With Internet Exchange (IX), you can connect with peers through peering sessions and save time by managing your ports directly. The portal takes advanced measures to ensure the security of the platform by using the Internet Routing Registry, and offering BGP-based remotely triggered black hole filtering to drop DDoS attacks before they reach your router. This solution spans over 35 peering exchange points around the globe with traffic peaks that exceed 10 terabits per second (Tbps).
Internet Exchange features include:
A private VLAN allows two companies connected to IX to share private routes which are not advertised publicly on the IX. You can request a private dot1q VLAN to create an isolated broadcast domain over IX that can be used for direct bi-lateral peering, or to create a community of interest.
- A unicast peering VLAN must be enabled.
- Additional charges are applied to private VLAN sessions. However, private VLAN is not available on remote ports.
- The default Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) in all markets is 9124 bytes across all platforms.
IX supports BGP based Remotely Triggered Black Hole (RTBH) filtering to prevent unwanted traffic to your router through MLPE and bi-lateral sessions.
For more information on the RTBH Host and other supported BGP communities, see RTBH Host Information.
To learn more about RTBH Filtering and DDoS prevention, see RTBH Service guidelines.
The Looking Glass tool, available on the IX Portal, provides analytics about whether the IP prefixes that you advertise to the Equinix route servers are being validated. IX also advertises Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) communities to indicate whether individual prefixes are valid.
The IX portal can be accessed using the following browsers:
- Chrome – v81 and v80
- Firefox – v76 and v68
- Edge – v81 and v80
- Safari – v13 and v12
See the Internet Exchange data page for data sheets and peering portal.