Equinix Internet Exchange

The most peers, the most markets, the most traffic

Equinix Internet Exchange enables networks, content providers and large enterprises to exchange internet traffic through the largest global peering solution across more than 25 markets.

30+ Internet Exchange Points Around the Globe

Equinix Internet Exchange Features

These features and services are available on the Equinix Internet Exchange

Private VLAN

Request a Private dot1q VLAN to create an isolated broadcast domain over Equinix Internet Exchange, which can be used for direct bi-lateral peering or to create a community of interest


The Multi-Lateral Peering Exchange (MLPE) service allows networks connected to the Equinix Internet Exchange to securely exchange routing information with multiple peers through a redundant pair of BGP sessions to our MLPE route servers

Remote Blackholing

Support for BGP based Remotely Triggered Black Hole (RTBH) filtering to drop attack traffic from participating peers before it reaches your router, both via MLPE and bi-lateral sessions

Upcoming Events

February 10-12, 2020

Equinix will be attending this event.


What are some of the key benefits of Peering at Equinix?

• Leverage the world’s largest IX at Equinix, to reduce dependence on IP Transit
• More campus environments and more (1700+) peering partners at Equinix:
     o Reduces network equipment needed and eliminates hops
     o Improves performance and lowers costs
• Multiple options to support full bandwidth scaling model
     o IP Transit – Equinix Connect to manage internet connectivity to your long tail of destinations via the public internet
     o Public Peering – Peering over a public peering platform (IX) to exchange traffic to key destinations via the same port (or multiple ports)
     o Private Peering – Also known as PNI which is peering via a cross connect directly connecting you to the highest volume

What are the components of Equinix IX?

Equinix IX includes the following components:

• Internet Exchange port (includes Cross Connect to IX), available port speeds are 1, 10 and 100 Gpbs
• If required, we also include a Metro Connect at no additional charge depending on data center location and proximity to our IX platform

Can customers exchange IPv6 traffic over their Equinix IX port?

Absolutely. Equinix IX supports assignment of IPv6 addresses and reverse DNS for dual-stack peering on the same peering port as IPv4. Customers can request their IPv6 address by emailing noc@equinix.com.

Does Equinix IX provide a central switching fabric?

Yes, Equinix IX provides a layer 2 Ethernet switch fabric over which networks can exchange IP traffic.

Can customers connect their Ethernet switches to the Equinix IX switch?

Yes, all connections to 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.

Does Equinix provide route servers on its IX fabrics to automate peering with open peers?

Yes, Equinix calls this service the Multi-Lateral Peering Exchange (MLPE), and maintains a redundant pair of route servers at each IX for this purpose. We support IPv6 at all MLPE locations and BGP communities for route control at many. For a full description of this service, and to request participation, please visit the MLPE Registration Page on the IX Portal.

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 peers or to discuss related topics. To subscribe, customers can 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 announcement list of their chosen IXP. If customers would like to subscribe to one of the discuss lists, they should send an email 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. Customers can manage their subscriptions to these lists at http://lists.ap.equinix.com/mailman/listinfo.

About Equinix Internet Exchange

Equinix operates the world’s largest internet exchange footprint, with the most peers, in the most markets, passing the most traffic.

Delivered on a globally-available internet exchange architecture across more than 25 markets on Platform Equinix, Equinix Internet Exchange aggregates thousands of peering sessions, lowers costs and enhances network control, performance, speed and reliability.

Whether you are optimizing your network to rapidly access and distribute data, shifting your IT to the edge to maximize performance or scaling your peering relationships, Equinix connects you to the people, places and opportunities that matter for your digital future.

Key Features

  • MLPE
  • Private VLAN
  • Remote Blackholing