An Internet Exchange Point (IXP) acts as a virtual intersection where multiple networks interconnect and bilaterally exchange traffic, known as peering. Instead of going through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to access a website, organizations and businesses have a direct connection without going through the middleman.
At times, an IXP is similar to a metro airport with the internet having regionally located hubs that assist with the delivery of data and information. The Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) serves as a hub for traveling passengers while the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) acts as a crucial hub for delivering information and data. Instead of airline companies centrally gathering at airports to exchange passengers, ISPs peer together at IXPs to transfer mass amounts of data.
IXPs boast many benefits to members and those associated with them such as:
1. REDUCING COSTS
Normally, traffic is exchanged freely between members of an internet exchange. By having direct interconnection, traffic stays local, instead of routing from one service provider to another. Thus, reducing latency and costs via an ISP’s upstream provider. Depending on overall traffic, upstream ISPs would be charging per megabit for content transferred which can be costly and add up over time.
2. REDUCING LATENCY
Network latency, the time it takes for data to go from the source to the destination, is measured in milliseconds. By peering locally at an IXP, members shorten their path to internet destinations hosted behind other IXP member networks, reducing latency, improving round-trip time and overall costs.
3. STRENGTHEN LOCAL INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
Academic institutions, content providers, carriers and businesses benefit by exchanging traffic locally versus transiting traffic to their ISP.
Internet Exchange Members can be any organization or business that has an autonomous system number (ASN) and advertises IP addresses using the border gateway protocol (BGP). Many times, content providers peer with ISPs to get their content in the hands of the customers as well as peering with other content providers at IXPs.
The DET-iX was founded in 2014 with five members. As of May 2020, it has grown to 48 members and continues to rise to new heights. It is one of the largest not-for-profit internet exchange points in the world. DET-iX connects Michigan communities and businesses, allowing members to pass direct traffic freely.
The Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) is a not-for-profit Regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP) with a switching fabric expanding throughout Southfield, Michigan. Membership and ports are free. The collaboration of carriers, ISPs, Content Providers, and Enterprise Businesses connected to DET-IX allow for traffic to be exchanged freely, rather than paying to make the connection. This not only reduces the cost of exchanging traffic but provides localization of traffic for the 4.5 million inhabitants of the Detroit metro area. For more information, visit www.detroitix.com.
123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.
OUR MISSION: BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.
SOUTHFIELD, MI., Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – 123NET, Inc. (123NET), a Michigan data center and network services provider, expands its carrier neutral data center portfolio by adding Megaport, a global leading Network as a Service (NaaS) provider. Megaport’s software defined cloud connectivity solutions enable 123NET’s clients to reduce operational costs, increase control and scale by leveraging their on-demand, API integrated, cloud connectivity to leading Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).
The connectivity between 123NET & Megaport strengthens and diversifies Michigan’s options for businesses and end users. This allows customers to have direct, private connections when communicating with their cloud environments, such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Cloud among others.
“We are delighted to support 123NET’s mission to provide better and more flexible connectivity to the growing number of businesses in Michigan that are undergoing digital transformation,” Megaport Chief Commercial Officer Peter Hase said. “Our deployment to 123NET expands our services availability and positions us to support the needs of their customers, helping them access vital cloud resources for their business.”
Michigan businesses depend on 123NET to support and safeguard their data and network. The four data centers located in the Detroit and Grand Rapids areas serve as connectivity hubs, or edge data centers, with optional routes in and out of Michigan, increasing redundancy. This direct link between Megaport and 123NET brings the world’s largest cloud providers to the Michigan market.
“Growing connectivity options in Michigan is our primary goal, and this is an example of how we’re achieving that,” Noah Lessaris, Strategic Accounts at 123NET, said about the expansion. “Adding cloud solutions to our 20MW, 2(N+1), Tier lll facility is critical to deliver on the increasing demand for future-proof data center and connectivity solutions.”
Unlike traditional data center providers, 123NET also owns and operates a dense fiber and fixed wireless access network paired with the carrier-neutral data centers. Clients leverage the various services to meet their unique business requirements.
Megaport is a global leading Network as a Service provider. Using Software Defined Networking (SDN), the Company’s global platform enables customers to rapidly connect their network to other services across the Megaport Network. Services can be directly controlled by customers via mobile devices, their computer, or our open API. Megaport connects more than 1,800 customers in over 600 enabled data centers globally. www.megaport.com.
123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX),123NET operates Michigan’s largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.
123NET’S MISSION: BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.