Unifi-Ix switches on Dublin exchange
8 December 2016 | 0
Internet exchange operator Unifi-Ix has switched on its international internet exchange in Dublin. This makes Dublin just the fourth city to be connected to its 100Gb/s network. The selection of Dublin is a reflection of Ireland’s growing importance as a digital ecosystem that is attracting many of the world’s leading data centre and cloud providers.
The opening of the new exchange will see five jobs created in the first 12 months, as well as an investment of €600,000. This is expected to rise, as Unifi-Ix grows its global footprint. It is initially connecting two high density locations for data centre investment and telecommunications services: one in the north west of Dublin and one in the south west of the city.
In addition to the two Dublin locations, Unifi-Ix’s network currently connects to four data centres in London, one in Birmingham, and one in Manchester. It is currently building its network in Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, New York, Dallas, North Virginia and Dubai.
Tom Sanders, managing director of Unifi-Ix, said: “Our new infrastructure will significantly reduce the number of steps needed to interconnect major cloud, Internet and content services. This will provide a huge benefit to consumers, who will see an improvement in the performance of their online applications.
“Our investment will help indigenous Internet-oriented start-ups and increase Ireland’s attractiveness as a location for investment by multinational and internet oriented companies.
“These digital businesses are looking to safely peer and exchange data at faster speeds with the world’s leading Internet applications and services so they can better meet their consumer’s demands for high quality voice over Internet, gaming, content and social media services.
“We view Ireland as a key access point to most of the largest players on the Internet. Its location is a logical mid-point between Europe and the Middle East on one side, and the US on the other and this was a very important factor in our decision to invest here.”