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Speedtest.net in Indy

While performing some troubleshooting with one of our customers, we determined they were using a speedtest.net server that would give sub-optimal results. We worked to put together our own speedtest.net server for the benefit of the networks on our Indianapolis IX. Not only will there now be a speedtest.net server with unrestricted performance to our IX members, but we will make the information that we collect from their customers available to them on an as-requested basis. That’s another benefit of membership without the cost and headache of running your own server, yet retaining the access to information on your customers.

The server is currently on a shared 1 gigabit connection, but in the near future, we expect to put it on a 10G connection, providing more room for 1g+ tests. Given that it is our own server, we’ll never have a shortage of capacity to the IX. Our speedtest.net server will then be the only one in Indiana able to provide such performance to end-users of many networks.

In the first 24 hours, the fastest iPhone download (with a latency of 10 ms) was 286 megabit/s over Metronet. The fastest iPhone upload with a latency of 5 ms goes to Endeavor Communications at 116 megabit/s. In the Android world, Ball State University takes the lead with one test at 10 ms attaining 256 megabit/s download and 196 megabit/s upload. As expected, mobile devices only have so much power. The fastest web-based download with a latency of 7 ms goes to Methodist Hospital of Indiana at 818 megabit/s. The lowest latency so far goes to Methodist. The fastest upload at 8 ms goes to Purdue University at 869 megabit/s. Once we get the server moved to 10G, let’s see what network will be the first to crest 1 gigabit/s.

That was the good. Here’s the bad. The highest latency goes to ViaSat – which is a satellite company – at 677 ms. Obviously there’s little they can do, given the satellite is around 25,000 miles out in space. Taking out the satellite tests, we have a Comcast test at 504 ms near Fishers, IN. I suspect there’s something wrong with their connection. The lowest speed download goes to AT&T Wireless at just 50 kilobit/s. The best dial-up was better than that. The worst upload test was on Bright House Networks at just 6 kilobit/s. Dial-up WAS up to 5 times better than that. Bright House (now Charter), Comcast and AT&T, do you guys wanna join our IX? ¬†ūüôā

If you think this all sounds great and want to see your network on the leaderboard, sign up for our Indianapolis IX by the end of the month and we’ll waive the setup charge.

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New IX signup Special!

Now through March 19th if you sign up for a port at our St. Louis exchange, we’ll waive the setup fee. You’ll need to supply your own cross connect, but we can get you connected as a part of a “first 60 days” special offer.

Available at the Netrality Properties facilities at 210 N. Tucker and 900 Walnut.

A GigE connection is $275/month and a 10GigE connection is $775/month.

Our St. Louis IX, now complete with launch event!

In conjunction with our partners and following up on our success in Indianapolis, we’re pleased to announce the launch event for the St. Louis Regional Internet Exchange (STL-RIX). It will be held Thursday, January 19th, 2017. We expect 20+ networks to join in the first few months, some of which have already started their paperwork to be ready at launch.

For some background, we’re launching an Internet exchange in St. Louis, partnered with a local not-for-profit. The not-for-profit will focus on IoT, innovation neighborhoods, education, the public sector and more. The Midwest-IX\FD-IX side will focus on the commercial Internet side of things. We’ll initially be in the Netrality Properties facilities at 210 N. Tucker and 900 Walnut, but will expand to other facilities as demand dictates.

To register for the event, check it out at Eventbrite. We’ve attached the press release below.

STL RIX Press Release – Jan 6 2017 – Issue 2 0

Things are a changing but staying the same

2016 has shown great growth for us here at MidWest-IX. We have brought on new peers such as Netflix, Hurricane Electric, and others.  Currently, we are flowing over 4 gigs of traffic at peaks across the Indianapolis fabric.  This is 4 gigs of lower latent and less congested traffic that would otherwise be transported to Chicago or Cincinnati and back.  This is great news for networks on the exchange.

As we grow, we are expanding into other markets we realize the name ‚ÄúMidWest Internet Exchange‚ÄĚ does not reflect a global brand.¬† Over the past several weeks we have slowly been introducing our new name and Logo, FD-IX. FD-IX stands for Fiber Data Exchange.¬† We see this as our global brand moving forward.¬† This is a change in name only. We still have the same people, same network, and same great service.¬† Existing MidWest-IX e-mails and contact information will still work for clear into the future.¬† You will just see the FD-IX branding become more and more prevalent in things we do.

What does this mean for customers? Starting in early 2017 you will see the FD-IX name, web-site, and branding start to appear on billing and other correspondence alongside MidWest-IX. For new markets, such as Houston, and others planned for 2017 we will be solely using the FD-IX name.  This is more in line with our global brand strategy.

As always, if you have any questions please contact us at www.midwest-ix or www.fd-ix.com (both go to the same place).  Enjoy the new year!

Thank You from the FD-IX team,

Justin
Mark
Mike
Scott

New Indy Member: SineWave (ASN 20193)

MidWest Internet Exchange (MidWest-IX), a progressive Internet Exchange (IX), announces the addition of SineWave Technologies (ASN: 20193) to our Indianapolis peering fabric.

07 November 2016

MidWest Internet Exchange (MidWest-IX), a progressive Internet Exchange (IX), announces the addition of SineWave Technologies (ASN: 20193) to our Indianapolis peering fabric.

According to Justin Wilson of MidWest-IX, ‚ÄúThe addition of SineWave diversifies the peering fabric to a greater level.‚Ä̬† ‚ÄúSineWave‚Äôs portfolio of managed business products and security focus gives our members access to a greater depth of products with the benefit of lower latency and faster response. ‚Äú

Cale Hollingsworth, SineWave Partner says ‚ÄúSineWave is excited to bring our clients and partners a more robust offering. ¬†With today‚Äôs dependence on commodity cloud providers, real-time communications and mission critical network infrastructure, providing multiple pathways to major providers ensures the uptime, dependability and low latency our clients demand. Partnering with Midwest iX helps us achieve these goals.‚ÄĚ

About MidWest-IX
MidWest-IX was formed in 2014 to address the needs of peering for customers in the Indianapolis area.  MidWest-IX has since expanded to other metro markets with more coming online in 2017.  MidWest-IX provides peering, Internet Exchange (IX), and layer 2 services.  MidWest-IX can also facilitate co-location, transit, DWDM, and other services through solutions partners. MidWest-IX can be reached at www.midwest-ix.com or 317.644.2224

About SineWave
SineWave Technologies is a leading local provider of managed services and emergency response in the data center industry. Their work includes high-speed, mission critical IT management for national clients. Founded in 2005, SineWave’s expertise includes network engineering, system administration, security and vulnerability scanning, and technical strategy. Sinewave can be reached on Twitter¬†@sinewavetech, Facebook, or at www.sinewavetech.com.¬†

MidWest-IX announce 40 Gig Upgrades

MidWest Internet Exchange (MidWest-IX), a progressive Internet Exchange (IX), announces several upgrades to our Indianapolis fabric. These upgrades include additional 10 Gigabit ports, as well as 40 gigabit capability. MidWest-IX has installed additional switching upgrades in both 733 Henry and 401 North Shadeland locations.

The addition of more ports, especially 40 GIG, allows us to meet the ever-growing demand for high-capacity, low latency peering. We are seeing more and more customers looking to move to 10 GIG in the next 18 months.  This move to 10 gig will accelerate the need for the larger capacity 40 gig ports. As content moves closer and closer the need for larger capacity ports will become more and more important.

MidWest-IX IPV6 stats

MidWest-IX is now seeing over 15,000 IPv6 routes on our Indianapolis Fabric from any ever-growing number of peers. We are getting reports, not only from our members but from others which say IPv6 traffic is faster when it comes to streaming content.

DDoS and peering

Many of you have been reading the news of the Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on sites such as Netflix, Twitter, etc..  To get to the root of the issues here are some links.

CNBC Article about the DDoS

Next Web Article

So how does peering fit into all of this? During attacks, like what is going on today, peering can be an extra insulator from these attacks. ¬†Since you are connected to your peers via a local fabric¬†the Denial of service does not reach the peering fabric itself. ¬†This doesn’t mean the networks are immune to a DDoS.Hosts can still be taken offline by a DDoS on their connections outside of the IX. ¬†However, since an IX fabric contains non-routable IP space it is naturally insulated against attacks. ¬†The peers on the IX can still exchange traffic between themselves without even needing outside connections. So content from someone on the exchange could possibly be okay, even if their outside connections were being DDoSed. ¬†This is an oversimplification because content has to reach the IX somehow. This is accomplished with cache boxes, distributed cloud services, and plain old transit from the outside to routers and devices on the exchange.

MidWest-IX adds additional 10 gig ports to Eastgate

We are excited to announce additional 48 10 Gigabit ports to our 401 North Shadeland (EastGate) peering location in Indianapolis, Indiana operated by LifeLine Data Centers.  This allows us to scale to meet demand for our members. As more and more networks have to scale to meet demand, MidWest-IX is keeping up with that demand.

Netflix is online with MidWest-IX in Indianapolis

MidWest-IX is excited to announce a Netflix OCA node is online with our Indianapolis peering fabric. ¬†This will speed up access to Netflix content for any of our members. ¬†Streaming content can account for up to 80% of a network’s traffic, and Netflix is a big part of that for many networks. ¬†Network operators are always looking for the quickest ways to deliver content to their users and being a MidWest-IX customer is a great way to eliminate¬†network bottlenecks.

We have seen some of our networks quadruple traffic to the exchange since Netflix has come online.   By offloading stream traffic to MidWest-IX, you are not only speeding up delivery, you are saving on more expensive transit costs.  Below is a graph from one of our users.  The big spike Monday was when Netflix came online.

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NetFlix is being housed at the 401 North Shadeland location operated by LifeLine Data Centers.   This facility allows for high availability and uptime.

If you want to have access to the fastest Netflix you can talk to us today.