Cyxtera’s Jonathan Martone Says Phoenix Blessed to Have Four Routes, is Set to Grow from a Network Standpoint
by Josh Anderson
PHOENIX, AZ — At CapRE’s recent Southwest Data Center Summit in Phoenix, we convened half a dozen leading data center insiders for a panel called Special Focus: Arizona’s Position as a Jumping Point for Central and South American Data Center Connectivity. Below, we heard from two thought leader sin the Southwest data center sector about their thoughts on how Arizona’s geographic position may (or may not) serve to better connect the U.S. to Latin America.
We first heard from Jonathan Martone, Senior Director and Solution Architects at Cyxtera. “From a Phoenix perspective, we’re very blessed to have four routes out of here,” he replied. “We have Dallas. We have San Diego. We have Las Vegas. We have Los Angeles. From a single point of failure perspective, we’re in a really good spot.
“We have connectivity to South America, Central America and Mexico through San Diego and Dallas,” Martone continued. “So there’s an extra 5 or 6 milliseconds if you go through San Diego, which adds a little bit of latency. But most customers nowadays understand that you can’t increase the speed of light or change geography. However, you can in this specific case. CenturyLink and Level 3 have just merged, correct? So there are some assets that goes directly to Nogales. CenturyLink and Level 3 could actually create another path that bypasses San Diego and Dallas and go directly to Nogales, which would actually reduce your latency performance into Mexico. It may or may nor help Central and South America but from a technical standpoint we are in a really good spot with that merger.”
The bottom line, according to Martone, is that ultimately Phoenix will continue to grow from a network standpoint. “We have very inexpensive power, and the fact that natural disasters aren’t here, and we don’t have many regulations,” he concluded. “Our governor is doing a heck of a job of attracting new magnets here. So we have a good story here.”
Next up, we connected with Brian Tasker, US Ecosystem Director – Partners and Alliances at Megaport. “I’ll say that what I’m seeing is – and Megaport is serving clients from Mexico through Dallas and Phoenix — very large organizations that are consuming cloud resources here in the U.S. and delivering them to their own client base in their own country,” he offered. “I think that the bigger picture I’m seeing here in this topic is the ability to serve some of these underserved markets that aren’t necessarily homes to these large cloud exchanges.”
“The cloud providers really like a company like Megaport that helps bring massive cloud consumption to an area where it typically didn’t exist — Phoenix being one of them,” Tasker shared. “There are more cloud providers attracted to it, so I think we’re going to see more deployed here, but in the interim, all of these clients here can now have access to whatever that they want.”
“And I think as more and more of our clients want to reach South America as a big hot spot for gaming and like LimeLight, we will have clients down there for sure,” Tasker predicted. “There’s a bit AWS Region in Sao Paulo, we’re working on partnership with subsea cable systems to connect us to the Sao Paulo region, I think that’s what I’d like to touch on – these underserved markets, bringing it to Mexico, how they’re evolving, and as more adoption comes from there, you’ll see more cloud provider perhaps deploy down there as well.”
The first part of the panel was transcribed in a previous CapRe Insider Report: Phoenix Data Center Insiders Discuss Opportunities for Connecting Phoenix to Central, South America.