Data traffic at DE-CIX reaches new peak value of two terabits per second

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DE-CIX, the world’s largest internet exchange, located in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), has achieved a new data throughput record: Internet traffic at DE-CIX exceeded the two Tbit/s (terabits per second) mark for the first time ever.

More than 480 internet service providers from over 50 countries are currently connected to the internet exchange, bringing the net and its content to millions of households around the globe.

At DE-CIX, more than 12 petabyte of data are exchanged per day, a volume corresponding to 2.7 million DVDs.

“Although the traffic peak of over two Tbit/s marks a new high,” says Harald A. Summa, CEO at DE-CIX Management GmbH, “we do not see an end to data traffic growth on the horizon. We assume that Internet traffic will continue to grow by about 80 per cent per year in the future.” At DE-CIX, HD-TV, video and multimedia content, online gaming and cloud computing are considered the main drivers behind the continuing increase in data traffic.

Arnold Nipper, Technical Manager at DE-CIX, is not worried about the forecasts predicting high growth rates for data traffic at the Frankfurt Internet Exchange: “DE-CIX’s technical infrastructure is an extremely efficient and failsafe platform for exchanging internet traffic with a maximum data throughput capacity of up to 40 Tbit/s.

In addition, we of course continue to refine the platform to meet future demands.”

The DE-CIX peering infrastructure has a star-shaped topology and is spread out over a total of 12 data centers operated by different providers in the Frankfurt metropolitan area.