Kao Data has announced a partnership with Megaport. This agreement expands Kao Data’s capabilities to provide on-demand cloud connectivity from major hyperscale providers including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and many others.
The partnership with Kao Data is set to increase the data centre’s global cloud and connectivity capabilities and provide a strategic location north of London, as well as the closest Megaport presence to Cambridge’s academic and high-tech and scientific communities. This accessibility and flexibility into cloud providers, alongside the capability to house high density, industrial-scale, high performance computing (HPC) environments reinforces Kao Data as the home for HPC and intensive compute within the UK Innovation Corridor.
“Enterprise, HPC and AI organisations depend on high-performance, low-latency connectivity, with varying peering and interconnection demands, many requiring local data centre capacity that links directly to their chosen cloud provider,” says Lee Myall, CEO, Kao Data. “We’re proud to offer our clients in Cambridge, London and beyond, a world-class home for their compute. Our partnership with Megaport further strengthens this, offering them unrivalled cloud accessibility through agile networks complementing the already strong foundational carrier attributes present across the campus.”
“We’re excited to partner with Kao Data to provide their customers with on-demand cloud connections,” states Eric Troyer, Chief Marketing Officer, Megaport. “Megaport’s industry-leading SDN platform removes traditional cloud access complexities and costly overheads. Through our global ecosystem of service providers Kao Data’s customers will be able to choose and rapidly connect to the services that are right for their needs in a matter of minutes, not months. ”
Kao Data’s partnership with Megaport will provide direct, secure and private software-defined networking access to a global cloud and connectivity ecosystem. Customers can connect to leading public clouds, software-as-a-service providers, and direct data centre to data centre interconnections. Multi Cloud and Cloud-to-Cloud connectivity is also available through the Megaport Cloud Router.
Bypassing the public Internet provides customers with improved security and higher availability, guaranteeing service, improved connectivity speeds and resiliency. On-boarding to the service is accessed via Megaport’s point of presence within the Kao Data ‘Meet-Me’ suite, whilst the services are delivered through a self-service portal, allowing customers to enable and adjust the capabilities as and when required through point and click provisioning.
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the numbers of organisations operating from remote locations that have begun using distributed computing. This trend has showed the need to offer businesses secure cloud-based, low latency, high performance services, and through this partnership Kao Data and Megaport provide ‘dedicated access to these environments’.