26 January 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Netherlands data centre company Data Facilities has launched an internet exchange in the country’s most populous area, around The Hague.
DF-IX, the Data Facilities internet exchange, is a
not-for-profit operation to which companies in the conurbation
can connect free of charge. It will compete with existing
internet exchanges in Amsterdam, said Savvas Bout, CEO of Data
"It is high time for an internet exchange in The Hague region,"
he told Dutch media. DF-IX is intended to serve the Randstad
region, which includes Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam as well
as The Hague.
"The Hague and Rotterdam are key players in the ICT sector.
Many parties unfortunately resort to larger data centres and
internet exchange points in Amsterdam, with unnecessarily high
costs as a result."
Members of DF-IX will receive free admission to several
regional data centres in the Randstad, which are connected to
several global Tier 1 providers, said Data Facilities. DF-IX
members are connected to colocation data centres at Zoetermeer,
Spijkenisse and The Hague.
"With this new internet exchange we are going to encourage the
exchange of local and regional internet traffic," said
Data Facilities connects carriers and internet service
providers including Ziggo, KPN, Cogent and Level 3
Bout, who is also CEO of the Netrouting hosting company in the
US, set up Data Facilities in the western Dutch town of
Spijkenisse in 2012 and in The Hague two years later.