Cork gets regional internet exchange
The internet peering group Internet Neutral Exchange Association (INEX) has announced it will open its first regional internet exchange point in Cork. INEX said the new Internet Exchange (IX) reflects the growing internet and digital economy in Cork and will provide a facility that will ensure that internet traffic is served locally in the region, where possible.
The new exchange will be sited at the carrier neutral data centre of CIX in Hollyhill, and is expected to go live in early Q2 2016.
“Communications infrastructure and the Internet economy as a whole are developing fast in Cork, said Barry Rhodes, chief executive, INEX. “The arrival of the Hibernia Express subsea fibre cable, and the other international subsea fibre cables that are expected, have created a momentum in the city that the INEX Cork IX will help to further stimulate. INEX celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2016 and we are delighted to be marking this milestone with the launch of INEX Cork.”
INEX said that the Cork facility will be a stand-alone exchange, independent of the INEX network in Dublin.
INEX currently has more than 100 members and has points of presence (PoPs) at six data centres in the Dublin area connected via dedicated resilient fibre links. With peak traffic levels approaching 110 Gigabits per second, the exchange handled more than 200 Petabytes of data in 2015.