DE-CIX, which operates the massive Internet Exchange in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), will establish Internet exchanges in major U.S. metro regions. New York City has been chosen for its first distributed, carrier- and data center-neutral Internet Exchange for North America. DE-CIX makes this game-changing move in the North American telecommunications market in an effort to begin boosting the country’s vital digital infrastructure and the infrastructure of the cities in which it will operate.
DE-CIX said it plans to use the same open model as in Frankfurt for the high-capacity, high-performance Layer 2 peering interconnection. Different than the prevailing U.S. Internet traffic exchange model, DE-CIX will deploy a large-scale Ethernet switching fabric, combined with an all-fiber metro optical backbone that supports traffic volumes of up to numerous Terabits per second across multiple data centers in the selected metropolitan areas. This will enable all types of Internet providers to exchange traffic across the neutral, distributed infrastructure. This is an advantage over current U.S. colocation and exchange models, in which data centers primarily serve their own on-campus tenants or connect customers with passive Private Interconnects (PI).
"Establishing and developing the new exchange will go far in elevating New York’s reputation as one of the world’s great technology hubs, in addition to its other first-rate attributes. DE-CIX’s new exchange in New York will be operational soon, while we are also planning for deployments in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. DE-CIX will help these selected cities to grow their role as Internet hubs and finally achieve the major role they deserve in the global Internet ecosystem," said Harald A. Summa, CEO for DE-CIX.