Proximity rolls out Tier 1 carrier and cloud gateway connectivity services

July 20, 2021

UK edge colocation data centre provider Proximity, has partnered with Next Connex, announcing two new connectivity services to accelerate the choice of high speed, low latency connectivity solutions available to enterprise customers.

Using its rapidly growing portfolio of UK-wide edge colocation data centres, these initiatives will be delivered in tandem with Next Connex, a specialist provider of integrated data networking infrastructure, hosting, and security solutions.    

Proximity Connect and Proximity Cloud Connect will enable customers to easily access diverse network connectivity services to and from racks hosted at Proximity’s edge colocation data centres, while also meeting their growing hybrid cloud hosting requirements.

For example, connecting directly to major London based facilities such as Telehouse North and West or Equinix LD5 by establishing private Layer 2 and Layer 3 connections to WAN services as well as seamlessly connect directly into public cloud provider networks such as AWS, Microsoft, Google and Oracle.  

In addition to delivering fast, high availability services between London and Proximity’s UK edge data centres, there is also the potential to connect to Cloud provider data centres in Dublin, particularly from Proximity’s Chester Gates facility in North West England. 

“We’re offering customers using our UK network of regional edge data centres straightforward access to competitively priced world class connectivity, with fully diverse routes, scalable bandwidth and consistent high performance – backed by the network provider,” said John Hall, managing director, Proximity Data Centres.

“At the same time, our colocation services combined with Proximity Connect and Proximity Cloud Connect enable a seamless bridge for supporting customer hybrid cloud solutions where private and public cloud solutions require high speed low latency interconnection.”   

Initial bandwidth options available to customers for both services range from 100Mbps to 100Gbps, with a full range of services including firewalls also available.          

“Our partnership with Proximity is good news for carriers as well as enterprise user organisations looking to move their data closer to users and customers throughout the UK,” said Bob Griffiths, managing director, Next Connex.

“With the millions of pounds traditionally involved in installing fibre into data centres, the long lead times and complex buying processes, our strong carrier relationships and technical expertise will help ensure Proximity’s new connectivity initiatives are quickly rolled out and easily accessible by their customers.

“Next Connex is an enterprise-grade UK network carrier – our value is in providing a unified approach to infrastructure, network and virtual data centre solutions, designing and building solutions with the required levels of diversity, resilience and redundancy.” 

Next Connex and future service providers will support the new Proximity connectivity services with help desk and other support functions on a 24/7 basis. 

Proximity’s growing network of UK regional edge data centres will expand to 20 sites within the next 12 to 18 months. This will enable the company to offer UK-wide coverage with all its edge data centres selected for their proximity to major conurbation areas.

Its scalable edge facilities meet individual customer requirements, from specific regional data centre services through to multi-site rollouts.

Built to Tier III industry standards and ISO 9001 quality, 14001 environmental and 27001 security compliant, all data centre grid electricity is sourced from 100% renewable providers.

In addition, each data centre develops renewable energy solutions, including battery storage, solar and wind power wherever possible.   

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