Sameer Cassim
Sameer Cassim R&D Systems Architech

Data centre interconnection is one of the most important things to evaluate if you’re looking for a dependable data centre provider. A stable and efficient IT infrastructure is needed to carry vast quantities of data, which is the lifeblood of modern businesses.

And interconnection can add tremendous value for colocation providers while enabling them to offer much-needed flexibility to wholesalers.

How does interconnection work and why does it matter?

There’s more to interconnection than simply connecting two points with a ‘pipe’. It refers to the deployment of IT traffic exchange points that deliver direct and private connections ideally between carrier-neutral data centres where IT components are colocated.

In today’s globally interconnected world, colocation facilities need to be dispersed across the world and not just backhauling traffic to a centralised data centre. The effect on connection quality is enormous, which is why interconnection is now a large part of any wholesale data centre colocation strategy.

Carrier-neutrality as an interconnected data centre provider is an important factor. It means that wholesalers can take advantage of the flexibility that comes with not being tied to a single service provider and so are better placed to meet their customers’ unique requirements.

The growing demand for interconnectivity

Technology is driving major changes in business connectivity requirements across every market. The demand for interconnectivity is growing as a result, especially as businesses seek to leverage hybrid cloud environments. Organisations have increasingly been turning to the public cloud to complement their business or colocation environments, but this necessitates low latency interconnection between cloud providers and data centres, which means bridging large distances.

A flexible and self-managed solution can be offered through network exchange points and software-defined networking (SDN), addressing many of the networking hurdles created by a hybrid cloud environment.

The peering exchange advantage

Peering exchanges, where two separate networks connect and exchange traffic, offer mutual benefits and allow ISPs to extend their reach. IS takes an open approach to peering with a recently revised peering policy that aims for simplicity and inclusivity. This ensures that local traffic can be delivered efficiently to end users.

Open and active peering creates numerous opportunities to improve user experience by adding resiliency, keeping traffic localised and driving down the cost of Internet connectivity. And a robust peering policy coupled with data centre interconnectivity enables clients’ access to multiple connectivity highways, at the lowest latencies and costs.

Whether peering is conducted through a multi-party shared switch fabric (public peering), or a point-to-point link between two networks (private peering), physical interconnections are the glue that binds them.

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