PacketFabric’s Anna Claiborne: Breaking Down the Barriers to Connectivity is a Good Thing for Data Center Providers

May 14, 2018
by Josh Anderson

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — CapRE Data Center Summits expend a lot of bandwidth on the challenges that firms face when migrating data to the Cloud. However, that are many layers to that process, since there are different kinds of cloud. In fact, even cloud-native companies face struggles when deploying hybrid cloud architecture. So at CapRE’s Northern California Data Center Summit, we gathered a panel of regional data center insiders to share lessons learned and perspective gleaned from this process. Moderator Mike Nguyen, Founder and CEO of Inflect asked panelist Anna Claiborne, Senior Vice-President for Software Engineering at PacketFabric an interesting question that only someone in her firm’s shoes could answer.

Anna Claiborne, Senior Vice President for Software Engineering, PacketFabric

“Anna, PacketFabric’s products in a lot of ways speed up this erosion of dependency on a single  building within a market,” Nguyen began. “You’re leveraging cross-connects to access many endpoints. But you’re partners too. So how do you balance that dichotomy?”

“We’re not taking away the cross-connect business. That’s still there. People still need to have that physical connect onto us to do anything,” replied Claiborne. “We’re not taking away that physical connection piece. One of the main things that we are doing though is allowing people, because there is a limited amount of locations for Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, the cloud providers. They’re only in a limited amount of locations.”

In other words, said Claiborne, the limits are set as to where a company can connect to these major Cloud providers. “So one of the things that we are doing is opening up the door to where that’s not the only place that you have to be anymore to connect to those cloud providers,” she explained. “We’re allowing you to, if you’re in a Kansas City data center, you can still connect to Amazon in US East 1. Because we’re providing the network from Kansas City to Virginia. So that’s one of the things we are doing. We’re breaking down the barriers to making that connectivity.”

data center summit“And I would like to think that that’s actually a good thing for the data center providers,” continued Claiborne. “Because you know, in general, it’s allowing people to be where they are served best from, from a colocation point of view. Instead of having to jam themselves into these carrier-dense facilities, when they don’t really have a reason to be there, aside from just maybe a couple of key connections. And there are many impacted points in the colocation space.

Gerry Fassig, Vice President for Cloud & Hosting at Coresite then chimed in with some further insight. “Really? Because we see that,” he remarked. “Yes, there are customers within the four walls of the building on a campus that are leveraging any of the private connectivity products in the cloud. But it’s 10-1 if not great ratio of these connections coming from another location. Whether it’s a third party colocation, or an on-prem facility, it’s being brought in by PacketFabric, by one of the carriers. And that’s really the lion’s share of that connectivity. So as being one of the “locations”, we absolutely welcome all of these partnerships.”

For more from this panel, check out previous CapRE Insider Reports covering this dialogue below:


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