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LINX to Open Exchange in Ashburn With Dupont Fabros

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The London Internet Exchange will open a new internet exchange inside the ACC5 data center in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo: DuPont Fabros)

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) will build and operate a member-owned Internet exchange in Ashburn, Virginia on DuPont Fabros Technology’s Ashburn Corporate Center campus. The deal with LINX supports DuPont Fabros’ plan to host an Open-IX certified Internet exchange in each of its four markets.

The LINX node will be at DFT’s ACC5 data center becoming a part of LINX NoVa, a member-owned internet exchange that spans multiple data centers. LINX has already announced nodes at EvoSwitch in Manassas and CoreSite in Reston, and is now hitting all the key campuses in Northern Virginia. This node is particularly notable because it is in Ashburn, literally next door to Equinix, which runs the leading commercial traffic exchange in the area.

The LINX node at DFT’s ACC5 data center is expected to be live before the end of 2013 and LINX will offer incentivized port pricing through the end of 2014.

“Ashburn has been high on our list of potential sites since the beginning of the LINX NoVA project,” said John Souter, CEO at LINX. “We are pleased to be partnering with DFT to build a LINX node in their Ashburn campus, which will contribute significantly to the number of networks able to join the LINX NoVA exchange.”

DFT’s Ashburn Corporate Campus has an underground conduit system that connects each of the company’s five data center facilities in Ashburn, which will grow to include ACC7 upon completion. There currently are 26 network carriers on DFT’s campus providing connectivity services.

“We are very excited to be partnering with LINX NoVA to provide our customers and the Internet community a neutral Internet exchange ready for Open-IX certification in the fiber- and content-rich Ashburn region,” said Vinay Nagpal, Director of Carrier Relations at DFT. “The LINX NoVA node will enhance network density at our Ashburn campus.  In addition to providing our customers with additional connectivity and peering options, we anticipate the exchange to attract additional content, network and cable providers to our campus to connect to LINX for cost-effective peering and improved network performance.”

More Steam For the Open-IX Movement

In the European interconnection model, Internet traffic exchanges are managed by participants, rather than the colocation providers hosting the infrastructure. This model had struggled to establish itself in the U.S., barring recently.

Cue the recently-formed Open Internet Exchange (Open-IX), which hopes to import the European model stateside. Open-IX is a member owned, member governed non-profit looking to drive expansion of business-neutral Internet exchanges, reducing complexity, cost, and improving access within critical interconnection markets. The European approach seeks to extend the exchange across multiple data centers, offering participants a choice among providers and facilities.

The new exchange introduces an approach that has thrived in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and several Asian markets. It represents an alternative to the market leadership of Equinix, whose Ashburn campus is the focal point for interconnection activity in northern Virginia.  LINX is now going to be right in the heart of it all: Ashburn, Virginia.

Other activity spurred by Open-IX includes German Exchange DE-CIX entering NY, and Digital Realty’s plans to support the model.

LINX currently connects over 480 networks from mearly 60 countries with more than 1,100 ports. In May LINX announced plans to enter the US market with an initial Northern Virginia node at the EvoSwitch data center in Manassas.

About the Author

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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