SaaS and tech companies
As a software and/or technology company, having self-sovereignty is becoming ever more important. This often means owning and running your own infrastructure instead of leveraging someone else’s, aka the cloud. From a cost perspective, multiple case studies have shown that the larger and more mature a software company gets, the more expensive it is to operate in the cloud.
But saying that you want to own and run your IT infrastructure is one thing, doing it is another. Companies often choose the cloud precisely because it’s easy to use; you don’t have to manage any of the physical infrastructure yourself. Your cloud provider will do the work of buying the equipment, getting it to a data center, commercializing the transactions via CAPEX, checking all of the compliance boxes, and making it operational. The difficult step, for most companies looking to run their own infrastructure, is post-hardware purchase, when they need to figure out how to distribute hardware to multiple sites. Just like cloud companies, SaaS businesses need to replicate their infrastructure across multiple geographies, which becomes difficult to manage and maintain.
But what if it was easy to manage the distribution of your hardware globally? Suddenly, managing your global infrastructure becomes a much less daunting task. This problem is what FGX Go solves. FGX Go provides SaaS companies with a turnkey door-to-data center solution that cuts away all of the related logistics, compliance, commercialization and tax work that goes into shipping infrastructure globally. FGX makes it easy and cost-effective for you to own and run your own private cloud.
What is FGX Go?
FGX Go is our turnkey, door-to-data center shipping solution that’s built for companies of all sizes and industries. Whether you’re looking to setup a new data center or ship to an existing PoP, we’ll manage everything from the time you order the equipment from your reseller or OEM to the second it’s delivered to its destination.
How does FGX Go work?
FGX Go is a service level that enables our clients to obtain quotes on a shipment-by-shipment basis, and doesn’t lock you into any contracts, allowing you flexibility to scale up and down as needed. When we provide our quotes, we’ll also do an import check to make sure that the equipment is eligible for use in the country you’re looking to ship to. We’ll also let you know what we’ll be executing on your behalf (for example, applying for permits, funding international deferment accounts, etc.) and how long it’ll take so that you can plan your deployments in advance.
What’s special about FGX Go is that our quotes take into account your company’s international footprint to look for cost reduction and operational efficiency wherever possible. For example, the reduction or elimination of import VAT in certain countries or the capability to reclaim it in others.
After a shipment’s quote is approved, FGX will prepare all of the documentation and licenses, perform all of the necessary compliance work, fund duties and taxes, etc., prior to anything being shipped out. By doing so, we limit the amount of time your hardware is sitting in international customs, thus reducing uncertainty and risk in the process. Once all of the documentation and pre-shipment work have been approved, your equipment will be routed via our private supply-chain to its destination’s port of entry, where our in-house customs brokers take over.
During customs clearance, officials may inquire about the import by asking questions, requesting backup documentation, and more – all of which FGX will manage on your behalf. After customs clearance has been completed, we’ll arrange for the shipment to be delivered via a direct drive to the data center or colocation site and provide you with a POD (proof of delivery).
How much work will I have to do?
As little as possible. There are, however, situations where our clients want to commercialize their shipments in a specific way and in order for FGX to make that happen, we have to work with their international counterparts. In cases like that, our clients have to do a bit of administrative and communication work, but throughout the entire process, FGX acts as the project manager and takes ownership over moving things forward. But in 99% of shipments, FGX is able to manage all of the shipments with zero end-user interaction.