DC BLOX, a provider of interconnected edge computing data centers and “carrier-class” network services, has completed the latest phase of its fiber optic network installation between its data centers in Atlanta and Chattanooga with network connectivity to 56 Marietta St. DC BLOX.

DC BLOX‘s fiber-optic infrastructure is an 8.8 Tb per second network. The new capacity provides customers at both data centers with lightning fast, low-latency connectivity with geo-redundant paths and links them to the Southeast’s largest Internet Exchange (IX).

“The goal for the network at DC BLOX is to create a distributed data center environment for our customers,” said Jeff Wabik, chief network and strategy officer at DC BLOX. “That means that the connectivity between all our data centers is so fast and abundant that applications can be distributed across them with minimal concern for latency and performance impacts.”

Disaster Recovery

The Atlanta and Chattanooga data centers would form an effective disaster recovery pair. With more than 100 miles between them, they would meet a “best practice” for geographic diversity for potential natural disasters – if something happens in one location, the data is secure in a backup location.

DC BLOX’s 100 Gb per second connections from its Atlanta and Chattanooga data centers to the facility at 56 Marietta St. enable connectivity to more than 150 networks, telecom, and cloud providers. For customers who cannot acquire space at this major U.S. interconnection point because of its high occupancy, DC BLOX provides near-site colocation services. According to DC BLOX, average latency between its Atlanta data center and the 56 Marietta St. location is 0.103 milliseconds, and Atlanta to Chattanooga would be only 1.71 milliseconds.

DC BLOX colocation customers can purchase Ethernet Private Line (EPL) and Ethernet LAN (ELAN) services connecting them to other DC BLOX data centers, to premise-based locations and to cloud providers using DC BLOX’s soon-to-be-available Cloud Ramp service.


The DC BLOX wholly owned fiber network uses Ciena’s converged packet optical and packet networking products to provide fully protected redundant routes with unprecedented scale and performance. Ciena’s 6500 and 8700 platforms would add good network automation, control and service delivery for customers in the southeastern United States.

“DC BLOX is creating the next generation of software-defined data centers, bringing huge improvements in scale and responsiveness for latency-sensitive enterprise applications,” said Bruce Hembree, vice president and general manager of North America sales at Ciena. “DC BLOX’s vision will change the paradigm for customers harnessing the capabilities of multi-cloud environments and bringing self-serve, on-demand resources that will adapt to the real-time needs of enterprise, research, and education applications.”

DC BLOX plans to extend its data center footprint into Huntsville and Birmingham, Alabama in 2018 and will provide “high-speed” network connectivity with the Atlanta and Chattanooga locations.

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