DE-CIX Barcelona goes live
DE-CIX announces that DE-CIX Barcelona, the new interconnection platform in the Catalonian capital, is fully operational.
The new exchange now offers interconnection services like peering and private interconnection, along with cloud exchange services through its Apollon platform, and additional access to public clouds such as Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Bluemix and Oracle.
Following agreements in the bitNAP and Equinix data centres, the company also confirms that it will also offer its interconnection services in the EdgeConneX data centre in Barcelona.
“The landing of DE-CIX in Barcelona, guaranteeing a first-level and global Internet Exchange, augments and amplifies the impact of the arrival of international submarine cables and the digital port that will host them – all of these being key components to achieve the objectives of the Catalan government’s digital strategy," said Jordi Puigneró, vice president and Minister for digital policies and public administration of Catalonia.
"This Internet Exchange will be an enrichment for our economy and our citizens, since it positions Catalonia as a pole of attraction for companies and international investments in the field of data centres and data exchange points, and will allow substantial improvements in user experience for all those services that require very low latency. We are talking, therefore, of a key investment in the generation of wealth, talent and high value-added jobs.”
With the addition of this Barcelona facility, DE-CIX has established the largest neutral interconnection ecosystem in Southern Europe, joining its existing Internet exchanges (IX) in Lisbon, Madrid, Palermo, and Marseille.
All DE-CIX IXs in Southern Europe serve domestic markets, as well as creates new European gateways to South and North America, Africa, and Asia. In addition, along with interconnecting to DE-CIX Madrid and Marseille, DE-CIX Barcelona is interconnected with DE-CIX Frankfurt, through which the company is opening up 'one of the largest cloud exchanges in the world' to enterprises in the Catalonian region.
“Barcelona is among the top 10 economic centres in Europe by GDP and is also the most promising emerging digital hub, thanks to the great potential of the submarine cables to be deployed in the near future. This will bring the entire digital ecosystem of the Iberian Peninsula to a new level,” said Ivo Ivanov (pictured), CEO of DE-CIX International.
At present, roughly 30 network operators, Internet service providers, content providers, and enterprise networks have already started to exchange traffic and make use of the company’s interconnection and cloud services in DE-CIX Barcelona. Among them are the likes of Google and Microsoft, as well as local organisations such as the Centre de Telecomunicacions i Tecnologies de la Informació de la Generalitat de Catalunya.