Richmond-IX deploys primary IX hub in QTS Richmond data centre

The Richmond Internet Exchange (Richmond-IX) has deployed its primary internet exchange (IX) hub within QTS Realty Trust's 1.3 million sq ft Richmond mega data centre.

-IX, responding to increasing demand for diverse interconnection and connectivity solutions, expands QTS Richmond's internet ecosystem and simplifies network strategies by providing diverse connectivity options.

Last month, the carrier neutral peering exchange deployed a node directly into an EdgeConneX edge data centre (EDC). The new deployment allows customers to manage network traffic in a cost-effective way. Additionally, QTS' connectivity strategy includes plans to deploy similar regional connectivity hubs across its national portfolio.

"Richmond-IX's deployment represents the latest expansion of connectivity solutions available within QTS facilities," said Brent Bensten, CTO of product development at QTS, a provider of data centre, cloud and managed hosting services.

"QTS is committed to building a carrier-neutral Internet ecosystem in each of our data centres and we will continue to support interconnectivity among our customers across our footprint."

QTS’ Richmond data centre is on a 210-acre campus with more than 500,000 sq ft of raised floor capacity. Along with the Richmond-IX Internet Exchange hub, QTS Richmond remains among the most interconnected data centres in the region, featuring more than a dozen leading on-net network service providers offering customers a full suite of enterprise-class carrier services.

Richmond-IX was launched in the fall of 2016 by Ninja-IX, a leading non-profit operator of exchanges across the US Richmond-IX is particularly significant based on its proximity to both the Northern Virginia Tier 1 data centre market to the north and the new Virginia Beach cable landing to the south.

"QTS is a highly qualified, trusted partner with whom we have successfully deployed a similar connectivity hub in QTS' Phoenix data centew," added Paul Emmons, executive director of Ninja-IX. 

"As the premier connectivity provider in Richmond, we look forward to QTS using our connectivity option to better serve the peering community in the Virginia market."