Internet Exchange operator DE-CIX is extending its reach into more data centres through a partnership with euNetworks. Their Project Reach partnership focuses on allowing many more customers to access the DE-CIX peering platform.
DE-CIX partners with carriers, leveraging their transport networks and points of presence for additional access. In addition to existing DE-CIX-enabled sites, where DE-CIX maintains its own hardware, new access sites are added with partners – such as euNetworks – who maintain and manage the hardware.
“We want to make it easy for peers located in any data centre to connect to us,” said Thomas King, chief innovation officer at DE-CIX. “euNetworks has an impressive network footprint across Germany and Europe. Their focus on connecting to all the key data centres across the region with fibre, combined with their service performance and delivery capability, makes euNetworks an ideal partner as we launch this project. We are able to offer our customers an extended ‘one-stop-shop’ solution.”
euNetworks owns and operates fibre-based networks in 14 cities across Europe, with seven of these in Germany. Along with a German backbone, euNetworks’ long haul network spans 49 cities in 15 countries, offering both scalability and diversity across its footprint. And significantly for Project Reach, euNetworks directly connects to over 350 data centres in its operating markets, with these sites being key to high bandwidth consuming companies.
Brady Rafuse, chief executive officer of euNetworks, said: “We have a great working relationship with the DE-CIX team and this partnership extends that further, with our customer ordering portal and Ethernet services supporting a smooth and rapid service delivery experience to the DE-CIX community.”
Last month, DE-CIX deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress 2 optical networking technology to address soaring demand for internet exchange services in rapidly growing markets, including New York City, Frankfurt and Dallas.
Cloud Xpress 2 supports simple point-and-click provisioning, delivering 1.2 terabits per second of capacity up to 130km without requiring any external equipment. Infinera Instant Bandwidth allows DE-CIX to activate and pay for additional capacity in minutes, reducing the initial cost of deployment while remaining responsive to customer capacity demands.