(The Hosting News) – , the world’s leading Internet exchange operator headquartered in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), announces today it has upgraded its flagship Apollon Internet exchange in Frankfurt with powerful new 7950 XRS-40 routing systems from Alcatel-Lucent. The XRS-40 system combines two XRS-20 chassis back-to-back. This will allow DE-CIX to aggregate more customers on a single edge router and to keep Internet exchange (IX) traffic local within the data center. This will also reduce the amount of traffic that needs to be routed through the Apollon core nodes, which are based on XRS-20 platforms, keeping latency low and data flow manageable in a marketplace that is growing rapidly.
This installation by DE-CIX is the first deployment of the XRS-40 outside of North America and is designed to increase the density and scalability of the exchange, which continues to add capacity to better serve customers. DE-CIX has already added more than 80 new customers to its Apollon platform this year, with the number of exchange customers and ports growing.
The XRS-40 is highly space and power efficient, offering nearly twice the density of alternative systems. One XRS-40 currently delivers up to 160 x 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports or 1600 x 10 GE ports. DE-CIX deployed the first XRS-40 system on October 1, 2014, and will expand this setup to multiple data centers in the Frankfurt metropolitan area.
“We are pleased to see these powerful XRS-40 systems fulfill such a critical role in the delivery of global Internet traffic at the world’s leading Internet exchange,” said Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing and Transport division. “This is the first XRS-40 implementation in Europe, one that is designed to deliver expanded capacity, simplify management and maintain high availability for the DE-CIX team. The XRS-40 will allow DE-CIX to grow for years to come.”
“No other IXP continues to upgrade to the latest generation of available hardware at the same speed as we do,” confirms Frank Orlowski, CMO for DE-CIX. “DE-CIX’s core competitive advantage lies in our expertise in scaling and operating exchanges and our steadfast commitment to providing the highest-quality peering environment in the industry.”
DE-CIX is provider of premium Internet exchange (IX) services and operates several carrier-neutral and independent Internet exchanges internationally, including DE-CIX Frankfurt, Germany, DE-CIX New York, USA, and UAE-IX in Dubai, UAE. With 3+ Terabits per second of peak traffic, DE-CIX Frankfurt is the world’s leading Internet exchange. Founded in 1995, DE-CIX has established an environment for the bilateral settlement-free exchange of Internet traffic, called peering. The company is serving about 600 carriers, ISPs and content networks from 60+ countries, including all leading international players. In addition to Frankfurt, New York and Dubai, DE-CIX operates Internet exchange points in Hamburg and Munich. DE-CIX is your one-stop-shop for Peering, Interconnections and additional IX services. For more information, please visit .