The Philadelphia Internet Exchange is an IXP based within the Philadelphia, PA metro area. Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) serve as a focal point of bandwidth or network capacity. Participating entities interconnect or “peer” with one another to improve network performance, increase resiliency, and reduce operational costs.
Peering exchanges just make sense. Why pay premium prices to transit a tier 1 network, when you can connect to an inordinate number of your fellow regional networks for a single flat monthly cost? Don’t pay per megabyte to get to the company down the road! Latency is another factor – Philadelphia is uniquely located between two massive network markets, New York City and Washington DC. This means your traffic is likely bouncing from Philly to New York and back again, just to get to your neighbor. Let’s put an end to that.
Currently, PhillyIX has a PoP in both the Netrality MMR and Equinix PH1, both located at 401 North Broad Street in Philadelphia. We do plan to expand our footprint into other datacenters in the region, as demand increases.