Digital Realty, AquaComms partner to deliver fiber optic system

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) said that it is partnering with Aqua Comms Limited in deploying its new transatlantic fiber optic system, America Europe Connect (AEConnect).

Spanning more than 5,400 kilometers across the Atlantic Ocean, between Long Island and the west coast of Ireland, with stubbed branching units for future landings, AEConnect is currently expected to be available in Digital Realty´s data center at 32 Avenue of the Americas by the end of 2015, and the company plans to expand availability to its two other New York facilities at 111 8th Avenue and 60 Hudson Street as well.

The subsea cable features the latest technology of 130 gigabits per second by 100 gigabits per second, per fiber pair, which will provide low-latency connectivity from New York to London and beyond to greater Europe.

AquaComms´ AEConnect is part of the new generation of subsea cable systems connecting New York and London that represent an update of the systems built nearly 15 years ago. It is expected to revolutionize connectivity between North America and Europe, leveraging the latest software-defined network (SDN) technology to provide global data centers, cloud-based networks and content providers with low-latency and high-reliability solutions to satisfy their growing transatlantic capacity requirements.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 1,000 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty´s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products.