Internet Exchanges are becoming an increasingly important part of the colocation ecosystem, as they can reduce the cost for companies looking to peer traffic, reduce latency and mitigate risk.

An Internet Exchange, through its own extensive ecosystem, can broaden the options you have for connecting to other companies and service providers.

Colt DCS is committed to enabling connectivity to all leading Internet exchanges, either through direct platform deployments or partner agreements in key locations.

Why use an Internet Exchange?

An Internet Exchange is a third-party organisation (often acting as a not-for-profit) that manages the infrastructure used by carriers, Internet service providers, hosting companies, content distribution networks, and increasing cloud providers and enterprises to exchange traffic.

Most will offer services in line with the costs to provide the service to its members.

Internet exchanges do not sell colocation services, but they do install their platforms in one or more facilities in the markets they serve.

Key benefits of using an Internet Exchange include: Few hops for the transfer of data, better performance, lower costs, better security, access to new locations through IX partnerships.

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Who Benefits Most from Internet Exchange?

We are proud to support a number of industries by providing them with great IX connectivity options, including

  • Systems Integrators
  • Carriers
  • Cloud Providers
  • Content Providers
  • Enterprises

Our Offer

  • 100% carrier neutral, cloud neutral and IX neutral sites
  • Access to AWS, Microsoft Azure and instant connections to thousands of datacenters across Europe
  • Myriad data centre-to-data centre connectivity options
  • Metro market datacenter connectivity in Colt DCS locations
  • Connectivity between key Asian and European markets (for example Tokyo to London)
  • Consulting services to help future proof your deployment
  • Scalable connectivity to go alongside our scalable/flexible space and power options
  • A roadmap for growth across and into new high bandwidth locations

How Public Peering Works

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Peering – public or private – is becoming increasingly important as enterprises consume more cloud services, content providers trade more traffic and ISPs connect with network providers. At Colt DCS we are committed to providing access to leading Internet exchanges around the world.

With public peering, multiple parties can connect to one another using the Internet Exchange’s shared switching fabric, located in a colocation datacenter.

This switch generally allows one-to-many switching, with most IXs offering 100Gb ports.


Colt DCS facilitates IS connectivity

Colt DCS already has a number of Internet Exchanges present in its carrier rich sites, including London Internet Exchange LINX, Japanese Internet Exchanges JPIX and JPNAP and German Internet Exchanges DE-CIX and BCIX.

We also offer access to a number of additional exchanges through our carrier partnerships which provide connectivity into more than 530 data centres around the world.

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Gartner Best Practices

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Gartner Best Practices for Selecting a Colocation Provider

Buyers of colocation services are now commonly interested in far more than simply leasing space. In addition to traditional facility differentiators (eg: power density and resilience), other services (such as interconnection capabilities and managed services) enable colocation to play a more strategic role in global infrastructure delivery and network design.

However, as no two data centre facilities or providers are the same, I&O leaders must approach the colocation market using a structured approach that considers long-term data center strategy, opportunities for consolidation, and the use of a robust framework to determine appropriate suppliers and facilities.

This complimentary Gartner best practice research provides a three-step process and key considerations for selecting colocation facilities and vendors.

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