8x8 Cloud Expands to UK, NTT Cloud Expands in USA

8x8 Signs with Interxion, NTT Buys Virtela

Two service providers have extended their cloud services boundaries. Last month 8x8 signed a deal with Interxion for interconnection services in London. Also late last month, in a separate announcement NTT disclosed that has signed a definitive agreement to buy Virtela, Denver-based cloud service provider.

8x8, Inc. will work with Interxion who will provide interconnection and localization services at Interxion's London data center. Interxion is a European provider of cloud and carrier-neutral colocation data center services, with customers such as NASDAQ and Thomson Reuters. Interxion operates 34 data centers in 13 cities across 11 countries. With its expansion to the UK, 8x8's European Union customers will be served through the shortest/best media path based upon their geographic location. In conjunction with the launch of the UK platform, 8x8 is also implementing a new Geo Routing technology-- dynamically routing calls to the nearest data center using location information such as the public IP address of the users.

Commenting in a statement, 8x8 Vice President of Network Operations Mehdi Salour said, "The Interxion data center not only enhances 8x8's geographic diversity with increased availability and redundancy, it also provides a local presence for our multinational customers that require a footprint in Europe." He added, "As our mid-market customer base continues to grow and businesses continue to adopt cloud based services, Interxion's cost-efficient connectivity, outstanding uptime performance and flexibility to quickly scale will be of critical importance to 8x8."

In other news, NTT has agreed to wholly acquire Virtela for a total transaction price of approximately $525 million (USD) in cash. Virtela is a 400-employee company headquartered in Denver, Colorado with global operations and delivery centers in the US, India and the Philippines; it serves more than 500 customers worldwide, including multinational companies. Virtela offers a wide range of cloud-based enterprise services.

Commenting in a statement, Akira Arima, CEO of NTT Com said, “Virtela is well known for its strong technology, networking expertise, global reach and highly regarded services,” said. “As we advance our Global Cloud Vision, we expect to continue offering enterprise customers the highest possible value in services ranging from branch office networking to large-scale cloud migration." Vab Goel, Virtela founder and general partner at Norwest Venture Partners, added “Virtela’s virtualized network services model combined with NTT Com’s brand and strength will create the industry’s most advanced services portfolio that enables enterprises to break free from the constraints of traditional network architectures and services.”

In its news release, NTT noted that going forward, it “plans to expand its leadership in global network services and global cloud business through the integration and expansion of its global network services.”

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