ZenLayer expands Into Dubai

Zenlayer recently expanded its colocation and hosting capabilities with Equinix into Dubai and Melbourne, Australia.
Zenlayer, a global network and service provider of SDN (software-defined networking) technology, recently expanded its colocation and hosting capabilities with Equinix into Dubai and Melbourne, Australia.

These two markets joins ZenLayer’s existing network of 50 data centers worldwide.

As a service provider, ZenLayer connects companies and other parties in many different ways. The company offers private lines of communication, application delivery services and support for bare metal servers as well as different types of colocation and hosting setups.

 In addition, ZenLayer is known for services like Network-as-a-Service (NaaS), an automated global platform described as “on-demand” in terms of scalability and “carrier-neutral” in terms of platform compatibility.

News of the expansion to Dubai comes as ZenLayer is also busy expanding in other ways, for instance, doubling its number of data centers in mainland China and sponsoring international conventions on technology advances worldwide. So why the move into Dubai?

“Dubai is the business and financial center of the Middle East, and its strategic location allows us to bridge and strengthen our European and Asian infrastructure and network, enabling us to provide faster and more reliable service to customers in the … region.” ZenLayer Marketing Manager Dalerie Wu told Gulf News Journal.

Wu talked about a type of demand originating in mainland China as one incentive for developing services in the Middle East.

“One of our core strengths is help Chinese companies expand abroad, and we have seen increasing demand from our Chinese customers to reach their customers in the Emirates more quickly and reliably," Wu said.

Wu also cited a series of agreements between China and the UAE last year that promote bilateral cooperation, and include a $10 billion joint strategic investment that will energize demand for hosting and networking services in the region.

In addition, Wu spoke about the ZenLayer company philosophy of cloud services. In the cloud space, two different models often compete: while the public cloud can be cheaper and easier to implement and scale, some security concerns persist, depending on platforms and data management protocols. By contrast, private cloud models often offer more individualized containment of data assets. There’s also a “hybrid” model combining both private and public offerings.

“Currently, we offer private cloud services.” Wu said. “However, our SD-WAN service is designed to seamlessly connect all major global public clouds. ... Our ultimate goal is to redefine connectivity and make it simpler, universally accessible, more dynamic and on-demand.”

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