CoreSite to Host LINX Node in Northern Virginia

Colocation customer wins: London Internet Exchange to expand at CoreSite facilities in northern Virginia, Twitch gaming network selects Telx hub at 200 Paul in San Francisco, and payment processor APT consolidates gear with Latisys.

Rich Miller

October 7, 2013

4 Min Read
CoreSite to Host LINX Node in Northern Virginia
The server hall of a data center operated by CoreSite, which is filing for a $230 million IPO.

Colocation providers CoreSite Realty, Telx and Latisys have all announced meaningful customer wins over the past week. Here's a roundup:

LINX to Deploy at CoreSite

At today's kickoff of NANOG59, CoreSite Realty announced that the London Internet Exchange (LINX) has chosen CoreSite's Northern Virginia data center campus as one of the locations for its first North American peering exchange, LINX NoVA. The new deployment will enhance CoreSite's existing carrier density and increase the number of options for Internet peering and customer connectivity. The LINX infrastructure will span CoreSite facilities in Reston, Virginia and Washington, DC, which support 150 customers and more than 45 networks and ISPs.

LINX, one of the world's largest Internet exchanges, currently connects over 480 networks from nearly 60 countries. In May LINX announced plans to enter the US market with an initial Northern Virginia node at the EvoSwitch data center in Manassas. LINX's deployment at CoreSite is aligned with the Open IX, a member-governed organization seeking to adopt the European model for Internet exchanges in the United States.

"We believe that our deployment in CoreSite's Northern Virginia campus will contribute to us being able to create a successful new exchange in the US," said John Souter, CEO at LINX. "To demonstrate our commitment to building a world leading Internet Exchange in North America, we will be subsidizing it by providing free 10G ports to any networks who join."

"The addition of LINX NoVA to our group of peering partners will further enhance the existing network density inherent in CoreSite's Northern Virginia community and support the development of a more robust Internet peering ecosystem in the important Northern Virginia market," said Brian Warren, VP Product Management at CoreSite. "As reflected by the introduction of our Open Internet Exchange Hub last year, we believe in the importance of neutral Internet exchanges and our relationship with LINX NoVA in Virginia further strengthens our platform's value in providing our customers additional opportunities for both connectivity and community."

Twitch Gaming Platform Deploys at Telx

Twitch, a video platform and community for gamers with over 40 million unique visitors per month, has expanded its presence in the Telx SFR1 data center at 200 Paul Avenue data center in San Francisco. Twitch said the ability to connect directly to the world's top mobile and transit networks within SFR1 will boost Twitch’s growth as a leading video platform for the video games industry, servicing developers, media outlets, organizations, publishers and individual gamers with more than 600,000 unique broadcasters.

"Telx has been an important partner in our growth strategy by enabling us to deliver a high performance service of digital media content,” said Jonathan Shipman, EVP Engineering Operations for Twitch. "We were able to expand our presence with Telx in a cost-effective way and scale quickly to support growing demand from new and existing customers. Telx’s facility in San Francisco provides us with a way to expand our user base and improve experience, and we are excited about future opportunities with Telx.”

The San Francisco Bay Area is the second-largest market for colocation in the United States and is a key strategic growth market for Telx. Telx’s SFR1 facility provides access to dozens of the leading domestic and international carriers, CDN's, and ISP's, as well as physical interconnection points to the world's largest networks and enterprise backbones.

Latisys Boosts APT Payment Processing

Latisys has announced an IT Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) agreement with Accelerated Payment Technologies (APT), which provides secure credit card payment solutions. APT chose Latisys to consolidate multiple hosting providers to a private cloud environment with dedicated switching and a PCI compliant hosting environment to underpin its payment processing services. By consolidating at Latisys, APT was also able to deploy a disaster recovery (DR) service to automatically and instantaneously move workloads from one site to another.

Under terms of this multi-year deal, Latisys tailored a managed infrastructure solution to blend APT's private cloud environment with Latisys’ PCI compliant hosting platform. Latisys deploying an MPLS ring network with dedicated circuits and bandwidth, enabling APT to leverage Latisys’ backbone between data centers.

“APT is a financial services firm with mission critical payment services demanding high levels of IT performance while meeting PCI compliance requirements,” said Pete Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer, Latisys. “Our national platform is ideal for delivering highly flexible and scalable hybrid IT infrastructure solutions including new, customizable outsourced disaster recovery services.”

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