CyrusOne Launches Internet Exchange Across Sites


An aerial view of the new CyrusOne data center in Phoenix. The company today launched a national Internet exchange. (Photo: CyrusOne)

Colocation provider CyrusOne continues building up its connectivity story, introducing its National Internet Exchange (IX), an on-net platform deployed across CyrusOne facilities in Texas and Arizona. The platform enables high-performance, low cost data transfer and accessibility for customers, uniting 12 CyrusOne sites in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Phoenix, with other locations coming on soon.

CyrusOne first entered the interconnection market back in February 2012. Earlier this year, it launched a Texas IX, and now is focusing on a wider build-out of the exchange.

“With the launch of our Texas IX earlier this year, and with the recent opening of our data center site in Phoenix, CyrusOne has completed the important first steps in building out the CyrusOne National IX,” said Josh Snowhorn, vice president and general manager of Interconnection for CyrusOne. “No matter what kind of scalability our customers choose, the National IX will deliver robust, national connectivity and enable content and ISP peering that brings the heart of the Internet closer to CyrusOne data centers. Enterprises benefit from core access to the most powerful networks in the world—opening the door to facility-to-facility interconnection at costs and performance metrics that were previously not available to them.”

The interconnection play is a great business, complementing existing assets while not requiring a great deal of capital.  National IX delivers interconnection across states and between metro-enabled sites within the CyrusOne facility footprint and beyond.  CyrusOne customers have the ability to “mix-and-match” solutions to unite top-tier data centers within and across metro areas for both production and disaster recovery needs.

The CyrusOne IX gives customers choice when building out capacity to transport large amounts of data. Customers may choose CyrusOne’s bandwidth marketplace, its Internet Exchange platform, or cross-connect to cloud services. Customers using the CyrusOne National IX have the ability to connect between CyrusOne facilities region-to-region at greatly reduced wholesale cost via terabit-class capacity. This capability can also provide cross-connection with any on-net third-party facility within metro regions for a minimal charge.

“CyrusOne remains ahead of the multi-site deployment curve by continuously anticipating needs and changes while aggressively building and integrating data centers throughout the U.S.,” said Snowhorn. “We are excited about the opportunities associated with our new CyrusOne National IX.”

While it’s billed as a national exchange, CyrusOne currently doesn’t have data centers in several major Internet markets, including Silicon Valley, northern Virginia and the greater New York market.

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Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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