Cloud Service Provider Peak Publishes U.S. Patent for its Innovative Layer 2 ‘Direct Connect’ Network Topology

November 20, 2013

Decreases the Complexities, Costs and Hurdles Involved in Hybrid Cloud Migrations

Powered by Peak.  Denver, Colorado – November 20, 2013 – Peak®, formerly PeakColo®, a leading enterprise-class IaaS Cloud service provider for channel partners, announces it has published two U.S. patents for its Layer 2 Peak to Peak Direct Connect networking service, enabling quicker, simpler and more cost-effective hybrid cloud migrations. For over two years, Peak’s expert team has deployed the innovative network topology across its very flexible architecture, allowing greater benefits and advantages to its clients and partners.

By using Peak’s patented Layer 2 network topology, clients are able to seamlessly interconnect all of their private, public, and on-premise cloud resources logically over the Physical Device Layer, as opposed to having to convert them for Layer 3 readiness, a process that can take many months to complete.

“One of the greatest barriers to cloud conversion has traditionally been the complexity of Layer 3 network migration,” states Hooker Heggestad, Senior Engineer and co-author of patent for Peak.  “With Peak you can keep the IP addresses you currently use and there is no need to re-provision firewalls, routers, or Spanning Tree Protocol [STP].  For large companies who may have 2000+ devices, conversions to Layer 3 could take up to a year and now with Peak’s network patent, it can take less than an hour. It’s truly remarkable and once clients understand that, they are more inclined to utilize cloud computing and enjoy the many value-added aspects.”

With Peak to Peak Direct Connect, clients can:

  • Extend their network as-is into the cloud logically in Layer 2 without the use of like or similar software at all end points
  • Establish a completely private dedicated on-ramp to Peak’s cloud from their customer premise, their data center, or from any cloud to Peak’s cloud
  • Come as they are with their own IP schema, firewalls and routing, reducing the inherent complexities of Layer 3 networking
  • Use their incumbent provider – the network provider is their choice.
  • Benefit from lower costs, greater consistency and improved quality of service by using one provider

Another important aspect of the patent is that enterprises that have IT infrastructure on their own premise or colocated within a datacenter can interconnect into clouds that aren’t owned by Peak.  “This dramatically increases the opportunities for companies to leverage hybrid cloud environments,” continues Heggestad.  “It’s a significant benefit to Peak’s channel service providers and VARs who are working with a myriad of clients with all sorts of scenarios –it gives them much need flexibility in which to tailor end to end solutions without having to forklift and start from scratch.”

“With our patented cloud technology, we can easily extend the economic benefits of Peak’s cloud directly into our clients’ infrastructures,” comments Luke Norris, CEO and Founder of Peak. “The amount of time that saves clients who now do not have to worry about doing that themselves or managing their own equipment is tremendous.  This patent makes our cloud look like it’s virtually in their rack.”

Peak’s cloud offers direct accessibility to powerful on-demand compute, storage and network resources with cloud nodes, located in six geographies across the globe.  For more information about cloud solutions powered by Peak  please contact sales@poweredbypeak.comor visit

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About Peak

Peak® is an enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud service provider to channel partners. White-labeling Peak’s cloud services as their own, resellers and agents rapidly enter the cloud marketplace under their own brand without capital expenditure, enjoying a faster route to profitability. Peak operates Type II SSAE 16 and SOC 1 & 2 compliant cloud nodes in six geographies across the United States and in Europe (Seattle, Denver, Chicago, New Jersey, New York, and the United Kingdom). Its VMware vCloud® Powered cloud environment contains tens of thousands of virtual machines and multiple petabytes of storage for public, private, hybrid and disaster recovery solutions. Peak offers both Cisco UCS and Open Compute platforms, and is a Platinum-level NetApp Service Provider. For more information, visit call (855) 532-4734; or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn. Powered by Peak

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