The primary role of an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is to keep local Internet traffic within local infrastructure and to the reduce costs associated with traffic exchange between Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
The Internet is a network of networks, based on the Internet Protocol (IP). Internet Exchanges (IXs) have an efficiency role in the infrastructure. At an IX, the networks of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunications carriers, content providers, webhosters and the like, meet to exchange IP traffic with one another. This exchanging of regional, national and/or international IP traffic is generally known as "peering".
This mutual benefit is generally established by the (type of) traffic and routes sent and received, so unless parties have an open peering policy, they will peer with parties of about the same size. Open peering policies make sense if you have a lot of content to distribute that is interesting traffic for access networks or if you are a party that wishes to offload as much traffic as possible by peering to decrease traffic that has to be sent via the commercial route (buying transit).
On-Ramp Indiana, Inc (ORI) is a Full Service Internet Provider (ISP) and IT Consulting Firm located in Noblesville Indiana. ORI’s core services include Broadband Internet, Wireless WAN/LAN consulting, Website Hosting, Corporate Email, and Windows Servers Deployments. ORI is also a Microsoft Partner and SPLA Solutions Provider delivering our customers Software as a Service (SaaS) products such as Microsoft Hosted Exchange, and Virtual Private Servers (Cloud). ORI can be reached at www.ori.net or 317.744.2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin is a founding member of MidWest-IX based in Indianapolis, IN. MidWest-IX utilizes a distributed exchange model to connect metro markets into a distributed exchange. MidWest-IX can be reached at http://www.midwest-ix.com
Justin is the CEO of MTIN.NET LLC, a consulting firm specializing in ISP and enterprise markets. MTIN offers Data Center services, bandwidth, hosting, and consulting services to network operators. MTIN is a vendor neutral consulting firm offering un-biased solutions.
Mike Hammett is a 10 year veteran of the telecommunications industry. His focus has largely centered on small ISPs where his contributions to the industry netted him the Black Tie award from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association at their annual event in 2013. His passion for the industry was kindled by the lack of available broadband at his northern Illinois home and the birth of Intelligent Computing Solutions in 2004 to solve that need.
Mike’s close following of the larger telecommunications space has led to a unique set of resources and skills in not only finding non-traditional sources of Internet bandwidth, but how to cost effectively increase an ISP’s bandwidth quality. Mike ignites conversation amongst other operators and the vendors that cater to the small networks regarding adding feature sets or deployment methods employed by the large operators, but tailored to the needs of the small companies.
Recently, Mike has leveraged this “bigger picture” knowledge he has built and relationships he has forged to start up Midwest-IX, a company devoted to bringing the benefits of Internet exchanges to markets passed up by the industry. Together with the other founders, Midwest-IX will enable increased Internet performance, increased services and decreased costs for all clients. Many partnerships have already begun on this endeavor and all partners see the vast potential of the business model.