RCN Business (NASDAQ:RCNI, news, filings) Metro announced today that it has added a direct connection to datacenter specialist Telx's Financial Business Exchange in Clifton NJ. By hooking up with RCN's financial network, Telx is of course looking to add to the low-latency portfolio it can offer to the financial community. Combined with connections to Telx other facilities in NYC and to a collection of financial exchanges and other data hubs in the metro area, this will provide Telx with improved connectivity and service options with which they can compete more effectively with larger datacenter providers like Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) which has been making plenty of its own similar moves.
This has been a very hotly disputed market over the past few quarters, as both datacenters and metro fiber providers have been jockeying for position. RCN Metro's network density throughout the region gives them some advantages in this war, especially when looking beyond the uber-connected Newark/Jersey City/Weehawkin/Secaucus routes. Of course, the Clifton site is only another 5-7 miles west up Route 3 from Secaucus and about 10-12 miles from most Manhattan datacenters - not exactly distant. Just how close is close enough for the next generation of traders?
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