DataBank, DE-CIX partner to deliver peering and Layer 2 connectivity

17 October 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


DataBank and DE-CIX North America have teamed up to deliver peering and Layer 2 connectivity across three facilities in downtown Dallas (DFW 1), Richardson (DFW 2), and Plano (DFW 3), Texas.

A partnership was formed, between the carrier and data centre-neutral US internet exchange (IX) operator and provider of solutions for data centre, cloud and interconnectivity services, in response to the increasing demand for connectivity access in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.

Each location, connected through DataBank's own metro Ethernet ring, now provides customers with access to the DE-CIX platform, enabling companies with access to public and/or private peering, enhanced network capabilities, and Layer 2 connectivity that can access transit networks. 

"In addition to boosting interconnections across networks within our facilities, our partnership with DE-CIX allows us to serve the market more effectively providing access to peering and Layer 2 connectivity solutions that are already disrupting and driving the market," said Raul Martynek, CEO of DataBank, which at the start of the year signed a definitive agreement to acquire data centre service provider C7 Data Centers, immediately making it a leading provider in Salt Lake City.

"DE-CIX boosts our growth strategy to drive connectivity across all businesses within the technology-concentrated business areas within the DFW Metroplex and beyond."

Compounding recent announcements that DE-CIX Dallas doubled its accessible reach through new connectivity options in both the Dallas and Houston markets, the new partnership solidifies DataBank and DE-CIX market position and traction in the region.

Ed d'Agostino, GM and vice president of sales at DE-CIX North America, added: "DataBank and DE-CIX are cooperating in every way possible to deliver access to our competitive neutral exchange to better serve the business needs in the market. We open new possibilities to connect both thriving Dallas-based businesses, but also growing players across underserved markets."

At the beginning of October, DE-CIX announced that its Dallas facility dramatically increased the number of networks in the Dallas market that can access its platform. The extension nearly doubles its accessible reach in the market.

There has been a number of developments within the Dallas area of late. Infomart Data Centers first launching its RackReady wholesale solution at Infomart Dallas and doubling its carrier-neutral building meet-me-room (BMMR) in Dallas. Digital Realty also revealed plans to build a $1.05 billion data centre campus in Garland, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex region.