Australian networking provider Megaport has launched the Megaport Cloud Router (MCR) – a virtual product that enables on-demand private connectivity to data centers of some of the world’s largest cloud providers.

The company says MCR simplifies cloud computing and “nearly eliminates” physical networks costs, while ensuring better connection quality, by using Megaport’s own network instead of the Internet.

Virtualized networking

– Megaport

Megaport runs a global fiber network based on SDN technologies, with more than 150 Points of Presence across 19 countries.

Its latest product helps establish private Level 3 connections to public cloud providers without the need to deploy or own any physical infrastructure. MCR also enables customers to easily move workloads between different cloud providers to support multi-cloud architectures, and eliminates the need to acquire public IP address space.

Major cloud providers supported by MCR include AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud and Alibaba Cloud.

“As a Network as a Service company, it’s imperative that Megaport continues to innovate solutions that abstract complexities in the network buying experience,” said Vincent English, CEO of Megaport.

“We’ve moved further up the stack by expanding our SDN’s capabilities to address Layer 3 IP routing and support a broader set of customers with varying technical capabilities and business needs. With Megaport Cloud Router, there’s no need for a deep understanding of Layer 3 intricacies to take advantage of IP routing features.

“Our customers can move beyond the constraints of their physical network and rapidly establish virtual Points of Presence to unlock unique peering and interconnection opportunities around the world,” he added.