The Console Connect Software-Defined Interconnection (SDI) platform has rolled out the first in a series of features that makes bandwidth-on-demand between cloud-based, business-critical applications and company locations easier than ever to self-provision, manage and monitor.
‘Pay as you go’ (PAYG) options and rates for connectivity can now be accessed through a simple-to-use pricing calculator, which lets anyone build a quote in just a few clicks.
“We know that our customers and partners need to operate increasingly complex cloud environments,” said Jordick Wong, Senior Vice President, Innovation, Planning and Procurement at Console Connect parent company PCCW Global. “By simplifying the billing and provisioning process for cloud connectivity, we are lowering the barriers to multi-cloud strategies.”
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The new features let users plan their outlay without making a commitment. Console Connect pricing is based on the location of the A+B end points being connected, the required bandwidth, and the duration of the connection: a day, a week, a month, or a year – up to three years in advance.
To use Console Connect, customers first need a presence in any of the over 100 data centres – and growing – where Console Connect has a point-of-presence (PoP). These PoPs are in some of the world’s best-connected data centres and major hosting locations for public cloud, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and partner API platforms, across North America, South America, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, Africa and the Middle East.
Customers order a standard cross connect to the Console Connect PoPs they want to connect, and pay for a network port for a minimum 12 months. Console Connect is offering 1G ports for $1 until 31st December 2019 (usually US$100 per month), which can be upgraded to 10G ports in select locations for US$300 per month. Ports of 40G and 100G are available on request. Connectivity can be paid for by credit card or invoice.
Once established with a port, the customer can then instantly provision their own virtual circuit across the Console Connect network to any connected user or service.
It only takes a few seconds to set up, change or upgrade their connectivity to any location at any time, monitor the connection in real-time, and be alerted if the usage threshold is reached.
Global on-demand connectivity per Mbps
PCCW Global Vice President of Digital Automated Innovation, Michael Glynn, gave examples of how the new pricing system.
“Once users are established with a Console Connect port,” said Glynn, “pricing for a connection is based on three factors: the bandwidth needed between the two points, which can be from a port to another port, cloud, internet exchange or storage partner; the duration of the connection – a day, week, month or year; and the location of the two points – whether you’re connecting within the same city, within the same regional zone, or between regional zones.”
“For instance, there are four Console Connect on-net data centres in Singapore, and if you want to connect between them, we offer a flat fee of US$80 per month for bandwidth up to 1000Mbps. If you wanted to spin up a virtual connection from a Singapore port to a port in Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan, which are all in the Asia 1 Zone, the monthly charge is US$1 for each Mbps of bandwidth. Or if you’re connecting Singapore directly to London, which is in the Europe 1 Zone, the monthly charge is US$4 per Mbps.”
No excuse for no-cloud strategy
Networking has evolved to keep up with the way cloud and XaaS is being consumed – delivered when and where it’s needed, with far more scalability than traditional telco services.
Console Connect runs on the PCCW Global international MPLS network, physically separate to the public Internet, which increases security and guarantees performance, giving it a performance edge over its SDN competitors, who have to rent bandwidth from network operators.
Take a look at provisioning cloud connectivity with Console Connect – access the pricing calculator today.