As the various European-style peering efforts really start to get rolling in the US, the key will obviously be getting a critical mass of networks hooked up. DE-CIX's New York internet exchange now has its first active interconnection customer, and it's a biggie. They turned up service for Akamai yesterday at 111 8th Ave.
As the 800lb gorilla of the CDN world, Akamai delivers a heck of a lot of bits and they naturally want to have as many options as possible when it comes to delivering them. Peering platforms let them more directly connect to networks they would otherwise buy transit to reach, and vice versa. They have existing relationships with DE-CIX in Europe and the Middle East, so connecting in New York as well wasn't a big leap in and of itself.
The New York interconnection marketplace looks like it will be quite interesting this year, as the European-style exchanges jockey for position with each other and with the existing interconnection providers.
For its part, DE-CIX announced its plans last fall to open an exchange spanning multiple key interconnection points around the New York area. They followed that up with a dark fiber deal with OCG and had added 111 interconnection points as of February.
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