This morning EdgeConneX brought a bit more infrastructure out to the edge of the network up in Minnesota. They announced a partnership with the Midwest Internet Cooperative Exchange under which they'll soon have a MICE node in their facility.
MICE is a five-year-old, nonprofit regional network exchange with a core switch in Downtown East Minneapolis's 511 Building, and basically enables providers to bypass the internet hubs in Chicago for data that would otherwise stay in the upper Midwest. They have some 60 networks hooked up in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and EdgeConneX's data center at 6875 Shady Oak in Eden Prairie will let them offer peering services to a new set of content providers and CDNs.
It's an interesting synthesis, in that EdgeConneX's business model is based on providing service providers and content providers/distributors with space to interconnect directly at the edge, yet in a different way from the IX ecosystems that have been simultaneously proliferating in metro areas big and small in the more traditional data center alleys. Just how public peering fabrics and direct interconnection sites fit together as the infrastructure out at edge of the network continues to develop while metro networks get more dense and bring it closer to the core will be something to watch.
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