Voxel, SoftLayer Partner with Telx for Turnkey Cloud Access
Telx’s cloudXchange offers cloud service providers a unique proposition: its market-local data centers, its customers, its SLA, but cloud service providers’ solutions portfolio and infrastructure. Telx calls itself and cloudXchange an enabler of cloud computing, matching clients to services. And at this week’s Cloud Computing Expo in New York, Telx announced that SoftLayer and Voxel have joined the cloudXchange community to offer IaaS and hosted/managed services, respectively.
Let’s back up a little. Here’s how Telx cloudXchange describes itself on the official website:
Telx cloudXchange is a members-only program that creates a global community of providers and users of cloud services – both Telx customers and other businesses – who “meet” in Telx carrier-neutral Cloud Connection Centers to create and share value opportunities in the cloud. Telx supports members’ efforts to connect through co-branded marketing programs that help drive business for all types of community members.
Intriguingly, it’s not just IaaS on its own that Telx is offering its purported 880+ customers by way of that SoftLayer partnership: by leveraging the platform’s interconnection capabilities, users can connect their on-premises infrastructure to SoftLayer’s cloud for a hybrid environment. Otherwise, it provides Telx customers with access to SoftLayer’s cloud and dedicated Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions, including CloudLayer, according to the press release.
Meanwhile, Voxel is primarily offering Telx customers its VoxCLOUD application hosting service, though that same press release makes it sound like the VoxCAST content delivery network and associated managed services will also be available.
This fits into SoftLayer’s anytime, anywhere, any sales channel cloud strategy, to be sure. But Telx is somewhat of an unknown quantity in the cloud services marketplace, and we’ll be watching closely for updates.