Data Economy: DE-CIX Dallas ‘Neutral Exchange’ is Among Top 20 in the U.S.

Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) in Dallas is the first truly neutral Internet Exchange in the region. Neutrality guarantees networks can be reached from different data center operators with just one cross connect.

DE-CIX North America announced its DE-CIX Dallas exchange has cracked the top 20 IX’s in the U.S. The Dallas exchange is the largest Open-IX certified, as well as the first data center-neutral Internet Exchange in Dallas.

DE-CIX says this means it operates the first truly neutral Internet Exchange in Dallas.

The ranking is based on the number of connected networks, as indicated on PeeringDB, a free “web-based database of networks that are interested in peering.” Peering is when two different Internet networks connect to exchange traffic between users.

DE-CIX—Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange—is located in Frankfurt, Germany. It’s a carrier- and data center-neutral internet exchange point (IXP), and is the largest IXP globally in peak traffic terms with a peak traffic of more than 7.2 Tbit/s (terabits per second). DE-CIX says it provides premium interconnection services.

The Dallas exchange is one of two in the U.S. (the other is in New York), according to the DE-CIX website. DE-CIX said IX’s neutrality guarantees users “reach networks from different data center operators with just one cross connect.”

Using the IX connection in Dallas saves money, time, and problems, according to DE-CIX. One cross connect to the DE-CIX platform allows multiple networks to be reached, saving connect costs and network costs; there’s direct and local access to multiple networks through the DE-CIX route servers; and if a transit connectivity fails, the peering connectivity is still up.

The IX in Dallas is expected to expand to additional locations across the region in the future.

The Dallas exchange works with a number of data centers, such as Cologix, CyrusOne, DataBank, Digital Realty, Equinix, Flexential, QTS, and zCo.

Those not located in partner facilities can connect to DE-CIX via a transport connection. Partnerships that eliminate cross-connect fees for companies using transport connections include: Consolidated Communications, PacketFabric, Telia, Unite Private Networks, and partner/reseller Telxius.

Ed d’Agostino, vice president and general manager of DE-CIX North America, said it’s exciting the Dallas exchange is in the top 20, considering it’s been launched for under three years.

“This growth, combined with the fact that the New York IX is also among the nation’s top five, serves as a testament to the success of our neutral approach and our model’s ability to seamlessly serve and support a market’s requirements,” he said. “We’re proud to be empowering the Dallas area and its surrounding region with improved network performance, and we will continue to deliver on our promise of bringing top-tier solutions to a growing number of providers.”

Because the exchange is neutral, it does not require colocation, which means the Dallas exchange serves a wide region including networks throughout Texas, in neighboring states, and Mexico networks in South Texas.

DE-CIX was founded in 1995 and is a leading IX. It has 18 carrier and data center-neutral IXs worldwide, serving more than 1700 carriers, ISPs, and content networks from more than 100 countries.

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