If your company utilizes the Internet in any capacity, then you may be familiar with IP transit.
Internet transit is the service where a network operator allows smaller Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to pass through their network to connect to the rest of the Internet.
Having a better understanding of IP transit will allow you to make better decisions about how your business accesses the Internet and how your customers reach your applications and services.
What is the Internet?
The Internet is a series of smaller networks all linked together across the globe. The term “information superhighway” can be considered as the network roads that connects people and places all across the world to one another.
Sending and receiving information across the Internet requires you to transit one or more third-party networks to reach your destination.
Carrier-Neutral Datacenters are important to the global Internet infrastructure because Datacenters enable “Internet traffic routes” between multiple Internet carriers, colocation providers, and their respective customers.
Tier 1 Internet Service Providers
Tier 1 Internet service providers have a global reach. They are connected and act as channels to connect the globe. Foremost, Tier 1 Internet Service providers are the backbone of the Internet. Tier 1 networks are interconnected by design to the lower Tier 2 and Tier 3 networks.
Tier 2 Internet Service Providers
Tier 2 providers have many physical locations and data centers. They typically peer with each other free of charge to expand their delivery capability and avoid using Tier 1 networks.
Tier 3 Internet Service Providers
Tier 3 providers are primarily local ISPs. Local ISPs typically purchase smaller portions of IP transit through a Tier 2 provider to avoid the higher costs of going directly to a Tier 1 provider.
However, depending on how well an ISP is connected, each tier of IP transit can have varying quality levels.
In order to scale your company’s growth, your IP transit provider must have robust Internet connectivity.
With the help of dynamic routing, datacenter connections can be redundant with multiple Internet providers.” This redundancy can be achieved with automatic traffic balancing instead of the “main/backup” type of redundancy. Such traffic balancing can be achieved with the use of blended traffic.
Blended IP transit enables the network administrator to set policies for intelligent routing decisions. Blended IP transit provides routers the ability to find alternative connections if the default path is unavailable which improves connection speeds and reduces downtime.
What are the differences between Domestic, Blended, and International IP transit?
If your company is looking for the highest availability and performance for your hosted services, Blended IP transit is performance-optimized as its providers are connected to multiple Tier 1 networks and public peering exchanges, ensuring fast, low latency connections.
Blended IP transit provides a reliable Internet connection, preventing potential access interruptions that could obstruct business operations. This resilient connectivity reduces possible access interruptions and disruption of revenue streams.
More importantly, using multiple ISPs at the same time isolates companies from issues within ISP networks. When using multiple ISPs, the BGP will automatically reroute traffic over to another ISP if one goes down.
What are the benefits of IP Transit?
While standard residential Internet connections typically have one ISP, a business often needs redundant ISPs for mitigating situations when the main provider encounters issues.
Using blended IP traffic solutions provide companies with the ability to use multiple ISPs. If one ISP goes down, the BGP will reroute traffic using another ISP. Blended transit provides a reliable Internet connection, eliminating potential access interruptions that may hamper business operations.
Datacenter the Factory
Netherlands Datacenter the Factory provides carrier-neutral data center interconnection services from our headquarters in Roermond and point of presence locations in Amsterdam and across Western Europe. Through our partnerships with leading European carrier interconnects and Internet Exchange Points, Factory Datacenter provides the fastest and most reliable Dedicated Internet Connectivity, Interconnection, IP Transit, Layer 2 Transport, and MPLS.
Whether you are a network carrier, regional ISP, telecom operator, retail enterprise, or a colocation service provider, Datacenter the Factory ‘s network connectivity partnerships enable companies the scalability and performance needed to connect globally.