Buying IP Bandwidth Across a Peering Exchange

Ammar Zuberi ammar at fastreturn.net
Tue Nov 25 18:52:54 UTC 2014


Hi Conor,

I know this is possible since Hurricane Electric does it for IPv6 transit, however, I'm not sure if it violates any exchange rules or if it's even a good idea.

> On 25 Nov 2014, at 10:47 pm, Colton Conor <colton.conor at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> I know typically peering exchanges are made for peering traffic between
> providers, but can you buy IP transit from a provider on an exchange? An
> example, buy a 10G port on an exchange, peer 5Gbps of traffic with multiple
> providers on the exchange, and buy 5Gbps of IP transit from others on the
> exchange?
> 
> Some might ask why not get a cross connect to the provider. It is cheaper
> to buy an port on the exchange (which includes the cross connect to the
> exchange) than buy multiple cross connects. Plus we are planning on getting
> a wave to the exchange, and not having any physical routers or switches at
> the datacenter where the exchange/wave terminates at. Is this possible?


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