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Zayo acquires edge network services MSP

Zayo acquires edge network services MSP

Global network connectivity firm Zayo has acquired edge managed service provider QOS Networks.

QOS is a provider of SD-WAN and edge managed services. Edge networks are seeing strong growth, driven by organisations requiring applications to be delivered efficiently and ubiquitously across the enterprise from the edge.

Edge services enhance user productivity, reduce costs and improve the end customer application experience through lower latency. “Our extensive fibre network, coupled with its optical and packet capabilities, is positioned to power the growth of the network edge, and the rapid adoption of 5G and private wireless solutions,” said Zayo.

“This acquisition represents our commitment to, and investment in, our edge-to-core, edge-to-cloud and edge-to-edge network services portfolio,” said Brian Lillie, chief product and technology officer at Zayo. “We are extremely well-positioned to be a leading provider of networking for the evolving edge at all layers – fibre, optical and packet – and for all players – enterprises, hyperscalers and carriers.

“This requires secure, software-defined intelligent network control, management and monitoring capabilities that our customers need in a highly dispersed, multi-cloud world,” said Lillie.

Founded in 2012, QOS provides SD-WAN hardware and software solutions, including VMWare’s VeloCloud offering, Versa and Palo Alto’s Prisma. It has deployed over 45,000 SD-WAN edge devices to large enterprises globally. As a division of Zayo, the QOS brand will be retained.

“Joining forces with Zayo will bring our leading SD-WAN solutions into their already robust portfolio of communications infrastructure solutions,” said Frank Cittadino, CEO of QOS Networks. “Combining our end-to-end enterprise SD-WAN solutions and white-glove services with Zayo’s best-in-class fibre and network expertise, will allow us to unlock unique value for our customers in the software-defined layer.”

Zayo controls and manages a 126,000-mile network across North America and Europe. The value of the acquisition has not been disclosed.