DE-CIX Apollon: Cutting edge interconnection

The DE-CIX Apollon platform was created to manage the continuous and enormous increase in customers and data traffic at DE-CIX's interconnection platforms.

To effectively keep on top of this substantial traffic growth, DE-CIX created the world’s largest and most advanced Ethernet-based platform.

100GE and 400GE level

DE-CIX Apollon is built on the best possible platform components, delivering high-availability peering with full 100G and 400G Ethernet capabilities. DE-CIX Apollon utilizes state-of-the-art DWDM equipment and is built on a switching layer supported by Nokia (former Alcatel-Lucent) service routers, which support up to 1440x100 Gigabit Ethernet ports or up to 288x400 Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The setup of the platform is completely redundant and there is 24/7/365 fault monitoring in place.

The DE-CIX Apollon platform is in service at all DE-CIX Internet Exchanges, except Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the Internet Exchanges in India.

Interconnection platform Edge

DE-CIX edge

Interconnection platform Patchpanel 2

DE-CIX patchpanel

Interconnection Plattform Verkabelung


Interconnection platform Patchpanel 3


DE-CIX Apollon platform Frankfurt

In Frankfurt, DE-CIX Apollon was implemented in 2013. Today, the platform utilizes the ADVA Optical Networking FSP 3000 and Infinera CloudExpress 2 gear for the optical backbone, and Nokia’s 7950 XRS series and Nokia’s 7750 SR-s series for the IP network. The optical backbone has a total capacity of 48 Terabits per second across a mesh-network topology and provides transport speeds of up to 8 Terabits per second per fiber. 

World-leading density of ports

The Nokia 7950 XRS and Nokia 7750 SR-s support a world-leading port density of up to 1440x100 Gigabit Ethernet ports or up to 288x400 Gigabit Ethernet ports. In Frankfurt, three XRS-40 edge switches, which combine two XRS-20 chassis back-to-back, and two SR14s edge switches are in service and deliver hundreds of 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 400 Gigabit Ethernet ports each.

DE-CIX Apollon is built on four supernodes, each of which is a combination of an ADVA Optical Networking and an Infinera optical node, a Nokia edge switch, and a Nokia core switch.

Three to one redundancy

DE-CIX Apollon delivers a three to one redundancy: all four cores are live, one only for redundancy.

Interconnection services

Interconnection at its best

Take advantage of our many interconnection services from peering to cloud connectivity, and closed user groups.

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