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The client had already established a number of PoPs in North America, Europe, and a few other global regions and now wanted to add China to their network. With the world’s largest middle class and media and data consumption rising exponentially each year, China is a highly attractive growth market. However, due to seemingly prohibitive measures such as the “Great Firewall of China,” ICP (Internet Content Provider) licensing, and limited choice in providers, breaking into the market can be daunting to foreign companies.
The Client wanted a seamless extension of their current network into China with connections to public clouds located both in China (Alibaba Cloud) and globally (AWS, Google). The solution needed to be secure, stable, and fast. Even better would be if the solution could be rapidly adapted in the future for new projects.
Zenlayer proposed a multi-path, high-availability solution using Cloud Networking to leverage Zenlayer’s global, private backbone to interconnect the Client’s existing network with their new Alibaba cloud environment and locations both in and out of China.
A POC (Proof of Concept) testing environment was deployed and realized a 38% reduction in latency during peak hours. Full deployment commenced immediately after the POC.
Zenlayer provided connections from Beijing to data centers in Los Angeles and New York. Once each new PoP had been deployed, it took just minutes to make the connections adding the new location to the Client’s network and local Alibaba Cloud.
After deployment, all portions of the Client’s network using Zenlayer’s backbone were and continue to be monitored 24/7 by Zenlayer’s global support team. The team ensures the Client’s end-to-end latency remains low and can quickly reroute traffic if needed or provide any other required support.