Cloud Native/NFV

Console-ing Hybrid Clouds: A Software Story

CHICAGO -- International Telecom Week -- Hybrid cloud connectivity is all the rage today and one company is building its entire strategy around making those connections easier and more seamless. Console, known until this week as IIX, is today launching its new software platform, also called Console, which delivers one-click connectivity over its private network to a range of public clouds. (See Console Intros Cloud Connection Software Platform.)

Console Inc. combines virtual routing with automated connections across a global private network of 160 points of presence, mostly in North America and Europe currently but spreading now across Asia-Pacific, according to Al Burgio, company president. "We looked at the entire process of trying to identify where organizations want to connect and where those connections are located -- in the cloud, or a software-as-a-service company or a partner -- and created visibility to the edge of everyone's network," he tells Light Reading.

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With the Console product's general availability in June, the company will let its enterprise customers essentially create private highways across its private fiber infrastructure on a dynamic basis, he says, turning bandwidth up and down as needed to match their cloud connections. Burgio and crew are here in Chicago at ITW demonstrating the product's capabilities to existing and potential wholesale network operator partners.

What Console does is not unlike what other major network operators such as AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and Telstra Corp. Ltd. (ASX: TLS; NZK: TLS) are doing with their cloud connection services, but Burgio maintains Console's will be different in the way it partners with service providers and data centers to make a wider range of connections possible. Working with underlying networks such as Zayo Group Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) and GTT Communications Inc. , the company will enable an enterprise to connect at a data center or through a standard local access loop. Once that connection is in place, Console provides an easy management interface for workloads and data to be managed across public clouds such as Amazon Web Services Inc. and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Azure or private clouds, he says.

Virtual routes can be spun up at any point for the enterprise's exclusive use and a connection to a cloud is automatically established, including the programming and codes required for connectivity. "With our platform, everybody becomes part of the ecosystem," Burgio says. "We extracted configuration complexity that [businesses] would otherwise need to have their own version" of direct cloud connections.

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

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