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Data Center and Cloud Connectivity

The IT discipline is in the throws of a major transition. Cloud computing has evolved in only a few short years from being an interesting experiment to driving true business innovation. Outsourced, multi-tenant data centers have evolved from serving as a simple disaster recovery option to performing as the center of enterprise computing.

However, accessing those off-premises resources via the Internet has left some IT groups concerned about connection reliability and performance. To address these challenges, Comcast Business has extended its fiber network into several hundred data centers across the United States, and has built direct connectivity to leading cloud service providers.
Private Connectivity via Ethernet
As businesses move data-intensive applications and work flows off-premises, the growing expectation is for those resources to perform as if they were inside the company’s network, without frustrating transmission delays or interruptions. Ethernet has become the technology of choice for seamlessly integrating off-premises resources into an application delivery chain, for multiple reasons.

First, Ethernet is already the protocol used to connect computing devices together in the local area network (LAN). By extending that same technology into the wide area network (WAN), from desktop-to-data center, routers and protocol conversions are avoided, providing a simple, elegant, yet high-performance transmission solution. In addition, Ethernet connectivity allows a business to bypass the Internet, providing a private connectivity environment and improving network availability. Lastly, users get a Service Level Agreement using private Ethernet connectivity, an option that’s not available over the Internet, where transmission is “best effort.”

Comcast Business has one of the largest Ethernet footprints in the country, with over 1 million Ethernet-enabled buildings on its network – greatly increasing the chances your location can take advantage of Ethernet service. Our broad suite of Ethernet services are Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum, with bandwidth increments ranging from 10MB to multi-gigabit. As data creation continues to explode, perhaps the most welcome relief Ethernet provides a business is the ability to scale rapidly, just like their computer services in the cloud.
Top Use Cases for Private Connectivity:
  • Virtual Servers
  • Cloud Storage
  • Big Data
  • Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery
  • Application Development and Testing

Data Center Partners

Comcast Business Ethernet enables a third-party data center to function like a high-speed node on a company’s WAN by leveraging Ethernet protocol uniformly from end-to-end, and eliminating the variability of the Internet.

While customers maintain a direct relationship with their data center, they can depend on Comcast to take the responsibility of managing their network. This includes any cross connects required between the Comcast network and the appropriate termination point.

Contact your Comcast Business account team regarding availability of connectivity options at specific data center locations.
Digital Reality

Digital Realty focuses on delivering customer-driven data center solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost-effective facilities that meet each customer’s unique data center needs. Digital Realty’s customers include domestic and international companies across multiple industry verticals ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, health care and consumer products. Digital Realty's 130 properties are located in 33 markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.


Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), provides connectivity and access to more than 1,000 cloud and IT service providers through our global platform of 95+ data centers across five continents. Equinix leads the data center industry in global reach, network choice, customer diversity, interconnection density and operational expertise. That’s why more than 4,000 companies choose Equinix data centers to connect them directly to customers, business partners and leading cloud and IT service providers.

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CoreSite delivers network-dense, cloud-enabled data center solutions offering the optimal combination of scalability, network connectivity and interconnected communities to customers participating in the Open Cloud Exchange and the CoreSite Mesh. The CoreSite Mesh is the community of networks, cloud and IT providers, content companies, and enterprises interconnecting in and through our data center campuses to propel new levels of performance and growth. 

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CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) specializes in highly reliable, enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for more than 500 customers, including nine of the global Fortune 20 and more than 100 of the Fortune 1000. CyrusOne’s data center offerings provide flexibility, reliability, and security and are delivered through a tailored, customer-service-focused platform designed to foster long-term relationships.

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Cloud Partners

Cloud computing is changing the way IT operates. Application processing and storage services are rapidly moving to public, private and hybrid cloud environments. Cloud computing is a game changer for organizations and how they compete in the marketplace.

Comcast Business Ethernet facilitates secure direct access from anywhere inside our extensive nationwide network footprint to leading cloud environments in multiple data center locations across the country. By doing so we address one of the leading fears in cloud migration, network security, and bring the performance and scalability of Ethernet to the cloud.

For more information select one of the providers below to see how you can get private, secure, elastic, direct connectivity to the cloud.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud. Comcast can help you leverage AWS Direct Connect to create a private data link to Amazon Web Services thereby improving performance and reducing costs when connecting to the cloud.
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Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure is a collection of integrated cloud services that enable businesses to move faster, save money and build hybrid applications and data structures. Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connections bypass the public Internet and offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security.
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Top 10 Reasons To Use Comcast Business to Connect To Your Data Center

10. Top-Notch – Comcast Business partners with high-quality data centers in each local market, simplifying your data center migration project

9. Security – Sensitive data traverses only the Comcast private network

8. Diverse Path – Comcast Business shares no infrastructure with the telcos, providing network diversity to users, minimizing points of failure

7. Customer Experience – 4 out of 5 times our Ethernet customers have an outage, we open a ticket before they do. We let many customers know of resolved issues before they noticed they had one.

6. High Performance – Ethernet is perfect for latency-intolerant, business-critical applications

5. Ethernet Leader – Comcast Business was the first carrier in the world to get the MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 designation

4. Big Network Reach – A million plus Ethernet enabled buildings means chances are good that within our territory we can provide you service

3. Network Vigilance – Unlike other service providers, we monitor your network all the way to your premises, where it matters most to you.

2. Well-Connected – We have several hundred data centers on our network, ready to connect to you

1. Award Winning – Comcast Business won of the Metro Ethernet Forum’s 2014 Ethernet Excellence Awards including Service of the Year and Ethernet Person of the Year, President Bill Stemper.

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