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What is an Internet Exchange (IX)?


IX-Academy

About This Course

In this course, you will learn about Internet Exchanges (IX), a largely unknown but essential part of the Internet infrastructure that keeps the world as you know it today connected and running.

Each IX connects the networks of Internet service providers, digital application and content providers, and all manner of digital service providers – like cloud services, payment services, and retail – to facilitate the exchange of data traffic and accelerate, improve and secure digital communications.

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the key concepts of what an Internet exchange (IX) is, its role in Internet data traffic, and its benefits for the growth of digital economies and enterprises.

What are the course objectives?

To understand the role and functioning of an Internet Exchange (IX) in the transfer of internet data.

To grasp how how IXs enable better performance of digital products and services and strengthen regional economies.

Find out how an IX can optimize enterprise connectivity through enabling private ecosystems with business partners, providing access to enterprise-grade applications, and ensuring high-performance cloud connectivity, etc.

Who should attend this course?

Anyone wanting to learn about Internet infrastructure and Internet data traffic.

Managers and decision-makers of enterprises where digital infrastructure or the management of their data flows form a crucial to their business model.

Any stakeholder in the digital ecosystem, such as staff of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), network providers, data center operators regulators, and institutions, as well as consultants and analysts, system integrators, and policymakers.

Requirements

A basic understanding of how the Internet works is necessary.

Teaching team

Theresa Bobis

Theresa Bobis

Theresa Bobis is the Regional Director of the Southern European market at DE-CIX. She has 20+ years of sales and business development experience in the information technology and telecommunications industry, specializing in data centers, peering solutions, cloud, and interconnection services.

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Miquel Oliver

Miquel Oliver

Miquel Oliver is Full Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona. He has many years of experience in the Internet sector from both the technical and business sides. Professor Oliver directs the "DE-CIX-UPF Business Chair in Internet Traffic Exchange Academy", a project created in 2021 of which the Interconnection Academy is part.

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Fabio Della Valle

Fabio Della Valle

Fabio is a researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and technologist enthusiast, mostly interested in Blockchain and any Internet technology and all related business ideas and business applications, but with a quite critical vision about the high expectations of those communities.

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Alberto Egido

Alberto Egido

Alberto is Senior Manager Marketing Southern Europe at DE-CIX, the world’s leading Internet Exchange operator. He has extensive experience in marketing for tech companies and broad expertise in content management.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Interconnection Academy?

DE-CIX and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona have joined forces to launch a global Interconnection Academy.

The global Interconnection Academy is designed to offer courses entirely online as NanoMOOC, or NOOC, modules, available from anywhere. Modules will range from business strategy topics related to interconnection, digital infrastructure, and the needs of enterprises in the digital economy to highly technical modules. The program aims to set standards for the entire industry – for both young and seasoned professionals – in terms of education and expertise.

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