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Digital Realty takes AWS Direct Connect 100G to Seattle and Dublin

The operator’s platform connects 290 centres of data exchange with over 4,000 participants around the world.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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June 03, 2021 | 11:06 AM BST

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) has made Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect 100Gbps available at the company’s Westin Building Exchange in Seattle and on its Interxion Dublin Campus in Ireland.

The new AWS Direct Connect 100Gbps is tailored to providing easy access to larger data sets, enabling high availability, reliability and lower latency. 

As a result, customers will be able to move bandwidth-heavy workloads seamlessly – and break through the barriers posed by data gravity. 

Customers gain access to strategic IT infrastructure that can aggregate and maintain data with less design time and spend, enabling access to AWS with one of the fastest and highest quality AWS network connections available.

Tom Sly, General Manager, AWS Direct Connect, said: “As emerging technologies such as AI, VR and blockchain move from the margins to the mainstream, enterprises need new levels of performance from their hybrid solutions. 

“Deploying AWS Direct Connect at 100Gbps at Digital Realty facilities in Seattle and Dublin is critical to our strategy of helping customers build more sophisticated applications with increased flexibility, scalability and reliability.  We’re excited to see the value Digital Realty’s PlatformDIGITAL delivers for our mutual customers.”

The Westin Building Exchange serves as a primary interconnection hub for the Pacific Northwest, linking Canada, Alaska and Asia along the Pacific Rim. 

The building is one of the most densely interconnected facilities in North America, and is home to global cloud, content and interconnection providers, housing over 150 carriers and more than 10,000 cross-connects, giving Amazon customers low-latency access to the largest companies and services representing the digital economy.

The 34-story tower is adjacent to Amazon’s existing 4.1 million square foot campus in Seattle.

In Ireland, Digital Realty offers six colocation data centres in the capital region, which forms a strategic bridge between Europe and the US. 

Ireland has particular significance as a global trading hub and provides the headquarters location for several global multinationals within the software, finance and life science industries. 

Multiple transatlantic cables also land in Ireland before continuing to the UK or continental Europe, making Interxion Dublin a prime location for the new AWS Direct Connect 100Gbps at the heart of a vibrant connected data community.

Digital Realty Chief Technology Officer Chris Sharp, said: “Today’s announcement of the opening of AWS Direct Connect 100Gbps on-ramps significantly expands opportunities for customers to scale their digital transformation through our global PlatformDIGITAL.

“AWS serves some of the world’s most innovative and demanding customers, from start-up to enterprise, that are looking to drive the digital economy forward.  Our platform expands the coverage, capacity, and next-generation connectivity that AWS customers need to extend workloads to the cloud rapidly.  We are honoured to open up next-generation access in collaboration with AWS and specifically at the heart of the rich digital communities at the Westin Building Exchange and on our Interxion Dublin campus.”

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