NJFX Spotlight on Epsilon: The Age of Digital Transformation

February 19, 2018

Global communications are changing at a very fast pace in large part due to the rise of Internet of Things, video streaming, social media, big data, multi-cloud use and a ton of new applications. It is estimated that the total amount of data created by any device will more than double, reaching 847 zettabytes (ZB) per year by 2021. There is no doubt that telecommunications infrastructure must be bolstered to keep up. As seen, through a multitude of new subsea cable projects led by both content providers and telecommunications carriers.

Carriers and service providers are also positioning to meet this challenge by increasing capabilities and capacities for themselves as well as for their end-users. Epsilon, a global connectivity and communications service provider, operates a carrier-grade, next-generation terabit optical backbone and has a presence in the NJFX colocation facility in Wall, NJ. Its Global Interconnect Fabric includes a dense mesh of service providers, data center providers, subsea cable operators, internet exchanges and carriers.

“A lot of people are just now realizing that networking needs to be more fluid and agile than ever before. It’s the way it has to be moving forward,” commented Paul Verhoeven, General Manager Americas for Epsilon. With over 15 years of providing global infrastructure, Epsilon provides a foundation for the applications and ecosystems of the future. The company enables digital transformation and helps its partners to leverage new technologies and prepare for the future. Epsilon delivers connectivity and communications services globally via innovative automation, flexible portals and APIs. Its unique on-demand networking technology is deployed to over 90 PoPs, connecting 600 network operators and cloud service providers and has a reach to over 170 countries.

Enabling Innovation

Operating a Tier 3 carrier-neutral colocation campus, NJFX is an integral part of an ecosystem of key connectivity providers such as Epsilon, as well as new subsea cable projects and connects them all at the cable landing station where the cables make landfall. “Epsilon sees real value in working with partners like NJFX,” continued Verhoeven. “What Epsilon is presenting to the tenants in the NJFX ecosystem is the ability to turn up services in between our 90+ points of presence. All this can be done through our platform-based model which interlinks data center ecosystems to make it a much more fluid fabric. This is where companies can transit to clouds, other data centers and other carriers where ever and whenever they need it.”

To help providers and enterprises keep up with the fast pace of innovation, Epsilon is taking the ordering of bandwidth beyond the standard approach. “The whole industry is shifting,” stated Verhoeven. “We are removing the pain points that have been traditionally a part of managing network infrastructure. By providing the power that supports cloud services and allows all the apps to run on it, we can reduce lead times that used to take weeks and now spin up capacity in a couple of minutes.”

Epsilon enables services through an automated API function and offers an on-demand interconnected mesh fabric of subsea cable providers that stretches across North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. This allows organizations to turn up bandwidth when they need it – whether it’s to another cloud, data center, or to bridge the last mile.

With the rise of data intensive applications, organizations also need to migrate, back up and move data, often using larger bandwidth capacities and for shorter timeframes. Epsilon enables the connection of platforms and networks through APIs with a click of a button. Use cases include:

  • Data replication providers – help enterprises and IT departments move infrastructure into cloud services; for example, an organization may need a 10Gig pipe for only 3 months for the initial back up.
  • The rise of hybrid cloud usage – using multiple clouds instead of just one; can replicate data from one cloud to another or to a hosted service.
  • Data center operators – need to offer connections beyond space and power; NJFX offers direct interconnections to the Epsilon fabric.

Flexible models are also important as seen in the next-gen breed of managed service providers. Consumer and enterprise models are changing due to the vast amount of content and applications that are out there stemming from gaming, watching videos/movie content and more. For gaming companies, requirements can quickly change from 100Mbps to 10Gig. So, it is not always about deploying temporary bandwidth, but more about having the ability to scale as the provider’s requirements change and grow. In addition, these providers require certain traffic volumes to get to other parts of the world.

These use cases are a perfect fit for Epsilon. Enabling innovation, these scalable models translate to a new breed of next-gen managed service providers. As Verhoeven stated, “The industry is used to having on-demand capabilities with cloud computing and now Epsilon is enabling the agility of the network infrastructure to catch up.”

Epsilon is a true enabler, allowing companies to white label new platforms without investing in the DevOps and operations needed to support and manage them. By partnering with Epsilon, organizations can offload a lot of the time spent in development and allow organizations to transform themselves in this new age.

NJFX provides the flexible foundation that allows it to work with like-minded services providers, such as Epsilon, to transform global communications.




About NJFX:

NJFX is a Tier 3 Carrier Neutral Cable Landing Station campus. Our colocation ecosystem has expanded to over 35 network operators offering flexibility, reliability, and security. Our Wall, NJ location provides direct access to multiple subsea cable systems giving our carriers diverse connectivity solutions and offers direct interconnection without recurring cross-connect fees.

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