Newsletter Q1 & Q2 2017
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The Edge is moving so fast, we decided to start a quarterly newsletter to keep up on the latest topics, trends and of course, yours truly - EdgeConneX. Welcome to Volume 1, an overview of some of the highlights this year and a video titled Breaking The Mold showing the growth of EdgeConneX over the last 3 years. It’s amazing to see that we now have 30 data centers serving 27 global markets. We appreciate your support and look forward to creating more news together in the future.


Clint Heiden
CCO, EdgeConneX
What’s New at the Edge

To learn about how the rapid adoption of OTT video and IoT technology is driving increasing connectivity demands at the edge of the network, read the FTI Consulting report, “The Data Center Market is About to Get Edgy.”
Welcome to Miami

During the final quarter of 2016, EdgeConneX® launched its second Miami Edge Data Center® (EDC) on one of the densest fiber routes in the country, creating a main interconnection location for traffic exchange with the Americas. Located in Miami Gardens, just 10 miles north of the NAP of the Americas, this new Miami EDC provides direct access to LATAM, South America and the Caribbean via dark and lit fiber for local EdgeConneX customers, including wireless carriers, service providers, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), cloud providers and enterprises.

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Portland Says Hello to Hyperscale

As an increasing number of large enterprises such as LinkedIn and Adobe turn to Portland for their dedicated facilities, the data center ecosystem throughout the region has reached hyperscale status. Driven by the availability of multiple subsea cable landing stations delivering international trans-pacific interconnectivity, the increasing demand for data center space within the emerging Portland market has created a new opportunity for EdgeConneX to enter this region with a purpose-built, edge-of-network facility designed for high-performance, low-latency connectivity as well as direct access to top cloud providers.

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Featured Data Center
Breaking the Mold: 30 Edge Data Centers in 4 Years
While the industry average for data center build time is 24 months, EdgeConneX has successfully completed 30 data centers spanning the globe in four short years. Click below to discover our international reach.
News from EdgeConneX
Detroit Internet Exchange Partners With EdgeConneX®, Offering Direct Route Connectivity With Reduced Latency to Detroit Metro Area
NL-ix Establishes Point of Presence at EdgeConneX Edge Data Center in Amsterdam
EdgeConneX® Partners With the Salt Lake Internet eXchange, Offering Connectivity to 10+ Unique Networks
New EdgeConneX® Edge Data Center® in Miami Focuses on Interconnection Relief to South and Latin America with a Transparent Business Model
Megaport to Deploy Its Elastic Interconnection Fabric in EdgeConneX® Edge Data Centers® Globally
We Expanded: New Headquarters in Herndon, VA

EdgeConneX’s European Reach
NL-ix Extends European Interconnection Fabric to Amsterdam EDC
Contributed by: Simon de Boer, Marketing and Communications Manager for NL-ix

European interconnection specialist NL-ix established a new PoP at the EdgeConneX EDC in Amsterdam in April. With peak traffic of 1.7 Tbps and 620+ members, NL-ix is the fifth largest Internet Exchange in the world, but the company does much more with its assets than other Internet Exchanges.
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Edge Market Insights:
Featured Industry News on the Edge
Open19 Initiative launches for data centre and edge
The Open19 Initiative, a foundation focused on open data center and edge solutions, has officially launched. The group hopes to create standardized solutions for open hardware and software solutions in data centers worldwide.
New Open19 Foundation aims to standardize data center and edge platform designs
Microsoft Corp.-owned LinkedIn, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., and General Electric Digital are banding together to form a new foundation that aims to make it easier for enterprises to buy hardware for their data centers.
Microsoft is extending Azure IoT to the Edge of the network
With IoT Edge, Microsoft now makes it easier for developers to move some of their computing needs to these mobile devices as it’s able to run on Windows and Linux and on devices as small as a Raspberry Pi with only 128MB of memory.
The drivers and trends that are moving data centres towards "the Edge"
EdgeConneX’s Phill Lawson-Shanks presented remarkable insight into changes in internet usage patterns, technologies connecting users to the internet and emerging needs for improved data centre infrastructure to support these changes during keynote presentation at the Toronto Board of Trade.
Key Partnerships
EdgeConneX Cloud Access Partnerships Continue to Expand
Over the course of the past six months, EdgeConneX has continued its extensive expansion efforts to bring local cloud access solutions to the Edge of the network. In addition to its existing APN Partnership status with AWS, EdgeConneX has recently established a direct partnership with Microsoft Azure, offering access to ExpressRoute in several EdgeConneX EDCs across North America.
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Meet EdgeConneX at These Events
AWS Summit Chicago AWS Summit NYC
JULY 26 - 27, 2017 AUGUST 14, 2017
Chicago, IL New York, NY
Capacity North America Neutral Peering Days
SEPTEMBER 6 - 7, 2017 SEPTEMBER 14 - 15, 2017
Denver, CO Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Join Phill Lawson-Shanks as he presents:
Making the Edge a Reality - Localizing Phoenix
Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit (451 Event) Carriers World
SEPTEMBER 18 - 20, 2017 SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2017
Las Vegas, NV London, UK

Random Thoughts: On the Edge
What is an Edge Data Center? And what makes it different from a standard data center? - Written by Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Architect & Vice President of Innovation

Over the past year, the “Edge” has become a major buzz word in the data center industry. But what exactly is the Edge? Where is it located? What is an Edge Data Center? And what distinguishes it from any other facility anywhere else? Well, that all depends on who you ask. Some claim that tier II or tier III markets and the data centers that reside there are at the Edge simply because they are not in a “core market”. Some traditional “core” data center providers claim that they are at the Edge because this is where “they claim” the cloud or content lives. To simplify correctly: the Edge is where you connect with the Internet to access the services that journey across it, and where those service platforms physically exist.

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Community Commitment
EdgeConneX Scores a Hole-in-One for U.S. Veterans
This past April, EdgeConneX supported the 25th-Annual ‘Swing for Freedom’ invitational golf outing sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) benefitting the United Service Organization (USO). Total contributions to the USO topped $40,000 – the organization’s largest donation in the last five years. During this fun-filled afternoon, participants gained the opportunity meet Wounded Warriors while raising money to help ease the financial burdens on veterans resulting from services not covered by the VA.
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Click here for a chance to win EdgeConneX SWAG! Winners will be selected randomly.
Coming up: Volume II of ‘On Edge’ will feature a virtual reality tour of our Boston data center. Click here to request your VR viewer in advance.
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