DE-CIX has seen steady growth in data traffic, which has led to the recent recording an all-time record peak throughput of 4 Terabits/s in its Frankfurt Internet exchange (IX) in April. More over, the IX’s management team is preparing for a 20% increase per year in IP traffic levels for the foreseeable future. So, what does that mean for it’s customers?
Many DE-CIX customers are increasing their capacity and port size in order to keep up with this ever-growing data traffic. The IX reported that customers ordered the same number of 100 GE ports in the first quarter of 2015 as they had in all four quarters of 2014 combined.
Perhaps one of the most impressive examples of this growth is the 12x100GE connections booked by Akamai at DE-CIX Frankfurt. The CDN provider relies heavily on peering to deliver content around the globe as quickly as possible. The upgraded capacity now allows Akamai to deliver 1.2 Terabits per second, which is the largest service provider bandwidth at any IX worldwide.
“Our goal is for our customers’ content to arrive as quickly as possible at its final destination, no matter where in the world the end user is,” says Noam Freedman, Senior Vice President, Networks und Chief Network Architect at Akamai Technologies. “With more than 700 Internet service providers worldwide, DE-CIX is one of our most important Internet exchange providers. With the 2013 implementation of its DE-CIX Apollon technology platform to easily handle 100 GE demands, DE-CIX has made it very easy for us to expand our capacity there. In this way, we’re well-positioned for the growing IP traffic volumes around the world.”
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