DE-CIX doubles North American footprint

DE-CIX doubles North American footprint

18 December 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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DE-CIX confirms that it has doubled its North American footprint with two additional Internet Exchange’s (IX).

The first is now available in Chicago, Illinois and the other will soon be available in Richmond, Virginia. The two locations expand upon and interconnect with DE-CIX North America’s existing interconnection platforms in the New York and Dallas metro markets.

DE-CIX Chicago is available in 12 facilities across the metro market and launches with more than 10 networks connected at the outset. Connectivity throughout Chicago reaches the east, west and southern coasts of the US with direct connectivity to Canada, positioning the market as a core interconnection point in North America. Until this launch Chicago was the only core communications hub without a second major IX.  

As for DE-CIX Richmond, the Richmond Virginia Internet Exchange (RVA-IX), leverages the market’s existing IX. Launched in 2016 as a non-profit community by: SummitIG, Richweb, VA Skywire, Pixel Factory, and the Bank of Virginia, the RVA-IX has access points throughout the Richmond market with Pixel Factory Data Center, EdgeConneX, and QTS Datacenters.

With the acquisition of the RVA-IX, DE-CIX will take operational ownership, and will further develop it interconnection capabilities. In addition, integration into the DE-CIX interconnection ecosystem means that connected networks in Richmond will have access to more services, can reach other DE-CIX locations and more ASNs.

“RVA-IX was chartered to ‘keep local traffic local’ and make ‘the Internet’ for our members and member’s users perform better.  Proximity to Northern Virginia with direct access to a variety of subsea cables is unique and important to our location in Richmond,” remarks Scott K. Brown, President of Pixel Factory.

“We think we did this for our members and we were also able to bring a lot of Internet content from across the country, closer to our members.  Now, we have the opportunity to bring the content from around the world closer by becoming part of the largest Internet exchange in the world. “

In addition, the new launched and soon to be launched facilities will have access to peering and cloud connectivity services available through DE-CIX’s DirectCLOUD capabilities, customers can access its carrier and data centre neutral interconnection ecosystem through DE-CIX’s GlobePEER Remote solution.

“As we approach 2021, DE-CIX North America is embarking on a new era of interconnection. By announcing these two very important Internet Exchange locations for DE-CIX, Chicago and Richmond, we will have four key markets fortified for interconnectivity solutions,” said Ivo Ivanov (pictured), CEO of DE-CIX International.

“The success of DE-CIX New York, now ranking among the top five IXs in North America with over 260 networks, and DE-CIX Dallas, which ranks among the top 20 IXs in North America with over 90 networks, solidifies our position in the market as the leading neutral interconnection platform provider for Internet peering and cloud connectivity.”