German Internet exchange operator DE-CIX has been quickly growing on the wave of the Open-IX movement in the United States. It’s New York area Internet exchange has scaled across 111 access points across Manhattan, New Jersey, and Long Island. The company has also introduced the Apollon technology platform into its NY IX as the foundation for the regional infrastructure.
The Apollon platform is an Ethernet interconnection platform that consists of a 100 Gigabit Ethernet-capable switching system that supports a large number of 100 GE ports across the switching fabric. Apollon delivers secure, resilient connectivity to the DE-CIX New York peering platform.
"In addition to metro fiber, we have also secured dark fiber riser assets in multi-tenant buildings and connected them to DE-CIX New York switching sites," said Frank Orlowski, Head of Marketing for DE-CIX. "This expands our reach to 111 access points in seven facilities across the NY/NJ region – more than any other Internet exchange in North America. One port from a DE-CIX site now delivers access to any other customer at the same or 110 other locations in the New York metro, plus the more than 600 customers at our primary Frankfurt exchange. The New York metro is a competitive market, but DE-CIX Apollon is taking peering and interconnection to the next level. We are working diligently to make DE-CIX New York the major exchange in this metro market."
DE-CIX New York uses multiple dark fiber rings to provide scalable backbone infrastructure to the exchange. A downtown Manhattan ring was implemented in 2013, and the company has added a New Jersey ring that connects facilities to the Apollon nodes in Manhattan. The expanded exchange also operates a Chelsea ring, which connects to the Telehouse Chelsea facility to the same nodes.
DE-CIX New York is a carrier- and data center-neutral Internet exchange distributed across major carrier hotels and data centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metro. The exchange supports settlement-free interconnection between Internet backbones. Announced in September 2013 and first opened for customer orders in November, DE-CIX New York continues to add data center sites to expand the coverage of the exchange and increase its utility to the Internet peering industry. Ninety-nine of the 111 access points at DE-CIX New York are 100 Gigabit Ethernet ready, with remaining points to be upgraded in the near future.