Peering is a business arrangement between two – or more – networks for the exchange or trade of IP traffic. This trade can happen privately with a PNI or public through an IXP (Internet Exchange Point).
An Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is a building or Carrier Hotel through which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and CDNs associate with one another to trade traffic in a commonly advantageous relationship.
Advantages of Peering at an IXP
ISPs rely intensely upon IP Transit, on the off chance that one of these network providers go down, the ISP may lose network routing and present service interruptions. The trading of traffic in an IXP establishes redundant pathways for traffic, hence offering redundancy to your data circuits during network outages or failures.
This expansion in redundancy limits the reliance on the transit provider while also creating cost benefits and improving the experience for users by bringing down the levels of latency and instances of content buffering.
- Improved User Experience
Connected directly with the 1st advantage of peering, it can add to the improvement of the end-user experience. How? A critical advantage of public peering is that it keeps the traffic local in an IXP; all in all, it makes a more straightforward course between network administrators, which greatly reduces the distance that the data must traverse. The outcome results in fewer interruptions and much less buffering for content delivery.
By steering portions of their traffic through partaking IXP networks, ISP’s limit the stress on their IP Transit or transport points, which often produces significant operational savings. Typically, public peering agreements are free among members. This arrangement is known as settlement-free peering.
3. Operational Savings
To see the greatest operational savings in peering relationships, we would recommend identifying a neutral IXP in your market with a significant carrier membership. The greater the number of possible peering networks, the larger the release of excessive transport cost for any individual member network.
We would add, It is imperative in the peering world to ensure your network information is readily available and visible to potential peering partners. Keeping an up-to-date PeeringDB profile holds a great opportunity to identify possible networks, data centers, IXP’s and CDNs who are interested in mutually beneficial peering arrangements.
If your organization is looking to off load excessive traffic from your network through peering partnerships, contact our team today at RACK59 regarding a membership in Oklahoma’s iX-OKC Internet Exchange Point.