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Reach Cloud 9 With Merit Layer 3 Peering

OSI 7 Layer Model In Brief: For a network to function, data should be packetized, addressed, transmitted, routed, and received. In TCP/IP, as with most layered protocols, the most fundamental elements of the process of sending and receiving data are collected into the groups that become the layers. Layers can be combined for performance reasons. There is a service interface between each layer, but these are not standardized and vary widely by operating system.

High speed and low latency are critical requirements for daily connectivity and transit services can be extremely expensive. Leveraging regional and Internet2 Cloud Connect infrastructure, Merit can provide direct Layer 3 peering and multiple points-of-presence to the community, linking membership to content providers like Amazon Direct Connect, Google Cloud Interconnect and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, all with little to no additional fees.

Peering is a process by which two Internet networks connect and exchange traffic freely for mutual benefit. Using two types of peering, public or private, traffic can be networked directly between each organizations’ members instead of having to pay a third party to do it for them. Public peering is done through an Internet exchange using an ethernet switch (or switches) in a colocation facility in which all the networks peering in the facility connect. Private peering is when two networks put routers in the same building, but run a direct cable between them rather than connecting via the exchange point switch.

“Through the Cloud Connect service, Merit can further optimize cloud performance and resiliency, reduce cost, automate provisioning, and provide analytics,” said Michael Milliken, VP of Technology Operations at Merit.

There are multiple benefits to peering, the most notable being performance. Others include increased redundancy, routing control, capacity, reduced costs for service providers that pay transit between networks, speed for disaster recovery aid/assistance, and the perception of your own network.

At no additional fee, Merit Members can take advantage of Layer 3 Merit Peering/Caching and Internet2 Peer Exchange (I2PX) with a typical capacity of 10 Gbps or more (I2PX is across the national Internet2 network). These peering options are designed for high performance cloud activities requiring high speed, low latency, and low jitter – including cloud compute, communications (voice/video), research, and esports. Internet2 Peer Exchange also includes the use of the community’s existing 3 Tbps of peering capabilities to the major cloud providers for access to cloud SaaS services (e.g., Zoom or Office 365).
There are more than 100 Cloud Service Providers available, including; AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, Netflix, Apple, Facebook, Comcast, AT&T, TelNet Worldwide.

Internet2 Cloud Connect (I2CC) can provide additional direct connection services at a nominal fee. Direct connection services are used when you want to extend a part of your computing infrastructure (servers, compute, storage) so you can run your service in the cloud. I2CC will allow you to provision a Layer 2 or Layer 3 connection through Merit and Internet2 to reach cloud-based resources that are dedicated to you (based on your subscription to the cloud providers’ service). Private, dedicated cloud connections with 10 Gbps capacity are also available.

For more information about Merit peering and cloud connections, please contact [email protected].