EdgeConneX to add NWAX node to Portland, OR Edge Data Center

Edge hosting service supplier EdgeConneX says it has reached an agreement with Northwest Access Exchange (NWAX) to build a new remote NWAX node into the EdgeConneX Portland, OR Edge Data Center (EDC). When it becomes operational, a milestone EdgeConneX expects to reach in the fourth quarter of this year, the node will offer Portland EDC customers connectivity to NWAX's participants.

Edge hosting service supplier EdgeConneX says it has reached an agreement with Northwest Access Exchange (NWAX) to build a new remote NWAX node into the EdgeConneX Portland, OR Edge Data Center (EDC). When it becomes operational, a milestone EdgeConneX expects to reach in the fourth quarter of this year, the node will offer Portland EDC customers connectivity to NWAX's participants.

Edge ConneX says it will link the new data center node at the Portland EDC, located at 23245 NW Evergreen Parkway in nearby Hillsboro, OR, to the NWAX Core Switch, located at 921 SW Washington Street in Portland, with dark fiber.

Founded in 2001 by Oregon Health & Science University and broken out into a nonprofit 501c(6) member controlled entity in 2014, NWAX currently has 72 members and is the fourteenth largest IX in the country. It serves a varied roster of wireless carriers, service providers, content delivery networks (CDNs), enterprises, healthcare providers, and government organizations.

"NWAX is excited to add EdgeConneX as our sixth fabric access site in the Portland metro area. EdgeConneX is donating a high-quality switching platform and dark fiber backhaul, which will optimize this extension site for high-bandwidth member connections. NWAX looks forward to welcoming more content distribution members to our membership base as we continue to grow rapidly," said Eric Rosenberry, president of NWAX. "As a member-controlled nonprofit, NWAX focuses on helping the region grow the network economy in a facility/provider/vendor-agnostic way."

"Including a remote NWAX node inside our Portland EDC will enable EdgeConneX to provide customers with a new access point to the NWAX peering fabric," added Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer at EdgeConneX. "NWAX's established participant base, coupled with our purpose-built and strategically located Portland EDC, will allow providers to mitigate traffic latency and packet loss, avoid transit costs, and improve regional fault tolerance, while experiencing the fastest and most reliable physical delivery of content to local-market consumers."

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