20 October 2017

AWS launches Direct Connect in Perth at NEXTDC P1

NEXTDC Limited (ASX: NXT), Australia’s leading Data-Centre-as-a-Service provider and Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company and the world's leading cloud computing provider, today announced that NEXTDC’s P1 Perth data centre is the newest data centre hosting location for AWS Direct Connect, providing low-latency, secure access directly to the AWS cloud.

The service is a first in the West Australian market, and will enable government and business to take full advantage of AWS to deliver applications and digital services – at scale in a highly secure environment. Considering the vast distance between WA and the east coast hosting locations for AWS, P1 can reduce network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and provide a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections for WA-based AWS customers and expand the benefits of cloud computing into regional areas.

P1 Perth is the only AWS Direct Connect point of presence in Australia outside the eastern states, delivering important connectivity and geo-redundancy for service durability from a previously underserved location.

AWS a cross-connect away

AWS’s Perth-based customers can access AWS Direct Connect through a cross connect service at P1, enabling NEXTDC customers to fully integrate their cloud services and internal applications into a seamless hybrid cloud deployment, where applications and workloads can be moved as needed between private, public and on-premises platforms.

Craig Scroggie, CEO, NEXTDC commented, “We’re very pleased that NEXTDC is in the select group of the world’s leading colocation providers chosen by AWS to host a Direct Connect location.”

“The presence of the AWS cloud on-ramp at P1 illustrates the fact that our industry-leading standards have been applied nationwide. P1 Perth was WA’s first Uptime Institute Tier-Certified data centre, and is the first of our facilities to go through Uptime Institute Certification of Operational Sustainability. P1 achieved Tier III Gold, which is the highest possible standard for a Tier III design and construct certified data centre.”

Boost to regional IT at the ‘edge’ of the internet

“Among our industry peers NEXTDC is unique with its nationwide network of eight world-class data centres,” continued Mr Scroggie. “We are committed to extending the benefits of the digital age across the country, with significant, on-going investments into each of the regions in which we operate.”

P1 Perth is the third NEXTDC data centre to be established as a hosting location for AWS Direct Connect, including C1 Canberra (September 2017) and M1 Melbourne (November 2016).

Find out more about connecting to AWS Direct Connect on the NEXTDC website. Read the AWS news or more about AWS Direct Connect, and available locations in the Asia Pacific.