Digital Realty has announced the expansion of the Digital Realty Internet Exchange Platform, or "DRIX," to Digital Realty data centers in Ashburn, Virginia, and Chicago. The two new locations extend the company's internet exchange service offering beyond the existing network in New York, Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix, connecting a variety of facilities within each of these metros to the peering platform. 

The expansion of Digital Realty's internet exchange platform builds upon the growth of the company's colocation footprint in Northern Virginia, the world's largest data center market, in addition to its established stronghold at 350 East Cermak in Chicago, one of the world's single largest data center buildings and the network hub for internet traffic in the Midwestern U.S. 

Digital Realty is the only internet exchange in these metros with significant existing and expansion capacity, offering solutions from a single cabinet up to multi-megawatt deployments. "The explosion of IP traffic has created the need for a highly scalable, reliable and cost-efficient internet exchange solution," said Chris Sharp, chief technology officer, Digital Realty. "Our track record as a stable, trusted business partner has enabled us to reduce the complexities of interconnection for our customers, deliver innovative ways to simplify provisioning and improve their network performance for a better enduser experience."