Expereo expands pan-African reach with new Cloud Acceleration Hubs

Major data center expansion increases Expereo’s commitment to pan-African connectivity, delivering greater speed and reliability to customers within this vital and growing area

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – 20 Feb, 2018 – Today Expereo, global provider of managed Internet network solutions, has announced a major data center expansion into the growing African market.

Numerous strategically located, carrier-neutral data centers are planned to launch across 2018 in pivotal pan-African locations. A Johannesburg, South Africa hub recently opened, with more locations to follow in East, West and North Africa throughout 2018.

The new Africa Cloud Acceleration Hubs will enable Expereo to connect more customers across the Internet on an enhanced global scale, with improved infrastructure and optimised Internet connectivity for the highest availability and performance of SD-WAN, IPSec and Cloud/SaaS acceleration via Expereo’s XCA and XCA Edge platforms.

Irwin Fouwels, CEO, Expereo comments: “Across Africa, we see enormous opportunity for the cloud to accelerate innovation, allow governments to provide better services, and drive economic growth for both African-based businesses and global corporates operating on the continent. To succeed, they need guaranteed performance and reliability from their Internet. That’s why we are expanding our reach with these strategically located African hubs, providing our customers with the best options for cloud connectivity on a truly global scale.”

Africa expansion

Expereo’s 2018 network infrastructure expansion will focus primarily on Africa, enabling enhanced connectivity and reliability for enterprise companies in the area. The recently launched Johannesburg hub is soon to be bolstered by new locations across East, West and North Africa.

Previously, African Internet traffic was dominated by “northbound” traffic, with data routed primarily via Europe due to the structure of the global cable systems, before arriving at its destination. Expereo expects to see a reversal of this trend, with “southbound” traffic increasing as the economies of African countries continue to grow, thus creating more cloud demand and SaaS adoption.

Major SaaS providers such as Microsoft and AWS are already opening cloud data centers in South Africa to meet this demand. Domestic Internet requirements within African countries are rising and corporates continue to expand their business into the area, all of which will drive this ongoing change.

Expereo hubs list

  • North America: Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Ashburn, New York, Chicago, Toronto
  • South America: Sao Paulo
  • Europe: London, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Milan
  • Africa: Johannesburg, East Africa (2018), West Africa (2018), North Africa (2018)
  • Asia-Pacific: Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney

Enhanced Internet connectivity

Expereo provides market-leading technology in Internet performance-based routing, such as XCA, which delivers optimal user productivity for Cloud Applications by optimizing Internet routing through Expereo’s global and growing network of Cloud Acceleration Hubs.

XCA actively probes all destination networks for performance metrics including packet loss, latency, historical reliability, and peering capacity, and continually selects the best routing in real-time based on these statistics.

By leveraging this technology, Expereo’s African Cloud Acceleration Hubs will deliver improved Internet connectivity optimisation, increased application performance, employee productivity benefits and much more.

Data center selection

Expereo partners with data center providers on a case-by-case basis. Its hubs are strategically chosen to leverage the best service in each location, with robust connectivity to the major Internet exchanges, and with the best proximity to the Internet’s major nerve points. They are built to meet the demand of global customers who require optimal connectivity for their SD-WAN and network operations as their business grows in the African area.

About Expereo

Expereo is a global provider of managed Internet network, SD-WAN and cloud connectivity solutions. Expereo’s XDN portfolio presents Global Internet Connectivity (GIaaS), Global Cloud Acceleration and BGP Optimization (XCA), SD-WAN Managed Services and Xpertise – global professional, managed and field services for Internet solutions. With an unmatched global reach, Expereo powers 12,000+ enterprise and government sites in 190+ countries, helping our customers improve productivity and empowering the network and cloud with the agility, flexibility and value of the Internet, with optimal performance.

About XCA and XCA Edge

Expereo XCA actively probes all Internet prefixes for performance metrics such as packet loss, latency, jitter, throughput, historical reliability and maximum peer capacity, and selects the best routing based on these statistics – not just the shortest path. This helps to overcome the limitations of poor Internet routing decisions and improve Cloud application performance.

XCA Edge is highly customizable BGP network optimization software that sits within your network architecture. The system executes thousands of tests per minute across all application traffic, detecting any abnormal or sub-optimal routing situations and working around these problems in milliseconds.