private interconnects with the major providers similar to what Sprint/MCI
are doing to keep traffic off the NAP's?
On the other hand, maybe you could be the customer that establishes the
distributed web server scenario I discussed earlier. If you have read
through http://www.ix.digital.com you will not that not only are they
running an exchange point but they are also running a web farm of sorts at
the same location. Chances are good that this web-farm-at-the-XP concept
will become the rule rather than the exception. Note that in Digital's
model it would be possible to connect to larger ISP's without requiring
traffic to flow through the XP itself.
The differences between digitals exchange and MAE-LA seem to be
limited to these items:
Digital is escorted
MAE-LA is not (things are caged at MAELA)
Digital has its generator installed
MAE-LA will have its installed in Dec
Digital has -48vdc ready
MAE-LA has exausted its -48vdc capacity and is adding more
Digital has its gigaswitch installed
MAE-LA has not, since there is not yet a demand
In other ways, they are functionally identical.
Both have multicarrier access
Both support public and private interconnections
Both support commercial access
Both havee colocation services
Both have UPS,preaction fire, cooling, the whole environmental pkg
Oops. forgot these:
Digital has a large marketing budget
MAE-LA does not
Digital is 20-25% more expensive
MAE-LA is based on cost recovery
Note that MAE-LA, like MAE-West, is not an MFS only activity.
They have thier own rates, the other players have theirs.