What is an IX?
In order to understand the concept and benefits of an Internet Exchange (IX or sometimes IXP – Internet Exchange Point), understanding the underlying concept of the Internet is very helpful.
A Network of Networks
There is no single organization that is the unique and ultimate source of the Internet. The Internet is built by every carrier, ISP and network operator offering Internet access – hence why it is often referred to as ‘the network of networks’.
What is Peering?
In order for the Internet to work in the manner we are all used to, all those individual carriers, ISPs and network operators need to exchange data, or, put it another way, grant others access to their network. That access is either agreed on a payment basis – for transit/upstream – or on a cost neutral basis, otherwise known as peering.
In order for peering to work efficiently, Internet Exchanges offer a neutral local network where any carrier, ISP or network operator can connect and exchange traffic. The IX uses switching equipment to build the local network, by placing equipment in existing carrier neutral data centers – sometimes in more than one location for redundancy purposes, and uses dark fiber to interconnect those locations.
“We are pleased to host NYIIX, New York City’s largest peering exchange in our facility in New York. This expansion will be a critical part of our growing Open Internet Exchange Hub. CoreSite’s network, content and cloud customers depend on us to provide flexible, scalable interconnection solutions and the expansion of NYIIX into our location is an enhancement that will give them new options for interconnecting their networks and building business-critical ecosystems.”
Eric Bell, GM Network and Interconnection, CORESITE
“Our new NYIIX connection turned up immediately – and on top, we got a temporary VLAN via NYIIX to interconnect with our NYC-1 pop in TELX 111 8th avenue too bring our gear online, as the ordered dark-fiber from 3rd party vendor was expected to be delivered late. The Telehouse staff was really helpful to get everything measured and checked.”
Fredy Kunzler, CEO, INIT 7
NYIIX is available at the following New York Metro Locations:
- 32 Avenue of Americas, NYC
- 60 Hudson, NYC
- 7 Teleport, NYC
- 85 10th Avenue, NYC
- 111 8th Avenue, NYC
- 165 Halsey St, Newark, NJ
- 2 Emerson Ln, Secaucus, NJ