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H5 Data Centers and Arelion Expand Connectivity Opportunities in Ohio

H5 Data Centers | June 06, 2022

H5 Data Centers
H5 Data Centers, a national colocation and wholesale data center provider, announced today that Arelion, the world’s top ranked global IP backbone, has deployed a new point-of-presence (PoP) at 1625 Rockwell Avenue in downtown Cleveland. Arelion adds to a growing list of service providers interconnecting at H5 Data Centers’ 351,000 square-foot data center, one of the largest multi-tenant data centers in Ohio.

Arelion expanded its global backbone (AS1299) to the Cleveland data center in order to serve leading enterprises and cloud service providers in the area with IP transit and its full suite of enterprise services. H5 Data Centers’ Cleveland data center is one of the most interconnected sites in the region with direct access to more than 25 network service providers.

"Our data center in downtown Cleveland is one of the preeminent locations for enterprises and cloud service providers alike to house their mission-critical assets. "Arelion will be a great addition to our interconnect ecosystem as service providers continue to build out additional routers and long haul fiber to better support the greater Ohio community."

Josh Simms, founder and CEO of H5 Data Centers

“We are thrilled to collaborate with H5 Data Centers as we continue expanding our network in response to customer demand in North America,” said Art Kazmierczak, Director of Business and Network Development, Arelion. “The addition of the Cleveland, Ohio PoP supports area growth by providing high-quality local connectivity at scale for businesses and service providers to our global AS1299 Internet backbone and unique ecosystem of cloud, content and application providers.”

About Arelion
Arelion solves global connectivity challenges for multinational enterprises whose businesses rely on digital infrastructure. On top of the world’s #1 ranked IP backbone and a unique ecosystem of cloud and network service providers, we provide an award-winning customer experience to customers in more than 125 countries worldwide. Our global Internet services connect more than 700 cloud, security and content providers with low latency. For further resilience, our private Cloud Connect service connects directly to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and Oracle cloud across North America, Europe and Asia.

About H5 Data Centers
H5 Data Centers is one of the leading privately-owned data center operators in the United States with over 3 million square feet of data center space under management. The company designs and engineers flexible and scalable data center solutions to address the core infrastructure and edge requirements of its customers. H5 Data Centers operates 22 data centers in 20 markets.

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Fastly believes companies that operate at a global scale are responsible for contributing their expertise to the communal body of knowledge which makes up the open internet: standards, protocols, open source technology, and policies. “Providing Fastly’s best in class services to open source projects and standards initiatives has the power to drive our shared mission of making the internet a better place, It’s important for us to support the organizations that fuel Internet innovation” -Fastly CEO Todd Nightingale Fast Forward is just one element of Fastly’s rich heritage in open source and open standards: Fastly is a founding member of the Bytecode Alliance along with Red Hat, Mozilla, and Intel; works alongside industry partners such as Microsoft, Google, and Apple and more to contribute to Private Access Tokens; and encourages its employees to contribute to open source through projects like Pushpin, WAF Efficacy, and more – just to name a few initiatives. Fastly also has a long-standing policy for its customer community, and only works with customers and partners who reflect Fastly’s values. There’s so much great creativity on the internet that’s inspiring but doesn’t always have the support it deserves, Fast Forward is Fastly’s commitment to helping everyone build a better internet. From open source technologies, to the fundamental protocols and standards that make the internet go, we’re telling every developer and every creator that we’ve got their backs, no matter what technologies, tools or stacks they use. We can’t wait to see how they use that potential to build and scale an even better internet,said Anil Dash, VP of Developer Experience at Fastly. Fastly’s investment in open source has provided valuable support to organizations like the Rust Software Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation, and the Scratch Foundation. 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Red Hat, Inc. | October 19, 2022

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