Yeah, if you buy partial cab space from a reseller, you can cross connect inside of that data center. I guess it depends what you need it for, but you could potentially buy 1U from a reseller there and use it to cross-connect to Equinix Internet Exchange.
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Alright so assume I have space from Equinix directly or through a reseller. How much does a port on the exchange cost? Is it worth getting on the exchange vs just getting IP traffic from a cheap provider. Assume we have lots of traffic going to Netflix, Youtube, and other peers on the exchange. When does it make sense to be on the exchange?
First off, do you understand how peering works / how most Equinix participants think that it works? Do you have the 24x7 NOC, etc to meet their peering requirements?
Most eyeball (ISP) participants will not peer with a content heavy (you) network in a single location. They expect you to peer at 3 or more locations. And for you to backhaul your traffic to those 3 locations.
Peering at 1 Equinix location will result in a lot of peering requests from companies that you dont want to peer with - other content heavy networks. Why peer with FDCServers or GNAX, none of your content is going to them?
In general, peering at Equinix is NOT like peering at Any2 or Atlanta or AMS-IS, where (almost) everyone peers
In general, if you are getting Cogent level pricing then NO, peering will not be cost-effective.
Most companies dont do it for cost, they do it for routing and performance and marketing
Yes, I have a decent understanding of how peering works. But I am looking at it from the other way around. We are an eyeball network (an ISP) with thousands of colleges students constantly watching netflix, youtube, and facebook all day long. Yes, we do have a 24x7 NOC, our own ASN, and our own IP space from ARIN. So does this make a difference in your logic techee?
So does this make a difference in your logic techee?
Not really, the logic still stands - as you can find a Tier-2 network that would be more then happy to sell you IPT below Public peering pricing if your an Eyeball provider.
Exchanges in the USA charge generally ~ $2500,- / month for a 10 gig port (with the exception of Any2 as a large exchange and several smaller exchanges) you would still have to establish all the peering relations with members - but that should be easy for a balanced or Eyeball provider.
Issue is: As an Eyeball provider you can nowadays easily get full IPT deals for ~ $1000,- per 10 Gbps as there are plenty of Tier-2 networks that are heavily peered, content heavy and looking to balance their traffic.