Four companies are working together in a united front on the east coast of the US to create what they are calling the Continental Edge. 1025Connect, Aqua Comms, DE-CIX, and Epsilon are teaming up to provide a holistic network solution for those in need of transatlantic connectivity. I caught a glimpse of this a few weeks ago at DE-CIX's MAD event in NYC, and it's quite interesting.
Each company brings a particular infrastructure specialty to the table: 1025Connect offers colocation out on Long Island to the east of NYC itself and near cable landing stations, Aqua Comms offers one of the newest transatlantic paths on AEC-1, DE-CIX provides the peering and interconnection fabric, and Epsilon's Infiny platform supplies the SDN-powered provisioning and network management capabilities.
It's a unique combination of location, technology, and focus. Traffic that needs to go through the NY metro area can easily do so, while traffic that doesn't need to can bypass easily without adding extra points of failure and additional latency. With modern automation in place, the four companies hope to establish their solution as a key global infrastructure node. If they succeed in generating momentum via this partnership, I expect we will see others try to replicate the model outside other major global markets.