13 years connected – VIX and Interxion

By: Mike Hollands

By Christian Panigl, Team Leader, Vienna Internet Exchange

Now that we’ve reached over 500 connectivity providers in our data centres, we’re taking a look back and talking to some of the providers that have been with us throughout the years. See what they have to say about their relationship with Interxion

I first started working with Interxion in 2000 when the Vienna Internet Exchange (VIX) moved into Interxion’s Vienna facility. VIX is a service provided by the University of Vienna for the commercial Internet sector in Austria and Eastern Europe with the aim of allowing members to exchange traffic in an efficient and cost effective manner. As our service grew and we attracted more and more customers, we found that we were limited by the University’s available data centre space and power availability. As a result, we sought out a colocation provider to complement the existing location at the University of Vienna, and soon moved into Interxion’s Vienna data centre.

One of the most important qualities of Interxion’s Vienna facility is its thriving community, which has helped us make valuable business relationships. When we expanded beyond the boundaries of the University, we knew we’d benefit from Interxion’s technical provisions, such as space and power, but the social environment of Interxion’s community has been crucial to the success of VIX as well. 

Many of the bigger players in Austria connect to VIX in both the University of Vienna’s data centre and our PoP with Interxion, as this gives them proximity to more participants and, therefore, the most opportunities to peer. We’ve also seen many global players open a PoP in Interxion’s facility to peer with other VIX participants – something we would not have been able to accommodate from the University alone.

From our perspective Interxion is far ahead of most other colocation providers in terms of developing its connectivity provider community, and we continue to benefit from its rich marketplace of customers and partners. I look forward to continuing our work with Interxion in Vienna.

The Vienna Internet Exchange is a dual-site, high-performance, high-availability Internet exchange Point (IXP) with national and international participants from the Central and Eastern European region.