The Role Of IXPs In The Internet Infrastructure

Over the years the internet has evolved a great deal, becoming way more sophisticated in order to cope with the ongoing demand of its users.

The way in which internet works is through sharing of interconnected network resources; IXPs (Internet Exchange Point) are by definition a physical location through which internet infrastructure companies, ISPs, CDNs, communication service provider, cloud providers, web enterprises, connect to exchange internet traffic. These Internet exchange locations collocate different networks and allow network providers to share transit interconnections outside their network; by doing so, companies shorten their path to the transit coming from other networks therefore reducing latency, boosting connectivity and reducing costs significantly. The most common methods that companies used to do these exchanges are IP transit and Peering.

  • IP Transit. It is usually used to connect smaller networks to the public Internet by providing paid global network access.
  • Peering. It uses dedicated communication channels for sharing the data between peer networks, without having to pay a third party to carry that traffic across the internet for them. It needs to be said that this option is often available for free or at a much lower cost.

GPIEX is a global peering managed service provider that offers premium network interconnection services and operates several carrier and data center-neutral Internet Exchanges internationally. With GPIEX you get maximize quality solutions at accessible prices; our services reduce IP transit and network costs and we also offer access to a large number of peering partners. The internet infrastructure is always changing, and will keep improving in the years to come; IXPs are today one of the most important breakthrough since it allows internet connections to be faster, secure and powerful, becoming a cost-effective solution for companies big and small.

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