Interconnection: The Foundation and Future of the (Private) Internet
The internet has become the most important way to connect and communicate in business. Enterprises are looking for networks that offer high quality and cost-effective connectivity without limitations but as technology advances, the cracks in the public Internet’s transformative strengths are starting to show. With issues such as crippling latency, complexity, and security, businesses need to rethink the way they approach connectivity. Direct access to cloud services is key for many enterprises, so a strong connection to global cloud service providers and cloud hubs is necessary. The future of improved performance, enhanced security, reduced complexity, greater flexibility will rely on interconnection.
What does Interconnection mean?
According to DE-CIX, the world’s leading neutral Internet Exchange (IX) operator, interconnection is simply a connection between two or more parties to exchange data, and it is critical to today’s enterprises. The benefits are endless and because most businesses now rely on platform-based models rather than traditional on-premise systems, they need to have the ability to assemble solutions using third-party components that share data across ecosystems. Interconnection with global network operators allows enterprises to exchange data with partners, suppliers and customers, who are also connected to these platforms around the world.
How does Interconnection work?
An Internet Exchange (IX), or Internet Exchange point (IXP), is an interconnection platform that allows different parties to come together and interconnect their technologies. Internet Exchanges were invented to keep data flowing from one network provider to another through peering. Peering is a process that ensures affordable and timely traffic flow directly between networks. Today, companies ranging from healthcare to finance are enjoying the benefits of connecting to Internet Exchanges.
What are the benefits of Interconnection?
By connecting to an Internet Exchange and using its interconnection platform for services, you can isolate your connection from the public Internet to simplify and control your network infrastructure. Based on DE-CIX’s Beyond the Internet white paper, the four key benefits of an Internet Exchange service are:
- Improved performance
- Enhanced security
- Reduced complexity
- Greater flexibility
Improved Performance: Internet Exchange services are a key tool for optimizing connectivity outside of the Internet. These services allow enterprises to interconnect directly with each other or with third parties in order to exchange traffic directly. This means that data doesn’t have to travel through multiple networks before reaching its destination, which reduces latency and increases performance.
Enhanced Security: The Internet is a highly complex, interdependent network and is notoriously insecure and unreliable. The direct connection between businesses and the rest of the world means that anyone with access to the Internet can potentially access confidential applications and networks. Interconnection allows for bypassing of the public Internet and enables businesses to eliminate security risks and control the pathways of critical data.
Reduced Complexity: The Internet has revolutionized the way we communicate, collaborate and do business but this revolution has also created a host of new challenges for organizations trying to keep up with new technologies and business models. When you build customized connectivity outside of the Internet, this complexity simply disappears. By using the efficient principles of one-to-many or many-to-many, and aggregating traffic you can connect simply and directly in a single, clean environment known as a Closed User Group (CUG).
Greater Flexibility: Businesses connectivity needs change continually and it can become expensive and complex. The solution for organizations are neutral and affordable providers that can be partnered with to optimize connectivity outside of the Internet. Connections can be managed quickly and easily via API or intuitive customer portals.
What are the next steps to optimize Interconnection?
Building out a plan for customizable connectivity has never been easier thanks to Internet Connection and the benefits these services provide. To begin, organizations should choose the Internet Exchange they want to connect to and the data center where they can connect to it. This potentially could be a location that is already in use. It’s also important that the selected access size is mindful of traffic volumes, in order to ensure port bandwidth. DE-CIX states that “Once your business has access to an Internet Exchange, you can connect and exchange data directly and securely with hundreds of other networks and partners. This can be achieved by peering publicly – over the Internet – or by using private connections that bypass the Internet. Through this interconnection, you can avoid congested transit routes and transmit your data via the most direct path.” Finally, businesses can create private cloud connections and set up a Closed User Group (CUG) so that they can be guaranteed a secure, private ecosystem within the Internet Exchange environment.
While the structure of the Internet rapidly changes, it’s important for businesses to remain vigilant towards any opportunities that could increase their company’s security, connectivity, and overall network. Interconnection ensures safe, reliable, and affordable benefits to revolutionize the future of connection as we know it.