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.
HARALD A. SUMMA, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT DE-CIX, TALKS ABOUT THE COMPANY’S LATEST OFFERINGS AND WHY DE-CIX IS ON COURSE FOR THE FUTURE.
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.
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.
For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit www.de-cix.net
Harald A. Summa: New ideas and players in the market challenge and motivate DE-CIX