Responding to increasing demand for diverse interconnection and connectivity solutions, the Richmond Internet Exchange (Richmond-IX) has deployed its primary Internet Exchange hub within QTS’ Richmond mega colocation data center.
Richmond-IX expands QTS Richmond’s Internet ecosystem and provides diverse connectivity options. The new deployment would allow customers to manage network traffic in a cost-effective way. Additionally, QTS’ connectivity strategy includes plans to deploy similar regional connectivity hubs across its U.S. portfolio.
Richmond-IX is building its connectivity hub within QTS’ mega scale Richmond data center – a 1.3 million square foot colocation facility on a 210-acre campus with more than 500,000 square feet of raised floor capacity.
“Richmond-IX’s deployment represents the latest expansion of connectivity solutions available within QTS facilities,” said Brent Bensten, CTO – Product Development, QTS. “QTS is committed to building a carrier-neutral Internet ecosystem in each of our data centers and we will continue to support interconnectivity among our customers across our footprint.”
Launched in 2016 by Ninja-IX
Richmond-IX was launched in the fall of 2016 by Ninja-IX, a non-profit operator of exchanges across the U.S. Richmond-IX is particularly significant based on its proximity to both the Northern Virginia Tier 1 data center market to the north and the new Virginia Beach Cable Landing to the south. The Virginia Beach Cable Landing is the world’s first transoceanic fiber cable station in the Mid-Atlantic region and would enable lower latency connectivity to Europe compared to data centers located in Northern Virginia.
“QTS is a highly qualified, trusted partner with whom we have successfully deployed a similar connectivity hub in QTS‘ Phoenix data center,” said Paul Emmons, Executive Director of Ninja-IX. “As the premier connectivity provider in Richmond, we look forward to QTS using our connectivity option to better serve the peering community in the Virginia market.”