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NJFX Tier 3 by the Subsea Has North America Covered with Global Tier 1 Provider, Sparkle

NJFX Tier 3 by the Subsea Has North America Covered with Global Tier 1 Provider, Sparkle

With a strong global presence and excellent leadership, Sparkle is in the spotlight this week as a valued NJFX customer that has been a part of our resilient ecosystem for many years, helping to make NJFX the strategic doorstep into Latin America (LATAM).

February 8, 2021

TIER 1 HEAVY WEIGHT 

As a leading global Tier 1 service provider, Sparkle offers a full range of IP, data, cloud, data center, mobile data and voice solutions. Its state-of-the-art advanced global backbone is over 540,000 km of terrestrial fiber and international submarine cables. In addition, Sparkle owns and operates three fiber pairs on the Seabras-1 submarine cable that lands at the NJFX Tier 3 colocation campus. This cable is a 10,500 km fiber optic, 6-fiber pair, 72 Tbps submarine cable system that is the only direct PoP to PoP system connecting São Paulo, Brazil, New Jersey and New York. Sparkle also ranks seventh worldwide for IP and tenth globally for voice traffic.

HIGH CAPACITY GATEWAY TO LATAM

“Sparkle is unique as we are both an owner and operator of our three fiber pairs on the Seabras-1 subsea cable and have the largest telco infrastructure in Brazil,” commented Carmine Sorrentino, EVP Americas Region for Sparkle. “With the largest IP network in LATAM, coupled with protected routes, IP and data center connectivity, we are the most optimal choice for telcos, ISPs, OTTs, media and content providers, as well as multinational corporations.”

This Tier 1 provider globally serves as THE gateway to LATAM. Sparkle is a trusted carrier with the network depth and reach to get from Wall, New Jersey down to Miami and on to Fortaleza, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima, Bogota, Panama City, Caracas, and San Juan among other key spots.

NJ TO LA IN A HOT MINUTE

To provide even more value for NJFX customers, Sparkle is deploying terrestrial capacity from NJFX to Los Angeles to connect Seabras-1 to Google’s Curie subsea system, which is a four-fiber, 10,500km cable connecting Los Angeles, California to Valparaiso, Chile. The Curie cable system is designed with 18 Tbps per fiber pair and a total system design capacity of 72 Tbps.

With this connectivity, NJFX customers can connect from New Jersey to São Paulo to Santiago to Los Angeles – plus hit all of the west coast PoPs in the Bay Area. This is a win for carriers and also OTTs, gamers, hyperscalers, enterprises and financials that need high capacity. This will also be especially key for organizations that want connectivity to cloud providers in LATAM.

“We have LATAM covered on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, offering carriers and organizations requiring high capacity bandwidth subsea diversity plus a full suite of services including cloud connectivity, IP, wavelengths and Ethernet,” continued Sorrentino. All in all – there are a LOT of options available for NJFX customers to leverage Sparkle’s robust infrastructure and tap into its LATAM gateway. Stay tuned for additional developments and increased capabilities ahead. To learn more, please contact Felix Seda: felix@njfx.net.

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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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NJFX General Manager Felix Seda Named to NJBiz “40 Under 40” List

NJFX General Manager Felix Seda Named to NJBiz “40 Under 40” List

Recognized among New Jersey’s Young Movers and Shakers in Business

Felix Seda

General Manager

August 18, 2020

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Felix Seda, the General Manager at NJFX, has been recognized by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s “40 Under 40”. This program recognizes New Jersey business leaders, under the age of 40, who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and their community.

The annual 40 Under 40 Awards honor the movers and shakers making their mark in New Jersey business. These young, noteworthy business people represent a wide range of industries. They prove much can be accomplished before your 40th birthday with determination, passion and drive.

Felix came to NJFX by way of the financial field, holding a management position at Barclay’s Wealth. Now, after only five years as NJFX General Manager, he has played a key role in accomplishing NJFX’s unique mission: to create an avenue for carriers and networks to get as close to the edge as possible, bridging the gap between the subsea cable landing station and landline fiber routes. He has played a major role in the success of this mission, which has made New Jersey a major player in the tech and telecom industry, putting it on the map as a global hub of communications.

Felix’s impact on the industry as a whole is also demonstrated beyond his work with NJFX. He is dedicated to bringing young talent into the telecom industry by spearheading a number of millennial-focused initiatives to encourage the education and engagement of young professionals. He created the Millennial Reception at PTC 2020, aimed at bringing new telecom employees together to network and engage with select industry veterans to further their careers. He is also working closely with SubOptic, a global organization invested in the long-term success of the fiber optic subsea communications industry, on its Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

He sees the value of recruiting young professionals, many of which are digital natives, and the unique perspective they may bring to an industry that is often so dominated by veterans involved from the beginning of the modern internet. The hiring and involvement of these fresh, young professionals will do a great deal to propel the industry into the future. Felix was also recently named on the Capacity Media Power 100 List for his professional accomplishments.

NJBiz is New Jersey’s leading business journal. The “40 Under 40” awards will be presented virtually on October 28th.

You can see the complete “40 Under 40” list here

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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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Why the Cable Landing Station Matters

Why the Cable Landing Station Matters

As a Carrier-Neutral Ecosystem, NJFX Brings Together a Variety of Carriers and Service Providers That Enable So Much More For End-Users

Gil Santaliz

CEO

July 7, 2020

Wall Township, NJ – A Cable Landing Station (CLS) colocation campus in the U.S., offering Tier 3, carrier-neutral data center capabilities — providing direct access to multiple independent subsea cable systems connecting North and South America, Europe and the Caribbean — is an entirely unique facility in the world of information and communications technology (ICT) with singular attributes and capabilities. Especially as content and application requirements continue to push the need for data to be closer to the edge, such a CLS colocation campus is essential in providing strong interconnections between customers, partners and transcontinental subsea cable systems.

“For global enterprises, ISPs, CDNs and network operators, having access to diverse terrestrial and subsea options for connectivity is the foundation of their ability to reach new customers and penetrate new and emerging markets,” commented Gil Santaliz, CEO for NJFX. “Moreover, by establishing a presence at the NJFX CLS colocation campus, customers can leverage direct over 12 terrestrial routes to major North American destinations and avoid unnecessary legacy network bottlenecks. In addition, NJFX customers can also gain access to four subsea cable systems between continents for the best intercontinental data exchange, including critical transatlantic connectivity to Europe & South America.”

“By establishing a presence at the NJFX CLS colocation campus, customers are now able to leverage direct, low latency routes to major U.S. business hubs in New York and Ashburn that avoid legacy chokepoints,” stated Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International. “We are also seeing the LATAM market as one of the focus regions for networks we want to connect from NJFX to DE-CIX New York.”

Why are these connectivity and interconnection capabilities now more important than ever?

If the recent months have taught us anything, it’s that a surge in digital services usage places tremendous pressure on the internet to be able to handle the rise in traffic volumes and shifting patterns of demand that can potentially affect the end-user experience. To give but one example of how this has affected communications providers, in March, as internet users began staying home to work, study and self-entertain, one major carrier saw a 20 percent increase in web traffic in a single week. Virtual Private Network (VPN) usage went up 49 percent, while video rose by 36 percent, and online gaming increased 115 percent.

CenturyLink, which offers an extensive global fiber network, including approximately 450,000 route miles of fiber and a network serving customers around the world, recently established a point-of-presence (PoP) at NJFX. The carrier provides an underground terrestrial fiber network, linking key routes across North America. This is just one more example of the advantages of a CLS colocation campus with carrier-neutral data center capabilities that brings together a variety of communications and service providers that enable so much more for end-users

“Establishing a point of presence at NJFX allows CenturyLink customers close proximity to data, decreasing network latency, along with delivering smart options to further diversify and plan their international connections with clarity and accuracy,” commented Warren Greenberg, vice president and general manager for CenturyLink in NYC, NJ and CT. “We look forward to offering our services suite at the NJFX campus and to our enterprise customers.”

Rather than a gradual evolution, COVID-19 has accelerated the digital transformation efforts of many enterprises virtually overnight. Moreover, with IDC predicting that global data traffic will increase 61 percent by 2025 to reach 175 zettabytes, up from 33 ZB last year, we can reasonably anticipate that the demand for networking, compute, and storage capacity will remain high, especially as more and more next-generation technologies such as AI, IoT, and AR/VR applications become mainstreamed, and 5G sees wider adoption.

Faced with these current and future challenges, a CLS colocation campus that serves as a network interconnection point at the easternmost edge of North America enables companies to design and construct the most efficient network for their business and ensure the delivery of high-bandwidth content and applications to serve end-customers. NJFX offers an ecosystem rich with fiber networks and platforms providing multiple options for route diversity, availability, reliability and security.

Because of its location on the edge of domestic and international networks and subsea cables, this enables enterprises, financial services organizations and carriers to utilize direct routing, eliminate single points of failure and avoid typical network congestion points.

Recently, Epsilon connected its network backbone to NJFX’s facility, extending its software-defined networking (SDN) platform, Infiny, to offer the ability to bypass New York entirely. Epsilon customers can connect directly to Europe from NJFX via the Transatlantic Bridge, including the TGN cable as well as the Havfrue (AEC2) cable when it becomes ready for service.

“NJFX is a pivotal data centre for transatlantic traffic,” said former Epsilon CEO Jerzy Szlosarek. “With multiple transatlantic cables coming directly into the NJFX facility, connectivity can happen right at the edge, without legacy bottlenecks, and can then continue across North America via the complete Epsilon network.” 

Via Epsilon, as well as several other network providers such as Altice, NJEdge, TATA Communications, Windstream and Zayo, companies can readily access major cloud service providers (CSPs) to launch public and private cloud deployments from NJFX, including Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, and Oracle.

The Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report recently revealed that the most common multi-cloud approach among enterprises is a mix of multiple public and private clouds. NJFX’s ability to offer streamlined access to CSPs is especially significant in view of the fact that cloud-first policies and cloud migration are top-of-mind among enterprises, which are rapidly increasing cloud spend and workload volumes, according to the report.

You can check out the other articles in the Why CLS Matter series in the links below:

https://njfx.net/njfx-blog/terra-firma-why-terrestrial-connectivity-matters-to-the-cable-landing-station/

https://njfx.net/blog/why-the-cable-landing-station-matters/

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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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South American Subsea Cable Delegation Looked to the NJFX CLS Campus as a Model for New Projects

South American Subsea Cable Delegation Looked to the NJFX CLS Campus as a Model for New Projects

Gil Santaliz

CEO

April 14, 2020

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NJFX’s CLS campus is serving as an international model for subsea connectivity. A delegation of officials from the South American countries of Chile and Ecuador visited the campus earlier this year to learn more about achieving an optimal model of interconnection for future projects. The delegation visited the campus before the COVID-19 crisis in the U.S., and since NJFX is a designated critical infrastructure site, we quickly became even busier – implementing emergency response plans, enacting additional safety measures, helping our clients augment their capacity and offering free cross-connects so that clients can deploy diversity within their networks. As we reflect on the past month, we think it’s time to share a positive side of why we engineered and designed the NJFX CLS campus in the way we did and how it has become an example for other countries. All of this, in the spirit of building resilient ecosystems that our entire industry can use for collaboration, advancement and innovation.

Considered a reverse trade mission, the visit was part of a delegation to the United States facilitated by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. The mission was in large part a feasibility study for a planned project to connect the west coast of South America to Asia via subsea cable. This project has been dubbed the “Asia South America Digital Gateway”.

The goals include assisting Chilean and Ecuadorian government decision-makers to better grasp considerations such as best practices and factors to consider when selecting telecommunications service and technology providers. The added benefit for the U.S. is positioning American providers in these markets for new projects. NJFX was chosen as a facility to highlight by the organizers of the trade delegation because of its strategic location and proximity to New York City.

Mike Sauer, VP Americas Partner & Federal for Aqua Comms met with the group and discussed why Aqua Comms made the choice to land its Havfrue/AEC-2 subsea cable for its partners, such as Facebook and Google at NJFX. John Hayduk, formerly COO for Tata Communications, now a partner of NJFX, also presented and met with the delegation.

“We are pleased to know that NJFX is being looked at as an industry standard when it comes to an interconnected CLS campus. Our location just outside of congested New York, but still within 60 miles of one of the most active telecommunications hubs in the world, is crucial to our day-to-day operations,” commented Sarah Kurtz, NJFX’s Business Development Manager. “Members of the delegation were most interested in facility operations, as well as security and backup power systems.”

The delegation also met with U.S. government agencies, regulators, financing organizations, industry associations, and U.S. technology and equipment providers. Members focused on U.S. best practices in cable system design, manufacturing, installation, and regulation. Also top of mind were the technologies, services, and financing mechanisms to support subsea cable project development and implementation.

Delegation member Natalia López is the Head of the Telecommunications Development Fund Division for the government of Chile, working to drive initiatives to improve the Chile’s telecommunications infrastructure. She is leading the Asia South America Digital Gateway Project.

“We learned a lot about considerations for power, backup power, location and more,” stated López. “We found our tour of the NJFX facility enlightening and fascinating. It’s truly a unique campus with access to several subsea and terrestrial routes.”

LATAM is a growing market for connectivity. NJFX’s team is highly engaged and invested in the growth throughout Central/South America. The NJFX team also met with other industry leaders at Capacity LATAM 2020 to discuss the latest trends and challenges for the region – as showcased on conference panels including:

  • Regional Peering Update: Evaluating the Evolution of Multi-Lateral Peering in Latin America
  • What are the Challenges to Meet the Boom in Demand for Data Centre and Cloud Computing Services: Understanding the Roadmap to Successful Expansion

NJFX continues to drive innovation and help its carriers and subsea provider clients build their networks with maximum diversity at both the terrestrial and subsea level, avoiding traditional bottlenecks and highly congested areas such as NYC metro and Miami. For more information, visit www.njfx.net.

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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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NJFX Wins Prestigious Data Center Interconnection Award at PTC 2020

NJFX Wins Prestigious Data Center Interconnection Award at PTC 2020

Aloha from Honolulu!

We are proud to announce that NJFX, has been recognized as an outstanding leader by the Pacific Telecoms Council (PTC) at the PTC 2020 conference in Hawaii. The company was recognized last night at the PTC awards ceremony for Excellence in the Category: Outstanding Cloud, Data Center, or Interconnection Company. This is a significant achievement for the company, as PTC is an extremely prestigious industry organization comprised of vested professionals that collaborate to know and grow the world’s global communications infrastructure. “PTC is a must-participate for organizations across the globe,” commented Gil Santaliz, CEO for NJFX. “PTC is exciting for NJFX, as well as for our industry as a whole, as it represents the telecommunications’ industry kick-off to each year and sets the tone for the year ahead.”

Carrier Neutral CLS Campus

NJFX is the only carrier-neutral facility colocated at a cable landing site, and is the most uniquely designed data center campus in North America. With four subsea cables to Europe and South America, seven independent US fiber-based backhaul providers, the NJFX model significantly decreases latency, increases network resiliency and connectivity options for high capacity, network-dependent organizations. NJFX brings transparency to all network providers who can collaborate to provide the best connectivity for their customers, clearly supporting PTC’s vision to innovatively leverage communications infrastructure to drive advancements for all. “To be recognized as an industry leader by such a highly regarded organization is truly an honor,” says Gil Santaliz, CEO of NJFX. “This achievement confirms that our efforts to bring unprecedented interconnection via our world-class ecosystem of carriers and subsea providers is truly the model that the industry is looking for. To be selected among so many other impressive industry leaders is the icing on the cake.” The NJFX team was honored to have won the award and looks forward to a great year ahead expanding its carrier and subsea cable landing station campus ecosystem. NJFX tells more about the CLS story in its Why CLS Matter series: Unprecedented Ecosystem and also in its Backhaul Edition.
NJFX wins the 2020 PTC award for “Outstanding Cloud, Data Center, or Interconnection Company”.

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The Future of Subsea Connectivity lies in the Collaboration

The Future of Subsea Connectivity lies in the Collaboration

Gil Santaliz

CEO

December 12, 2019

The state of subsea was the main focus at Subsea Americas 2019 conference in Washington, DC this week. And the consensus was that that the state of subsea is currently in flux.  Subsea is changing rapidly, to accommodate the exponential increases in capacity demands the industry will soon see, and in many cases is already seeing. With many cables reaching their end of life and at least one to be decommissioned in the very near future, the spotlight is on next-generation connectivity, what shape that takes and what players are involved.

One highlight of the event was a panel entitled, “Changing Dynamics of U.S. East Coast Network Architectures.” NJFX Founder and CEO Gil Santaliz served as the moderator, with insight from panelists Jim Cataudella, SVP, Network Platform & Critical Infrastructure Engineering for Bank of America, Ivo Pascucci, VP, Telia Carrier, Paul Scott, CEO, Confluence Networks and Joe Scattareggia, EVP, Wholesale, Windstream Wholesale.

While there are many viewpoints and perspectives, all of the panelists agreed that one thing is clear: The old model of the Cable Landing Station (CLS) as a passive, pass through location is no more. Carriers, cable system operators and others are realizing that the CLS must now be a hub with a rich and diverse ecosystem.

“The old model is not necessarily something we want to invest in,” says Ivo Pascucci, VP, Telia Carrier.

“For us, we see a lot of opportunities along the eastern seaboard. What we’ve found is that selling something one-off is a transaction, but when partnering with cable system operators, who compliment each other, bring together fiber assets on both sides of the Atlantic, plus the wet portion, that brings great, long-term value for us and our customers.” Pascucci says the model that NJFX has promoted is beginning to be mimicked more and more in places like Virginia Beach, VA and Jacksonville, FL.

Joe Scattareggia EVP, Wholesale, Windstream Wholesale, agrees, adding: “What used to be a passthrough today is an ecosystem. You’ve got cables landing, cloud services, carriers providing backhaul and internet provider presence. We look at these partnerships, what opportunities best offer us potential to sell our services.” Windstream Wholesale recently took a significant step in bridging those CLS ecosystems, by creating the first-ever CLS-to-CLS terrestrial route between Virginia Beach, VA and NJFX in Wall Township, NJ.

Santaliz asked panelists what it would take for enterprises to truly understand the vulnerability of their routes. Jim Cataudella, SVP, Network Platform & Critical Infrastructure Engineering for Bank of America answered, “At Bank of America we know there is a change of life coming, we are planning for the upcoming decommissioning of a cable. When we look at terrestrial maintenance, we are seeing things like a 400% increase in dual carrier outages, planned or unplanned. At one time, enterprises were covered with two paths. Today four routes have become the norm.” Cataudella adds it critical not only for Bank of America, but all banks in today’s global economy. Bank of America has operational excellence with a zero tolerance for customer facing outages. “The benefit of being at a CLS hub is that it brings us closer to the subsea edge. Having a multi-service CLS, with carrier neutrality, and making it a one stop shop with IP access, peering for cloud providers and high capacity internet is very attractive.”

The final step in creating a diverse north-south route on the East Coast comes from Confluence Networks. Paul Scott, CEO, announced CONFLUENCE-1, the first subsea cable connecting several CLSs along the Atlantic Coast. “This won’t solve it all, but it will provide solutions to latency, scalability and national security that we believe really enriches the architecture on many levels.  A cable with 16 fiber pairs and 300 terabits of capacity is a very compelling business case.” He adds that the next step is to bring enterprise customers into the community, to provide direct connectivity at the cable landing site.

The changing landscape, indeed SEAscape, brings an exciting shift for the entire subsea and terrestrial ecosystem. Hubs like NJFX will increase, bringing a new level of secure, diverse, high capacity connectivity. The leadership at NJFX looks forward to playing a key role in the evolution. You can next find the team at PTC 2020 in Honolulu, HI, January 19-22, where CEO Gil Sanatliz will participate on a panel entitled, “Data Centers and Networks on the (Cutting) Edge”. To book a meeting, email meetings@njfx.net.

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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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CLS Matters Backhaul Edition

Terra Firma: Why Terrestrial Connectivity Matters to the Cable Landing Station

Terra Firma: Why Terrestrial Connectivity Matters to the Cable Landing Station

By Gil Santaliz, CEO, NJFX

Gil Santaliz

CEO

December 3, 2019

CLS Matters Backhaul Edition

The Cable Landing Station (CLS) colocation is where the networks live today. As an example, consider the petabytes per second being transported across the Atlantic Ocean into the U.S from Europe and South America – physically coming in through subsea cables. This traffic needs a home and the CLS enables carriers to provide the diverse private ‘roads’ to carry that data. Carrier-neutral subsea capabilities empower customers with options when choosing which cables will transport their data to key landing points. When a colocation data center campus is physically located at the meeting point of multiple subsea cable landings linking three continents, international connectivity is just a single cross-connect away. The result is a high-resilience, low-latency network with direct interconnection options for service providers, enterprises, carrier-neutral operators and cable companies. Customers can further diversify and plan their international connections with clarity and accuracy, eliminating any transport uncertainty.

Moreover, when a number of subsea cables land directly at a CLS colocation campus, this enables enterprise, content, financials, media, government, and communications providers to have maximized redundancy, reduced latency and better quality connections with fewer international points of failure, fortifying the protection of their international data traffic. Meanwhile, network operators, by establishing a Point of Presence (PoP) at a CLS colocation campus, can design reliable architecture with diversity to other PoPs around the globe, once again with fewer points of failure and better service quality as well as lower operational costs.

As an example, NJFX serves as a Tier 3 Global Network Operations Center (G-NOC) on the U.S. east coast. Data traffic comes into NJFX through subsea cables and then is interconnected across the U.S. via terrestrial networks and ultimately to end-users. Consider NJFX as the North American distribution center for data dissemination into and across North America. The NJFX community of carriers make its CLS a marketplace rich with fiber networks and platforms – providing multiple options for routes, security and diversity.

“The increased connectivity from Crown Castle gives national enterprises and content providers an opportunity to use one of the largest, densest fiber networks in the country to securely and reliably transfer their mission-critical data.” – Jim Young, COO, Crown Castle

There are hundreds of thousands of miles of subsea cables traversing the globe with over 90% of the world’s international data transmitted across them. It is critical to global communications to eliminate unnecessary points of failure and shore up potential for security breaches.

“The new breed of cable landing station has become a critical infrastructure in facilitating reliable and secure interconnection. By having a PoP at NJFX’s CLS colocation campus, Epsilon is enabling service providers and enterprises to interconnect data centres, cloud services and internet exchanges on our network fabric across global economic hubs. The combination of software-defined networking platform and CLS delivers global connectivity at scale with greater performance and visibility.” – Jerzy Szlosarek, CEO, Epsilon

Make no mistake, the modern CLS colocation campus is indeed a very rare breed, and there are very few such facilities in the world. However, the direct connectivity that supports customer diversity requirements shouldn’t be limited to just multiple subsea cable access capability. Rather, it’s also the availability of access to multiple backhaul providers for direct and diverse connectivity to core markets — in the U.S., to Ashburn, Chicago, Dallas, North Carolina, Philadelphia, and other cities, thereby bypassing common points of network failure such as New York, Northern New Jersey, and Miami — which truly distinguishes the CLS colocation campus of the future.

This new model represents a paradigm shift from the traditional approach of providing fiber backhaul to the nearest metro area hub. In the modern CLS model, it’s the cable landing station campus that is the de facto hub, providing better access to connectivity, low latency and high capacity. Legacy carrier hotels that are located further inland on Long Island and in lower Manhattan aren’t capable of providing the infrastructure model that can provide interconnection to 300 terabits or more.

Secure Connectivity From Seabed to Dry Land
 

The carrier-neutral colocation hub at the subsea cable landing with diverse terrestrial connectivity options is the way of the future. Traditionally, it’s the role of the CLS to transition data transported by the subsea cable to a terrestrial network, which then provides connectivity to a major population center. Typically, the terrestrial system has two routes available to the hub, a redundancy of design to ensure uptime in the event that one route becomes compromised. Once data reaches the hub, it’s transported to various destinations across the North American continent, or beyond.

But to be a true CLS colocation hub, the availability of multiple terrestrial routes is as essential as multiple subsea cable system options, and here, there is a critical difference, even between currently operating CLS campuses.

“ZenFi Networks was one of the initial providers to connect to the NJFX CLS campus and we are pleased to offer carriers direct connectivity to over 40 key colocation POP’s throughout the NY and NJ metro region. Our purpose-built fiber route out of the campus offers diversity from other providers, and delivers latency-sensitive, secure backhaul options for carriers and their customers.” –Vincenzo Clemente, President and Chief Operating Officer, ZenFi Networks

It’s not conducive to uptime and performance if a high capacity cable system lands at a site only to be stranded with just one or two backhaul options, as is the case with some CLS campuses. On the contrary, it’s access to multiple backhaul routes that creates truly diverse options, which in turn fosters reliability, availability and security of data transport – a critical requirement for financial services, healthcare organizations and other enterprises, as well as carriers, content providers and government agencies, which depend upon maximum uptime.

For one out of three enterprises, a single hour of downtime can cost anywhere from $1 million to $5 million, according to a recent Gartner survey. In fact, network outages experienced by North American organizations alone result in revenue losses of $700 billion per year, so claims a report by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).

But aside from the financial stakes, there are potential reputational repercussions when an organization’s network goes down: loss of customer trust and brand equity. A CLS colocation campus like NJFX that also operates a G-NOC offers many unique U.S. fiber backhaul solutions, avoiding traditional legacy network points of failure. This not only maximizes network redundancy and resiliency, but can also improve service quality, reduce expenses and help drive new revenue. As a G-NOC, it can also provide hands-on, operations and engineering support within quick turn-around timeframes, which offers a lot of value to providers who need specialized support.

As bandwidth demands continue to spike upward — the Cisco Visual Networking Index predicts that annual global IP traffic will reach 3.3 ZB per year by 2021, a three-fold increase from two years ago — new subsea cables and expansions of existing networks will become necessary, and not just linking major global hubs but second tier, emerging and underserved markets as well. Subsea cables are the information superhighways of the global economy. But once that data reaches shore, it has to arrive on terra firma — solid ground — at a physically secure and hardened CLS colocation campus, with multiple backhaul options, to ensure that data safely make its way to its ultimate terrestrial destination.

“Windstream wholesale continues to strategically invest and partner with CLS and data centers in order to extend its expansive long-haul network to the ultra-high capacity subsea operators. Our domestic and international customers need providers that are flexible and offer networks capable of growing ahead of them, not just with them. We’ve established a reputation for being that provider that offers diversity and customized routes through our uniquely dense domestic US network.” – Joe Scattareggia, EVP, Windstream Wholesale

The CLS hub of tomorrow will not only offer access to subsea cable systems, but also provide the terrestrial backhaul needed to get beyond the landing point and out into the hands of the companies delivering the data, provide faster on-ramps to cloud infrastructure and power communications more reliably. Now that’s solid ground.

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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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WHY THE CABLE LANDING STATION MATTERS

WHY THE CABLE LANDING STATION MATTERS

Creating Unprecedented Connectivity with a Robust Ecosystem

Gil Santaliz

CEO

September 4, 2019

Traditionally quiet places that are seldom visited, the Cable Landing Station (CLS) is supposed to serve one purpose: a point where several hundred million dollars’ worth of subsea cable projects, representing more than 90% of the world’s internet traffic, convert to a terrestrial cable that then provides connectivity to major population centers. Normally, this traditional terrestrial cable has two routes to ensure uptime to the hub, designed that way in case one is compromised. Once it reaches the hub, it fans across an entire continent. That concept worked for decades. But today’s CLS can no longer be a passive location. It must be more than just a landing point that allows connection to a faraway hub for carriers. Today, we are building cable landing station campuses that ARE the hub itself.

The genesis of this new concept comes from the OTTs. When downtime is not an option and microseconds count, OTTs use this concept to avoid points of failure to reach their hyperscale data centers. Enterprise companies also appreciate this concept because they want 100% uptime. A Cable Landing Station campus, with a fully integrated Tier 3 colocation, can do what traditional carrier incumbents and Carrier Hotels have been doing for decades, controlling their networks in a wholesale environment, with no backhaul required, along with providing low latency and better access to connectivity globally.

Today, there are just a few unique places on the planet with direct CLS access to both multiple subsea cables and multiple backhaul routes. One is in Marseille, France. Another is NJFX at the Jersey Shore, which is rivaling Marseille in terms of the number of subsea and backhaul routes.

Because of its location on the edge of domestic and international networks and subsea cables, NJFX enables enterprises, financials and carriers to utilize direct routing, eliminate single points of failure and avoid typical network congestion points.

“By being a part of the NJFX ecosystem, we are able to extend our connectivity solutions for Latin America, as well as the Caribbean,” comments Luciano Salata, president and co-founder of Neutrona Networks. “This is especially important for financial firms as well as enterprises who are looking for managed connectivity to public clouds and can easily leverage our SDN-ready network. We are thrilled to be a part of the innovative spirit NJFX has created by enabling real solutions and innovative approaches with its partners.”

It is crucial to have clarity in global connectivity. In order to do that, there are now multiple terrestrial options to the CLS and then multiple subsea networks to route across oceans with diverse landings in the next continent. The availability of multiple routes both subsea and terrestrial is crucial to become a true CLS hub. A cable system cannot land at a site and be stranded with one backhaul provided. Multiple backhaul routes create truly diverse options, which in turn can allow both for collaboration, as well as competition. If one carrier is not providing necessary interconnection, with a robust ecosystem, there are half a dozen other choices.

A hub at the site of the CLS eliminates backhaul that can often cause connectivity issues. For example, a manhole fire in a city the data was never meant to visit or network regrooming on lit services due to the carrier dealing with other network issues related to outages. These scenarios are no longer acceptable. Clarity, operational independence and direct access to subsea capacity whether intercontinental or up and down the coast are the best options. Enterprises and OTTs should always know how the data flows 100% of the time.

“The carrier-neutral model at the cable hub itself is the way to move forward, in my opinion. NJFX is one of the few leaders globally with this new model of connectivity at the cable landing site. On the Nordic side, we have built the same neutrality so carriers can interconnect freely,” states Peder Naerbo, Bulk Infrastructure. “In addition to that, data center colocation facilities are very suited to being at the cable landing points as opposed to further inland. As part of the Havfrue subsea cable consortium, Bulk Infrastructure, this year, announced the launch of the Nordic Gateway at the NJFX CLS. This on-ramp solution accessing high capacity fiber networks unlocks the Nordic’s ample supply of sustainable energy, for the data center industry and bringing expanded capabilities from Northern Europe into the US.”

Legacy carrier hotels on Long Island, New Jersey and in lower Manhattan are not capable of providing this type of infrastructure model that provides interconnection to over 500 terabits of Subsea Connectivity. The NJFX Tier 3 carrier-neutral colocation campus located at the CLS does something that no other facility can: provide a viable alternative for carriers and large organizations to design resilient network architectures at a secure location and further ensure global networks stay operational.

Positioned at the easternmost edge of North America, NJFX’s HIPAA-compliant facility is the centerpiece of the very first Cable Landing Station colocation campus in North America. This location provides direct access to four unique subsea cable systems bypassing New York City and Miami, interconnecting North America, South America and Europe. Having a leading carrier-neutral colocation facility at the cable landing site has not been replicated elsewhere on the Eastern seaboard where cables land.

When the latest upgrade of cable systems was completed nearly 20 years ago, smartphones barely existed. It is important for bandwidth players to have enough redundancy built across these cable systems to support their massive bandwidth needs.

Aqua Comms focuses its skills, talent and capital to develop submarine cables, where it often works with other large private users who seek to own modern, high-capacity, trans-oceanic fiber pairs,” states Nigel Bayliff, CEO. Aqua Comms is part of the consortium of the new trans-Atlantic cable system, which traverses the North Atlantic to connect mainland Northern Europe to the U.S. Aqua Comms is the operator and landing party in the U.S., Ireland, and Denmark, where the company will market and sell capacity services and raw spectrum on its portion of the cable system under the brand name America Europe Connect-2 (AEC-2).

NJFX provides additional connectivity options via two campus Meet-Me-Rooms, generating a high-resilience, fully redundant, low-latency network with direct interconnection options for service providers, enterprises, carrier-neutral operators and cable companies. Its colocation customers pay no recurring fees on cross-connects and are provided full access to subsea capacity via four independent cable systems. Cloud access is available via AWS, Oracle, Alibaba Cloud, IBM Cloud, Azure and Google Cloud Partners. Dark fiber is offered by Zayo, Zenfi, Windstream Wholesale and Altice. SDWAN/NFV provides orchestrated flexible networking solutions using services provided by Epsilon, Tata Communications, and more. IP Peering is offered by NetIX, which this year launched in North America at NJFX.

Along with connectivity, security at the cable landing site is key. So much so, that U.S. cable landing sites are now under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security and considered “hardened infrastructure”. According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the concentration of cable landing sites in very few physical locations and the relative ease in finding documented cable routes and cable termination points could facilitate the targeting of the submarine cable network by bad actors. Security is tight and constantly monitored.

“At NJFX, customers can enjoy direct advanced connectivity solutions to Brazil and beyond through Sparkle’s Seabras-1 capabilities,” says Federico Porri, CTO at Sparkle Americas. “As we are constantly working to provide more value and secure, diverse options for our customers, we are happy to partner with NJFX, a company that provides a very reliable and flexible environment. Such an environment where data center facilities are integrated with a Cable Landing Station is a concept that we have also developed in our Sicily Hub in Italy. This model creates a business environment that enables carriers and customers to save on investment not just in terms of backhaul connectivity but also in terms of equipment needed to light the backhaul capacity.”

NJFX Founder and CEO Gil Santaliz puts it in simple terms. “We facilitate the party, and everyone can come to the party. Our goal is to make sure everyone knows they’ve been invited!”

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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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NJFX Secures Position as Major CLS Connectivity Hub

NJFX Secures Position as Major CLS Connectivity Hub

Marks first half of 2019 with the company’s unprecedented growth, industry recognition and thought leadership

July 26, 2019

NJFX, the only Cable Landing Station (CLS) colocation campus in the U.S offering, Tier 3, carrier-neutral data center capabilities, experienced unprecedented growth in the first half of 2019, securing its position as major a hub of connectivity for North America and beyond. NJFX executives have proven their thought leadership and expertise to become in demand speakers at several high-profile industry events, and have earned awards and recognition that highlight the company’s most recent achievements.NJFX was honored by the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) for construction excellence. Founded in 1986, TCA is comprised of architects, engineers, suppliers, general contractors, concrete subcontractors, and developers that support site-cast Tilt-Up construction techniques. This is a special construction technique using concrete and is known for energy efficiency, safety, security, durability, expandability, sustainability. NJFX’s highly reliable and secure facility is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and was built using this technique. 

TMT’s Global Excellence Program recognized NJFX and presented the company the Best Global Connectivity Solutions award for its Cable Landing Station (CLS) campus ecosystem, which enables enterprises, financials, content providers, media, government, and telecoms to have maximized redundancy, reduced latency, and better quality connections. All with fewer international points of failure – validating the protection of their international traffic.NJFX Founder and CEO Gil Santaliz was recognized as part of Capacity Media’s Power 100, the first ever listing of 100 of the most influential men and women in the wholesale telecommunications industry. Capacity Media’s criteria for landing a spot on the coveted list included those known for being innovators, critical thinkers and agents of change who are continuously pushing the industry forward.

The first part of 2019 also brought lots of activity on the thought leadership front, as NJFX brought expertise to the industry’s premier event, the Pacific Telecommunications Council conference (PTC). Founder and CEO Gil Santaliz presented at the event’s annual “Global Submarine Cable Update”, a highlight of the event, as industry leaders provided the latest on subsea cable projects and regulation around the globe. VP of Business Development Roy Hilliard addressed issues around scalable and agile network infrastructures and how networks can evolve to support and enable IoT adoption and prepare for the coming of 5G. 

From Hawaii to London, the next stop for Santaliz was speaking at this year’s Submarine Networks EMEA 2019 event. Santaliz was invited as a member of the keynote panel, entitled ‘Making waves: Emerging strategies & opportunities in the subsea cable industry’. He discussed North America’s vast data center landscape and the massive shift occurring across Atlantic subsea cables, and what happens when those cables reach their economic end of life. 

At Capacity Media’s Wan Summit in New York in April, Hilliard presented a use case presentation along with a leader in the banking industry entitled, “Operational Independence – Rethinking Network Architecture and Ownership.” The case study provided a closer look at the challenges faced by enterprises and financials today on the U.S. east coast and the innovative solutions that are critical for the industry to consider in achieving operational independence.Santaliz also brought his expertise to CAPRE’s Eighth Annual Greater New York Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Summit on April 18th in Times Square.  Santaliz spoke on the panel entitled, “Cloud On-Ramps: Finding Data Centers with Connectivity to Major Cloud Providers”. Discussion included the vitality of an on ramp, transparency in data center cloud applications, cloud consolidation and more.

Then it was on to San Diego for Hilliard for the ICPC Conference. This year’s theme was Critical Infrastructure Across the Oceans – Protecting Submarine Cables and the Marine Environment. 

Global communications are dependent on subsea infrastructure and today it’s becoming more critical than ever to ensure cables are resilient on every front – seabed, cable landing station level and even how they interconnect with terrestrial fiber backhaul networks. Several additional major milestones also marked the first half of 2019. NJFX achieved its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) certification

NJFX is the only Cable Landing Station in North America to earn this certification, demonstrating its continued leadership in the telecommunications industry. This certification reflects the most stringent standards for data centers in the industry and are required for all facilities hosting medical records.NJFX welcomed a Point of Presence (PoP) for NetIX, a Europe-based carrier class Ethernet exchange. This is the first entry into the U.S. market by NetIX. The company was recently recognized at Capacity’s Global Carrier Awards as “Best Internet Exchange”, confirming the marketplace’s trust in the company’s platform. Neutrona Networks also secured a PoP at NJFX. Neutrona is a leading managed network service provider. This PoP brings a greater experience of connectivity to Latin America (LATAM). With partners like Neutrona Networks, NJFX is quickly becoming the alternate LATAM hub, providing options that bypass the congested Florida region in route to LATAM. 

At ITW in Atlanta, Bulk Infrastructure announced the Nordic Gateway, originating from NJFX. The Nordic Gateway is the on-ramp solution into the Havfrue Cable System, Bulk Infrastructurestretching 7,200 kilometers from New Jersey to Denmark and Norway. 

With Bulk’s exclusive ownership to the Norwegian branch of the cable system, Bulk controls six routes in the system between the USA, Ireland, Denmark and Norway. 

Bulk’s Nordic Gateway unlocks one of the few genuinely sustainable solutions in the data center industry today. With this solution, the data center industry can utilize 100% pure emissions-free hydropower from the Nordic countries. 

Bulk has chosen NJFX in Wall, NJ as the US on-ramp location for the Nordic Gateway.For a bit of fun all in the name of a good cause, NJFX participated in the Hoboken Angelwish Wiffleball Classic to benefit an organization that helps bring joy to children living with chronic illnesses by allowing individuals to grant holiday and birthday gifts online. “NJFX takes great pride in being able to contribute to causes like Angelwish; we feel that giving back to the community that you live and work in is paramount. At NJFX, corporate social responsibility is something that is held to a great degree of importance,” comments Santaliz. “In addition to consciously participating in charities, fundraisers, and local events, we are transparent in our business practices. 

We think it all adds up to ensuring the company will remain in high regard with employees, customers and the community.” With NJFX’s thought leadership on strengthening network resiliency, prioritizing network diversity and providing accessible connectivity with international subsea cable systems, the company is on the forefront of a transparent solution for carriers and customers alike. All of this is uniquely available in a carrier-neutral setting that is strategically positioned 64 feet above sea level in a Tier III, secure facility on the Jersey Shore. Stay tuned for more major developments ahead! 

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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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NJFX BECOMES FIRST CABLE LANDING STATION CAMPUS IN NORTH AMERICA TO ACHIEVE HIPAA CERTIFICATION

NJFX BECOMES FIRST CABLE LANDING STATION CAMPUS IN NORTH AMERICA TO ACHIEVE HIPAA CERTIFICATION

Meeting the Most Stringent Requirements for Data Centers, the New Certification Demonstrates NJFX’s Continued Leadership in Telecommunications Industry.

January 21, 2019

Wall, NJ –  NJFX, the only Cable Landing Station (CLS) colocation campus in the U.S offering Tier 3, carrier-neutral data center capabilities, announces its facility has achieved its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) certification. NJFX is the only Cable Landing Station in North America to earn this certification, demonstrating its continued leadership in the telecommunications industry. This certification reflects the most stringent standards for data centers in the industry and are required for all facilities hosting medical records.

“With this certification, NJFX has achieved the highest standards required by healthcare and financial institutions today,” comments Lisa Edelstein, Access and Admin Manager for NJFX. “Our highly secure facility is SSAE16/18 Type 2 certified, and combined with our CLS security standards, places NJFX in a world-class status.”

Through its robust carrier community and access to five subsea cable systems, Seabras, TGN1, TGN2, HAVFRUE/AEC2 (2019) and Wall-LI (2020), NJFX offers terrestrial and subsea network interconnection avoiding legacy chokepoints. The site features 24/7 on-site security with an indoor loading dock, as well as Hurricane 5-resistant infrastructure with N+1 UPS and generator design. Its unique ‘clarity in connectivity’ approach enables financials, telecoms, content providers and multinationals secure options for route diversity and eliminating network points of failure.

This news was also covered by PTC!
For more information, please visit www.NJFX.net.

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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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