RagingWire Data Centers launched its Cloud Connect service providing direct and secure access to hundreds of clouds, SaaS applications, and an ecosystem of on-net enterprises via a global private network. The new Cloud Connect service is being launched based on the global interconnection platform of Console Connect, Inc., with plans to deploy additional cloud connectivity options over time including the Software-Defined Exchange Service (SD-Exchange) from NTT Communications.

“Cloud Connect is a powerful extension to our carrier neutral network services, offering our customers a secure and reliable path for hybrid cloud deployments and access to enterprise applications,” said Bruno Berti, director of product management at RagingWire. "We are excited to work with Console Connect, Inc. as our first solutions partner to deliver Cloud Connect across our data center portfolio.”

Cloud Connect offers a robust set of network destinations including top clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, as well as leading SaaS applications including Box, Cisco WebEx, LinkedIn, Zendesk, and Zoom, plus an ecosystem of on-net enterprises and buildings.

Leveraging the Console platform and Console Connect’s global network of 170 points-of-presence (PoPs) in 20 countries, Cloud Connect enables customers to bypass the public internet with a single click for cloud and application connectivity, resulting in better performance and security. Cloud Connect offers industry-leading automation that delivers on-demand provisioning, flexible connectivity, and user-controlled management and reporting through an easy-to-use and intuitive web-based interface. A vibrant social network core built in to the platform provides up-to-date announcements of new features and benefits as well as the ability to interact with network support, other users, and partners via a private community.

“RagingWire, with their breadth of colocation solutions and long track record of delivering mission critical uptime, is an ideal partner for us to deploy our global interconnection platform and automated provisioning and management software,” said Jef Graham, CEO of Console Connect. “With Cloud Connect from RagingWire and Console Connect, companies can easily extend their enterprise servers into the cloud and vice versa with a powerful hybrid architecture.”

Typical use cases for Cloud Connect will be for both enterprises and cloud-based companies as they enable hybrid computing environments. For example, enterprises can extend their in-house, colocated server farms to one or multiple clouds to provide capacity for application development and testing or to address usage spikes. Cloud-based companies may use Cloud Connect to implement dedicated servers housed in RagingWire’s data centers to support applications with stable usage or to lower costs as cloud usage fees escalate.

Cloud Connect is available immediately. Insight Catastrophe Group (ICG), an innovative insurance portfolio manager and solutions provider, has already recognized the benefits of the new Cloud Connect service.

“Insight Catastrophe Group is modernizing property insurance through technology and data to deliver sophisticated risk models and online quoting and binding,” said Scott Wilsey, chief technology officer for ICG. “We needed an integrated, secure, and scalable way to extend our enterprise systems to AWS and Microsoft Azure. We found our solution with Cloud Connect and colocation from RagingWire and Console Connect. The service has been very reliable and their support has been great. We like the transparency we get into our circuit and their ability to do cloud interconnect.”