LITTLETON, Colo., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- tw telecom TWTC -1.47% , a leading provider of Business Ethernet and networking solutions, today announced it was selected by Digital Realty Trust, Inc. DLR -0.38% , the global data center and colocation company, to connect Digital Realty customers in 12 key North American markets to Amazon Web Services (AWS). tw telecom will use its innovative eLynksm Express for AWS service to ensure Digital Realty's customers have better, faster and easier connections to the AWS cloud.

"Through its eLynk Express service, tw telecom provides a fast, secure and private solution for our enterprise and midmarket customers to effortlessly connect to AWS in many of our North American markets," said Bill Stein, interim CEO, Digital Realty. "We are committed to providing our customers secure, reliable and cost-effective data center solutions that enable their growth. Our relationship with tw telecom and this capability will certainly help meet clients' critical needs now and into the future."

eLynk Express for AWS, only available from tw telecom , creates new bandwidth options and streamlines the activation process going to and through the data center to integrate the network, the data center and the application. While offering enterprise customers increased visibility and flexibility, tw telecom has made establishing and managing the connection between the network and the AWS ecosystem simple.

"CIOs tell us many of their applications require a higher level of dedicated, secure and dynamic connectivity than what the Internet can provide," said Graham Taylor, senior vice president, marketing, tw telecom . "As rapid adoption of the cloud continues, integration between the AWS ecosystem and our unique Intelligent Network capabilities will ensure the delivery of resilient, elastic and predictable network solutions. We're pleased to enable connections between Digital Realty customers and the AWS ecosystem to help improve their business performance."

Currently, tw telecom is offering eLynk Express to AWS in the following Digital Realty markets: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Washington.