Colocation and interconnection provider Telx is formally unveiling its Ethernet Exchange platform today at its CBX event. Over the next nine months, the company will open interconnection points in seven datacenters nationwide, with the first customers as part of a charter program in the third quarter. The first locations will be 111 8th Avenue and 60 Hudson Street in New York as well as its Atlanta and San Francisco locations.
Key to notice, however, is a parallel announcement, in which Telx is placing its own Ethernet Exchange in alliance with that of tndm. The two will build compatible exchange systems off of the unified exchange fabric, i.e. they will both be basing it on the Cisco ASR 9000 router and software, and they will interconnect the two exchanges. Thus Telx’s seven planned facilities will be joined by Neutral Tandem’s 14, for 21 nodes in all. Seems like a sensible plan to me, safety in numbers and all that.
This partnership helps both companies achieve scale faster and thus could allow them to keep pace with early bird CENX as well as Equinix’s effort. On the other hand, there are more moving parts and therefore the two will have to coordinate well to make it happen. If it proves workable, might other smaller providers join Telx and Neutral Tandem rather than go their own way? Or might it even come to pass that they all find a way to interconnect somehow?