London Cloud X node to deliver applications on a virtualized infrastructure, enabling automated deployment of Cloud services across the world’s largest private subsea cable system.
LONDON, December 2, 2014: Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) today announced the launch of Cloud X in London. This new high performance enterprise-class platform delivers applications and content across the company’s privately owned global fiber optic network.
Cloud X is uniquely designed to deliver not only infrastructure provisioning in a few clicks, but the deployment of complex multi-tiered enterprise applications directly on to customer’s enterprise networks in minutes, rather than months. The Cloud X platform supports network transparency — a key element in accelerating enterprise applications to the Cloud.
As part of a global integrated network, the London facility hosts the first Cloud X node to launch in Europe. GCX recently announced deployment of Cloud X in Hong Kong and Silicon Valley, with plans underway to transform 20+ facilities by mid 2015 into Cloud X nodes aligned with an automated orchestration layer.
“Cloud X is changing the paradigm of cloud computing,” said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer, GCX. “The Network must now undergo a profound transformation, from a static entity, to a dynamic, intelligent, application-aware fabric that can support multiple traffic requirements, diverse geographies and flexible pricing models.”
This is precisely the evolutionary leap that Global Cloud Xchange has embarked on for the better part of this year since rebranding the company from the former Reliance Globalcom. The company’s focus has been on delivering a true Cloud ecosystem for next generation enterprises enabling secure and efficient cloud content and applications distribution.
“We believe we will be one of the most disruptive companies in the next five years because we will become the fabric that enables the global cloud,” Barney said. “Our new infrastructure will accelerate cloud traffic across the world, facilitate global content and application distribution, enable enhanced customer experience, and transform the way people think about rolling out applications and services.”
The new Cloud X platform will provide an industrialized Cloud distribution capability in the markets that are expected to see the biggest growth in Internet usage and content consumption over the next decade. In particular, the “Emerging Market Corridor” spanning across Europe, the Middle East and Asia where GCX has extensive network coverage.
“One of the key endeavors at GCX over the past year has been the unification of our network assets into a coherent platform that we can provision and control from a single source,” said Wilfred Kwan, Chief Operating Officer, GCX. “This is part of a strategic realignment of our capabilities to support cloud networking requirements, including self provisioning of network resources and bandwidth-on-demand.”
Today, GCX’s infrastructure includes subsea cables and MPLS/IP networks which crisscross the majority of the world’s continents. The company has also launched plans for its new PCX cable between the US West Coast and Japan, as well as the ICX cable between India and Singapore. GCX’s current facilities, cable landing stations, data centers and Point-of-Presence (PoP) sites, cover all major regions worldwide.