PCH opens two new connections at France-IX Marseille facility

17 July 2018 | Natalie Bannerman


Packet Clearing House (PCH) has extended its relationship with France-IX through two new connections at France-IX Marseille as well as an upgrade to its existing Paris connections.

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PCH is the transit provider to the Quad9 DNS resolver project and through its increased capacity at France-IX it will deliver low-latency DNS resolution with privacy and security protection to all peering members at France-IX.

“This is a real win-win for our France-IX peering community, which gets direct and low-latency access to the greatly admired and highly sought-after Quad9 services; and for PCH, which is able to extend and improve delivery of its cutting-edge services to the French Internet community and beyond,” said Simon Muyal, chief technical officer at France-IX.

France-IX’s community includes hundreds of international telecommunications carriers, ISPs, content providers, content delivery networks, enterprises as well as many other Internet professionals.

“Peering with PCH at France-IX in Paris and Marseille improves the performance of DNS resolution for all participating networks,” said Bill Woodcock, executive director of PCH. “Thanks to this new deployment, we expect Paris to be the most active location in France and the fifth most active in Europe making France-IX the natural location to deliver PCH’s services to the French Internet community.”

PCH provides global operational support and security to internet infrastructure including internet exchange points. Its DNS network is the largest and longest established says PCH and has been working with France-IX Paris (Telehouse 2) since 2011 and over time the capacity has been upgraded and spread out on two connections to allow PCH to provide its whole range of IXP services including DNS and route collector services.

In addition the two new connections will be activated in Marseille (Interxion MRS1), allowing PCH to absorb any potential cyber-attacks and protect networks from DDoS attacks against PCH infrastructure.

“Requests for Quad9’s privacy-respecting and security-enhancing DNS services experienced a 27-fold increase since its launch in November 2017 and we are delighted that through PCH’s capacity increase at France-IX, we will be able to continue to accommodate this high demand as direct and low-latency interconnection becomes available at France-IX Paris and Marseille,” added John Todd, executive director of Quad9.

The two new connections in Marseille will go live in the second half of 2018, while the Paris capacity upgrades are already available.