Earthlink Announces Data Center Connect Solution

By David Delony

Earthlink has announced the launch of its Data Center Connect, allowing business customers to access the cloud by connecting sites to its data centers.

“Cloud computing is a remarkably agile platform for IT services delivery, but private network access is crucial for services that demand exceptional data security and high uptime," said Michael D. Toplisek, EarthLink executive vice president of sales and marketing. "EarthLink's Data Center Connect takes our expertise in networking complexities and proven history of successful MPLS deployments and couples that with cloud computing and IT services for a competitive, reliable offering that empowers clients to simplify their IT services infrastructure."

The solution uses Earthlinks’s private MPLS network and its SSAE 16 SOC 2 compliant data centers.

Data Center Connect’s benefits include disaster recovery, cloud hosting, colocation, managed security, cloud workspace and secure e-mail over Earthlink’s network. The network is designed for high availability, and includes redundant network paths and infrastructure, ensuring the utmost reliability.

For clients that need to move high volumes of data quickly, Data Center Connect has a burst on demand option that doubles the port speed as necessary. It honors Service Level Agreements (SLA) up to the burst bandwidth specified in the agreement. This means clients get full use of their bandwidth and that Class of Service policies are honored.

Each MPLS connection gets 10 Mbps of bandwidth, so clients can scale up their bandwidth as they need it.

On Feb. 13, Earthlink will be holding a Webinar titled, “The Cloud is Only as Good as Your Network.” The meeting will show the benefits of private clouds using EarthLink Data Center Connect, and how its network and availability options provide the best service for businesses.

Earthlink is also expanding its cloud operations using Virtustream’s xStream enterprise-class cloud software to increase both its security and reliability in providing cloud computing to small and medium-sized businesses.

Edited by Braden Becker

Contributing Writer

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