What is an Internet Exchange?

At an Internet Exchange the networks of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunications carriers, content providers, and webhosters meet to exchange IP traffic with one another. This exchanging of regional, national, and international IP traffic is generally known as peering in a cost-neutral situation.

Parties generally peer at an Internet Exchange in order to decrease network costs, improve network performance, and make their network more redundant. Improving network performance is achieved by accessing many networks directly at the exchange which otherwise would have taken a longer route through other providers. Redundancy is created by having many routes at the exchange through which traffic can be sent.

Benefits of Connecting

1. Carrier-grade, carrier-neutral exchange point.

CLTIIX is a high quality, professional Internet Exchange operating under a neutral model that allows all qualified networks to connect. CLTIIX provides carrier grade service levels and an active peering community. At the data center location there are several Layer 2 Switches with inter-switch links of 10GEs, creating a resilient and robust exchange.

2. Reduction of upstream connectivity costs.

One of the major costs involved in any Internet related business today is that of upstream connectivity or transit. Our infrastructure allows for the interconnection and exchange IP traffic, better known as peering, directly with all other CLTIIX parties. This reduces the need to send traffic through a commercial transit provider. With many major IP networks connected at CLTIIX, one connection allows for easy and cost effective connectivity to these parties through BGP peering.

3. Active and diverse peering community.

The CLTIIX exchange brings the experience and reputation in connecting a variety of different and unique networks in one professional exchange platform. We welcome newcomers to peer.

4. Business development and continuity.

We are always looking for additional peers and the benefits that come with the having a larger local exchange. This opens the door for business development opportunities between the service providers, as well as the improved continuity of redundant connections to the rest of the internet.