also directly order and provision partner services, such as remote peering, colocation and business applications, as well as access native services from Console Connect.

Colt provides a range of On Demand services for its enterprise and wholesale customers, delivering fully flexible connectivity solutions between data centers, cloud service providers and enterprise buildings.

The Colt IQ Network is a 100Gbps optimised intelligent network distributed to more than 900 data centers and over 29,000 on-net buildings across Europe, Asia and North America's business hubs, enabling customers to expand their businesses globally with Colt.

According to the company, further stages of the API integration will include extending the automated reach of Colt's On Demand platform to more global markets using Console Connect's high-performance network.

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