“Cloud peering,” is often mistakenly equated to “network peering.” The two terms may be similar, but they solve different problems in fundamentally different ways.
Enterprises can get direct connectivity to Office 365 that provides a combination of more predictable network performance, flexibility and improved reliability, as well as enhanced data privacy since ExpressRoute enables most Office 365 network traffic to avoid the public Internet.
But when it comes to planning your business around the peering lifecycle, there’s no “maybe” about it. If your organization operates public and private networks, preparing for future growth is undoubtedly the right thing, because data traffic is surging. You will eventually need that three-bedroom house.
The IT centric interconnection architecture typical of most enterprises today, which relies on multiple expensive long distance data center interconnections over MPLS or Internet VPN’s, is more like Amazon having a single warehouse at the end of a dirt road in Happy Pebble, North Dakota. Same day delivery included with Prime Membership?
As one of the world’s largest IP peering platforms, Equinix has witnessed more IP traffic growth in the past 18 months than the previous four years combined. In fact, we estimate the total public and private IP peering traffic in our global Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers is growing by 15 terabytes per second (Tbps), per quarter, outpacing the overall Internet traffic growth rate.