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Teraco is a carrier neutral data centre and interconnection hub but does not offer connectivity services. Teraco will provide introductions to any of the colocated local and global carrier networks within the connectivity ecosystem.

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Teraco is Africa’s largest neutral interconnection hub. Connect directly or virtually to over 200 network operators, global content providers and cloud operators. Teraco interconnection services provide cost saving opportunities on existing line rental services, increased network reach, improved resilience, network reliability and lower latency. All Teraco physical interconnects are installed within 72 hours, providing the fastest turnaround at the lowest cost to connect clients, vendors and partners.

As Teraco is a truly neutral environment, interconnection capacity is not limited, opening up a market of opportunities to connect to the world. Teraco partners with global cloud operators to allow clients to establish private, low cost, high capacity, secure SLA connections.

Benefits

  • Scalable Bandwidth – No more last mile bandwidth constraints when utilising either physical cross connection or virtual cross connection within Teraco facilities.
  • Real Time Provisioning – Once connected to Teraco Cloud Exchange clients can quickly turn up VLAN services directly via the Teraco Interconnection Portal.
  • Cost Effective, Continuous Connectivity – High cost cables and the risk of theft are no longer a concern when connecting via the Teraco Cross Connect or Virtual Cross Connect options.
  • Private Connectivity – By directly connecting to a provider’s environment via either physical cross connect or the Teraco Cloud Exchange, clients can ensure that their traffic is not routed via the public Internet.
  • Additional Resilience – Connect to a provider’s environment via both a physical cross connect and the Teraco Cloud Exchange, clients can ensure resilience.

Interconnect Options

Physical Cross Connects

Teraco’s physical cross connection minimises networking costs, reduces latency and improves resilience. All facilities have multiple entry points into the building, providing carriers the opportunity to deploy diverse networks within Teraco facilities. All Teraco physical interconnects are installed within 72 hours, providing the fastest turn-around at the lowest cost to connect clients, vendors and partners.

As Teraco facilities are truly neutral, interconnects are not limited on capacity, opening up a market of opportunities to connect to the world. Teraco has invested in international grade structured cabling systems offering multiple cable and connector types as well as access to multiple meet-me-rooms (MMRs).

Connectivity options include:
  • Fibre cabling (single-mode, multi-mode and ruggedised)
  • UTP cabling (CAT6)
  • STP cabling
  • Coaxial cabling
  • PSTN
Africa Cloud Exchange

Teraco Cloud Exchange - Virtual Cross Connection

Access to multiple connectivity providers and business partners is an inevitable requirement of any modern enterprise. Most wish to avoid the public Internet due to potential latency, throughput and security issues. These challenges are addressed by private connect solutions. Teraco Cloud Exchange ensures a direct, predictable connection to your selected cloud provider.

Utilising virtual LAN connections, Teraco Cloud Exchange is a highly scalable, fast and cost-effective way to create a hybrid and multi-cloud IT environment. It creates an ideal opportunity to move business critical workloads and latency-sensitive applications to the public cloud.

Teraco Cloud Exchange

NAPAfrica Internet Exchange Points

Peer at Africa’s largest Internet exchange from any of Teraco’s faculities.  NAPAfrica offers direct access to over 300 unique networks (ASNs) servicing over 11 countries in the Southern African Region.  NAPAfrica is 100% free – no cross connect, membership, or port fees.

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AWS

Amazon Web Services Direct Connect

AWS Direct Connect is accessible from the Teraco Cloud Exchange platform as well as through physical cross connections within both the Cape Town (CT1) and Johannesburg (JB1) data centre facilities. The first of its kind in Africa, AWS operates 44 availability zones within 17 geographic regions around the world. AWS Direct Connect bypasses the public Internet and ensures private connectivity and full integration between cloud services and business applications.

Connecting directly from within Teraco to the AWS Direct Connect environment is the perfect solution to enable:
  • hybrid cloud architectures
  • improved latency
  • improved network performance
  • increased security
  • and reduced costs
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Microsoft Azure

Microsoft ExpressRoute

Microsoft ExpressRoute is accessible from the Teraco Cloud Exchange platform as well as through physical cross connections within both the Cape Town (CT1) and Johannesburg (JB1) data centre facilities. Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute lets you extend your on-premises networks into the Microsoft cloud over a private connection facilitated by Teraco. With ExpressRoute, you can establish connections to Microsoft cloud services, such as Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365.

ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet. Connecting directly from within Teraco to the ExpressRoute cloud onramp is the perfect solution to enable:
  • hybrid cloud architectures
  • improved latency
  • improved network performance
  • increased security
  • and reduced costs

Note: Teraco is an interconnection hub for cloud service providers and does not offer cloud services – but will provide introductions to any of its colocated cloud services providers within the cloud ecosystem. Contact us for more details or to discuss your colocation requirements.