Cross-connections are hardware (cables, cords, and jumpers) that connect separate units of the facilities within a data center. They are usually maintained by a single data center or across multiple data centers, and can be used for many purposes:
- Trading companies may use hundreds of cross-connections between servers to ensure trades are done as quickly as possible.
- Cloud providers use cross-connects to connect networks and Internet services providers (ISPs) within the same building – often for a single company.
- Some companies use cross-connects to make sure their business is connected to global networks so they can take advantage of redundancy and pricing.
Cross-connections help network administrators control and use a broad range of network assets. Cross-connects are used to increase performance, decrease latency (the time it takes to transmit information), and improve traffic flow management. They can provide a more consistent and reliable experience than Internet-based connections. They are also a valuable resource for minimizing data loss and promoting disaster recovery when emergencies happen.
Carrier-neutral data centers are data centers that allow businesses to greatly expand their reach without increasing cost. They do this by acting as a neutral third party (they don’t compete with the businesses who use their services – and usually don’t offer competing service packages). Carrier-neutral data centers are of great benefit to companies because the company has the ability to directly contract with the service provider of its choice.
How does Cross Connect Support Interconnection Requirements?
Connecting with the right companies and having the right partners is crucial to success. Many companies purchase multiple connections.
Data center interconnection is using multiple (at least two) data centers for the company’s information needs. These data centers must be connected in order to share their resources and exchange information. Most data centers are connected through a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Other types of connection are called POP – Point of Presence and MMR – Meet-Me-Room.
Types of Cross Connects Available
Cross Connects are available in a variety of formats:
Contact Volico to learn where carrier-neutral data centers are available and what cross-connection services can be used
If your company wants to expand its connections, please call Volico at 888-865-4261 and speak with one of our representatives. We can advise you on the benefits of cross-connects, explain what packages can be purchased, and review where and how these cross-connects can maximize your business’ be purchased, and review where and how these cross-connects can maximize your business’s efficiency.