vXchnge Partners with Console to Secure, Speed Up Cloud Access

By David Delony

Colocation platform provider vXchnge has announced a partnership with Console that makes its IIX software platform available in six of its markets across the U.S.

Console allows its customers to directly connect to major cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure without having to go through the public Internet. vXchnge says that this shields cloud applications from network hijacking, DDoS attacks and ordinary Internet congestion, bolstering its “Designed for Performance” slogan.

"With Console's interconnection platform and their focus on delivering a choice of interconnections and peering, coupled with our Designed for Performance data centers, vXchnge customers now have options," said Ernest Sampera, chief marketing officer at vXchnge.  "Our data centers are marketplaces for mission-critical, network-enabled businesses. Service providers continue to leverage our data centers as a platform to interconnect their cloud and Software-as-a-Service solutions.”

Console will be available at six of the 15 data centers it operates in the U.S.: Austin, Nashville, Philadelphia, Portland, Santa Clara and Secaucus.

Private Internet exchanges, such as those from vXchnge, connect different carriers to each other. Ever since the Internet backbone was fully privatized over 20 years ago, these exchanges are what make the Internet the Internet.

Many major ISPs contract with multiple exchanges for redundancy.

The partnership with Console could mean faster and more secure connections to applications that run on top of cloud services. Like the Internet exchanges they connect to, most ordinary Web users won’t deal directly with these platforms, but a lot of common apps they use, including Netflix and Gmail, rely on them as much as they do the Internet connections themselves.

Even if a user’s ISP wasn’t a vXchnge customer, the backbone provider very well could be, which means almost all Internet users would benefit from the partnership.

“We are excited that Console is now available in six of vXchnge's data centers, " Console CEO Al Burgio, said. "Our platform will provide an opportunity for vXchnge to expand its service offerings to existing and new enterprise customers."

For the implications of the changing landscape of ISPs, technology, and mergers, be sure to check out next week’s ITEXPO in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where the industry’s most innovative companies will share their insights and products. 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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