Connect Your Way
Multiple network providers are available at each DFT data center to keep you connected to your customers and business partners while supporting your applications and critical IT infrastructure.
A carrier-neutral, network-agnostic data center provider, DFT offers you network connectivity through multiple network carriers, including dark fiber providers and lit carriers. We have relationships with 38 network carriers, two globally leading Internet Exchanges (IXPs) and multiple cloud service providers. If your network carrier of choice is not already onsite, we can invite them to establish their presence in a DFT data center on your behalf.
Each DFT data center features an underground conduit system, owned and operated by DFT. The fiber-optic cables enter the data center via multiple underground Points of Entry (POEs) for added security and diversity—leading to a centralized Meet-Me-Room (MMR) and customer computer rooms.
DFT offers a range of options to meet your connectivity requirements, whether you wish to connect to a network carrier of your choice, peer your traffic on an Internet Exchange or take advantage of dark fiber in one of our campus environments.
Whether you’re looking to directly connect with a network carrier of your choice or connect to an IXP within a data center or across a campus, DFT’s dark fiber connectivity offers you the flexibility and scalability you need. Dark fiber delivers on the promise of high-performance, scalability, network reliability, redundancy and low latency.
No matter what your network strategy and requirements may be, DFT can you achieve your goals. Our data centers are designed to facilitate easy installation and feature redundant options for you and your carrier via our various network service offerings. This ensures your business is always connected.
Learn more about connectivity solutions at DFT:
Secure Interconnection Happens Here
You can leverage DFT’s Meet-Me-Room space, cabinets and power at any data center nationwide. These secure telecommunication rooms enable customers and carriers to interconnect to one or more network carriers, customers and IXPs.
Most DFT MMRs provide redundant power for networking equipment and at least one dedicated underground pathway to each computer room and Point of Entry. DFT also offers multiple cabinet options to both customers and network carriers to establish their presence in a data center.
Pathways to the Data Centers and Beyond
Customers and carriers alike can take advantage of DFT’s conduit and innerduct licensing.
DFT data centers offer diverse cable pathways from outside the building all the way to customer computer rooms.
Within a data center, each computer room comes with multiple underground conduits connecting to Points of Entry and the Meet-Me-Room. The POE conduits enable dark fiber connectivity. The MMR conduit is used to connect to network carriers that have established a presence in the building for providing lit services. Three diverse connectivity routes into each computer room minimize risk, ensuring network connections are always available.
Outside each data center are at least two underground conduit entrances to the facility. In a campus environment, DFT data centers are interconnected via at least two underground conduit entrances.
Customers and network carriers can license the use of conduit and innerduct to bring in outside fiber for improved cost and control over their network.
Services with Bright Outcomes
DFT’s Dark Fiber Network Solutions give customers, network carriers and IXPs at DFT more connection options than ever before. The scalability and flexibility of dark fiber can be leveraged to utilize the fiber and scale the connectivity as your business needs grow.
Connections made within the DFT telecommunications rooms—Meet-Me-Room or a Point-of-Entry become easy, diverse and cost-effective with dark fiber connectivity. You get direct access to multiple networks for a fixed annual cost while avoiding long lead times and provisioning difficulties. Licensing of dark fiber enables quick turn-up of network services offering diversity, scalability, flexibility, reliability and low-latency.
Dark fiber service is available at DFT data centers in two options:
1) Intra-Data Center Dark Fiber Connectivity: Enables customers to connect between various telecommunications rooms within many of our data centers in Ashburn, Virginia, and Chicago to connect to the IXP, cloud providers or network carrier or of their choice.
2) Inter-Data Center Dark Fiber Connectivity: Enables diverse connections to customers, network carriers, IXPs and cloud providers in between multi-tenant data centers at our Ashburn, Virginia, campus and between the data centers at our Chicago campus.
Ashburn Campus Connectivity
Chicago Campus Connectivity
Both the Intra-Data Center Dark Fiber Connectivity and Inter-Data Center Dark Fiber Connectivity services are backed by a five-day installation guarantee and a 100 percent availability guarantee.
Internet Exchanges & Data Centers: Making the World a Little Smaller
An IXP enables the exchange of Internet traffic between Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunication carriers, content providers, eyeball networks and other network providers in a transparent, cost-effective manner.
DFT offers customers the ability to cross-connect with other members on IXPs in many of our data centers. Benefits of leveraging IXPs include:
- Local peering
- Reduced costs for customers to exchange ISP traffic
- Reduced latency
- Improved network performance
Who should connect to an IXP?
- Content providers
- Access providers
- Academic institutions
- Financial institutions
- Hosting providers
- Mobile providers
- Telecom operators
- Eyeball networks
- Social networking companies
- Government agencies
To facilitate network colocation connectivity to an IXP, customers can purchase a half-cabinet with 2 kilowatts of power to establish a presence in a DFT data center.
Learn more about IXP:
Please watch this five-minute video produced by Euro-IX.
The Open-IX Association was formed in September 2013 to promote better standards for peering and interconnection in North America. DFT is a proud early supporter of Open-IX.
DFT has received Open-IX 2 (OIX-2) Certification of the following data centers:
|DATA CENTER||LOCATION||CERTIFICATION DATE|
|ACC5||Ashburn, Virginia||March 3, 2014|
|CH2||Elk Grove Village, Illinois||November 23, 2015|
Internet Exchanges at DFT
London Internet Exchange (LINX) core-switch based distributed IXP is located in ACC5 at 44521 Hastings Drive, Ashburn, Virginia, 20147. Port speeds range from 100 megabits per second to 100 gigabits per second.
Cloud Connectivity at DFT
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Connectivity is accessible through tw telecom Direct eLynk Express Service offered at DFT’s Ashburn, Virginia (ACC4, ACC5, ACC6 data centers), Reston, Virginia (VA3 data center) and Chicago (CH1 data center).
DFT offers connectivtiy to 40 carriers and fiber providers, including Tier 1, long-haul, metro, regional, dark fiber and eyeball networks.