PRESS RELEASE: IXcellerate, MSK-IX, and Cirex Jointly Announce Direct Peering Connectivity From IXcellerate on the Moscow Internet Exchange

6 November 2012, Moscow, Russia & London, UK: IXcellerate, a datacentre provider in Moscow, and Cirex, a communications service provider in Russia, together with the Moscow Internet Exchange (MSK-IX), have jointly announced direct access to peering on MSK-IX, the neutral and independent Internet Exchange Point in Moscow.

Partnering with MSK-IX, Cirex will provide fiber channels from IXcellerate’s Data center to MSK-IX and offer peering connectivity directly from IXcellerate on the Moscow Internet Exchange. MSK-IX, with a total number of 370 members to date, is a strategic exchange point for Internet traffic in Russia, providing public and private peering, colocation and interconnection management services in Moscow and a number of big cities across Russia from St Petersburg throughout Vladivostok.

Peering at Internet exchanges allows carriers and providers, Internet businesses and financial organizations to directly connect their Internet infrastructure through a distributed, fast, and cost-effective Ethernet fabric to reduce IP-transit costs and to improve network connectivity and resilience. MSK-IX’s route-server service will provide IXcellerate’s customers with free access to multiple networks immediately without the need to negotiate agreements with each of them individually.

“The opportunity to connect to MSK-IX directly at IXcellerate facility will boost the interconnectivity options for companies collocating their IT and telecom infrastructure,” stated Elena Voronina, CEO at MSK-IX. “In partnership with Cirex we extend our network reach throughout new Moscow DC facilities and enrich them with wide choice of carriers and providers residing mostly at the M-9 facility, at present.”

Guy WillnerCEO of IXcellerate said: “We aim to make IXcellerate the most well connected data centre in Moscow and having direct access to the Moscow Internet Exchange is part of that strategy. We are pleased to see Cirex working to provide customers low latency direct access.”

“This is not the first time Cirex partners with either IXcellerate or MSK-IX. It is Cirex’s pleasure to work jointly with both companies. IXcellerate’s customers will be able to access MSK-IX within 1-2 weeks either via 1 Gbit/s or 10 Gbit/s channel,” said Alexander Vakhtin, Managing Director of Cirex.

About IXcellerate

IXcellerate is a datacenter project founded by Guy Willner (Founder and former CEO of IXEurope),former President Europe for Equinix Inc.), and Cliff Gauntlett (Former SVP of Golden Telecom). The project will encompass the construction and operation of a 6,200 square metre, carrier neutral data centre in Moscow set on a 15,000 square metre campus. The datacenter will be built over three phases, with the first 1000 square metres planned to be in operation in Q4 2012. IXcellerate is the Russian Alliance Member of the International Data Centre Group (IDC-G). See www.ixcellerate.com (stay connected on construction pictures and progress on the website or on Twitter @ixcellerate)

About Cirex

Cirex provides communication channels, full-view Internet and dark fibers in rent and on sale. The communications service provider is also the last mile carrier in Moscow. Cirex’s business is focused on working with partners which include communications service providers and data centers. The company present at all key traffic exchange points (MMTS 9, MMTS 10, DataLine, TrastInfo, Croc Incorporated, LinxTelecom, StoreData, Stack Data Network, DataSpacePartners, IXcellerate, etc.) and its main partners amongst the services providers include TTK, Beeline, Orange, ChinaTelecom, Retn, Telia Sonera, Interoute and so on. Cirex has 600km long fiber optic network, built on 96 and 128 core cables, 40 backbone nodes, 180 points of presence.

About the Moscow Internet Exchange (MSK-IX)

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The Moscow Internet Exchange (MSK-IX) is the carrier-neutral and independent Internet Exchange in Moscow, Russia. MSK-IX provides all Internet-related businesses with a neutral and stable infrastructure for free Internet traffic exchange (peering) at more than 10 major telecom and IT facilities across Moscow. With well over 350 participants represented by international, national and regional ISPs and carriers, DCs, collocation and SaaS businesses, content providers and a variety of corporate, research and educational networks and over 700 Gbps of peaktraffic throughput MSK-IX is forth among top European IXs, members of Euro-IX association.