Bluebird Network Partners with Global Connectivity Provider Megaport

Partnership with Megaport Brings Private Access to Leading Cloud
Providers for Bluebird Network and Bluebird Underground Data Center
Customers

COLUMBIA, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bluebird
Network
(Bluebird), a leading Midwest telecommunications company,
today announces it has partnered with Megaport
Limited
(ASX:MP1) (Megaport), a global leading Network as a Service
(NaaS) provider, to enable private access to cloud providers such as
AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, IBM
Cloud, Nutanix, and Salesforce. The Bluebird partnership with Megaport
gives customers of Bluebird Network and the Bluebird
Underground Data Center
, Bluebird Network’s colocation facility
located in Springfield, Missouri, unprecedented connectivity to each of
these top-tier cloud computing and “as-a-service” providers.

This partnership will help to strengthen customer product offerings and
improve support to both data center and network customers. Customers can
expect improved performance through secure end-to-end connections
linking customer locations to cloud networks without traversing the
public internet. Private, dedicated connections will allow customers to
better control where and how their data gets to the cloud. Additionally,
customers will be able to connect to the cloud service provider onramp
and location that works best for their network architecture. This
removes dependency on traditional internet providers, reduces hardware
costs, aligns connectivity to cloud models, and opens deployment options
and support for hybrid cloud solutions.

“Our partnership with Megaport provides both our data center and network
customers with additional resources to support their business-critical
operations; allowing for dedicated, secure, and scalable connections to
the cloud,” states Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network.
“Bluebird assures the same focus on providing high-quality fiber service
to rural areas while enabling access to Megaport connectivity to a wide
array of diverse cloud service providers.”

Utilizing Megaport’s Software Defined Network (SDN), Bluebird will
directly support customer connections to the destination of their choice
including over 300 service providers within the Megaport Ecosystem.
Utilizing Megaport Cloud Router (MCR), Bluebird can enable
cloud-to-cloud connectivity directly between cloud service providers and
manage IP routing capabilities for customers.

“As hybrid and multi-cloud become the new normal for IT services,
connectivity becomes an increasingly critical part of the overall
solution,” said Peter Hase, Chief Commercial Officer, Megaport.
“Utilizing Megaport’s SDN and Megaport Cloud Router, Bluebird can
support advanced connectivity use cases like cloud-to-cloud. We are
delighted to partner with Bluebird to empower their customers with
connectivity to the service providers that drive their mission critical
IT applications.”

To learn more about Megaport, please visit: www.megaport.com.
To learn more about Bluebird Network, please visit www.bluebirdnetwork.com.

About Bluebird Network

Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, was formed by
integrating Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance, and Illinois
Network Alliance. In 2014, an underground data center was acquired and
created Bluebird Underground, adding a data center facility to the
Bluebird suite of services. Today, the network has over 6500 fiber route
miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections. The Bluebird
fiber network also has over 135 Points of Presence (POP) sites spanning
the Midwest, including the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas
City, Springfield and Tulsa. To learn more, please visit
www.bluebirdnetwork.com
and follow us on LinkedIn,
Facebook,
and Twitter.

About Megaport

Megaport is the global leading provider of Elastic Interconnection
services. Using Software Defined Networking (SDN), the Company’s global
platform enables customers to rapidly connect their network to other
services across the Megaport Network. Services can be directly
controlled by customers via mobile devices, their computer, or our open
API. Megaport connects over 1,350 customers in over 465 enabled data
centres globally. Megaport is an Alibaba Cloud Technology Partner, AWS
Technology Partner, AWS Networking Competency Partner, Google Cloud
Interconnect Partner, IBM Direct Link Cloud Exchange provider, Microsoft
Azure Express Route Partner, Nutanix Direct Connect Partner, Oracle
Cloud Partner, and Salesforce Express Connect Partner.

Megaport, Virtual Cross Connect, VXC, and MegaIX are registered
trademarks of Megaport (Services) Pty Ltd ACN 607 432 646.

Contacts

Media Contact for Bluebird Network:
iMiller Public Relations
Amber
Anguish
Tel: 866.307.2510
Email: pr@imillerpr.com

Contact for Bluebird Network:
Sue Schaefer
Bluebird
Network
Sue.Schaefer@BluebirdNetwork.com
816-237-2119

Media Contact for Megaport:
Rachel Shatz, Karbo Com for
Megaport
megaport@karbocom.com
+1-650-270-1097

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