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Cox Business reaches for cloud with ViaWest

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 12:08pm
Mike Robuck

This morning Cox Business announced a strategic partnership with ViaWest that will enable it to offer commercial customers secure fiber network connectivity along with compliant colocation and cloud infrastructure services.

Cox Business will start offering ViaWest’s services to customers initially in its Las Vegas, Phoenix and Southern California markets. Financial terms of the partnership weren’t available.

“Our Cox Business customers have a growing need for scalable IT infrastructure solutions that enable them to access mission critical data anytime and anywhere,” said Mark Bowser, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Cox Communications. “By partnering with ViaWest, we have an enhanced product offering that now includes a full suite of secure cloud and colocation solutions to meet the infrastructure needs of our customers.”

Earlier this year, ViaWest opened the doors on its 110,000 square-foot data center in Las Vegas that earned the colocation industry's first Tier IV design certification in North America. 

ViaWest plans to open its 90,000 square-foot enterprise-class, multi-tenant data center facility in Phoenix early in 2014 with Cox Enterprises as its anchor tenant. 

"We are thrilled to partner with Cox Business, a proven leader in technology and an organization that shares our commitment to service excellence," said Nancy Phillips, chief executive officer, ViaWest. “We believe this partnership offers businesses a unique combination of solutions that meet the demands of an ever-changing technology landscape."

On Tuesday, Cox Business it had won a seven-year contract to provide voice, video and data services to the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. 

In May, Cox Business launched IP Centrex,  a cloud-based, business-class phone system.  Soon after, Cox Business announced PayLeap, a cloud-based service that allows small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) an all-in-one suite of payment processing capabilities.

In June, Cox Business announced it would launch its Hospitality WiFi service across its entire footprint this year. 

Cox Business was ranked fifth, the highest of any MSO, on Vertical System Group’s recent mid-year Ethernet Leaderboard

Cox Business is the commercial services division, of Cox Communications, representing $1.4 billion in revenue. Cox Business expects to reach $2 billion in revenue by 2016. Cox Business provides voice, data and video services for more than 300,000 small and regional businesses, including verticals such as healthcare providers, K-12 and higher education, financial institutions and federal, state and local government organizations. 

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