Peering Policy

Last change on 2021-09-16 • Created on 2020-07-29

We operate data centers at various locations in Germany and at one location in Helsinki, and we are committed to providing our customers with optimal connectivity at all times.

For this purpose, we utilise generously dimensioned data lines and high-performance routing equipment. To ensure smooth integration into other networks, we operate many private and public peerings to various network points.

Private peerings:

Private peering is a sensible option for data exchange of more than 2 Gbit/s with another network on a regular basis. We offer private peerings in the following cities:

  • Nuremberg
  • Frankfurt
  • Amsterdam
  • Falkenstein

Uplink options:

  • 10 Gbit/s
  • multiple 10 Gbit/s
  • 100 Gbit/s

Public peerings:

Based on the 95/5 model, public peering is recommended for data exchange of less than 2 Gbit/s. We currently offer connections via the following public peering points:

  • DE-CIX
  • FICIX
  • AMS-IX
  • LINX
  • France-IX
  • Speed-IX
  • NL-IX
  • STH-IX
  • peering.cz
  • ECIX
  • Data-IX/Global-IX
  • N-IX
  • Netnod
  • VIX
  • NL-IX

Our open peering policy is important to us at Hetzner. We are happy to exchange ideas and experiences with other data network operators using the abovementioned Internet Xchanges. If you have any peering questions, please send them to: Peering.

IP transit:

For the remainder of our data exchange, we work with several large Tier 1 carriers (GTT, NTT, TATA Communications and Telia Carrier – Source: https://as-rank.caida.org/) as well as the Tier 2 carrier Core-Backbone, in order to reach all other destinations on the Internet with optimal performance.

We continually monitor our peerings, uplinks, and Internet backbone connections; we also develop them further at an early stage in order to ensure good performance and bandwidth in various network segements at all times. As a result, any issues experienced within our own network or with our own connections are very rare.

In the event of inadequate performance, however, this is usually due to the fact that the destination network does not have its own peering with us, so it may have insufficient free capacity to the IP-transit providers mentioned above. In this situation, we would be happy to establish direct peering with your network partner to optimize data exchange between our networks. You can encourage your carrier to contact us via email about this.

Unfortunately, some carriers consciously make peerings available on a restrictive basis and/or intentionally operate capacities to other network operators beyond capacity limits. (See: 1 2)

We distance ourselves from this unfair business practice and recommend that clients avoid carriers practising such business strategies.

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