Fremont, California - July 31, 2002 - Hurricane Electric, a leading Technical Service Provider, has just added an
Internet exchange point in the Washington D.C. area to their growing cross country
by partnering with Equinix Inc., a leading provider of core Internet exchange services.
The NAP (Network Access Point), also known as an Internet exchange point, will create additional cross country redundancy to Hurricane Electric's national network, along with creating shorter packet routes to numerous networks for customers.
Hurricane Electric is connected to the Equinix exchange point located in Ashburn, VA, using a Cisco GSR 12,000 series and is the ninth exchange point the company is linked to. Hurricane Electric also has a GigE connection from Equinix to Telehouse in New York and an OC3 (155 Mbps) connection from Equinix to PAIX in Palo Alto, CA to eliminate any single point of failure.
Now connected at Equinix in the Washington D.C. area, Hurricane Electric has the ability to peer with over 60 other carriers located at the exchange point. Peering, an agreement between two providers to setup a direct route between their networks at exchange points is a necessity for all Internet companies. Hurricane Electric's policy is to peer with any network that is connected to one or more of the exchange points that they are located at. Currently, Hurricane Electric peers with several hundred networks, institutions and companies.
The new connection comes less than 3 months after Hurricane Electric connected to the Ameritech Exchange Point in Chicago, IL. and began offering service in that area. Other exchange points Hurricane Electric connects to include MAE-West in San Jose, CA; PAIX in Palo Alto, CA; and NYIIX in New York, NY.
Hurricane Electric has created a self-healing network architecture with nine major exchange points around the nation. To ensure the level of network uptime their customers rely on, Hurricane Electric also purchases backup transit from multiple providers in multiple locations.
Internet Exchange Points are switching centers where ISP's and TSP's (Technical Service Providers), like Hurricane Electric, can connect to each other to exchange Internet traffic. Exchange points are located all over the world to guarantee that packets traveling over the Internet will arrive at their destination with the least number of hops.
About Hurricane Electric
Hurricane Electric is a Business TSP (Technical Service Provider) specializing Colocation, Dedicated Servers, Direct Internet Connections, and Web Hosting. Hurricane Electric operates its own national network, running Gigabit Ethernet and multiple OC-3's. Check out www.he.net to find out more information about Hurricane Electric.