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What is a Data Center Cross Connect and Why is it Important?

Discover how these interconnectivity solutions play a vital role in facilitating seamless data transmission and enhancing performance.
May 30, 2023
In the ever-evolving world of technology and data management, it's essential to understand the components that enable seamless connectivity and efficient data transfer. One such element is the cross connect. In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of cross connects, the different types of cross connects, and compare cross connects to data center interconnects.

What does the term cross connect mean?

A cross connect is a Layer 1 point-to-point cable link that connects two customers between two hardware assets within the same data center facility. Typically, cross connects are made through structured cabling systems, utilizing fiber optic cables, copper cables, or other high-speed transmission media.

Cross connects enable customers to create private connections between their colocation environments and other network providers, clouds, content, and application providers in the same ecosystem. They can offer a fast, secure, and reliable way to connect your infrastructure with others in the data center to conduct high-performance, low-latency systems integration and data exchange.

What are the benefits of using a cross connect?

  • Reduced Latency: Cross connects can significantly reduce latency by eliminating the need to travel through external networks. Through this direct connection, businesses experience minimal delay, making connects ideal for latency-sensitive applications like real-time data processing, financial transactions, and video streaming.
  • Enhanced Security: A Cross connect enables a private and dedicated pathway for data transmission that avoids the public Internet. As a result, the risk of unauthorized access, data breaches, or interception from external sources is significantly lowered. As a result, cross-connects are ideal for industries with stringent compliance standards, such as finance, healthcare, and government sectors.
  • Increased Reliability: Since cross connects bypass external networks, they are less susceptible to network congestion, bottlenecks, or disruptions caused by external factors. Companies can benefit from consistent and uninterrupted data transfer as a result.
  • Improved Performance: With the direct and dedicated connection offered by a cross connect, businesses can experience improved performance and bandwidth utilization. This enables faster data transfers, higher throughput, and more efficient utilization of network resources.

What is the difference between a cross connect and an interconnect?

While cross connects facilitate direct connections within a single data center or facility, interconnect data centers enable connections between separate data center locations. Here are the key distinctions:
  1. Scope: Cross connects are internal connections within a single data center or facility, allowing direct data exchange between entities located in the same physical space. On the other hand, interconnect data centers establish connections between multiple geographically dispersed data center locations, often located in different regions or countries.
  2. Scale: Cross connects are generally implemented on a smaller scale, providing connectivity within the same building or campus. In contrast, interconnect data centers facilitate connectivity on a larger scale, connecting multiple data centers within or between metros.
  3. Functionality: Cross connects primarily focus on enabling direct, private, and secure connections between specific entities within the same facility. Interconnect data centers, on the other hand, offer broader connectivity options, including peering arrangements, transit services, and access to a range of networks and cloud service providers.
As a colocation provider with a full suite of services, Evocative provides a wide variety of connectivity options to choose from. Our interconnected data centers can enable various types of connectivity both within and between data centers, including cross connects, transport, inter-site connectivity, cloud on-ramps, and more.

What are the different types of cross connects?

At Evocative, we offer a variety of cross connect media options:
  • Single Mode Fiber (SMF)
  • Multi Mode Fiber (MMF)
  • CAT 5E/6 Copper (twisted pair)
  • POTS
  • COAX
  • Wavelength Services
By leveraging a cross connection with Evocative, you can enable the following use cases:
  • Adding the Evocative network to your Evocative Colocation Services
  • Transferring data to service providers for expanded network connectivity and redundancy
  • Facilitating traffic exchange between partners or customers within the same data center
  • Expanding your workload to another space within the same Evocative data center for faster data transfer or disaster recovery
  • Leveraging campus cross connects to connect between buildings or floors via conduits with pre-run single-mode fiber
To enable greater flexibility and scale, Evocative engineers design every installation to simplify cable management and optimize scalability. All the while, Evocative enables fast provisioning of cross connects.

Join a Thriving Digital Ecosystem with Evocative Cross Connects

The ability to connect to the right service providers, customers, and business partners is critical to success. Evocative Cross Connects provide access to a vibrant digital ecosystem of carriers, business partners, and customers across every Evocative site.

For more than 20 years, Evocative has provided customized IT solutions to global organizations. With 20 colocation data centers across the United States, Europe, and Asia and 68,000 servers under management, we can serve businesses of all sizes and industries.

Contact us today to learn more about our cross connect and colocation solutions and how they can help your business.

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