Zayo, Netflix partner on Florida Internet Exchange

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By Sue Marek

Zayo’s zColo division is teaming with Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX)  to sponsor and house FL-IX, a non-profit peering group that will serve the southeastern U.S. and Latin America. Besides Netflix and Zayo, FL-IX’s other members include Akamai, CloudFlaire and Host.Net. These members are all actively seeking peering partnerships.

Zayo’s zColo division will provide the space, power and underlying network connectivity for FL-IX while Netflix will provide the switching equipment and other technology necessary to run the exchange.

A Netflix executive said in a statement that the company is committed to the Open IX model that provides greater options for exchanging traffic. “The Miami market needs more connectivity alternatives to NAP of the Americas and we anticipate FL-IX will be well received by many major content and network providers. The FL-IX exchange should also enable emerging providers to participate in this cost effective peering community,” said Dave Temkin, director of network architecture and strategy at Netflix.

Zayo has been expanding lately. Last month the company launched Tranzact, a platform that will allow enterprise customers or resellers the ability to order bandwidth services. Customers that use the service can shop from and purchase from over 70,000 global locations and buy bandwidth services in two minutes or less. Given the diverse needs of each customer, they can also search by building, location type, data centers and cloud providers.

For more:
– see this press release

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