Chicago, one of the most interconnected cities in the world has now gotten even more connected. DE-CIX, the operator of the world’s largest carrier and data center neutral Internet Exchange (IX) announced in December 2020 it has extended its platform and capabilities to the Windy City. Known for its multiple access sites, redundant switch locations and metro area ring design, DE-CIX entered a new partnership with 365 Data Centers setting its switch in their facility at 427. S. LaSalle.
In a press release issued by the company in January 2021, DE-CIX Chicago’s IX is now available at 365 Data Centers, forming both a new data center partnership within the company’s global portfolio, and adding Internet Exchange capabilities to 365 Data Centers’ facility for its customers for the first time.
DE-CIX Chicago marks the company’s third IX in North America. Now 365 Data Center customers gain access to a neutral multi-service interconnection platform, enabling VLAN access for peering, and to reach global carriers, ISPs, content, cloud, and other networks through a single port.
Ed d’Agostino, VP and General Manager of DE-CIX North America remarked, “As one of our first initially deployed switches in the Chicago market, DE-CIX’s partnership establishes both a new DE-CIX location and a new peering point in the Chicago market. 365 Data Centers network of connected data centers extends connectivity to DE-CIX beyond the Chicago metro market. Now, 365 Data Centers’ customers throughout the Midwest, can now leverage transport to peering to extend reach to carriers and cloud providers available at the DE-CIX Chicago IX, reducing costs while improving overall network performance.
“Our Chicago customers can now access DE-CIX’s multi-service interconnection platform for peering and cloud connectivity as well as turnkey access to DE-CIX’s other North American and large global exchanges,” commented James Ashton, 365 Data Centers’ VP, Network Operations.
DE-CIX Chicago is interconnected to DE-CIX New York and DE-CIX Dallas through a fully redundant, low-latency private network. This GlobePEER Remote service offers access to over 300 networks in North America with extended reach to 2,100 networks spanning Europe, the Middle East and Asia.