DE-CIX doubles its internet exchange footprint in North America, making it the largest data center neutral interconnection ecosystem on the continent
NEW YORK — DE-CIX, the world’s leading Internet Exchange (IX) operator, unveiled breaking news at its virtual DE-CIX Interconnection Summit 2020 – North America edition – that it has doubled its North American footprint with two additional IXs, one now available in Chicago, IL, and one soon to be ready for service in Richmond, VA. The two locations expand upon and interconnect with DE-CIX North America’s existing multi-service interconnection platforms in the New York and Dallas metro markets. By doing this, DE-CIX is creating the largest carrier and data center neutral interconnection ecosystem in North America.
DE-CIX’s Richmond expansion, the Richmond-IX (RVA-IX), leverages the market’s existing IX, illustrating the company’s eagerness to support community-lead IX initiatives. RVA-IX was launched in 2016 as a non-profit community by: SummitIG, Richweb, VA Skywire, Pixel Factory, and the Bank of Virginia. The RVA-IX has access points throughout the Richmond market with Pixel Factory Data Center, EdgeConneX, and QTS Datacenters. Through the asset acquisition of the RVA-IX, DE-CIX will take operational ownership, and will expand upon its interconnection capabilities benefiting the local and regional market. Integration into the DE-CIX interconnection ecosystem means that connected networks in Richmond will have access to more services, can reach other DE-CIX locations and more ASNs, and can enjoy increased redundancy and resilience.
Doubling its North American footprint overnight, DE-CIX North America’s four IXs are set to cover key markets including the Northeast (DE-CIX New York), Southwest (DE-CIX Dallas), the Midwest (DE-CIX Chicago) and Mid-Atlantic (to be DE-CIX Richmond) regions. DE-CIX Chicago, DE-CIX New York, and DE-CIX Dallas are interconnected with each other via a private network, creating a fully redundant, optimized low-latency route between each market – this ecosystem will be extended to interconnect also with DE-CIX Richmond when it is ready for service. In addition to access to peering and cloud connectivity services available through DE-CIX’s DirectCLOUD capabilities, customers can access the world’s largest carrier and data center neutral interconnection ecosystem through DE-CIX’s GlobePEER Remote solution. DE-CIX’s global interconnection ecosystem reaches all the way from the DE-CIX IXs in North America, to Europe, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia, connecting more than 2100 networks overall.
“RVA-IX was chartered to ‘keep local traffic local’ and make ‘the Internet’ for our members and member’s users perform better. Proximity to Northern Virginia with direct access to a variety of subsea cables is unique and important to our location in Richmond,” remarks Scott K. Brown, President of Pixel Factory. “ We think we did this for our members and we were also able to bring a lot of Internet content from across the country, closer to our members. Now, we have the opportunity to bring the content from around the world closer by becoming part of the largest Internet exchange in the world.”
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