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Press Release -- March 29th, 2016
Source: Zayo Group


On demand, usage-based cloud and data center connectivity to major global traffic destinations and exchange points

BOULDER, Colo. – March 29, 2016 – Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO), the global leader in Communications Infrastructure, launches FlexConnect, a usage-based Ethernet product for cloud and data center connectivity. FlexConnect provides dedicated Layer 2 Ethernet connecting to more than 200 data centers, cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, VMWare and Cisco Intercloud.

Traditionally, cloud and IaaS offerings allow businesses to pay only for the resources they use. Cloud connectivity, on the other hand, generally requires a fixed contract with fixed fees.

FlexConnect helps resolve this issue by enabling businesses with fluctuating connectivity needs to only pay for the data they transport. Customers can manage and purchase FlexConnect, available from 500 Mbps to 100 Gbps, on Tranzact, Zayo’s online self-service platform. With Tranzact, customers can compare prices, purchase services, track orders, view their bandwidth usage and invoices.

FlexConnect leverages Zayo’s owned and operated fiber network that includes 110,000 route miles in North America and Europe. Customers benefit from expansive reach of the company’s metro and intercity fiber footprint with dedicated, high-performance connectivity.

“Zayo’s FlexConnect is aligned with today’s on-demand world, enabling businesses to scale up or down and pay only for the service they use,” said Max Clauson, executive vice president of Network Connectivity Services at Zayo. ”The solution is ideally suited for cloud and IaaS or any enterprise application with fluctuations or seasonality in traffic demands.”

“With FlexConnect, which leverages Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to connect to Microsoft Azure, more customers can leverage Azure services easily and cost effectively,” said Venkat Gattamneni, group product marketing manager, Microsoft Azure. “FlexConnect is an ideal solution for customers who need more secure, flexible connectivity to the cloud to meet changing business needs.”

“We are excited to continue to work with Zayo to bring new, creative network solutions to customers inside Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers. FlexConnect will provide customers in our facilities with on-demand, cost-effective connectivity to a wider selection of providers and destinations,” said Bill Long, vice president of Interconnection Services at Equinix. “We also look forward to attracting new customers who now have an exciting new option to connect to our Cloud Exchange.”

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