Should Your Business Be Close to Local Internet Exchange Points?

  • Should Your Business Be Close to Local Internet Exchange Points?
    • December 22 2020

    Last Updated on December 22, 2020 by Sammen Qureshi

    One thing we know for sure is the importance of internet connectivity in our lives. We expect connectivity to be fast, seamless, and especially secure. The COVID-19 pandemic had led to an inevitable surge of digital technologies. Access to data is critical for the day-to-day workflows, collaboration, innovation, and customer service. Many businesses depend on their data and connectivity to manage these daily operations.

    We are sending more and more traffic across the internet. To do this, you need a reliable and efficient internet connection. Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) are a key element for the function of the Internet. An Internet Exchange provides a way for customers to exchange IP traffic quickly and easily via direct peering arrangements with other exchange members. Learn more about an IX and how it adds value to your day-to-day business operations.

    What is an Internet Exchange Point?

    Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) are vital elements of Internet infrastructure that enable networks to exchange traffic with each other. These networks transfer by IP Transit where a network operator pays to use the network of another operator to exchange Internet traffic. The process by which networks connect and exchange their traffic at an IXP is called peering. The primary focus of an exchange point is to facilitate network interconnection through an exchange access point instead of third-party networks. Internet Exchange Points are important because their presence helps strengthen local Internet connectivity. Using Internet Exchange Points has many advantages, but the most important ones are:

    • Reducing costs
    • Provider substantial local bandwidth
    • Improve internet performance

    Local Internet Exchange Points

    If a business requires access to a specific region of the world, they will likely choose to collocate in a facility that is in or near that location. Additionally, a provider with a wide range of connectivity options not only ensures access to a variety of locations for fast and reliable networking but provides the convenience of choice for both the business and its clients’ diverse requirements. When relocating your business, being local to internet exchanges can be beneficial for your organization. You do not want to pay more because your business does not have an internet exchange close to your office.

    Leading digital infrastructure

    The internet has certain hubs that play important roles in the delivery of data. AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a key hub for information getting in or out of Europe.

    The Netherlands fast and reliable digital infrastructure offers businesses access to Europe and beyond. AMS-IX is not available in the Hague, Rotterdam or other ‘’well-connected’’ cities in the Netherlands, only through partners like ColoHouse. The ColoHouse network is connected to the largest internet exchange points in the world including AMS-IX, DE-CIX, LINX and Netnod.

    The Netherlands has grown into a leading country for digital infrastructure. With a leading position in internet exchanges, colocation and hosting, The Amsterdam colocation market is one of the most developed which makes The Netherlands an attractive solution for those seeking a key European Base. 

    Gateway to Latin America

    Jumping to North America, the U.S.-Latin America route is an increasingly busy internet path. Miami is the link between the United States & Latin American, as the primary meeting place for North and South American internet and content traffic.

    Miami offers great connectivity to Europe to allow for an overall larger reach globally. This is where the advantage of having connectivity in Miami comes in. For example, the Network Access Point (NAP) in Miami, serves as a major switching station for internet traffic coming to and from Latin America and The Caribbean. Through managed dark fiber, wavelengths, MPLS and third-party networking, ColoHouse can get you connected from our data center to the NAP to access over 150 carriers.

    Expanding Network Footprint

    Organizations with global ambitions need global, local partners and a high-performance, reliable and scalable interconnection platform to exchange traffic directly and securely. ColoHouse’s network footprint is continually expanding its reach and evolving to meet the future demands of our customers. Our data centers and POPs have access to the largest peering exchanges in the world.

    Contact us today at +1 305-731-2225 or use our contact form to learn more about our locations and how it can help your business.

    Internet Exchange Points FAQ’s

    What is an internet exchange point?

    An Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is a physical and usually neutral location where different IP networks meet to exchange local traffic via a switch.

    Where are the top 5 busiest Internet hubs in the world?

    Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Stockholm

    What are the benefits of a Miami Data Center?

    – Miami is the link between the United States & Latin American ‘tech worlds’, as it provides good interconnectivity with the United States, Latin America, The Caribbean and Europe. Due to its unique geographical location, Miami has become a gateway to many diverse cultures.
    – Miami is one of the World’s largest connection Hubs

    What is the Network Access Point (NAP) of the Americas? 

    The NAP of the Americas in Miami is one of the largest data center facilities around, with more than 750,000 square feet of space and is an Internet exchange point in Miami, Florida. ColoHouse has dark fiber running from our data center to the NAP.

    Why is the Netherlands a good location for data centers?

    The Netherlands is home to the AMS-IX and NL-IX internet exchanges, both of which are in the top 10 of the largest internet exchange points in the world. The Netherlands, Amsterdam is the fourth biggest data center hub in Europe with 30% of all most advanced data centers in Europe.

    Considered one of the most wired countries in the world, the Netherlands is home to one of the most advanced markets for data center operations in Europe. In fact, about one third of all European data centers are located in the Amsterdam area and take advantage of AMS-IX—the world’s leading internet exchange. All the top commercial data centers as well as the key hyperscale cloud players are present.

 
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