Fiber ring around data center: Glide connects Proximity Edge 8 to Birmingham ring

Fiber ring around data center: Glide connects Proximity Edge 8 to Birmingham ring

Infrastructure and utilities business Glide has connected its expanding dark fiber infrastructure with Proximity Data Centresnewly acquired Birmingham edge colocation data center.

Proximity is the UK’s fastest growing regional edge colocation data center provider. The new dark fiber network directly connects Proximity’s growing base of enterprise business, cloud provider and content delivery customers to Glide’s 30 km fiber ring spanning the City of Birmingham enabling access to a growing range of diverse low latency dark fiber connectivity solutions.

Glide’s dark fiber infrastructure connection will enable Proximity Birmingham (Edge 8) to ensure thousands of businesses across the West Midlands have reliable access to low latency, highly responsive applications and services.

Glide’s dark fiber connection also provides Proximity with an additional network route into the Proximity Birmingham (Edge 8) edge data center. This allows leading national and regional carriers and service providers to leverage the network to offer their own dark fiber and managed ‘lit’ connectivity solutions across the region to their customers.

“The availability of diverse dark fibre connectivity is vital to ensuring our edge colocation customers’ data and applications are always seamlessly and securely available to the users that require them,” says John Hall, Managing Director – Colocation, Proximity Data Centres. “Our connection to Glide’s network means our customers now have an increasing choice of dark fibre routes available to them at our Birmingham facility and straightforward access to carriers and service providers serving the West Midlands region and nationwide with dark fibre and managed lit services.”

Sean Lowry, CTO, Glide Group, adds: “Glide’s dark fibre connection to Proximity’s edge data centre in central Birmingham is highly strategic to our growing presence in the West Midlands. Their data centre is located within easy reach of our fibre ring as well as all the major fibre networks traversing the UK. It is ideally positioned for helping us meet the connectivity requirements of local enterprise businesses, retail parks and education campuses as well as hyperscalers, CDNs and gaming providers requiring low latency and optimised data backhaul.”

Proximity Edge 8 in Birmingham is part of Proximity’s expanding UK network of interconnected regional edge data centers which also includes sites in Bridgend, Swindon, Nottingham, Rugby, Liverpool, Chester Gates and Wakefield. The company expects to have 20 sites available within the next 12 months, all in close proximity to major conurbation areas.   

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