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Hurricane Electric PoPs into Telx Data Center in San Francisco
One of the meet-me rooms Telx operates is at the 200 Paul facility in San Francisco, owned by Digital Realty. (Photo: Digital Realty)

Hurricane Electric PoPs into Telx Data Center in San Francisco

Provider expands connectivity options for Telx customers, including access to its massive global IPv6 network.

Hurricane Electric, a Silicon Valley-based colocation and network connectivity services provider, has installed a Point of Presence (PoP) in a Telx data center at the Digital Realty Trust-owned facility at 200 Paul Avenue in San Francisco.

The PoP gives Telx customers at the site access to an additional network provider and the ability to peer with Hurricane’s global network. The provider offers both IPv4 and IPv6 connectivity (it is one of the biggest players in the IPv6 market), and its network consists of four redundant paths across north America, two separate paths between the U.S. and Europe and rings in Europe and Asia.

Headquartered in Fremont, California, the company claims to operate the world’s largest IPv6 network, which it started building in 2001. The estimate is based on the number of networks it is connected to.

Each of its customers gets both IPv6 and IPv4 services over the same connection. It offers 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 GbE, 1 GbE and 100BaseT connectivity.

Commenting on the expansion into 200 Paul, Hurricane President Mike Leber said, “The new PoP will give customers of [the data center] additional connectivity options, while expanding access to next-generation IP service.”

Telx is a tenant at 200 Paul – a 145 megawatt facility south of downtown San Francisco.

The company has positioned itself early on to capture demand for IPv6 services as the number of available IPv4 addresses continued to shrink. In April, American Registry for Internet Numbers reported that the Internet had entered the final phase of the countdown to the last IPv4 address. ARIN was down to the final 16 million addresses.

Hurricane provides colocation services out of two large data centers in Fremont and one smaller facility in nearby San Jose. Its Fremont data centers are 45,000 square feet and 200,000 square feet, and the San Jose facility measures about 3,000 square feet.

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