Hurricane Electric adds point of presence in Chicago

Hurricane Electric, the world´s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone, has established a new Point of Presence (PoP) at the Netrality Data Center in Chicago, IL, the company said.

This is Hurricane Electric´s fourth PoP in the city and 17th overall in the Midwest.

Located in the heart of Chicago´s financial district, 717 S. Wells is carrier neutral and one of the most connected buildings in the city. Additionally, the data center is a conduit to the local fiber backbone in Chicago as well as a primary access point for long-haul fiber in the region. The facility also boasts a cooling system capacity of 170 tons (N+1) backed-up by generators and is SSAE 16 SOC I certified.

Hurricane Electric´s new PoP at 717 S. Wells will provide customers of Netrality, and others in the Greater Chicago Metro area, with access to the company´s vast global network. Hurricane Electric has over 17,000 BGP sessions with over 6,000 different networks via more than 155 major exchange points and thousands of customer and private peering ports.

Additionally, companies within the 717 S. Wells facility can now utilize Hurricane Electric´s extensive IPv4 and IPv6 network through 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports and as a result, both new and existing customers will be able to experience increased throughput, reduced latency and improved reliability.

Fremont, California-based Hurricane Electric operates its own global IPv4 and IPv6 network and is considered the largest IPv6 backbone in the world as measured by number of networks connected. Within its global network, Hurricane Electric is connected to more than 155 major exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 6,000 different networks. Employing a resilient fibre-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than four redundant paths crossing North America, three separate paths between the US and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia.