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Kao Data Partners with Zayo to Expand Lit and Dark Fibre Connectivity Options

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  • Kao Data and Zayo sign formal carrier agreement to add new connectivity solutions at its high-performance data centre campus in Harlow
  • Two new points-of-presence (PoPs) will provide financial services, AI, cloud and enterprise customers with low latency fibre connectivity from the US to Europe, bypassing London
  • Harlow PoPs will enhance customers options, reduce dependency on third parties and streamline service delivery.

LONDON, United Kingdom –
Kao Data, the specialist developer and operator of high-performance data centres for enterprise, cloud, HPC and AI, has announced it has signed a partnership with Zayo, a leading global communications infrastructure provider, to expand the world-class connectivity solutions at its data centre campus in Harlow.

The partnership will see Zayo deploy two new points-of-presence (PoPs) at Kao Data’s KLON-01 data centre, which will directly enable new multi-gigabit lit and dark fibre capabilities. The new agreement and network connectivity will also allow enterprise organizations to connect directly from the US to Europe, while bypassing London’s busy Internet routes via Zeus – Zayo’s ultra-low-loss, subsea fibre optic cable, which runs from the UK to the Netherlands.

As one of the world’s leading carriers, Zayo operates one of the industry’s largest fibre networks, and owns a Tier 1 IP backbone spanning 141,000 miles across North America and Europe. Its network provides business and mission-critical connectivity to support the digital economy, and its capabilities will further strengthen Kao Data’s mission to provide a suite of world class connectivity options at its Harlow campus.

Kao Data’s Harlow campus is renowned as the home for some of the UK’s most advanced high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Its high-performance infrastructure platform, for example, connects some of the world’s most prestigious research and financial services organizations into Europe and other global destinations.

The campus is also home to the UK’s fastest and most powerful supercomputer, NVIDIA’s Cambridge-1, as well as several high density AI workloads and grid computing deployments from Tier 1 financial services organizations. Resilient, low-latency connectivity is crucial to facilitate the large data transfers synonymous with this form of commute, and Zayo’s network will play a key role in this pursuit by offering industry-leading connectivity across global financial hubs.

“As dependency on digital infrastructure continues to accelerate, it’s vital that we provide customers working across cloud, enterprise and financial services with diverse and resilient connectivity solutions that minimize latency,” said Spencer Lamb, CCO, Kao Data. “By partnering with Zayo, we’re increasing our high performance connectivity capabilities in Harlow – providing advantageous routes from North America into the UK and Europe, and avoiding London’s congested Internet routes via Zeus.”

“At Zayo, we understand the increasing reliance on robust digital infrastructure and the imperative of delivering diverse and resilient connectivity options to meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said Yannick Leboyer, Chief Operating Officer at Zayo Europe. “Zayo’s extensive network provides our own and our partners’ customers across financial services, AI, cloud, and enterprises with the speed, reliability, and diversity they need to be successful and gain a competitive advantage in today’s market. We are happy to partner with Kao Data on our shared efforts to reshape digital connectivity and ensure our customers stay ahead of the curve and thrive in today’s fast-paced digital ecosystem.”

For further information on Kao Data’s connectivity solutions, please visit the website.

About Kao Data
Founded in 2014, Kao Data develop and operate high performance data centres for advanced computing. With hyperscale-inspired facilities east and west of London, we provide enterprise, cloud, HPC and AI customers with a world-class home for their compute.

Designed, engineered, and operated by one of the industry’s most respected teams, our carrier neutral data centres offer the highest calibre OCP-Ready and DGX-Ready environments. We are the UK’s home for the most demanding computing infrastructure, with our east of London facility in Harlow housing NVIDIA’s Cambridge-1, the UK’s most powerful supercomputer. This is complimented by state-of-the-art facilities in west London, which combined, deliver a data centre footprint of 55MW, all powered by 100% renewable energy.

Backed by leading international investors, Kao Data is one of the UK’s most pioneering data centre developers and operators. We underpin our customers’ mission-critical workloads with high performance infrastructure, operations and compute efficiencies, representing the future in industrial scale computing.

About Zayo Group Holdings, Inc.
For more than 15 years, Zayo has empowered some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies to connect what’s next for their business. Zayo’s future-ready network spans over 16.5 million fiber miles and 141,000 route miles. Zayo’s tailored connectivity and edge solutions enable carriers, cloud providers, data centers, schools, and enterprises to deliver exceptional experiences, from core to cloud to edge. Discover how Zayo connects what’s next at and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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