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Peering Exchanges

Options for Fast, Effective Connection with Hundreds of Networks


Power Business Growth with a “Network of Networks”

Peering refers to an exchange of data traffic between independent networks for the benefit of both parties. Peering exchanges, or internet exchanges (IXs), are network access points at which collaborating companies connect their networks to exchange data. 

The Any2Exchange® provides internet peering, and CoreSite offers connectivity to top global internet exchanges such as AMS-IX, DE-CIX, LINX, NYIIX, United IX and BBIX. CoreSite's regional exchanges on the East and West Coasts enable participants from multiple markets to seamlessly peer through our data centers. 

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Increase Redundancy and Improve Application Performance

Set up a more efficient network architecture and access multiple digital ecosystem entities through a single connection.

Reduce Latency, Increase Resilience and Security

Extend reach and improve access to partners and content with elevated network performance.

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Peering creates direct data flows with fewer network hops, eliminating network bottlenecks that can slow business transactions and degrade user experiences. Peering also increases the number of available network paths, which improves capacity planning, efficiency and fault tolerance. Network diversity helps to maintain service quality – and a bonus is reduced transit costs.

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Peering exchanges lower risk. Using the public internet carries well-known risks. Data can be intercepted or corrupted. Sensitive information is more vulnerable to cyber threats. Outdated internet protocols are another concern. In contrast, peering over internet exchanges (like CoreSite’s Any2Exchange) enables sharing data over highly secure routes.

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With the public internet, data travels via unpredictable and potentially congested paths. In peering through a CoreSite data center, a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) acts like a traffic cop, making routing decisions based on the shortest path. And, with CoreSite, you don’t need to set up and maintain multiple BGP sessions that are time-consuming to manage.

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Today, the more networks you can utilize, the more customers you can reach. Peering enables you to connect with organizations that can help your business cost-effectively expand.By peering through a CoreSite data center, you can reach target markets through a single port connection, saving transport, cross connect and port costs.

Keep Local Traffic Local, Lower Latency and Reduce Traffic Costs

Peer with leading networks though CoreSite's network-dense data centers in key markets.

The Mechanism of Peering

Moving data from point a to point z requires an interconnection mechanism between two networks (direct) or three or more networks (indirect). Network providers, telecom companies, content delivery networks, internet service providers (ISPs), cloud service providers and other enterprises negotiate agreements related to data handoffs and routes – generally no costs are involved.
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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS INTERNET PEERING? Internet peering is a process by which different Internet Service Providers (ISPs) connect and exchange traffic directly with each other. Enterprises also can negotiate peering agreements.
WHAT IS AN INTERNET EXCHANGE POINT (IXP)? An IXP is a physical location where multiple ISPs come together to interconnect and exchange traffic.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PEERING AT AN INTERNET EXCHANGE POINT? Users typically experience lower latency, improved network performance, potential cost savings on transit fees as well as increased scalability options.
HOW DOES PEERING REDUCE NETWORK LATENCY? Peering involves direct, typically shorter, paths through which data is exchanged between networks. By passing third-party networks reduces the number of network hops and related latency. 
ARE INTERNET EXCHANGES OPEN TO ALL SIZES OF COMPANIES AND NETWORKS? Yes. Organizations use peering because it improves network performance through reduced latency, which speeds business communications and transactions, and because they can reach new markets.
WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A PEERING EXCHANGE? Consider the exchange’s location and reputation, availability of networks, the type and size of networks in the exchange, technical requirements and cost.