Still fressh off its IPO, CyrusOne has some big plans beyond mere colo space on its home turf down in Texas. They’ve apparently been building a statewide internet exchange fabric, hooking up their own facilities as well as other carrier hotels throughout the Texas Triangle cities of Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.
The company’s Texas Internet Exchange will be powered by Infinera’s DTN and the 100Gbps photonic integrated circuits, as well as their bandwidth virtualization capability. Note that’s not the DTN-X, but rather Infinera’s well established 10G workhorse. Established internet exchange points are doing native 100G stuff these days, but this is a new one and doesn’t yet have that kind of traffic to support. Besides, price points on 100G probably aren’t cheaper than 10x10G except perhaps where driven by complexity – and this probably isn’t such a case.
Obviously CyrusOne has assembled some dark fiber on the Texas Triangle and in the various metros to make this happen, though it’s not clear on whose footprint they are working. These are heavily fibered routes, so it could be one of any number of networks. When complete though, they’ll have a regional exchange fabric with which to power cloud-based services aimed at the dense Texas enterprise market.
CyrusOne’s Texas IX has been in pilot since December, and is expected to launch by the end of this month.