MSP Today Expert Feature
April 27, 2015

Peak Hosting Signs Agreement to Use Zayo Connectivity at US Sites and in Amsterdam

Zayo announced recently that it had signed a three-year agreement to provide various types of network connectivity at Peak Hosting’s sites in California, Texas, Virginia, and in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. With the new infrastructure provided by Zayo, Peak will be able to expand its operations-as-a-service offerings (OaaS) to its customers.

Boulder, Colorado-based Zayo Group (News - Alert), LLC provides network infrastructure with dark fiber, Ethernet, IaaS, data center and colocation solutions. According to the company’s website, it has over 82,000 route miles of network wiring and operates in Europe as well as the U.S.

Tualatin, Oregon-based Peak Hosting, LLC provides OaaS solutions. Typically the company designs the infrastructure, then builds and maintains it in a fully outsourced arrangement.

One way Peak differentiates itself from competitors is through its AlwaysUp Architecture. AlwaysUp is about having lots of redundancy. While the concept is certainly nothing new, Peak claims that many companies offering similar managed services often skimp on redundancy to lower costs. While it helps a company’s bottom line, such an approach comes at the expense of the customer in terms of downtime and lost business.

Zayo will provide a variety of different network connectivity at Peak’s data centers for the latter’s OaaS solutions. Ethernet connectivity will be available in Santa Clara, California, Ashburn Virginia, and in Dallas. These locations will also have 6-gigabit connectivity, and so will centers in Milpitas, California, and in Amsterdam. Dark fiber will be available through Peak’s three Bay Area data centers.

Although the initial agreement between Zayo and Peak is for three years, it appears that the two are likely to do business together beyond that timeframe. Part of the installation process included five 10-gigabit DIA ports and the dark fiber in the Bay Area is designed for upward scalability. More companies are outsourcing their IT to service providers and both Peak and Zayo know that it’s not going to change anytime soon. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino