Membership with Connected IX is open to all organizations with an ASN and IP address space (ISPs, transit providers, content providers, VoIP service providers, etc.) who wish to exchange IP traffic with other members of the exchange.
Organizations considering commercial Connected IX membership will need to satisfy the following practical requirements before they can successfully exchange traffic on the IX.
Autonomous System number
Once an organization has its own block of portable IP address space, it is necessary to apply for an autonomous system (AS) number. This number uniquely identifies the organization on the Internet and is used to group all the organization’s IP address space together. IP traffic routing decisions on the Internet are generally performed on a per-AS number basis rather than a per IP address block basis.
Once a prospective member has its services and systems running in its own IP address block and announced using its own ASN, a Connected IX membership application form should be completed. Finally, ports should be ordered in the locations of your choosing following the technical specifications provided.
Portable IP address space
Each organization wishing to exchange traffic with other organizations over an internet exchange needs its own portable IP address space. There are two ways to acquire portable IP addresses from Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), such as APNIC or RIPE.
- PI Assignment – Smaller organizations will normally choose to apply for a “Provider Independent” IP address assignment. This is requested from an RIR through the organization’s regular ISP using the RIPE-356 form.
It should be noted that PI assignments smaller than 256 IP addresses are not generally routable on the Internet. In addition, it is not guaranteed that PI assignments of 256 IP addresses or greater are universally visible on the Internet. This is not available in all locations
- RIR Membership – For larger organizations, the normal procedure is to become an RIR member and be allocated a much larger block of “Provider Allocated” (PA) address space. This is what we would highly recommend for all members.
Connected IX does not provide IP addresses, we can, however, supply AS numbers for our members, please contact us regarding this as there are some restrictions to this.
Peering on the IX
We run a route server at all exchanges and connecting to these are the easiest way for members to peer with other members. For those with selective peering status, members can, via Member Center, request peering directly or directly with the members themselves. Members at the exchange are not obliged to peer with all members.
Connectivity to one of our IX's
It is the responsibility of the new member to organise connectivity to one of our Continental IX's . There are several methods of connecting. If the member has a suitable router in one of the data centres where CIX is located, then it will be necessary to order a cross-connect from the co-location provider to link the router in the member’s cabinet to the switches in the CIX cabinet. An LoA will be provided for this. A list of accepted interface types can be found under technical requirements.
If the member does not have a router in a CIX-enabled data centre, then connectivity must be arranged into the data centre and then on to the CIX Cabinet, we are able to organise the cross-connect for this and will on-charge monthly. There are two options for remote connectivity of this form: either an ethernet service can be ordered, which will allow the member to keep their router at their primary systems housing location. Alternatively, the member can lease a traditional TDM or SDH circuit and house a router in the CIX Cabinet. We can assist in facilitating this so please feel free to contact us if this is the way you wish to go.