Bluebird Network and Megaport Limited are partnering to enable private access to cloud providers. Bluebird is a telecommunications company based in the midwest and Megaport is a network-as-a-service provider. The companies will provide access to clouds including as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, IBM Cloud, Nutanix, and Salesforce.
Megaport customers will have access to the Bluebird Underground Data Center, which is a colo facility located in Springfield MO.
“Our partnership with Megaport provides both our data center and network customers with additional resources to support their business-critical operations; allowing for dedicated, secure, and scalable connections to the cloud,” Michael Morey, the President and CEO of Bluebird Network, said in a press release. “Bluebird assures the same focus on providing high-quality fiber service to rural areas while enabling access to Megaport connectivity to a wide array of diverse cloud service providers.”
Increasingly decentralized businesses seek in some cases to avoid the public Internet when linking their far flung assets and for connections to the cloud. Bluebird and Megaport say their offering will provide enterprises with improved performance by providing private, dedicated connections and by giving enterprises the ability to control where and how data reaches data enters the network and the cloud. The approach, the companies say, will reduce costs, align connectivity with cloud models and “opens deployment options and support for hybrid cloud solutions.”
Megaport’s software defined network will enable Bluebird to directly support customer connections to their preferred choice of more than 300 providers in the company’s ecosystem. The Megaport Cloud Router will enable Bluebird to utilize cloud-to-cloud connectivity between services providers and also enable it to manage IP routing capabilities for their customers, according to the press release.
In January, Bluebird said it would be acquired by Macquarie as part of a complex deal involving Uniti Group, which oversees a telecom real estate investment trust (REIT).