4Degrees expands its line of business solutions and offers direct connectivity to leading public cloud services

January 12, 2017 - Press Release

Montréal, January 12, 2016 – In keeping with its commitment to offering the best available business solutions and helping local firms enhance their productivity, 4Degrees today announced an agreement with Megaport, a global leader in secure interconnectivity. The partnership will allow businesses to link directly to the world's largest providers of public cloud services. Companies will enjoy fast, secure, redundant access to business applications from three leading information and communications technology (ICT) providers: Microsoft (Azure, Office365, Exchange), Amazon Web Services and Google. 

Today more than ever, businesses want to improve their productivity, increase their agility and control their operating costs. This strategic alliance will support the creation of flexible, powerful architectures that leverage public and private cloud services. 4Degrees' new business solution offers a dedicated, fully reliable link adapted to fluctuating business needs. 

Megaport and 4Degrees: Partners in growth
“Growing numbers of companies are placing their trust in us, and it's mainly because 4Degrees data centres have the capability to meet their need for agility, flexibility and performance,” said Jean Novak, President of Videotron Business Solutions. “The cloud is an increasingly ubiquitous technology that can help business customers significantly improve their productivity. By providing direct access to Megaport's vast ecosystem, we are expanding our ability to offer business customers even more in terms of technology.” 

“We’ve noticed that the demand for cloud services have been rising rapidly in Canada and key cloud providers has begun investing heavily in Quebec,” said Denver Maddux, Megaport CEO. “With that at the forefront of our minds, we are pleased to find ourselves in a position to meet the increased demand from government and enterprise customers through our partnership with 4Degrees. By working with Videotron, a leading communications provider in the region, we are able to deepen our reach through 4Degrees.”

With Megaport coming on board as a partner, 4Degrees strengthens its position as Québec's go-to provider of data hosting services. In addition to providing secure, reliable connectivity to a vast public cloud ecosystem, 4Degrees guarantees customers data security and business continuity, and it has the certifications to back it up. With its interconnected data centres in Montréal and Québec City, 4Degrees offers Tier III intraprovincial redundancy. Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute in the US is the international gold standard for continuous uptime and the accepted benchmark in Québec. 

About 4Degrees 
4Degrees (www.4degres.com) has created the largest colocation data centre in the Québec City area. It is dedicated to providing businesses and institutions with sophisticated, high availability Tier III colocation infrastructure and secure e-commerce payment options (PCI DSS) in the heart of Québec City and now in Montréal. With an ideal combination of clean hydroelectric power and cold temperatures, Québec is one of the best places in the world to implement a data centre. 4Degrees takes its name from the average annual temperature in Québec City, 4.6°C. Through the use of colder outdoor air, 4Degrees is able to maintain IT equipment at optimal operating temperatures while generating significant energy savings.

About Videotron 
Videotron (www.videotron.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of September 30, 2016, Videotron was serving 1,695,700 cable television customers, including 1,570,800 Digital TV subscribers. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,596,100 subscribers to its cable service as of September 30, 2016. As of the same date, Videotron had 867,700 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,265,100 Québec households and organizations. For the eleventh consecutive year, Videotron was ranked as Québec's most respected telecommunications company in the annual Léger survey. 

About Megaport 
Megaport is the global leading provider of Elastic Interconnection services. The Company's global Software-Defined Network (SDN) enables customers to rapidly connect their network to other services and data centres across the world. Services can be directly controlled by customers via their mobile devices, computer, or our open API. The Company's extensive footprint in Australia, Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe provides a neutral platform that spans many key data centre providers across various cities.

Led by industry veteran Denver Maddux, Megaport has been built by a highly experienced team with extensive knowledge in building large scale global carrier networks and cloud connectivity. Megaport connects over 550 customers throughout its 140 locations in 36 markets in 19 countries. Megaport is an Amazon AWS Technology Partner, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Partner, and Google Cloud Interconnect Partner. If you would like to learn more about Megaport, please visit megaport.com.

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