The Value of Internet Exchanges


At Cologix, we believe internet exchanges (IXs) are essential to a vibrant telecommunications market, and that independent organizations provide the best model to build and sustain healthy exchanges between networks, ISPs, content and cloud providers, digital media companies and large enterprises. This is why we are proud to host six IXs within our network-neutral data centers:

Connecting to internet exchanges through Cologix offers reliability, performance improvement, scalability and an abundance of choice when it comes to interconnections, service providers and cloud onramps. By offering unparalleled access to these exchanges, Cologix helps our customers improve latency and bandwidth, enhance connectivity and reduce costs while exchanging internet traffic.

Giving and receiving

Internet exchanges are physical locations where service providers, networks and other providers exchange traffic and data.  IXs allow members to peer, or freely share data, connectivity and infrastructure without driving up their operational expenses.

MICE, for example, offers its members access to 135 connected networks, allowing them to exchange data with a host of different organizations without having to purchase 135 different carrier networks or order more cross connects. This helps companies increase their reach and visibility while allowing them to better manage costs and save on network fees.

IXs also offer organizations of all sizes the opportunity to peer with partners across the globe. Western Canada has a population of more than 10 million. VANIX in Vancouver features more than 70 participants and enables both major regional networks and smaller, rural ones to connect with global content providers.

A direct connection

Before taking a road trip, you want to map out a route that gets you to your destination quickly and efficiently. You can do the same for your data by using an IX, especially one accessed physically through a Cologix data center, where an IX is just one cross connect away.

At Cologix, our carrier hotels are connection hubs and help decrease the physical distance of connections in addition to providing direct connections, making for easier, reliable, more secure connectivity that reduces the risk of disruptions or downtime – crucial for service providers and end users that require low latency such as media and content providers, gaming providers and financial institutions.

The need for a direct connection is why Ohio IX was created at our COL2 data center at 555 Scherers Court in 2015. Ohio IX established a regional internet connection that allowed internet traffic to be passed between members directly without having to traverse to exchange points in cities such as Chicago and Washington, D.C. – and then back to Columbus.

Making connections through Cologix

Accessing an IX through Cologix gives organizations the opportunity to connect with a wide range of network and cloud service providers while enabling the secure exchange of data. As a carrier–neutral and cloud-neutral colocation provider, Cologix offers our customers choice, providing a broad marketplace where they can create and manage connections as well as select the providers that best suit their specific needs.

Partnering with Cologix provides organizations with connectivity and flexibility to optimize performance, better manage costs and accelerate their business. Our customers have access to 40+ digital edge data centers in 11 North American markets and a dense, robust ecosystem of 700+ networks, 360+ cloud service providers and 30+ public cloud onramps.

As Cologix continues to grow, adding more data centers and serving more customers, we will also continue to onboard more IXs at the domestic and international levels.

Contact us to learn more about our peering solutions and the IXs we host.


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