Equinix Internet Exchange

The world's largest global Internet Exchange peering platform

The Equinix IX platform allows networks, ISPs, content providers and enterprises to easily and effectively exchange internet traffic globally

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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

Oct 17, 2017

Equinix Internet Exchange is expanding the globally-consistent peering experience to 6 European metros – Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Milan and Stockholm…

Oct 22, 2017

Internet Service Providers (ISPs), network operators and other interested parties gather to discuss issues of interest to the Internet community

Oct 15, 2017

The European Internet Exchange Association gathers Internet Exchange Points around the world with the intention to develop, strengthen and improve the IXP community


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 Us

The Equinix Internet Exchange Portal (IX Portal) allows Equinix customers to find information about peering services available at Equinix locations across the North American, European and Asia-Pacific regions. The key features of the IX Portal are:

Flow traffic stats for your IX and GRX Ports and aggregates by IBX, IX, Region, and Total Participant Lists for all Equinix IX and GRX locations Technical information on the Equinix IX platform Topology diagrams for multi-site IX Points Find A Peer list of networks you can peer with Equinix contact information In addition, the IX Portal implements a common set of credentials that allows users to log in to the IX Portal, Equinix Customer Portal and Equinix Ethernet Portal with one username and password.

Key Features

  • MLPE
  • Private VLAN
  • Remote Blackholing