Show 24 – Internet Exchange and Peering Points

This week we look at peering in public and private Internet exchanges and talk through a number of topics around the technology and business of Internet Exchanges.

  1. What is Peering ? Looking at Public and Private Peering, the requirement from both a technical and commercial viewpoint, Settlement Peering and the differences between Content and Eyeball Networks.
  2. What are Peering Exchanges and what are the busienss models they run. A look at comapring the commercial and non-commercial arrangements that have grown over the years.
  3. Some discussion around the politics of peering and the relationships between companies who exhcange traffic.
  4. Some interesting views on VPLS towards the end of the discussion and whether carriers are capable of delivering a sub second convergence.


Stephen Wilcox is a member of the Council of Management of the London LINX (a public Internet Exchange) for a number of years. Now working for IX Reach, Google, Renesys, Telecomplete, Opal (aka Talktalk) and VIA Networks he has been directly involved in peering for the past 12 years. I’ve been a director of the London Internet Exchange for 7 years as well as involved with other IXs in official and non official capacities in Europe and America.

Russell Heilling works for a major telco and blogs regulary. He is also available on @xchewtoyx

Greg Ferro
Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count. He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus.
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  • GM

    A useful document on peering that some listeners might find useful is the "The Art of Peering".

    I read it many years ago for personal interest (I live higher up the stack than your typical packet pusher!) and found it quite fascinating.

    (And, of course despite being an apps guy, I really like the show – thankyou for doing such a great job at it).

  • Tyler

    This podcast really put it all in perspective for me. I have been studying peering and BGP for a while now, and this podcast just added a good icing on the cake. Bravo gents! Keep at it!