Digital Realty Introduces European ‘Open Internet Exchange’ Model in US

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Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a global provider of data center solutions, has announced the launch of Digital Open Internet Exchange, a first of its kind in North America, open-interconnect and peering environment that aims to accommodate the Internet community’s demand for more independent and cost-effective peering options.

The initial rollout for the company’s Digital Open Internet Exchange will take place in the New York metro area and Northern Virginia, followed by deployment in several other U.S. markets. Digital Realty plans its Digital Open Internet Exchange Ecosystem to become a truly neutral and member-governed global peering network of Internet exchange providers, a model that has proven successful across Europe.

Neutral Internet Exchanges

The company is expected to operate as an endorsed data center partner with the governing bodies and endorsed IXPs (internet exchange providers) of Internet exchanges in each of the major exchange locations in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

"Digital Open Internet Exchange is a game-changer for the entire IP and networking community," said Michael Foust, CEO of Digital Realty Trust
“Digital Open Internet Exchange is a game-changer for the entire IP and networking community,” said Michael Foust, CEO of Digital Realty Trust

“Digital Open Internet Exchange is a game-changer for the entire IP and networking community, and for our customers,” said Michael Foust, Chief Executive Officer at Digital Realty. “By creating a truly open Internet exchange environment, we are supporting the community’s desire for neutral exchanges that are more efficient and cost-effective than those available today. The end result for our customers will be immediate access to enhanced interconnectivity and Internet peering capabilities across the more than 30 markets in our global portfolio.”

“We understand that the costs and limitations associated with connecting to the existing Internet exchanges in the U.S., as well as peer-to-peer interconnecting, are simply too high,” said John Sarkis, Vice President of Connectivity and Carrier Operations at Digital Realty. “This initiative establishes the optimal exchange environment, making it possible for Internet service providers (ISPs), content delivery networks (CDNs) and content producers to interconnect with their peers as well as to other exchanges from our data centers at a significantly lower cost than they pay today, while also improving the quality of service they can provide to customers.”

Digital Realty’s portfolio of data centers is located in 32 markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Digital Realty Ecosystem has more than 120 data center locations worldwide.