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EdgeConneX to Connect its Edge Data Center with MASS IX Node

August 05, 2015

EdgeConneX recently announced that it will build a MASS IX node into its Boston Edge Data Center (EDC) and expects the connection to be ready in the final quarter of this year. The expansion will allow EdgeConneX’ Boston-area customers access to MASS IX and other Internet exchanges.

Herndon, Virginia-based EdgeConneX provides connectivity solutions for network operators, content providers, and wireless carriers. According to its site, the company currently has 21 EDCs in 14 states with plans to add centers in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The Massachusetts Internet Exchange (MASS IX) is a carrier and data center-neutral Internet exchange with six locations in the greater Boston area. Its purpose is to provide a more affordable way for many providers and institutions to exchange IP traffic. Entities that want to access MASS IX choose a port (1 GE, 10GE, or Nx10GE), join the ISP peering LAN, and can choose private connection, and value-added service options. MASS IX was created and is operated by TOWARDEX, a Boston-based network services provider. It also provides access to other major Internet exchanges.

Internet exchange points (IXP) like the ones that make up MASS IX, are critical to the network infrastructure of a city. Atlanta, for example, is the site of three IXPs, making it a major fiber hub in the Southeast. Like Boston, it is home to several modern corporations, a major airport and other amenities of modern cities. Demand for data centers is high there and will continue to be that way for the foreseeable future.

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These IXPs also shorten the path that data takes when moving from point to point, thus improving performance. Another IXP in a modern U.S. city, Seattle is a great example. According to the Seattle Internet Exchange (SIX) website, before it was created in 1997, an ISP at the time found that data was traveling all the way from Seattle to Texas and back just to go from one side of the floor to the other.

EdgeConneX has been ambitious in adding 20 EDCs since late 2013, so it’s no surprise the company would include a major business and tech center like Boston as one of its sites. MASS IX plays a major role in how providers and their customers access data centers in the area. Connecting an EDC to MASS IX was not a ‘nice-to-have’ item for EdgeConneX; it was imperative for them to be able do business in Boston. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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