Southfield-based 123.Net has launched the Detroit Internet Exchange as a way to bring faster Internet speeds and lower costs. The exchange will help businesses, organizations, and individuals transfer large amounts of data.
“The Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX) is the culmination of our efforts over the past several years to ensure best in class connectivity in the metro Detroit region,” says Dan Irvin, CEO at 123.Net, which houses the Detroit Internet Exchange Point at it’s 100,000-square-foot facility.
Irvin says an Internet exchange point keeps local Internet traffic within local infrastructure, thus reducing the costs associated with traffic exchange between Internet Service Providers. Currently, much of Detroit’s data is routed through exchanges in Chicago, which creates delays and extra costs.
DET-IX members can connect to the Exchange via a 1G or a 10G port, allowing members to pass traffic directly between each other. The exchange is launching with nine members including: 123.Net, A2 Hosting, Active Solutions Group, Clear Rate Communications, MojoHost, Evolved Servers, LightSpeed Communications, ManagedWay, and Nexcess.net.
U.S. cities with Internet Exchange Points include Dallas, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, among others. There are 211 Internet exchange points in the world.