Telx® has announced that it is opening up its MarketplacePORTAL to non-members for the first time, allowing companies to tap into and connect with the Telx ecosystem without having to register for the site.

"Over the years we've built MarketplacePORTAL into a powerful community for our customers. Making it publicly accessible is the logical next step in expanding its reach and potential," said Chris Downie, chief executive officer at Telx. "At Telx, we think of ourselves as more than just a data center company; we provide and create essential connections for our customers. And I'm not just talking about fiber-optic cables — with MarketplacePORTAL and MarketplaceLIVE, we're bringing our customers together online and in-person to help them do better business across the board."

MarketplacePORTAL was launched in 2012 to provide businesses with a single solution to not only monitor operations but also to drive new business across Telx's customer-base. Featuring virtual storefronts for over 900 customers and partners, MarketplacePORTAL is the only site in the multi-tenant data center industry that provides an interactive, public facing customer list at this scale. Today, companies can build tailored profiles to network and connect with other businesses and send and receive product quotes, a feature previously accessible only behind a login ID and password.

Additional features of the MarketplacePORTAL include online vertical communities used to target specific audiences for networking and market trend insight. For logged in users, matchmaking alerts are provided including a LIVE tool for creating meetings and sending messages for Telx's MarketplaceLIVE biannual events. The portal can also be used to view and manage purchased Telx goods, including opening new Cross Connect orders, auditing facility space and power, interconnection inventory, facility and user access, as well as issuing invoices and trouble tickets.