Equinix Internet Exchange

The global Internet Exchange

Benefit from a consistent peering experience, improved network performance, speed and reliability in 30+ metros around the world

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30+ Internet Exchange Points Around the Globe

Equinix Internet Exchange Features

These features and services are available on the Equinix Internet Exchange

Private VLAN

Use Private VLAN to create a private broadcast domain over the public switched infrastructure that can be used for direct bi-lateral peering or to create a community of interest


Use Multi-Lateral Peering Exchange (MLPE) service to exchange routing information with multiple peers using only one BGP session

Remote Blackholing

Support for remote triggered black hole (RTBH) filtering to mitigate DDoS attacks

Upcoming Events

Feb 19-21, 2018

NANOG 72 will offer a great opportunity to network with colleagues, freshen-up skills, learn advanced networking techniques, and discover new network applications.

Feb 19-28, 2018

APRICOT 2018 provides a valuable opportunity to contribute to discussions about Internet operations, technologies and development.

Apr 10-13, 2018

Global Peering Forum is a yearly networking event that promotes interconnection among networks, content, cloud, and digital media organizations and related entities.


Does Equinix have a central switching fabric?

Yes, the Equinix Internet Exchange provides an Ethernet switch fabric over which networks can exchange IP traffic.

Where is the Equinix Internet Exchange Available?

There are 19 global Equinix Internet Exchange fabrics. Each Asia-Pacific metro (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney) has an IX fabric present at each IBX in the metro. In the EU, Equinix operates IX fabrics in Paris (PA2 and PA3, and Telehouse 2), Zurich (all IBX locations), and CIXP in Geneva in cooperation with CERN.

In North America, there are fabrics present in Atlanta, Ashburn, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Palo Alto, Seattle, San Jose, Toronto, and Vienna, VA.

Can I connect my Ethernet switch to the Equinix Internet Exchange fabric?

Yes, all connections to the Equinix IX are over Ethernet. Our policies limit participants to a single MAC address per port and do not allow layer 2 protocols such as Spanning Tree to be shared between customer devices over the Equinix switching fabric.

Do I have to notify Equinix if I change the device or port I connect to the IX switch?

Yes. Equinix filters all IX traffic on the MAC address each participant has registered. If you change the device connected to the IX, please email noc@equinix.com with your new MAC address.

How do I get an IP address assignment for my IX port?

Equinix will assign an IP address from its allocated subnet for use on the IX. Equinix will also maintain the in-addr PTR record you provide for this IP address.

Are there Equinix peering discussion lists?

Yes, there are multiple peering discussion lists:

On a global level, exchange-discussion@equinix.com can be used to make announcements to your peers or to discuss related topics. To subscribe, please email noc@equinix.com with a request to be added to the exchange-discussion@equinix.com mailing list.

For Equinix Internet Exchanges in EMEA, there are separate discussion and announcement lists. All Internet Exchange members will be automatically subscribed to the announce list of their chosen IXP. If you would like to subscribe to one of the discuss lists please send an e-mail to one of the following Paris-Discuss –Join, Geneva-Discuss –Join or Zurich-Discuss –Join.

Each of the AP Exchanges in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney, have separate discussion and announcement lists as well. You can manage your subscriptions to these lists at http://lists.ap.equinix.com/mailman/listinfo.

About Equinix Internet Exchange™

Equinix Internet Exchange™ allows Network Service Providers, Cloud Service Providers, Content Digital Networks and Large Enterprises to improve performance, speed and reliability by directly exchanging internet traffic globally.

Equinix Internet Exchange aggregates thousands of peering sessions onto a shared fabric connecting peers in over 30 global metro areas.

Equinix is home to 1,600+ networks and to 2,800+ cloud and IT service providers. Over 9,500 organizations use the Equinix platform to run their digital businesses in 190 International Business Exchanges (IBX) in 48 markets across 5 continents.

Key Features

  • MLPE
  • Private VLAN
  • Remote Blackholing