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DataBank Increases Connectivity and Peering Options in Minnesota

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Customers now have access to Internet Exchanges in Minnesota, Seattle, Kansas City and Denver

Minneapolis is home to dozens of Fortune 500 companies, including United Health Group, Target Corporation and Best Buy. The high standard of living in the area helps fuel entrepreneurial growth and opportunity. At the state level, Minnesota is working to bolster investments in tech start-ups. The amount of data moving through Minnesota is substantial, and DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and interconnection services, is making strides to improve efficiency. 

The company has announced the completion of its connectivity into the Minnesota VoIP Midwest Internet Cooperative Exchange (MICE) extension switch through its Minnesota data centers, MSP1 and MSP2. This new extension switch connection enables peering and expanded connectivity options for DataBank customers and partners. By connecting into MICE, customers can also access The Seattle Internet Exchange (SIX), IX Denver, and Kansas City Internet Exchange (KCiX)

“Through this exchange, DataBank customers can directly peer with hundreds of ISPs, which offers substantial improvements in speed, latency, jitter and overall performance,” states Vlad Friedman, CTO, for DataBank. “Now, data originating in Minnesota can stay in Minnesota and doesn’t have to be routed through other networks located in other cities, just to get across the street. This improves performance for many types of applications at the edge including VoIP, gaming, streaming and overall data traffic.” 

MICE was originally created to help address these types of issues and is open to any organization to connect. ISPs can connect to MICE to improve quality and also help reduce network costs for transit links. With over 94 participants, MICE is a cooperative local exchange point and offers:

  • Bilateral peering – so that traffic can be exchanged directly between two members of the exchange
  • Multilateral peering – traffic exchanged directly between members that want to peer directly with any carrier
  • Direct content – access to Akamai, Amazon, CloudFlare, Facebook, Fastly, Google, Limelight, Netflix and others

For more information, visit www.databank.com.


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