Global Carrier Awards 2018: DE-CIX’s patch robot chosen as “Best Internet Exchange Innovation”

Frankfurt/Main, London (Great Britain) – 25 October 2018. The world’s leading Internet Exchange operator DE-CIX was honored at the Global Carrier Awards 2018 for its innovative power and was awarded the prize for the “Best Internet Exchange Innovation 2018” for the world’s first-ever “patch robot”. The patch robot has been in operation at DE-CIX since the largest infrastructure migration in the company’s history earlier this year. It simplifies the provisioning or upgrade of customer ports and performs this within minutes, without the need for a technician to directly physically intervene. 

“It is a great honor for us to be distinguished for our technological competence by renowned experts and multipliers from our sector. We are continually trying to help shape the future of the Internet with groundbreaking innovations for the benefit of our customers and the community. This prize is a further testimony to our ambitions,” says Harald A. Summa, CEO of DE-CIX, who accepted the prize during the award ceremony in London.

The Global Carrier Awards are awarded annually and honor innovations, vision, and excellence in both regional and the global market for telecommunications, data centers, and Internet Exchanges. The jury comprises of analysts from the area of telecommunications, industry experts, and leading editors of the specialist publication Capacity Magazine.

The world’s first patch robot: DE-CIX employs groundbreaking technology

DE-CIX has, as the first Internet Exchange in the world, a patch robot in operation. This Optical Distribution Frame (ODF) is being used for connecting customers, in place of a standard rack and patch panel, and vastly increases the efficiency of migrating customers. In this way, the provisioning or upgrade of a port can now be performed within minutes, without the need for a technician to directly physically intervene.

The patch robot was recently in use for the largest infrastructure migration in the company’s history. In the process, a total of 450 customers and more than 2.4 Tbit/s of data traffic were migrated during live operation from the location Frankfurt 7 (in the Level3 data center) to the new location, Frankfurt 12 (at the data center operators Equinix and ITENOS) on the Kleyerstrasse campus.

 A video of the migration and the patch robot is available here