A global direct interconnection startup has bought a British counterpart to gain an automation platform.

IIX Inc., based in California and headed by Canadian Al Burgio, said Wednesday it has bought Allegro Networks and its Snap automation suite, which allows customer organizations to purchase and provision virtual cross connects, point-to-point circuits, and peering interconnections in minutes.

A Snap eliminates the manual and laborious process of creating direct network interconnections across multiple markets that can take weeks and often months, the companies said in a release.  Using a laptop, tablet or mobile device, customers can log on to a secure portal and buy and provision connections to the content providers, cloud providers, and other trading partners.

“Enterprises are rapidly adopting cloud computing solutions, driving the demand for scalable, secure, and flexible direct interconnections to content, cloud, and application providers and other enterprise networks, Burgio said in the release. “With the acquisition of Allegro, IIX gains top engineering talent, innovative technology, and 34 network points of presence (PoPs) in the U.K. to support growing customer demand.”

IIX gives organizations the ability to directly connect to the Internet for peering.

Allegro’s chief technology officer Andy Davidson is now IIX’s European vice-president of network engineering. As CTO, Andy led Allegro’s technical strategy and the development of Snap, the companies said. He’s also chairman of two U.K. internet exchange points, LONAP and IXLeeds.

“IIX is at the forefront of next-generation direct interconnection for enterprises worldwide,” Davidson said in the release. “This acquisition enables our customers to have direct access to additional leading content and application providers globally. Our two organizations share the same philosophy, believing that the ability to provision scalable, reliable, and secure interconnects will power new innovation for the benefit of online users.”

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

IIX is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif,, and has an office in St. Catharines, Ont., where it was founded.