Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe’s largest networks and a global cloud services platform, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire European managed services provider Easynet. The acquisition demonstrates the ongoing consolidation in the communications, data center and cloud market.
As you may know, data center connectivity comes in two flavors: carrier-neutral versus carrier-proprietary (‘Carrier Hotels’). At Custom Connect we strongly believe that a carrier-neutral approach is the way to go in enterprise networking, especially for the ‘last miles’ between the data center and the enterprise’s premises, clouds and users. The carrier-neutral approach gives the enterprise maximum flexibility together with the ability to continuously optimize the costs and quality of their connectivity. By staying independent from any one carrier, the enterprise is able to avoid vendor lock-in and to pick the best choice for its connections, whereas the Carrier Hotel offers only one choice: that of the carrier. It’s a bit like the Hotel California song: “You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave!”
Easynet shares our vision of neutrality and independency. Its business model was designed to offer freedom of choice. “We can achieve this as we are impartial – we are not aligned to an individual carrier, provider or supplier – therefore we can be objective when identifying the optimal solution to meet your specific business needs,” says its mission statement. That will probably come to an end if and when Easynet’s acquisition is confirmed.
That means we will have to say goodbye to a respected competitor in the carrier-neutral connectivity arena. We wish them all the best.
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