Hybrid colocation and hyperscale data center solutions provider, QTS Realty Trust, has just obtained Open Internet Exchange (DC OIX-2) certifications for 12 of its data centers in the US.

According to QTS, the attainment of these certifications is in response to increasing demand for carrier neutral and open interconnection options, as Open-IX provides operators with Internet Exchange (IX) and data center technical standards that ensure open and uniform ecosystems for data transmission and physical connectivity.

“The OIX certifications provide a solid framework of best practices for operators and exemplify QTS’ commitment to neutral and open interconnection ecosystem standards for IXs and data centers,” said Sean Baillie, Executive Vice President, Connectivity Strategy, QTS.

“QTS is fully committed to establishing the most resilient, carrier-neutral and certified interconnection platforms to support our customers’ growth while reinforcing our core values of neutrality and transparency.”

Open-IX was launched in 2014 as an industry-led volunteer organization focused on creating open access standards for Internet Exchange Providers (IXP OIX-1) and Data Center Providers (DC OIX-2).  OIX encourages the development of neutral and distributed internet exchanges, while promoting uniform standards of performance for interconnections backed by the internet community.

“Open-IX is extremely excited to announce this landmark certification. By certifying 12 facilities in key interconnection hubs, QTS is making a clear statement in support of an open internet ecosystem. We look forward to continuing to work with QTS and sincerely appreciate the company’s commitment to fair access and engineering excellence,” said Eli D. Scher, Chairman of Open-IX.

As announced, QTS now features DC OIX-2 certifications for 12 of its data centers across nine US markets which include QTS Atlanta DC1 and DC2(ATL1), QTS Chicago (CHI1), QTS Piscataway, NJ NAP (PNJ1), QTS Richmond NAP (RIC1), QTS Ashburn-Broderick (ASH1), QTS Ashburn-Shellhorn (ASH3), QTS Dulles (IAD2), QTS Irving, (DFW1), QTS Hillsboro NAP (HIL1), QTS Miami (MIA1) and QTS Santa Clara (SJC1).

QTS also recently signed a definitive 20-year agreement with Georgia Power for the delivery of new renewable energy to the power grid supporting its Atlanta-Metro and Suwanee Georgia data center campuses.