Markley Group Announces Colleges of the Fenway Joins the Boston Internet Exchange

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Adam Burnham

Colleges of the Fenway will Leverage Markley Group’s Peering Relationships to Increase Quality Network Connectivity for Students and Staff

Boston, MA – November 12, 2014 – Markley Group, universally recognized as a world class mission-critical telecommunications and data center operator, announced today that Colleges of the Fenway (COF), a consortium of six neighboring Boston-based colleges in the Fenway area, has selected Markley as its data center provider and partner and joined its Boston Internet Exchange (BostonIX) to lower overall IP transit costs and allow for the most efficient exchange of network traffic.

Colleges of the Fenway is a collaboration created to enhance student services and  seek innovative methods of containing the costs of higher education by investing together in current and new services. Joining a community of close to 40 customers and domestic/international network providers, Colleges of the Fenway will benefit from BostonIX’s ability to deliver virtually unlimited, secure bandwidth. Housed in Markley Group’s, highly secure One Summer Street facility, BostonIX is New England’s primary hub for creating and developing IP peering partner relationships. For Colleges of the Fenway, BostonIX provides fast, secure and reliable connectivity, lowering the costs and management resources of IP transit and Internet traffic.

“Colleges of the Fenway represents more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 700 full-time faculty and 2,300 course offerings, so it is important that our Internet connectivity be scalable and robust,” said Sean Philpott, CIO of Emmanuel College and Chair of the Colleges of the Fenway CIO Committee. “By joining BostonIX, the COF consortium benefits from another top-notch community in the Boston area: one that includes the highest performing domestic and international network providers resulting in savings of time and money for our members.”

“The upgrade of our area network and new partnership with Markley Group and BostonIX is another concrete example of the benefit all of our colleges derive from the Colleges of the Fenway collaboration. Our focus continues to be cost containment, improving efficiencies and most important, enhancing student opportunities,” said Helen Drinan, president of Simmons College and Chair, COF Board.

“The Boston Internet Exchange continues to grow – and the common thread connecting all members is a desire for reliable, fast and secure connectivity,” said Patrick Gilmore, CTO of Markley Group. “Colleges of the Fenway is a great example of the type of innovation and collaboration occurring locally; we are dedicated to supporting such sharing with on-demand access to the connections and bandwidth needed for organizational success.”

Colleges of the Fenway joins local, national and international BOSIX members such as RCN, TripAdvisor, Outscale, the City of Boston, SYNETY, Northern Crossroads, Akamai Technologies, 186 Communications and many more. 

About Colleges of the Fenway (COF)

Colleges of the Fenway was founded in 1996 by its members, Emmanuel College, MCPHS University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Wheelock College to enhance student academic and social life while seeking innovative methods of investing in new services and containing the costs of higher education. COF’s programs include student services such as; Intramurals, Performing Arts, Global Education Opportunities Center, recurring annual programs and events and academic programs including cross registration. COF Collaborative Services and Cost Savings include managing over 30 joint purchasing and shared contracts. Through this collaboration, students have access to the resources of a university while experiencing all the benefits of a small college. To learn more visit www.colleges-fenway.org.

About Markley Group

Markley Group owns and operates One Summer Street, one of the largest and longest operating multi-tenant, mission-critical telecommunications and data center facilities in New England. The building’s 920,000 square feet of highly secured white and mechanical space house more than 250 industry leading companies, including AT&T, NTT, British Telecom, Tata Communications, Boston Red Sox, Harvard, MIT, the Boston Internet Exchange (BOSIX), The New York Times, and Markley Cloud Services. One Summer Street’s data center has never experienced an electric utility failure.  The carrier-neutral facility enables access to more than 80+ independent network providers and eight utility feeds from multiple substations for uninterrupted, reliable power and service. One Summer Street is maintained by more than 30 on-staff professional engineers, operating engineers, electricians, HVAC and telco technicians, and building maintenance staff 24/7/365. To learn more about Markley Group, please visit: www.markleygroup.com.