How to Get Maximum Benefits of Peering & Internet Exchange in India

July 23, 2021

Internet Exchange Peering happens when one internet network connects to another directly. This interconnection enables faster throughput and exchange of information. This exchange helps to distribute traffic over the connections. Customers won’t have to pay third-party providers to carry their traffic over the connection. The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is a free routing protocol which allows peering between ISPs.

Here’s how you can get maximum benefits of peering and internet exchange in India:

1. Optimize routing database entry
Make sure you have all your routing data in just one routing database. These databases can be IRINN, TRAI, etc. You can make use of these databases unless you are connections are global. The next step is to make sure that you have all used prefixes covered by one correct database entry. This entry should match the ASN from which originate. You will need dedicated entries for more specifics. You need to make sure that you have all active own and customer ASNs and AS-SETs listed in your main AS-SET. Also, remove the unused ones from your AS-SETs.

2. Making use of route servers:
To make the most out of Internet Exchange Peering, make sure to use route servers – two sessions of IPv4 and two sessions of IPv6. The route servers will help you to get the maximum possible sessions. It will also enable you to avoid extra work of configuring new members who joined your network.

3. Verify prefix amounts and details:
Using the route server looking glass, make sure whether your route server accepts all of the prefixes you sent. If there’s a difference, it might be due to specifying the wrong AS-SET during turn up. Other probabilities may include missing entries or wrongly entered database entries.

4. An updated PeeringDB:
Make sure you are keeping your PeeringDB up to date. Make use of peeringdb.com and update your PeeringDB at regular intervals. You should also create a record if you haven’t created one yet. PeeringDB is the tool for all peering administrators.

5. Go for direct sessions with large or essential operators:
To gain the most out of an Internet Exchange Peering, choose for a direct session to members who aren’t residing on the route server. Many of the very large operators or CDNs send more prefixes via a direct session and give you more priority and traffic engineering focus on direct sessions. Have an eye out for essential players. 

6. Configure blackholing support:
Make use of blackholing support and offer assistance to the ones in need. Make use of such supports and also test it.

7. Using IPv6:
Make use of IPv6 Peering Exchange. Configure it in your core and choose IPv6 peering sessions. This avoids having to do all the work for peering sessions for IPv6 at a later stage.

Conclusion:
And there you have it. With all these tips, you will be making the most out of Peering & Internet Exchange in India. Follow these tips and be awarded a connection with faster throughput and exchange of information.

DE-CIX Interwire provides premium Internet exchange services and operates a wide range of carrier and data center-neutral exchanges. DE-CIX Interwire is a member of The Asia Pacific Internet Exchange Association (APIX). DE-CIX Interwire also owns a nationwide license in India for operating Internet Exchanges.

Globally DE-CIX serves 1500+ carriers, ISPs and content networks from 100+ countries, including all leading international players in various metro markets in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. With 6.8+ Terabits per second of peak traffic.

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