DE-CIX says it had a big first quarter to open 2015, selling as many 100GE ports during the quarter as they did all last year. The big name on that list is clearly Akamai, who now has 12x100GE or 1.2Tbps of connectivity over at DE-CIX's flagship Frankfurt exchange. That's a lot of peering capacity.
That's a lot of peering bandwidth, and demonstrates just how much Akamai uses such connections today to distribute its traffic around the world. Their infrastructure has evolved quite a lot from the dot-com era when they helped invent the CDN business.
For its part, DE-CIX has been quite busy lately turning up new exchanges in exotic destinations like Palermo, Marseille, and Istanbul to go with its growing North American beachhead in New York City and its Middle Eastern foray in the UAE. The regional internet exchange model has definitely been picking up steam on many fronts, both in Tier 2/3 cities in the US and internationally, and DE-CIX is definitely looking to ride that trend.
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