Understanding Data Center Interconnection

Today’s digital economy is defined by high data volumes and the necessity for reliable high speed data exchange. When you are making the decision to house your equipment and data in a colocation facility, data center interconnection is one of the most important qualities to compare. It is one of the most effective ways for your business to have access to important resources that support your mission critical applications and maximize the success of daily operations.

What is Data Center Interconnection?

Data center interconnection refers to physical and virtual data connections between companies and other data centers that enable the rapid exchange of data. Data center facilities can work together by sharing resources and passing workloads between one another.

Data center interconnection provides access to multiple internet service providers (ISPs). Having access to many service providers, international customers can exhibit a strong presence both domestically and worldwide and are able to expand their customer base and enhance business operations.

Importance of data center interconnection

Unlike in-office servers/data centers, colocation data centers provide a central meeting place for networks, internet service providers (ISPs), cloud service providers, internet exchanges, and other customers that your business can interconnect with.

One of the most important advantages of an interconnected data center provider is carrier-neutrality. By offering the ability to choose from multiple carrier options, you can manage one of the most critical components of the purchasing journey – choice. The opportunity to select between different colocation and interconnection providers to suit different business needs is essential because not every business has the same needs. Carrier-neutral data centers aren’t restricted to one service provider, and as such are able to provide diversity.

Types of interconnection

Cross connects
Cross-connects are physical cables that connect to a network within a data center. Cross-connects enable you to establish high-performance, dedicated connectivity to other customers  within the data center providing access to a dynamic ecosystem of partners, suppliers, and customer networks without long lead times.

Metro Connect
Metro connect offers point-to-point connectivity between facilities within the same metropolitan area, giving you the ability to link multiple deployments and reach additional provider ecosystems outside the walls of your primary data center.

Internet Exchange
Internet Exchange Points 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.

Determining your colocation needs? Be sure to consider the different types of connection the facility offers and how these align with your business’s needs.

Reliable Redundancy

By offering the ability to choose from multiple carrier options, our customers are able to cultivate one of the most critical components of the purchasing journey – choice. ColoHouse interconnects a variety of telecom and technology companies, from VoIP startups to leading global Tier 1 Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) – we work hard to support the network requirements of our global customer base. Contact with us today at +1 305-731-2225 or use our contact form to learn more about our data center services.

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