Putting the enterprise experience first
Megaport has just added IBM Cloud to its growing list of cloud partners. CEO Vincent English tells James Pearce about how it is tackling the enterprise market
“It’s about giving our customers choice. Enterprises want choice of service providers and want seamless and fast connectivity to their services.”
Vincent English, the chief executive officer of Megaport, seems delighted with the company’s latest announcement. In November 2017, it partnered with IBM to launch direct, secure connectivity to IBM Cloud.
On the partnership, English tells Capacity that its new IBM Cloud Direct Link offering will give “clients who want to build next-generation applications” the ability to have direct, scalable access to cloud infrastructure that is tuned for AI and big data.”
IBM Cloud Direct Link will give Megaport’s enterprise customers the opportunity to accelerate their cloud adoption by enabling them to architect a hybrid environment linking on-premise infrastructure with private and public cloud services.
The connectivity gives Megaport’s customers access to IBM’s growing global footprint and cloud-native services which include artificial intelligence, blockchain, internet of things, serverless and more. It initially launched in the US and Australia, but will rollout to all of Megaport’s other markets over the coming weeks.
At the time, Kit Linton, vice president of network at IBM Cloud, said the partnership will “provide a reliable way for global enterprises to expand their reach, drive innovation and embrace a cloud strategy that seamlessly connects public and private infrastructure.”
English, unsurprisingly, agrees, saying: “it enriches our ecosystem. I’ve often talked about our one-stop shop for an enterprise where it can access multiple service providers and services through one port, in one location.
“That is really important for an enterprise, not dealing with multiple vendors dealing with whole networking problem of how to build connectivity and take that problem and make it easy to access and secure those services. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.”