Interface Specs

The interface and cabling specifications can be found by clicking this link.

Link Aggregation

To fill the gap between our 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps port offerings, ECIX also offers Aggregated Ethernet ports.

Quarantine VLAN

Our unique 'Quarantine VLAN' feature places each new port in its own separate VLAN, together with a monitor port. In this dedicated VLAN environment, we can safely check whether the port is clean and ensure no unwanted protocols are enabled. Only when the port is considered safe, it is put into service.

Allowed Traffic

To ensure smooth operation of the ECIX infrastructure, we impose specific restrictions on the kind of traffic allowed on the peering fabric. This page lists a summary of the restrictions.

Port Security

Loops are the greatest danger to Ethernet environments, as they can instantly take down any network if unmanaged. In the event that broadcasts are looped back, duplicates are created and the CPUs of all connected equipment are loaded. In the worst case, self-sustaining broadcast storms ensue, as broadcasts are fed back and sent out again, on the first port. We have taken a number of integrated countermeasures to prevent such incidents. These measures ensure that only traffic which belongs on the peering fabric can actually enter it.

Route Servers

Normally, you need to maintain separate BGP sessions to each of your peers' routers. A route server can replace all of these sessions or a subset with one session towards each route server. The goal of the route server project is to facilitate implementation of peering arrangements and lower the barrier of entry for new participants on the peering platform. To see how they work in detail, read this article.

Configuration Guide

This article gives some pointers towards setting up your device when connecting to ECIX. Our rules restrict the type of traffic and number of source MAC addresses that any network may send to the exchange.