Yesterday DE-CIX announced the completion of what had to have been an epic infrastructure migration on its home turf. The company spent the summer moving one of the core nodes of its Frankfurt IX from one data center to another, with the IX remaining live the entire time.
The move was from the CenturyLink/Level 3 facility at Frankfurt 7 over to Equinix's facility at Frankfurt 12 on the Kleyerstrasse campus. I have to admit I don't quite know the details of the geography within Frankfurt, so I'm not sure how far they had to go physically. DE-CIX's network in the city reaches into more than 20 data centers.
Some 450 network customers were migrated from one facility to the other, spanning some 2.4Tbps of traffic and 18Tbps of connected capacity. That's more than 40% of all data traffix on the exchange being migrated live. DE-CIX laid some 9 miles of fiber and leveraged a "patch robot" to make it all happen.
The move lays the groundwork for future expansion for DE-CIX, for whom traffic growth never relents. The work on the company's core infrastructure comes at a time when DE-CIX is also gearing up to meet the needs of enterprises and next generation interconnection business models worldwide.
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