Speed Internet Exchange
The SpeedIX is a non-commercial BGP peering community of data centers and IP network owners that allow others to use a part of their network infrastructure for free. Everyone can use it to exchange data-traffic and can use their services without any layer 2 transport fees.
It’s not again some other Internet Exchange like others: we are an IX community of fiber owners and free users! It returns power where it belongs: sharing data-traffic between parties without commercial gain.
Members and Partners
The SpeedIX is based on Members and Partners. A Partner is a network owner that connects a part of his WDM fiber infrastructure to the SpeedIX. At the Partner Point of Presence (PoP) data center location the Members can use a 10G peering port for free. All Members and Partners can exchange or sell their own IT services to each other. For example, a member can use its VLAN to buy or sell his hosting service to another Member in another datacenter. Or a Partner can sell datacenter cross-connects or extra port capacity above the free 10G amount to its connected PoP location connected Members.
Lower risk by SpeedIX
The SpeedIX embraces all other Internet Exchanges because we believe that only the widest possible connectivity infrastructure will make Europe better connected. But from a risk point of view, there are actually only two other serious Internet Exchanges in the Netherlands on which almost all the Dutch internet rely on. The consequences of any possible failure by an outage, (commercial) takeover or dominant market position will be enormously disastrous. That is why the SpeedIX is not a single party but a group of data center network owners who are individually responsible for their own part of the network. Together they are the SpeedIX. These data centers and the core routers are not only concentrated in the Amsterdam data center region, but they are also strongly represented outside this risk area. If one party falls away, then the others are still able to continue the SpeedIX.
NL-NOG community supporter
The SpeedIX is build and maintained by well known engineers from the Netherlands which, in principle, wants to add value to the IP networking climate. Therefore it also supports the good work of the non-profit foundation Stichting NLNOG.
The SpeedIX was once started by the engineers of Serverius which offered free L2 data transport between its own data centers. By request of its clients in August 2017, a peering VLAN with route servers was added to exchange data-traffic between BGP users. Also, non Serverius clients were allowed to join the party and in August 2017 Atom86 became the first Partner that expanded the SpeedIX outside the Serverius datacenters. In 2018, 2019, 2020, many new users joined, new PoP’s were added, and the total data traffic reached the 600Gbps. because of the success and the importance of SpeedIX, in 2021 SpeedIX B.V. was created. In the months after, more Partners joined to exchange free data-traffic in the community. The rest is history.
An advantage of all current users, the SpeedIX community is currently growing step by step. Goal achieved. Because of the non-commercial interest, there is no intention to become the largest or to beat others. If a new network like to join we will welcome them. If it’s like it currently is, it’s all ok for us because the current community is already happy.