New Exchange Invites Internet Community to Connect Locally in One of the Largest US Markets
TEMPE, AZ--(Marketwire - 01/17/11) - The Arizona Internet Exchange (AZIX) today announced it is open for business, backed by Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:LLNW - News). The Exchange is located at i/o Data Centers, the leading data center as a service (DCaaS™) provider, and is designed to connect providers locally at one of the largest data centers in the world, in one of the largest Internet markets in the country.
AZIX will support cross-connects between transit providers for enhanced content delivery across Arizona and beyond. The Exchange will be run out of i/o PHOENIX, which was recently awarded Tier III Design Certification from the Uptime Institute. i/o PHOENIX is one of the largest commercially-available data centers in the world and has access to more than a dozen telecommunications carriers including AboveNet, AT&T, Level3, Qwest, Verizon Business and Telia Sonera. i/o will provide the data center infrastructure including uninterruptible, conditioned power, cooling, security and network access.
"We're excited to help drive connectivity in our own home town," said Denver Maddux, Vice President, Network Architecture, Limelight Networks, Inc. "Not only will the Exchange decrease costs for providers locally and improve content delivery speeds, it will also help in fostering a community of content and access providers in the Arizona market."
"i/o PHOENIX provides the ideal platform for the Arizona Internet Exchange," says Kevin Malik, CIO for i/o. "With free cross-connects and over a dozen telecommunications carriers in our Meet-Me-Rooms, as well as some of the largest Web properties, i/o will be able to offer Arizona Internet Exchange customers unmatched connectivity."
The Phoenix area today is home to some of the world's largest Web properties. By routing traffic through the new Arizona Internet Exchange, providers will save on transit costs and decrease latency by roughly ten to twenty milliseconds. That latency drop will bring speeds below the ten-millisecond threshold and will further enhance online experiences in the region. Lower latency and improved performance consistency have a particular impact on heavy-bandwidth tasks, such as large software downloads and rich-media applications, including live streaming video.
The Arizona Internet Exchange offers the applied experience of Limelight's delivery professionals. It also extends Limelight Networks' unparalleled presence around the world, adding to the company's vast cloud storage architecture and robust computing platform. For any providers with customers in the region, the Exchange adds a new hub for content delivery, ensuring speedier transport and higher-quality online experiences.
About Limelight Networks, Inc.
Limelight Networks, Inc. provides solutions that enable business and technology decision makers to profit from the shift of content and advertising to the online world, the explosive growth of mobile and connected devices, and the migration of IT applications and services into the cloud. Over 1600 customers worldwide use Limelight's massively scalable software services that engage audiences, enhance brand presence, analyze viewer preferences, optimize advertising, manage and monetize digital assets, and ultimately help build stronger customer relationships. For more information, please visit http://www.limelightnetworks.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/llnw.
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