DE-CIX, an Internet exchange operator headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, has upgraded its flagship Apollon Internet exchange in Frankfurt with 7950 XRS-40 routing systems from Alcatel-Lucent. 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.
The move will also reduce the amount of traffic that needs to be routed through the Apollon core nodes, keeping latency low and data flow manageable in a marketplace that is growing rapidly, the company said.
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.
“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.”