The Network Access Point (NAP) of the Americas (previously Verizon’s Terremark NAP, now known as Equinix MI1) in Miami, Florida is one of the largest data centers in the world, with over 750,000 square feet of data center space. The massive facility is one of the most well-connected Internet transit hubs in the world for traffic between the Americas. The NAP serves as a major switching station for Internet traffic coming to and from Latin America and The Caribbean.
Due to the 250+ on-net network carriers in the facility, this is an ideal location for interconnection been private and public networks, providing access to more than 150 countries.
As you might imagine, colocation at this Miami data center and others in the area are among the most expensive in the United States. This is because of the pathway and data traffic from Central and South America is mainly concentrated in Miami.
What if I told you that you could get all the benefits of this Miami location, without the Miami price?
HostDime currently leases irrevocable dark fiber rights between Miami and Orlando. HostDime’s diverse fiber connection from our Orlando data center to the NAP of the Americas is beneficial for us and our clients because it means we are VIRTUALLY in one of the world’s most sought after Demarc meet-me-rooms (MMRs). This allows any client in our Orlando data center facility to connect to any of the 250+ carriers in the Miami facility over a normal cross connect via layer 2 transport in 1G or 10G capacities.
This also means we can provide a direct connection to one of the largest peering exchanges in the world known as NOTA in NAP of the Americas, and the second most sought after peering exchange FL-IX directly from our Orlando data center. This is accomplished by running DWDM optical waves from our network in Orlando to our network gear in Miami, which creates a private connection between both facilities. Therefore our facility in Orlando has a physical extension to Miami’s NAP.
HostDime’s Miami colocation alternative location Orlando provides a cost-effective colocation solution for your business with virtually no impact on latency (5-8ms).
Peer with providers and enjoy direct access to all the on-net carriers in the facility, at a better cost than having your own servers or colocation physically in Miami.
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Jared Smith is HostDime’s Content and SEO Strategist.