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Internet2 Commercial Peering Service Expands

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 by Doug Howell
Tags: Advanced Networking, imported, Internet2 Network, Network Architecture, Network Performance, Peering

Thirteen member organizations now participate in service; Four national peering points operational

Ann Arbor, Michigan – September 24, 2007 - Internet2 is pleased to announce that its Commercial Peering (CP) Service has expanded significantly adding new routes and new connection points to enhance network performance, cost savings and collaboration opportunities for participating members.

Since its inception in late 2006, the CP service has provided settlement-free connections between the advanced Internet2 IP Network and major content and Internet service providers. Thirteen Internet2 Connectors and members currently participate in the CP service.

Offered to Internet2 members at no additional charge through their existing connections to the Internet2 IP Network, CP has enabled participants to realize significant savings in their monthly commercial Internet expenditures. With over 66,000 routes available through Internet2’s nationwide peering partnerships, participants are already experiencing peak traffic volumes of one gigabit per second (Gbps) or more via the CP service.

The Northern Crossroads (NoX) is a participant and was an early beta tester of the Internet2 CP Service and, with only a subset of its New England community participating they are already routing well over 1 Gbps via the service. As other members subscribe, the NoX anticipates this volume will increase dramatically, further reducing pressure on the region's shared and dedicated commodity service links.

According to Leo Donnelly, senior network architect at Harvard University and NoX, "The new Internet2 Commercial Peering service expands on our own regional peering efforts and is a welcome and increasingly valuable addition to the portfolio of services the Northern Crossroads provides to our community."

Internet2 has expanded the service to encompass four national peering connections points which include Chicago, Seattle, Palo Alto and its latest node in New York City which is now operational. To further augment the CP service’s connectivity at public switches, Internet2 has worked to increase capacity through additional private peerings with major traffic generators at its nationwide peering points. Additional public and private peering opportunities are under evaluation to expand and diversify routing capabilities and the commercial network peering structure.

“We are pleased with the rapid progress and adoption of the CP service which we believe provides great value to our members. As more and more members are able to take advantage of the service, participants will continue to see additional cost savings, collaboration opportunities, and enhanced network performance which are all critically important to the success of our community,” said Steven Wallace, Internet2 CP Service program manager.

To learn more about the advantages of the Internet2 CP Service, including a 5-minute narrated slidecast, visit or contact

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Internet2 is the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium. Led by the research and education community since 1996, Internet2 promotes the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies. Internet2 brings the U.S. research and academic community together with technology leaders from industry, government and the international community to undertake collaborative efforts that have a fundamental impact on tomorrow's Internet.

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