DE-CIX, the world's leading Internet exchange operator headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, has upgraded its flagship Apollon Internet exchange in Frankfurt with Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 XRS-40 routing systems to increased edge capacity to keep local traffic local.
The XRS-40 system which combines two XRS-20 chassis back-to-back allows DE-CIX to aggregate more customers on a single edge router and to keep Internet exchange (IX) traffic local within the data center. The XRS-40 delivers up to 160 x 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports or 1600 x 10 GE ports. DE-CIX said that 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.
According to DE-CIX, it has deployed the first XRS-40 system on October 1, 2014, and will expand this setup to multiple data centers in the Frankfurt metropolitan area. The 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, according to a statement by the two firms.