Digital Realty expands IX platform to new US locations

22 January 2019 | James Pearce

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Digital Realty has expanded its internet exchange platform to new data centre facilities in Ashburn, Virginia, and Chicago, Illinois.

The new locations are in addition to existing Digital Realty Internet Exchange (DRIX) facilities in New York, Dallas, Atlanta, and Phoenix, offering connections from various networks in these regions to the peering platform.

Digital Realty will leverage its existing colocation footprint in Virginia, which is one of the world’s largest data centre markets, along with its presence in one of the world’s largest single data centre buildings in Chicago, to offer internet exchange services, offering solutions from a single cabinet to multi-megawatt deployments.

DRIX is Digital Realty’s neutral internet exchange platform offering customers with high-performance internet peering services enabling customers including carriers, CSPs, and digital media firms to exchange IP traffic.

The aim of DRIX, according to Digital Realty, is to reduce operating costs whilst boosting network performance, and adding resiliency for its partners. Overall, Digital Realty counts more than 2,300 firms as its partners across data centres in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia.

“The explosion of IP traffic has created the need for a highly scalable, reliable and cost-efficient internet exchange solution,” said Digital Realty CTO Chris Sharp. “Our track record as a stable, trusted business partner has enabled us to reduce the complexities of interconnection for our customers, deliver innovative ways to simplify provisioning and improve their network performance for a better end-user experience.”