Music City has a carrier neutral, public, internet peering exchange as of today. 365 Data Centers, DevDigital, and Peace Communications have teamed up to launch the Nashville Internet Exchange, or NashIX.
We are really starting to see the internet exchange market out at the edge gain some traction. The rationale is pretty simple: it costs less for network operators to buy a circuit to a local internet exchange than it does to backhaul the same amount of traffic back to the nearest major internet node – in Nashville’s case that would be Atlanta.
NashIX’s home will of course be in 365 Data Centers’ colo facility at 147 4th Ave in downtown Nashville, where both of the other partners in this effort are also colo customers. This used to be one of Switch & Data’s facilities, which Equinix sold to 365 after its purchase of that company. 365 will surely be looking to help out with similar initiatives in its other Tier 2/3 markets.
NashIX is built off of Juniper EX4550 and EX4200 gear provided by Enfopoint, and is up and running. Next, they’ll be looking to bring in some more members from the ISP and networking community in the city.
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