EdgeConneX has entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to certify its Houston Edge Data Center (EDC) with Open-IX, and said that it plans to certify additional data centers in Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas markets by the end of Q1 2014.
In order to become an OIX-certified data center or Internet exchange point (IXP), companies must first initiate the process by submitting an application. The OIX executive board reviews each application and once accepted, data centers and IXPs are required to complete a compliance report to adhere to OIX technical requirements. EdgeConneX will soon begin implementing best practices and making submissions of its EDC facilities for review.
EdgeConneX’s EDC in Houston is served by multiple network providers including Zayo, Alpheus andLevel 3. The Houston EDC is built out to support and deliver high-bandwidth solutions commonly required by content providers and content delivery networks (CDNs), to enable caching of content closer to the end user, to optimize its delivery.
“Open-IX’s recent announcement to begin certification of North American data centers and Internet exchanges propelled EdgeConneX to announce its commitment and intent to adhere to the technical and operational standards defined by today’s leading industry professionals,” said Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer of EdgeConneX. “While EdgeConneX executes on an aggressive roll-out of our network Edge Data Centers, we are excited to be one of the first providers to design our data centers and implement the OIX standards required by today’s content delivery networks and service providers.”