DE-CIX partners with Equinix to expand Istanbul IX offering

DE-CIX partners with Equinix to expand Istanbul IX offering


Equinix has announced that DE-CIX will move into its IL2 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Istanbul, Turkey.

The new deployment in Equinix’s IL2 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre marks the global internet exchange operator’s 14th with Equinix and it is set to grow DE-CIX’s Istanbul operations by enabling expanded carrier- and data centre-neutral internet exchange services in the region.

“Extending our presence in Istanbul with our long-term partner Equinix, shows we are building robust, secure and reliable interconnection bridges across continents,” said Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International.

“Istanbul itself owns a unique strategic position within Eurasia and DE-CIX is here to strengthen this position with its customers and partners. We believe Istanbul is the interconnection gateway to Europe, Asia and Middle East, with a huge future potential.”

By moving into Equinix’s IL2 data centre, DE-CIX will be able to leverage Equinix’s metro connect services to provide direct, dedicated, carrier-grade network links between Turkey’s MedNautilus subsea cable landing station and IL2. These cable systems enable accelerated traffic globalisation and data consumption, as well as rapid growth of cloud and online services.

Customers at the IL2 data centre now only need a cross connect in place to directly connect with DE-CIX Istanbul. They can also benefit from peering with networks in Turkey and utilise additional interconnection services like DE-CIX DirectCLOUD. DE-CIX customers operating in the Turkish market will now have regional interconnection points via Equinix.

With a population of 14.4 million people, Istanbul is the largest European urban region. It has a fast-growing economy and its dense route of cable systems gives access to close to 50% of the world’s population.

There have been a number of developments this year in Istanbul, which have included Epsilon partnering with ORIS Telekom to deploy its Infiny software-defined networking (SDN) platform, which included the launch of a joint point of presence (PoP) in the TI Sparkle data centre in Istanbul. Türk Telekom International (TTI) also expanded its collaboration in Turkey with DE-CIX Istanbul with global internet exchange services.

Equinix’s IL2 data centre is strategically located across two continents – Europe and Asia – and provides access to enterprises looking to gain a competitive business advantage across multiple markets within MENA, Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. According to the third volume of the Global Interconnection Index, this competitive advantage is bolstered by interconnection bandwidth, which is predicted to grow at a 51% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) in Europe and at a 56% CAGR in Asia-Pacific.

In addition to the DE-CIX deployment, IL2 now also benefits from the expansion of Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) to the market. This development provides an on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service that allows any business to connect between its own distributed infrastructure and any other company’s distributed infrastructure, including the world’s largest network service and cloud providers on Platform Equinix. Earlier this year, Equinix disclosed that it was spending nearly $2 billion to open 12 new IBX data centres and expand 23 existing IBC data centres in 2019.

“We are excited to be working with DE-CIX and look forward to helping them grow their presence in this flourishing market,” said Keith Shaw, EMEA business development at Equinix. Equinix recently announced that it was expanding its EMEA cloud services through Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute.

“The global surge in data has created a need for enterprises around the world to directly and securely connect with their partners, to enable the real-time transfer of data in a secure, scalable environment. As the world’s leading Internet Exchange operator, DE-CIX’s expanded presence with Equinix will be a key driver in facilitating digital transformation across the region.”

It's a timely and strategic announcement as DE-CIX, which recently announced that data throughput at its Frankfurt Internet Exchange (IX) broke through another new record barrier with more than 8.1Tbps, has launched into South East Asia.

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