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16 August 2017
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
EdgeConneX has teamed up with Richmond Internet Exchange (Richmond-IX), which is part of Ninja-IX, by building a connectivity node directly into its Richmond edge data centre (EDC).
The partnership will officially designate the Virginia state capital as an edge market, bringing content closer to end-users throughout the region. It also advances internet connectivity and the 101,796 sq ft facility, which is positioned within a region that has historically been dependent on Ashburn for content delivery, offers a diverse option for Richmond, while further expanding the edge of the network.
Richmond-IX, which started in the fall of 2016, is one of five exchanges the Ninja-IX corporation operates. Located just 10 miles from downtown, the EDC was purpose-built and precisely located to provide secure colocation for customers wishing to deliver content and applications to local-market consumers.
“Following successful partnerships with EdgeConneX in Las Vegas and Phoenix, we’re looking forward to this latest venture, as it provides an opportunity for the peering community to grow outside of Ashburn,” said Paul Emmons, executive director of Ninja-IX (Phoenix, Las Vegas, Richmond, and Sacramento).
“As the second existing internet exchange in the region, the availability of Richmond-IX within EdgeConneX’s Richmond EDC strengthens interconnectivity, providing an added layer of IX redundancy and diversity.”
In addition, EdgeConneX’s strategic partnerships with network and cable operators at the local level guarantee the shortest and fastest carrier-neutral routes for effective content delivery to local market subscribers and internet customers.
“It’s our mission to expand peering options across our entire global portfolio of edge data centres,” explains Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer of EdgeConneX. “Our latest partnership with the Richmond-IX builds upon this mission, delivering the necessary connectivity to rapidly and securely deliver bandwidth-intensive content and applications to the edge. In addition, by collaborating with Richmond-IX, we also gain the opportunity to provide our customers with these enhanced peering opportunities inside a flexible and scalable colocation environment, while giving tenants access to a diverse portfolio of content delivery networks.”
The new Richmond EDC, which provides concurrently maintainable power with an N+1 configuration and direct cross-connects to the IX providing speeds from 100Mbps to multi-10Gbps for customers, contains diverse Points of Entry (PoEs), with a variety of fibre conduits to physically diverse Meet-Me Rooms (MMRs).
Along with available interconnection services, the current list of carriers includes Comcast, Level 3 Communications, Summit IG and Zayo.