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The in­ter­con­nec­tion pi­o­neer

The world has changed since we started our busi­ness in 1995. We live in a highly in­ter­con­nected world as pri­vate and busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties are more de­pen­dent on the in­ter­net than ever. New ideas and play­ers are en­ter­ing the mar­ket, which both chal­lenges and mo­ti­vates us to stay ahead. DE-CIX has taken the next steps into a suc­cess­ful fu­ture. We are con­cen­trat­ing on three main ar­eas for our ser­vices and so­lu­tions: con­tin­u­ous traf­fic growth, in­ter­con­nec­tion de­mand and se­cu­rity.


Con­tin­u­ous traf­fic growth

IP traf­fic will con­tinue to grow un­stop­pably. Lo­cal peer­ing re­mains our great­est driver for traf­fic growth. We also see new cus­tomer de­mands e.g. for flex­i­ble and re­li­able cloud in­ter­con­nec­tions. DE-CIX is ex­pand­ing its prod­uct port­fo­lio to in­clude “DIRECTCLOUD.” DIRECTCLOUD will enable cus­tomers to ac­cess cloud ser­vice providers con­nected to DE-CIX by pro­vid­ing ded­i­cated con­nec­tions. Cus­tomers can ex­pect im­proved net­work per­for­mance, in­creased se­cu­rity, and lower costs for in­fra­struc­ture with DIRECTCLOUD. The first cloud provider to be­come avail­able is Ama­zon Web Ser­vices (AWS). For ex­ist­ing cus­tomers, a con­nec­tion to a cloud provider via DIRECTCLOUD can be cre­ated in just a few min­utes, and for new cus­tomers in just a few days. DIRECTCLOUD is ini­tially avail­able at all DE-CIX lo­ca­tions – the so-called “De-cix-en­abled sites” – in the met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion of Frank­furt.

In­ter­con­nec­tion de­mand

Our Apollon plat­form is de­signed to be scal­able and ex­pand­able. That said, we will fur­ther de­velop our in­ter­con­nec­tion of DE-CIX lo­ca­tions. Af­ter a suc­cess­ful launch of GLOBEPEER Re­mote Frank­furt-new York City, we will now ex­tend the ser­vice to two more lo­ca­tions.

In early 2017 we will enable cus­tomers from Ham­burg and Mu­nich to peer with cus­tomers in Frank­furt and vice versa. In­stant ac­cess to over 730 ASNS in Frank­furt will also sup­port lo­cal peer­ing at those lo­ca­tions by at­tract­ing new cus­tomers. We have built upon the ex­pe­ri­ence with GLOBEPEER Re­mote Frank­furt-new York City and will also im­ple­ment our al­ready an­nounced GLOBEPEER Re­mote Frank­furt-is­tan­bul and Frank­furt­düs­sel­dorf ser­vices.


With more and more de­vices con­nected to the in­ter­net, se­cu­rity be­comes an ever-greater pri­or­ity. We have al­ready seen mas­sive DDOS at­tacks sup­ported by the weak­nesses of the In­ter­net of Things. We have a strong fo­cus on re­silience and avail­abil­ity, and want to con­tinue pro­vid­ing a 100% re­li­able plat­form. There­fore our renowned Black­hol­ing ser­vice will be taken to its next level.

DE-CIX con­trib­uted heav­ily to RFC 7999, which of­fers a stan­dard­ised method of sig­nalling Black­hol­ing to IXPS and IPS. RFC 7999 is al­ready avail­able at all DE-CIX IXS world­wide.

DE-CIX will also re­design the way we think about our ser­vices. The new DE-CIX ser­vice struc­ture cre­ates a log­i­cal sep­a­ra­tion of the port into two parts: a phys­i­cal ac­cess to our Apollon plat­form, and vir­tual ser­vices. This means that in fu­ture, along­side the fa­mil­iar DE-CIX GLOBEPEER Ser­vice, fur­ther ser­vices – such as METROVLAN and DIRECTCLOUD – can be booked from a sin­gle ac­cess to the Apollon plat­form. This new ser­vice model will fa­cil­i­tate the in­tro­duc­tion of new prod­ucts, ser­vices and fea­tures. The change to the pric­ing struc­ture on the ba­sis of the ser­vice model serves as a sim­pli­fi­ca­tion, and will enable cus­tomer needs to be ful­filled in­di­vid­u­ally. For ex­am­ple, in the fu­ture a cus­tomer will not need an Au­ton­o­mous Sys­tem Num­ber (ASN) to take ad­van­tage of ser­vices. The new ser­vice struc­ture will be avail­able early next year. We will start by of­fer­ing our ser­vices in this new struc­ture at DE-CIX Frank­furt, with our other lo­ca­tions join­ing in the course of the year.

So DE-CIX will con­tinue build­ing and sup­port­ing healthy ecosys­tems around the globe and this will re­main our main driver. This means that sup­port­ing peer­ing will stay at the core of what we do. But we will add more and more ser­vices to our plat­form, which will sup­port our cus­tomers’ de­mands around the globe. The jour­ney con­tin­ues with DE-CIX.

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Harald A. Summa: New ideas and play­ers in the mar­ket chal­lenge and mo­ti­vate DE-CIX

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