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Inside JXIX

The Jacksonville Internet Exchange

The Jacksonville Internet Exchange has partnered with the JaxNAP to extend its peering fabric within Northeast Florida's only NAP (Network Access Point).

Jacksonville's Neautral IXP

What is the JXIX?

The Jacksonville Internet Exchange (JXIX) was established in September 2011 as a private interconnection between three networks in Jacksonville. In October 2011, other ISP's became interested in interconnecting and JXIX was formed. Over time JXIX began to grow. Due to the JXIX's low/no cost, other network and content providers began to participate.

  • JXIX is a settlement free peering co-op initiative in Jacksonville, FL.
  • Data centers, content providers, educational networks, and ISPs are welcome to participate in the peering exchange at no cost.
  • JXIX's donor model makes it so there is no fee for an organization's first GigE port, but multi-GigE and 10GE ports may incur a one-time port fee to cover the cost of hardware.
  • JXIX does not charge recurring fees and is run entirely by volunteers.
  • Participants are required to follow the rules of the exchange.
  • There are no peering requirements; however, peering with other members is encouraged.

Our Participants.

As of 2020 JXIX has 12 partners and connect through 2 facilities.

Akami Technologies
Avesta Networks LLC
Hurricane Electric
Joytel Wireless Communications
Packet Clearing House
Packet Clearing House AS42
Uniti Fiber
VoIPster Communications

* Data provided by PeeringDB


JXIX Rules & Policies

JXIX Rule Overview:

  • Peering is bilateral. There is no MLPA.
  • Use BGP-4 or successor for peering and peers. Participants must set NEXT_HOP_SELF if advertising routes from other JXIX Participants.
  • Participants may not point default or otherwise use another participant’s resources without permission.
  • Broadcast traffic may not deliver to the exchange, except when there is a for normal operations and troubleshooting.
  • Participants may not sniff traffic between other Participants.

Switch Interconnection Policy:

Members may only utilize a single layer-2 MAC address and place a single layer-3 router per port allocated from the JXIX switch fabric unless by prior agreement of the Governing Board. The procedure for interconnecting a layer-2 device to the JXIX will be as follows: a technical proposal shall be made to the Governing Board, accompanied by full documentation. This documentation shall be published on the announcement mailing list and the JXIX web site for comment by current members and the public for no less than two weeks, whereupon the Governing Board shall determine whether the operator is allowed to perform the proposed interconnection. No more than one such proposal shall be considered at a time. Any subsequent modifications to the interconnected equipment must be similarly approved by the Governing Board. The operator is responsible for maintaining any required documentation of all layer-2 devices comprising the switch fabric, and such documentation shall be available to JXIX operations volunteers.

JXIX Switch Fabric Extension:

A participant, facility operator, or other parties may wish to extend the JXIX switch fabric with an additional layer-2 switch. This proposal shall publish for comment by the participants and the public for no less than two weeks, following which the Governing Board shall determine whether the operator may perform the proposed interconnection. When approved, extensions shall be allocated a port or LAG group on the JXIX core switch of sufficient capacity to accommodate traffic, and that port shall not have static MAC address limitations imposed. Participants exist in a single class, regardless of whether they connect to a JXIX core switch or an extension switch. They receive their peering subnet IP addresses directly from the Governing Board and are subject to all of the same rights and responsibilities defined in this document.

No more than one switch fabric extension proposal shall be considered at a time, and any subsequent modifications to the interconnected equipment shall be subject to prior approval by the Governing Board. The Extension Switch Operator is responsible for maintaining documentation of all OSI layer 2 devices comprising the switch fabric to the Governing Board’s satisfaction, and such documentation shall always be available to the Governing Board.

Switch fabric extensions proposals will be judged on their technical merits and the competence of the proposed operator. The Governing Board shall not withhold approval for a switch fabric extension for anti-competitive reasons.

JXIX Switch Fabric Extension Congestion Management:

Because the commonly-used five-minute average traffic statistics mask congestion-causing traffic, extension ports peaking above 65% average utilization within five minutes for three consecutive days shall receive additional or larger JXIX core switch ports as necessary. This is necessary to bring the peak utilization below the upgrade threshold. The Extension Switch Operator shall be obligated to use those ports to increase interconnection bandwidth to their extension switch at their own cost.

If an extension port peaks above 90% utilization, or if there is active packet loss, the Governing Board shall notify participants connected to the extension switch.

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"At JaxNAP, our goal is to provide North Florida with the opportunity to connect the world through our reliable facilities."

- Luke L.
Founder and President, JaxNAP.

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