As data travels across the internet, it is constantly being re-routed and re-directed between networks. Oftentimes, traffic on one network has to switch onto a different network owned and controlled by someone else. Internet exchanges enable this kind of data transfer through a process called “peering,” which allows networks to hand off customer traffic between each other’s networks without having to pay a third party to carry it across the internet for them.
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Managed Service Providers (MSPs) leverage the entire ecosystem of networks, connectivity and delivery to ensure robust, cost-effective solutions and services for internet users. As third-party contractors, MSPs can deliver IT services and expertise that may not otherwise be available to an organization due to limited budgets, knowledge or resources.
As demands for performance and capacity have increased, the data center has changed. And central to that change is interconnection between the tenants in the data center. In essence, the interconnected data center looks less like an apartment building filled with strangers, and more like an ecosystem whose inhabitants depend on and interact with each other. Indeed, it is the interconnectedness of this ecosystem that makes it so valuable.