The world of data center services is full of terms that can get very confusing if you’re not familiar with the industry. From power density to carrier neutrality and everywhere in between, keeping up on these terms can seem like a job of its own.
Here at Telx, however, we want to make your entry into the world of data center services as painless as possible—and that includes talking you through the terminology that’s present all around the industry.
One term you may hear frequently is Internet peering. But what is it, and why is it beneficial to a business?
Put simply, Internet peering is the interconnection of networks, allowing those networks to exchange traffic. While the actual science and process behind peering is a bit more complicated than that, it all really boils down to a connection of networks and the exchange and sharing of data.
Here at Telx, we do this through our Telx Internet Exchange (TIE) (How Can Internet Exchange Help My Business?) which allows ISPs, content and gaming providers, enterprises, and others to quickly and easily exchange IP traffic. TIE is a neutral, privately-owned and managed Internet Exchange Point, or IXP.
Peering has many benefits, especially compared to the alternative of purchasing transit and paying another company to carry your traffic. Some of the benefits of peering include:
Internet exchanges like TIE can connect you to ISPS, to enterprises, to customers around the world, and more, enabling the growth of your business in ways not possible before peering existed. The ultimate source of efficiency and network expansion, peering is a great benefit to your business that you should seriously consider adding if you haven’t already.
Want to learn more about peering or Internet exchanges and how they can help your business? Connect with us via the contact page of our site, or by Facebook or Twitter and let us know—we’d be more than happy to answer your questions!