Content delivery provider Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW, news, filings) took a bit of a break from the content side of things, and got its hands dirty with a bit of IP transit work. The company announced that the Arizona Internet Exchange, which it is backing, is now open for business. Limelight is based in Arizona, which I actually did not know until today, and therefore has a vested interest in improving connectivity options in the state.
The AZIX is located at i/o Phoenix, the huge new datacenter opened by i/o Data Centers a little over a year ago. It’s a good place for an exchange, as just about every network’s data travels alongside if not into the facility already, and they offer those free cross connects as well. The introduction of an internet exchange in Phoenix is just another symptom of the growing power of the city’s datacenter marketplace.
Are there more IX’s in the future for Limelight? I doubt it, this was probably a special case, and we’ll be hearing more about the likes of EyeWonder and new flavors of streaming video again soon.
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