December 7, 2006
IXEurope upgrades IP platform to reduce latency and eliminate packet loss
IXEurope, Europe's specialist datacentre company, has announced that it has enhanced its IXIP™ platform to reduce latency and eliminate packet loss, by installing Internap's (Nasdaq:INAP) Intelligent internet route optimisation platform on its core infrastructure.
IXIP is a multi-homed IP network service which provides IXEurope's datacentre customers with a wide choice of networks over a single connection. The high performance service enhancement is possible by using the Internap Flow Control Platform (FCP).
Within the first month of deploying the technology, IXEurope realised an average of 47% improvement in packet loss and a 49% reduction of network latency. With some routes improving by hundreds of milliseconds, the upgrade has significantly enhanced overall performance of the service.
The platform gives minute by minute visibility into the performance of the IP transit product and intelligently routes traffic by monitoring the internet, measuring network latency and packet loss over the major carriers and automatically adjusting customer traffic to the optimal path.
The significant improvements in performance and operational efficiency together make a compelling case for what the IXIP platform can deliver across its multi-homed network. Upgrading the IP network service with the Internap Flow Control Platform brings considerable benefits to IXEurope's existing IXIP customer-base of blue-chip and Internet sector users across Europe.
James Kay, CTO of IXEurope customer Surfcontrol On-Demand (LSE: SRF), comments: “For SurfControl's on-demand services, in particular our WebDefense in-the-cloud web security solution, achieving the most reliable and performant network connectivity is vital for service delivery to our customers. We are delighted that IXEurope and Internap have implemented this solution and appreciate its effectiveness.”
“Internap has enabled us to instantly improve our IXIP service,” comments Andy Castle, Vice President of IT Services at IXEurope. “In contrast to the traditional BGP methods, we are now able to guarantee that our customers will consistency receive an exceptionally high standard of internet performance, with the benefits of a secure, reliable and scaleable foundation”.
The sophisticated Internap-boosted infrastructure enables customers to deploy applications faster and better over the internet. It is of particular value to those customers that have mission critical business processes that depend on the internet, as well as hosting and internet based companies - particularly as recent research found that shoppers are likely to abandon a website if it takes more than four seconds to load, with 75% stating that they would not return.
Daniel Beazer, General Manager UK at Internap Network Services says “Businesses want to use the internet because it is a remarkably cheap and scalable way of reaching their customers, but they are held back by a fear that the medium is too flaky to deliver applications consistently and reliably. That's where Internap come in.”
IXEurope launched IXIP in 2001 to meet the requirements of hosting service providers, managed service providers, application service providers and content providers. The aim was to deliver a resilient internet service that enables customers to move quickly to market and benefit from an industry-leading 99.99% service level, sharing the benefits of having multiple networks present at each IXDatacentre.
IXEurope is one of Europe's fastest growing providers of datacentre services. Its principal activities include primary datacentre services, hosting infrastructure and business continuity solutions.
IXEurope works with enterprise and internet customers to provide resilient datacentre infrastructure to house their IT systems far more cost-effectively than through in-house provision. The benefits include optimised IT performance, improved systems availability and reduced corporate risk through improved regulatory compliance. By continually focusing on quality, IXEurope also gives clients exceptional service levels and on-site access to a high level of technical expertise.
With award winning datacentre facilities in key European cities, broad technology expertise and a proven track record, IXEurope provides solutions that give customers the confidence that their operations are protected. The Company has over 450 customers in the enterprise, internet and networking markets including Merrill Lynch, Deutsche B�rse Systems AG, Network Rail and France Telecom.
Founded in 1998 by Guy Willner and Christophe de Buchet, IXEurope was listed on the London Stock Exchange in April 2006 with symbol IXE.
For more information please visit the website at www.ixeurope.com
Internap is a market leader of intelligent route-control solutions that bring reliability, performance and security to the Internet. The company's patented and patent-pending technologies address the inherent weaknesses of the Internet, enabling enterprises to take full advantage of the benefits of deploying business-critical applications such as e-commerce, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), video-conferencing, and streaming audio/video across the Internet. Through a portfolio of high-performance IP and WAN optimization solutions, customers can bypass congestion points, overcome routing inefficiencies and optimize performance of their applications. Internap solutions are backed by an industry-leading performance guarantee that covers the Internet as opposed to just one network. These offerings include: network- and premise-based route optimization solutions, colocation, VPN, content distribution and managed security services.
Internap currently serves more than 2,200 customers, including Fortune 1000 and mid-tier enterprises in the financial services, government, travel/hospitality, manufacturing, media/entertainment, technology and retail industries. The company provides services throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more information, please visit the company website at www.internap.com.
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