Colt offers direct Berlin data link

Data centre operator Colt Data Centre Services now has a direct connection to the Berlin Commercial Internet Exchange (BCIX) at its Berlin data centre.

Berlin has established itself as an important data hub for Europe, it says. Many global players, especially content service providers and carriers, see Berlin as an increasingly important location for exchanging internet traffic. As a result, BCIX has become the largest regional connectivity exchange point into Northern and Eastern Europe. The rise of cloud adoption, along with the growing presence of major public cloud providers in the Berlin market, have enabled BCIX to almost double its annual data volumes.

Christian Kröger, Managing Director of BCIX Management GmbH commented: “Our presence in Colt DCS’ facilities is an important step for us to retain our market leadership as the neutral internet exchange point of note. With this eighth location established, we have now connected nearly all carrier neutral data centres to the BCIX platform. Having a distributed presence within Berlin ensures we continue to provide a broad accessibility for internet providers and peering partners. With the new POP at Colt (Datacenter Wiebestraße), BCIX can also be reached via the broad traffic routes provided by Colt, enabling a fast and reliable connection.”

“The connectivity services available in our German data centres and more specifically the availability of internet exchanges within them have been significantly enhanced, driven in response to the demands of our growing customer base.” said Matt Cantwell, Director of Product and Propositions at Colt Data Centre Services. “Direct connectivity to Internet exchanges can be important to many cloud and media service providers so we’re delighted to have them present in our data centres.”