Internet Peering: Connecting Data Across The World

October 16, 2023
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Understand the differences between private, public and remote internet peering. As organizations strive for edge computing solutions, peering shortens the distance data travels, reducing lag, and speeding up data delivery.

The telecommunications industry is constantly changing, and smooth and efficient connectivity is vital for businesses to stay competitive. The term “peering” plays a crucial role in ensuring data moves seamlessly between different networks. This article will explain what peering is, the types and benefits, and how it influences businesses wanting to stay ahead.

What is Peering?

Peering in telecom refers to networks directly connecting to each other to exchange data. This direct link skips the middlemen, enabling networks to share information faster and more efficiently. Think of it as a shortcut that improves data flow, reduces delays, and boosts network performance.

Types of Peering

  • Private Peering: Large networks like internet service providers directly connect within the same data center. This gives them more control over data exchange and enhances performance.
  • Public Peering: Networks connect at Internet Exchange Points (IXPs). Here, they can link up with many other networks, including ISPs, CDNs, and cloud providers.
  • Remote Peering: Virtual platforms allow networks to connect without needing a physical presence in a data center. This saves on infrastructure costs.

Why Does Peering Matter?

  • Faster Performance: Peering shortens the distance data travels, reducing lag, and speeding up data delivery. This is great for services like online gaming and video calls.
  • Cost Savings: By avoiding third-party middlemen, networks can cut costs for data exchange.
  • Reliability: If one path is slow or fails, peering lets networks re-route traffic, ensuring uninterrupted service.
  • Smart Data Routing: Peering helps networks choose the best routes for data based on performance and cost, using resources efficiently.
  • Direct Content Access: Content providers can send their data straight to users through peering with ISPs. This boosts user experience and lessens reliance on CDNs.
  • Reduced Internet Congestion: Peering eases traffic on larger networks, keeping the internet healthier and more efficient.

Seamless Peering with the DET-iX and GRR-iX

123NET founded the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) in 2014 and recently the Grand Rapids Internet Exchange (GRR-iX) in 2023. These internet exchanges allow Michigan to be at the forefront of connectivity. This partnership allows data traffic to flow effortlessly between 123NET’s Colocation Data Centers and other peering members.  

Benefits of Peering with DET-iX & GRR-iX through 123NET:

  • Reduced Latency: Minimize the time it takes for data to travel between members by peering at the DET-iX and GRR-iX.  
  • Improved Performance: Enjoy faster access to critical resources, ensuring applications run smoothly and users experience minimal delays.
  • Cost-Efficiency: Peering with the DET-iX and GRR-iX can lead to reduced transit costs, by directly exchanging traffic with peers, bypassing the need to route through distant networks.
  • Reliability: The DET-iX and GRR-iX are renowned for their stable and resilient exchange platforms, providing a dependable peering environment for any business-critical operations.
  • Scalability: As a business grows, the DET-iX and GRR-iX’s Extensive Network Ecosystem ensures that it can easily accommodate increased data demands.

123NET is committed to enhancing connectivity and overall network performance. The DET-iX and GRR-iX are a testament to that commitment, offering a gateway to a world of digital opportunities right at your fingertips.

To learn more about how an internet exchange can benefit your business, visit the DET-iX and GRR-iX pages:  Detroit Internet Exchange & Grand Rapids Internet Exchange.

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123.Net, Inc. (123NET) is a privately-owned company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. The company delivers high-quality fiber internet, colocation, and business voice services. In 2021, 123NET also started bringing the fastest Fiber to the Home solutions to Michigan residents.

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