DE-CIX’s New York and Madrid IXPs in growth spurts

26 July 2016 |


DE-CIX New York has grown to the second largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in the New York metro area in just two years.

DE-CIX New York has grown, according to figures just released in the company’s monthly newsletter, to the second largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in the New York metro area in just two years.

This is a sharp increase in capacity in a highly competitive metro area and mirrored by similar successes at DE-CIX's Madrid, Spain facility.

An examination of the US IXP market in the last year shows DE-CIX’s overall growth to be steady and upward.

Out of about 80 Internet exchanges listed by TeleGeography in the US, DE-CIX has managed to become the seventh largest Internet exchange in the whole US market within two years. This has taken the New York facility from zero at its inception to the seventh largest IXP in just two years.

The peering traffic in DE-CIX’s New York internet exchange has risen from an August 2015 figure of 30 Gigabits per second - incoming and outgoing - traffic per day steadily through the rest of the year to peak at a current throughput of 97.1 Gigabits.

According to information supplied by DE-CIX, this puts its New York exchange on the same level as Equinix’s Palo Alto facility; NAP of America's (NOTA) and Telx Atlanta which all handle approximately 100 Gigabits per day.

The New York facility currently has an input and output monthly average of 71.1 Gigabits per day.

It is not just New York that is pushing DE-CIX’s figures up. It says that its newest Internet exchange in Madrid, Spain, is also exceeding the company's initial expectations for growth, leading to the opening of a second enabled site.

Harald A. Summa, DE-CIX CEO, said: "We anticipated a strong demand from international content networks, Internet service providers in Spain and Portugal, as well as from West African ISPs reaching Madrid via Lisbon, but the actual interest in our exchange exceeded even our most optimistic forecast."

He said, "After one month in service, we already have about 50 customers signed to our IX.  Clearly, there is a tremendous need for an Internet exchange that provides a neutral, reliable, quality interconnection and peering point."

DE-CIX Madrid started operations in May 2016 at the carrier-neutral Interxion data center. Recently, DE-CIX signed an agreement with Interoute, Spain, to open a second Madrid facility.

Summa said that geography had no bearing on consumer demand for clear VOIP, and services like video, gaming and cloud. Globally, he said, there is an increasing need for reliable interconnection platforms. This may be the explanation for the dual successes in New York and Madrid.