DE-CIX, PacketFabric expand interconnections to Chicago

DE-CIX and PacketFabric expand network interconnections to Chicago

01 April 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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PacketFabric has expanded its network interconnection capabilities to DE-CIX Chicago, the first commercially managed, open-IX certified neutral IX serving the Midwest.

Through this extended collaboration, DE-CIX Chicago further expands its IX distribution with the expanded interconnections with PacketFabric, as such it increases the ability for networks to access DE-CIX from even more data centre locations including Serverfarm and CoreSite CH2 in Chicago; CyrusOne in Aurora, Illinois; and Digital Realty and ServerCentral in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

“We’re in the business of democratizing access to mission critical infrastructure services, and we’re proud to support DE-CIX’s continued growth and success,” said Jezzibell Gilmore, chief commercial officer and co-founder at PacketFabric.

“With the launch of DE-CIX Chicago, we can now offer additional locations for our mutual customers and business partners to meet and interconnect with other networks from any global location on our private on-demand connectivity platform.”

DE-CIX Chicago’s existing capabilities are distributed over multiple data centres with switches at Digital Realty and within 427 South LaSalle Street at 365 Data Centers and CoreSite, offering further diversity from 350 East Cermak Road, the largest and most interconnected multi-tenant data centre in the Midwest.

In addition, PacketFabric’s SDN-based network simplifies network provisioning, enabling on-demand bandwidth and connectivity management. Its customers can also design and quickly deploy any network configuration using an advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web-based portal.

Also, through multiple Network to Network Interfaces (NNIs) between DE-CIX and PacketFabric across North America, PacketFabric customers can now easily reach DE-CIX facilities in Chicago, Dallas and New York.

“DE-CIX and PacketFabric continue to expand our cooperation as our services are so complementary,” added Ed d'Agostino (pictured), vice president and general manager of DE-CIX North America.

“PacketFabric customers now have greater interconnection options in each of our North American markets as well as from adjacent markets. PacketFabric not only helps DE-CIX serve metro areas, they also serve the surrounding regions.”

In addition 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.