What is peering?
Peering is when networks interconnect, allowing them to exchange traffic. At its core, it is about the transmitting and sharing of data.
How does peering work?
The most important element is a physical location through which the direct exchange can occur – co-location facilities that deploy routers and transport equipment to create connectivity. This can be either through switches or direct fiber optic cables between individual suites or racks.
Internet Exchange Point (IXP) house the hardware necessary to connect multiple networks, where individual networks can establish Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) sessions with other participants. All that’s necessary is to apply for membership to gain co-location space.
Although public peering does not allow for visibility into other participants’ network utilization, it does mean one-to-many connectivity by allowing for many networks to connect to a common location.
It provides the lowest latency path.
Built-in redundancy, flexible bandwidths.
Our SLAs guarantee 99.99% availability.
Where to peer?
Connecting to an Internet Exchange makes sense when you need to exchange a lot of traffic. When you have important traffic, you need to make sure you will be delivered with as few hops as possible.
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