365 Data Centers Opens Nashville Internet Exchange

365 Data Centers is opening an Internet exchange in downtown Nashville to allow content companies, CDNs and others to connect directly to the Internet and not backhaul traffic hundreds of miles.

April 6, 2015

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- 365 Data Centers, one of the top U.S. colocation providers by market presence, DevDigital and Peace Communications today launched the Nashville Internet Exchange (NashIX), the first carrier-neutral, open access peering exchange in Nashville and the middle-Tennessee region. The NashIX is comprised of shared network infrastructure for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), content providers, businesses, research and educational institutions to cost-effectively exchange Internet traffic. The NashIX is located within 365’s colocation facility in downtown Nashville.

The NashIX will speed access to the Internet by up to four times and lower the cost of interconnection by 70 percent by allowing service providers and businesses to connect to each other locally rather than having to pay for long haul transport to Internet exchanges in other cities.

Until today, regional ISPs and businesses had to pay for expensive private lines to reach Internet exchanges in Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas, significantly increasing cost and introducing network delay, known as latency. Latency between Nashville and Atlanta is six to eight milliseconds, compared to typical latency within a metropolitan area of less than two milliseconds. Furthermore, a 10Gbps private line from Nashville to Atlanta $5,000 to $10,000 per month, compared to the cost of a local 10Gbps connection within the Nashville metro that is 30 percent of that cost.

Connecting to the NashIX is free for “Early Access” participants that join before September 30th, 2015.

The NashIX was founded by local tech businesses to amplify tech innovation, job creation and economic growth in the region and validates the city’s role as a center for technological innovation in the Digital South. The NashIX will help local businesses including media, entertainment, the local music industry, major online content providers, healthcare, government, education and other organizations.

DevDigital and Peace Communications are long-time customers at 365’s downtown facility, centrally located at 147 Fourth Avenue. Having previously cofounded the Atlanta IX as a co-op that eventually became part of the current Telx Internet Exchange, DevDigital’s Managing Partner, Peter Marcum, saw excellent business demand and opportunity to build an IX in Nashville. The three companies collaborated to found the NashIX, and they jointly operate the exchange.

“The unprecedented growth of the Internet due to the consumption of online video, music and cloud services has made it difficult for service providers and big Internet businesses to scale cost-effectively,” said Keao Caindec, Chief Commercial Officer, 365 Data Centers. “The NashIX will make the Internet faster and more affordable, enabling small and large businesses in Nashville to benefit.”

"Increasingly, content is moving from the core to the edge. With the NashIX, content will move faster and with less congestion,” said Peter Marcum, Chairman of the Board NashIX, Managing Partner, DevDigital. “Way back, I was a cofounder of the Atlanta IX, and it has turned into a very big deal for Atlanta’s connectivity. We’re doing the same for Nashville. Having a carrier-neutral facility locally is critical to NashIX’ and Nashville’s success. It fosters open competition, where clients can choose the best service or price that suits their needs.”

“Businesses can reduce long-haul transport costs up to 70 percent by moving content and services closer to clients and consumers at the local network edge,” said Jim Peace, CEO, Peace Communications. “Faster speeds give end-users a much better experience whether that means improved web page load times, more nimble cloud-based applications, or reduced jitter and buffering for videos. For broadband, content, cloud and managed service providers this results in less churn and increased ROI.”

"Aside from the direct benefits to bandwidth consumers and bandwidth providers, the NashIX is another sign that Nashville is serious about being a leading technology community," added Chris Sloan, Steering Committee member, Chair, Emerging Technologies Company, Baker Donelson. Baker Donelson is one of many local firms that will benefit from NashIX.

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