3W Infra adds Asteroid IXP to its ecosystem

12 April 2018 | James Pearce

Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) hosting provider 3W Infra has added the Asteroid Internet Exchange Point (IXP) to its ecosystem of network infrastructure providers as part of a cooperation agreement.

Under the partnership, 3W Infra will interconnect its 160Gbps global network with Asteroid’s IXP in Amsterdam, expanding its networking capability and interconnectivity in the Amsterdam metropolitan area.

Asteroid operates its network neutral Internet Exchange Point from Amsterdam Science Park alongside data centres including Interxion, Digital Realty and Equnix. Another located on the site is NIKHEF, which houses Asteroid’s IXP solution.

"Asteroid delivers interconnection services, but does it quite differently to many of the existing IXP players in the market," said Remco van Mook, CEO of Asteroid. "We don’t deliver metro-wide connectivity, transport or cloud services, and we don’t compete with our customers. In fact, we have gone back to the origins of peering, focusing on delivering highly efficient, cost-effective, and low-latency local interconnection. 

"We’re excited about 3W Infra connecting to our highly automated IXP, as their customer base includes some of the largest, latency-sensitive content providers including cloud service providers and customers within the gaming segment."

Through the Asteroid IXP platform, 3W Infra customers will be able to add new ports using a web portal; suggest and support new IXPs wherever they need interconnection; manage global peering with one solution; and peer with several of the largest international carriers, ISPs and CDNs.

3W Infra has a significant amount of colocation customers and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, while its global network now exceeds 160 Gigabit/sec (Gbps) of available bandwidth.

"We’re impressed with the vastly innovative platform deployed by Asteroid," said Murat Bayhan, CEO of IaaS hosting provider 3W Infra. "Their extremely efficient IXP platform design will provide a high level of automation and cost-efficiency to our customers when it comes to their networking efficiency and network interconnectivity requirements in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. 

"We also like their international ambitions, as 3W Infra is delivering its IaaS services on a global scale as well. Our enterprise customers as well as CSP clients will definitely appreciate this networking efficiency we’re now delivering on top of our compliant and SLA-backed IaaS hosting services in Amsterdam."

Topics: 3W Infra, Asteroid, IXP, interconnectivity, Interxion, Digital Realty, Equinix, NIKHEF