FAQ on Interconnection and Console

  • What is an interconnection?

    An interconnection is the foundation of Console’s application. It’s a path between two networks that doesn’t go via the public internet. Instead, it’s facilitated as a private, secure, direct connection.

  • What is Software-Defined Interconnection (SDI)?

    There are 7 layers of networking, according to the industry standard Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model. Layer 1 is the physical layer, with hardware and cables, layer 2 is the data link layer, where connections are defined, and layer
    3 is the network layer, where routing decisions are made. For more information about the OSI model, refer to the Wikipedia page here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSI_model

  • What’s the difference between layer 1, layer 2 and layer 3 connections?

    There are 7 layers of networking, according to the industry standard Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model. Layer 1 is the physical layer, with hardware and cables, layer 2 is the data link layer, where connections are defined, and layer
    3 is the network layer, where routing decisions are made. For more information about the OSI model, refer to the Wikipedia page here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSI_model

  • What is a ConsoleRouter?

    ConsoleRouters are virtualized routers that facilitate layer 3 Software-Defined Interconnections. They abstract physical router hardware and allow interconnections to be created, modified and destroyed via the Console interface.

  • What is a Data Center?

    A Data Center is a physical location that hosts hardware infrastructure. When used in relation to networking, it refers to central hubs of servers, ports, switches and cables that facilitate network connections.

  • What is a PoP?

    A PoP is a Point of Presence, which, in this context, refers to a physical connection point in a Data Center.

  • What does CDR mean?

    The Committed Data Rate (CDR) is the maximum total rate a customer can use on a port.

  • What is Direct Connect?

    A Direct Connect interconnection is a layer 3 connection and uses ConsoleRouters to abstract and automate routing functions, allowing for point and click management from the Console web interface.

  • What is Direct Link?

    A Direct Link interconnection is a layer 2 connection and uses standard peering methods to facilitate private connections that must be manually routed.