Vtesse Networks has connected Ark’s Cody Park data centre campus in Farnborough, Hampshire, with diverse fibre routes, adding Cody Park to its expanding ROADM (Re-configurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers) network. Vtesse has also announced plans to upgrade its existing network at the Ark Spring Park data centre campus in Corsham, Wiltshire, which will also become a full multi-degree ROADM node, in order to meet increasing demand for network services from customers located at the campus. These upgrades mean Ark’s customers can now gain access to ultra high bandwidth solutions in the UK’s shortest possible lead-times, with10Gbps connectivity between Cody Park and Spring Park available in just 15 working days.
Vtesse first connected Ark’s Spring Park campus to its national network in 2011 and, ever since, has worked with Ark and its customers to provide high bandwidth Ethernet, fibre channel and IP transit connectivity. The growing demand for these services has been the driver for these new ROADM upgrades. While ROADM networks have previously been associated with providing operational benefits to network operators, Vtesse has recognised how ROADM technology can also benefit enterprises with faster installation lead-times.
With Vtesse’s ROADM network, engineers are not required to manually turn up 10Gbps or other new services at intermediate DWDM nodes, as these can be remotely configured from Vtesse’s Network Operations Centre. This allows dramatically faster lead-times as the only field service activities required are the installation of optical components at the end customer locations.
Utilising Vtesse’s Tellabs 7100 Nano Optical Transport System, which provides up to 88 wavelengths per fibre, the upgrade also delivers a huge increase in available capacity, while also ensures the Ark’s facilities are connected to Vtesse’s other ROADM nodes located at key data centres within London and the surrounding M25 area.
Paul Besley, Head of Sales & Marketing, Vtesse, commented, “With the increase in on-demand IT cloud solutions, we are seeing a corresponding need for fast turn up of high speed networks. Vtesse is responding by offering Gigabit speed services over our ROADM network in just 15 working days, half the current industry lead-time. By connecting Ark’s data centres to our expanding ROADM network, Ark customers can now rapidly connect Spring Park and Cody Park, as well as to key London locations in and around the Docklands and the City.”
Steve Webb, Ark’s Chief Operating Officer said: “By utilising Vtesse’s new ROADM capability, together with our highly secure, operationally efficient, resilient, modular and rapidly deployed data centres, our customers are benefiting from industry leading delivery timescales that are key in supporting business growth and change.”
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