SAN FRANCISCO, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today the availability of AWS Direct Connect at its ATL1 and ATL2 data center facilities in downtown Atlanta. The on-ramp bolsters Digital Realty's overall cloud connectivity solution set, complementing the recently expanded AWS Direct Connect capabilities at Sovereign House in London along with the company's Service Exchange for on-demand cloud connectivity. The on-ramp will enable enterprise customers of Digital Realty's colocation offerings in Atlanta to reap the performance, stability and security-related benefits of having a private, direct connection to AWS.
A recent report from commercial real estate leader and Digital Realty partner CBRE noted that tech jobs in Atlanta grew 46.7% from 2010 to 2016, making it the nation's ninth largest technology talent pool, and placing it ahead of other U.S. tech leaders, including Austin, Boston, Denver, Phoenix and Raleigh-Durham. With more than 13,000 technology companies, the city is an extremely appealing interconnection location for enterprises, telecommunications providers and cloud providers seeking its low risk of natural disasters, low costs, reliable power, strong fiber infrastructure and peering capabilities. In March 2017, Digital Realty announced an expansion of its Atlanta connected campus footprint with the opening of a new facility comprising approximately 18,000 square feet of incremental capacity.
"The availability of AWS Direct Connect in Digital Realty's Atlanta data centers further strengthens the region's technical infrastructure, which has grown in importance as the number and types of technology leaders there have continued to rise over the past decade," said Dan Thompson, senior analyst at 451 Research. "Digital Realty continues to deliver on the cloud-enabled interconnection strategy it initiated with the Service Exchange launch last year, delivering value to global enterprises seeking to further their own cloud initiatives."
AWS Direct Connect
AWS Direct Connect makes it easy for businesses to establish a dedicated network connection from their premises to AWS. Using AWS Direct Connect, users can establish private connectivity between AWS and their datacenter, office, or colocation environment, which in many cases can reduce network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and provide a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections. Using industry standard 802.1q VLANs, AWS Direct Connect can be partitioned into multiple virtual interfaces. This allows users to use the same connection to access public resources such as objects stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) using public IP address space, and private resources such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances running within an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) using private IP space, while maintaining network separation between the public and private environments. Virtual interfaces can be reconfigured at any time to meet users' changing needs.
Digital Realty Service Exchange
Service Exchange provides enterprises private, secure, high throughput, low latency access over a single interface to cloud service providers and partners, overcoming some of the inherent challenges and limitations of internet access and enabling critical workloads that may not have been possible previously. Service Exchange allows users to manage physical and virtual connections through a single portal, giving them the visibility and reporting capabilities they need to address their connectivity requirements more rapidly and efficiently.
Digital Realty offers a full spectrum of global data center solutions. The company owns and operates 145 properties encompassing approximately 23 million square feet across 33 global metropolitan areas, enabling customers to expand from a single cabinet to a multi-megawatt facility as their needs grow, with no change in providers and no interruption in service.
"Today's announcement builds on our momentum in cloud service delivery and in providing these services to the fast-growing Southeast region," said Chris Sharp, Digital Realty's Chief Technology Officer. "We are extremely pleased to work with AWS to bring this critical capability to this incredibly innovative market, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them as we expand direct connections globally."
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty's clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products. www.digitalrealty.com
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