IP Transit offers unique advantages to businesses who host their IT infrastructure with their colocation provider. By providing direct access to peers and internal IT infrastructure, IP transit offers speed, redundancy, throughput and flexibility not typically available via other connectivity methods.
IP Transit is a process of transmitting data from one location to another. Regardless of how a business or product accesses the Internet or another network, they will need to utilise IP transit in some capacity.
What is IP Transit?
IP Transit’s role in facilitating access for today’s highly connected business environments is critical. Without reasonably priced, accessible IP Transit offerings, businesses in every imaginable sector would lose many of the efficiencies that are now the foundation of their current Information Technology plans.
Businesses can focus on growth, confident in the internet and data access they’ve secured, rather than worry about future application technology and requirements:
- Direct access to infrastructure – Due to the inherent design of an IP Transit service, applications and services hosted with the IP Transit provider are effectively integrated into a local network, therefore achieving LAN transfer speeds. Unlike standard colocation, accessing their hosted resources through onsite hardware or VPN, IP Transit customers maximise their provider’s IP circuit and bring LAN access to local and remote infrastructure.
- Consistent experience – Direct connectivity to the provider’s main router enables a consistent experience across the organisation’s environments. Developers working in the corporate headquarters can expect that their experience accessing hosted resources mirrors that of their target audience. Utilising IP Transit from the infrastructure provider assists in providing this experience.
- Redundant Connectivity – Typical business Internet access passes all traffic through a single physical connection. Alternatively, IP Transit is structured to include various physical paths of access from the provider’s network, all the way to a customer’s office. Using redundant connectivity means IP transit providers are less vulnerable to the disruption of a single path. Enterprise switching is installed at the client site and accepts multiple fibre lines that have been run to the location. These lines allow instant failover if one connection cuts out or deteriorates. To ensure IP Transit customers stay online, all components of the network have redundant systems or software in place to ensure network functionality
- Routing Table Accessibility – A routing table is data stored in a router or networked computer listing the routes to network destinations. It is used to determine where data travelling over an IP network will be directed. IP Transit can be constructed to provide either a default internet route or a complete routing table, enabling them to choose the best path to their destination. This is called dynamic routing. Standard business internet service limits customers with a single pathway to all networks on the internet (default route). Default routes don’t allow for any dynamic routing decisions to be applied and the customer abandons control of the path. Using IP Transit providers combined with dynamic routing protocols offers failover protection whilst simultaneously increasing the reliability of the network.
- Scalability and Customisation – Standard business Internet cannot be scaled or configured like IP Transit. The maximum possible speed is limited by a provider-supplied router within a client’s site. All traffic needs to be processed onsite and the router becomes the failing point. Choosing IP Transit eliminates the provider-supplied router, allowing for increased scalability and connection flexibility. This also enables customisation of the circuit and flexibility to implement extra networking technologies like VPN, VPLS, MPLS, and 802.1Q (VLAN Trunking) in combination with the IP Transit provider.
Do I Need IP Transit?
The benefits of IP Transit make it a logical choice for many industries:
Financial Services Firms can rely on the low latency of fibre-based IP Transit services. High-performance networking equipment, specialised cable routing and route optimisation techniques provide the necessary throughput for important business transactions such as high-frequency trading (HFT), data analytics and business Internet access.
Logistics Companies require precision, planning, and reliable connectivity to ensure delivery of critical cargo. A global network guarantees consistent access to shipment and tracking applications, inventory management, staff augmentation tools and GPS location data.
Technology Firms rely on their direct and immediate access for both development and delivery purposes. IP Transit allows these types of businesses to focus on their core business capabilities whilst avoiding the dangers of engineering systems.
Businesses with Large Offices have unique needs when it comes to IT resources. The demands of 50+ users in large office environments require more bandwidth for applications such as streaming video, VoIP and cloud-based resources. With a well-connected IP Transit provider, direct peering with large SaaS providers ensures the critical connectivity required.
Want to take the next step in your business success?
Once your business buys colocation space, Xenex Systems can provide direct access to high-speed IP Transit through our network. Our IP product provides you and your clients with the best possible potential and speed to any destination in the world, ensuring your business stays connected, with the lowest possible latency and highest connectivity. It’s imperative that your IP Transit provider has reliable support and robust offerings that can scale with your business growth. Our certified IT professionals in Perth draw from a wide range of hosting, networking and consulting experience. Our mission is to provide you with the best resources and service that will meet your unique needs. Contact our team today to learn more about our Colocation and IP Transit Service or request more information here.