France-IX activates marketplace for IP-centric services

Marseille ITXFrance-IX serves the Middle East and Africa from its base in Marseille. (Image source: Marseille-ITX)International Internet exchange France-IX has activated its Marketplace, where peering members can buy any IP-centric service over its IXP platform

This buying model enables new services to be provisioned quickly and easily over private circuits setup over the platform, and also delivers significant cost efficiencies to buyer-members. France-IX is the first IXP to offer anti DDoS solution through its Marketplace along with other services including IP transit. Additional services are planned to be rolled-out in the future.

"The role of IXPs is changing, especially for those which are international exchange points like France-IX," said Franck Simon, managing director at France-IX. "IXPs used to provide purely a technical platform for carriers, ISPs and CDNs to peer, meaning interconnecting their networks and exchanging their own traffic. But now, with such a large and diversified membership including a growing segment of enterprises, we saw the opportunity to extend from simple peering to facilitating a marketplace where our members can buy the services they need from our partners. By including services such as anti-DDoS, we are going beyond other IXPs’ offerings and we are proud to be an innovator in the evolution of the IXP."

France-IX members will benefit from cost efficiencies when they buy services through the marketplace. Cost optimisation is created through seamless provision of the service they buy and how simple it is; members already have a port in place and there is no need for them to order a new cross-connect, so all they have to do is manage their existing port. When members use their ports for peering only, there is usually some unused capacity on them that could be partly filled by subscribing to additional services and so optimising the cost of the peering port. Further cost benefits are gained from multiple sellers of the same service offering competitive pricing. 

Services such as anti-DDoS scrubbing will enable the filtering of malicious traffic. As a result, when attacked, France-IX members will not need to shut down their peering sessions anymore, which used to be the initial reflex reaction.

The first France-IX Marketplace seller is Orange International Carriers, one of the world’s leading wholesale providers, which is offering its comprehensive portfolio of innovative and flexible solution to France-IX’ operators, international carriers and OTT peering members.

"Network operators who peer at the France-IX can now benefit from all these Orange services at the best wholesale prices along with quick and seamless service delivery by France-IX," said Pierre-Louis de Guillebon, managing director at Orange International Carriers.

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