Flexential, a U.S. provider of hybrid IT data center solutions, has announced the opening of Charlotte-IX – a peering exchange in Charlotte, N.C. Through this Internet exchange, housed in Flexential‘s 62,000 square foot North Charlotte data center, companies can bypass Internet traffic to “securely” connect to Flexential’s FlexAnywhere network fabric.
The Charlotte-IX exchange was developed in partnership with Ninja-IX, a not-for-profit peering exchange provider that operates exchanges in cities across the U.S. Flexential delivers peering fabric for the initiative, while Ninja-IX provides the switching infrastructure. Together, the technologies create a package “enabling cost-effective Internet transit paths” within the geographic area.
The new peering exchange provides customers in Flexential’s North Charlotte data center with open peering fabric services and cross-connects, allowing them to directly connect with one another and share network traffic with organizations across the FlexAnywhere platform. Flexential plans to add additional nodes in North Carolina data centers, and additional peering exchanges across the country, in the near future.
“Charlotte is a rapidly growing market for our customers locally and nationally,” said Chris Downie, CEO of Flexential. “They require peering services that reduce traffic costs and limit organizational risk. Our FlexAnywhere fabric and 100-gigabit network backbone, coupled with key network provider partnerships, enable us to offer this added benefit to customers.”
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FlexAnywhere provides access to 41 data centers, more than 80 domestic and international carriers, 14 cloud nodes, multiple peering exchanges and more than 250 network, data center, managed service and cloud providers, including AWS Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
Ninja-IX Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that manages Internet peering exchanges in Charlotte, Dallas, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Richmond, and Sacramento. The company was created to provide local peering fabrics in areas that are underserved and cost-prohibitive.
“Flexential’s support for this project allowed Ninja-IX to dramatically expand our Charlotte exchange to better support peering in an underserved market,” said Paul Emmons, founder and executive director at Ninja-IX. “With demand in peering services growing quickly, working with Flexential allows us to help Charlotte-area businesses offer a higher quality connectivity experience for their users.”