DE-CIX expands partnership with Quad9

30 January 2018 | James Pearce


DE-CIX has expanded its partnership with DNS recursive resolver firm Quad9 at its internet exchange facility in Frankfurt, Germany.

Quad9 offers a DNS system that uses threat intelligence from more than a dozen of the industry’s leading cyber security firms to provide real-time protection from malicious websites and other threats.

“Quad9 is dedicated to end-user privacy and does not resell or retransmit personal data,” said Quad9’s executive director John Todd. “Quad9 has constructed its systems to meet the strict General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy requirements, which will be in place across the EU in the coming months. 

“Our Frankfurt location, generously sponsored by DE-CIX, is Quad9's most active location right now for queries. In order to accommodate the eleven-fold increase in traffic in the first three weeks since Quad9’s public release, we’ve just completed an upgrade of our servers to meet this impressive demand. We attribute this to the density of peers available at DE-CIX and the popularity of a privacy-friendly service among European users.”

The Quad9 project runs with the support of Packet Clearing House (PCH), the global non-profit organization that provides operational support and security to critical Internet infrastructure, including Internet exchange points and the core of the Domain Name System.

DE-CIX, which claims to have the world’s highest data throughput, surpassing 6Tbps at peak times in its Frankfurt unit. However, the DE-CIX facility in Frankfurt is far from reaching its limits: the technical infrastructure of the IXP in Frankfurt has a total capacity of 48 Terabits.

It serves over 1300 network operators, internet service providers, and content providers from more than 100 countries. It recently announced a partnership with Sparkle in Istanbul, and offers interconnection services at locations in Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, New York, Dallas, Dubai, Marseille, Palermo, Madrid, Mumbai, and Istanbul.

DE-CIX chief innovation officer Dr Thomas King said: “For DE-CIX, security and privacy have always played a key role in doing business with our customers. Quad9 is highly appreciated within the tech- and data privacy community in Germany and Central Europe. 

“This is why PCH upgraded and extended its installations in Frankfurt. In order to provide an even better service to the community, DE-CIX will establish PCH connectivity at our DE-CIX sites in Munich, Dusseldorf, and Hamburg in the coming weeks.”