Chicago, 15 February 2022: DE-CIX, the world’s leading carrier and data center neutral Internet Exchange (IX) operator, announces it has deployed a switch in Cyxtera’s Chicago data center (ORD1) at 350 E. Cermak. The platform will be fully interconnected with the Cyxtera Digital Exchange, a multi-site layer 2 fabric extending access to Cyxtera’s ORD2 and ORD3 data centers, enabling seamless connectivity to customers from any of the three Cyxtera data center facilities serving the Chicago metro market. DE-CIX Chicago’s deployment with Cyxtera marks the first Internet Exchange to be available in any of the company's Chicago data center facilities.
Connectivity to DE-CIX Chicago from any of Cyxtera’s facilities is possible via a direct connection, a cross connect at 350 E. Cermak, or a Layer 2 connection via Cyxtera’s intelligently automated data center interconnection fabric that allows customers to order dedicated colocation infrastructure in an on-demand model.
“We are delighted peering at DE-CIX Chicago is now available to customers in our Chicago data centers, and are excited to provide seamless access for our customers where they can leverage DE-CIX’s multi-service interconnection platform for peering and cloud connectivity,” comments Mitch Fonseca, SVP and GM Data Center Services at Cyxtera. “DE-CIX’s deployment with Cyxtera marks the first time we are working together, and we look forward to expanding on our relationship to other markets where we can both add value, as partners, for our customers.”
“Cyxtera is a great addition to DE-CIX Chicago. Not only are they a large player in the Chicago market, they also have their Digital Exchange platform providing seamless connectivity within the metro market between their facilities, immediately expanding our reach to even more data centers in the Chicago metro region.” adds Ed d’Agostino, General Manager of DE-CIX North America. “Partnering with Cyxtera exemplifies how we identify new partners and facilities where our platform can add value. DE-CIX Chicago is a little more than a year old, yet we are the first to provide access to an Internet Exchange in the three Cyxtera data centers. Just like we’ve done in the Dallas and New York markets, DE-CIX is eager to fully support and provide access from as many locations as possible in the markets in which we operate.”
Today, DE-CIX Chicago is available from over 13 data centers throughout the market, including Cyxtera. DE-CIX Chicago is interconnected to DE-CIX Dallas, New York and Richmond, offering fully redundant, low-latency private network connections across its North American platform. The company’s GlobePEER Remote service offers access to over 300 networks in North America with extended reach to more than 2,100 networks spanning Europe and the Middle East. DE-CIX Chicago was the company’s third market launched in North America (out of in total five markets to date), firmly positioning the company as the largest carrier and data center neutral ecosystem in North America.