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Meet TIE, the Telx Internet Exchange at ATL1

Damion Lackamp
December 14, 2015

56 Marietta Street, home to Telx's ATL1 facility in Atlanta, Georgia, has a rich and storied history.

With historical ties to Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company and Western Union, ATL1 benefits from Atlanta's history as a key telecommunications hub in the southeastern United States. Though we may be a long ways removed from the telegraph era, ATL1 today still serves as a major interconnection point for businesses up and down the East Coast.

The Telx Internet Exchange (TIE) Atlanta, known as the Atlanta Internet Exchange (AIX) when Telx acquired the facility in 2004, is a large part of the reason why ATL1 is such an important telecommunications and carrier hotel today. A carrier-neutral exchange, TIE connects all the major content providers—think Google, Netflix, Amazon, and similar companies—with carriers and, ultimately, more eyeballs. Connecting through an Internet Exchange rather than a private, direct connection reduces cost and improves performance for everyone involved.

Especially for high-bandwidth content providers like Netflix, peering through an Internet Exchange is essential. Internet Exchanges like TIE Atlanta allow content providers to offload traffic as efficiently as possible, and keep traffic local. For getting as many eyes as possible on content as efficiently and inexpensively as possible, it’s difficult to beat an Internet Exchange.

Of course, there’s a catch: as end users demand larger and richer media content, it becomes more and more important to invest in the infrastructure to support it. 4K video and rich, interactive media aren’t going to stream themselves—they need robust infrastructure backing them up to grow and thrive.

That’s why we’re pleased to announce the launch of 100G support at TIE Atlanta. Internet Exchange customers at 56 Marietta now have the option to upgrade from current speeds to peering speeds of 100G or more; we can support multiple 100G ports for customers who need speeds beyond 100G.

For customers currently using multiple 10G interfaces joined together to provide greater throughput, this enhancement cannot come too soon. 100G will allow users with networks already running with 100G backbones to connect over the exchange at native speeds as opposed to aggregating multiple port to reach a speed close to 100G thus eliminating a bottleneck in data transmission.

Though 100G service is currently only available in Atlanta, additional upgrades are on the horizon in New York for 2016 with other locations in Dallas and Phoenix being reviewed at this time. Our 100G support in Atlanta is supported by hardware from Arista, a proven vendor in this space. Arista has shown itself to be able to support the complicated infrastructure needs of a modern Internet Exchange, a space where other vendors have repeatedly lagged behind.

In all, TIE Atlanta is a valuable resource for Telx customers looking to make connections and take advantage of Telx’s rich marketplace, and the new 100G capability only serves to strengthen the fabric of the Exchange.

Interested in learning more about how the Telx Internet Exchange can help your business grow? Connect with us via the contact page of our site, or by Facebook or Twitter and let us know—we’d love to hear from you.

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