News Release

Hong Kong Internet eXchange Deploys Cisco Nexus 7000 Series to Solidify Hong Kong's Position as a Regional Internet Hub

Cisco Press Release

First Global Top 10 Internet Exchange to Benefit from Combined Ethernet, IP and Storage Capabilities Across One Unified Network Fabric

HONG KONG, September 29, 2009 – Cisco and Hong Kong Internet eXchange (HKIX), an Internet exchange center initiated and coordinated by the Information Technology Services Centre of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, today announced the deployment of the Cisco NexusTM 7000 solution in the Internet exchange. HKIX is the first global top 10 Internet exchange to adopt a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch to meet rising demands resulting from significant Internet traffic growth in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific. Because of the Cisco® solution's exceptional scalability, operational continuity and transport flexibility, its deployment reinforces HKIX's leadership in the region.

Highlights / Key Facts:

  • HKIX currently serves more than 100 organizations from the academic and commercial fields in the region, helping Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Internet Access Providers (IAPs) exchange intra-Hong Kong and intra-Asia traffic locally without routing through the United States, thereby facilitating faster and less expensive access to local sites.
  • With the massive surge in data traffic, increasing demand for 10-gigabit network ports and requests for new services such as Link Aggregation Control Protocol, HKIX needed to upgrade its network with a high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch solution.
  • HKIX has selected Cisco's cutting-edge data center solution and products to help maintain its top-quality services amid Internet traffic growth in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific.
  • The solution offers HKIX a high-performance, high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet module designed for mission-critical Ethernet networks, helping it enhance its bandwidth efficiency and deliver real-time system upgrades with exceptional manageability and serviceability.
  • The exponential growth of regional Internet traffic experienced by HKIX testifies to the transformation of the Data Center with innovative architecture that integrates compute, networking, storage access and virtualization into a single platform.

Supporting Quotes:

  • Cheng Che Hoo, Associate Director (Infrastructure) of the Information and Technology Services Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • "Having served the Internet community for more than a decade, HKIX is dedicated to helping IAPs and ISPs in the region deliver the best connection performance for their customers, with significant enhancement in operational efficiency. As an integral part of our core network architecture, the Cisco Nexus 7018 Switch will enable us to provide our members with greater bandwidth and more reliable connectivity. We are impressed with the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series because it meets our stringent bandwidth requirements and provides extremely high scalability to facilitate better network design and future upgrades."

  • Barbara Chiu, general manager, Cisco Hong Kong and Macau
  • "This pioneering deployment of our high-performance, high-density Nexus 7000 Series Switch in the Internet exchange community by HKIX not only reaffirms our Data Center 3.0 vision and our efforts and commitment to the evolution of next-generation data centers, but it also helps HKIX solidify its cornerstone status in Hong Kong's Internet development and secure Hong Kong's position as a leading regional Internet hub. We look forward to working closely with HKIX to contribute to the Internet community, delivering a connected experience to society as a whole with our network technologies."

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Tags / Keywords:

Cisco, Unified Fabric, Data Center, virtualization

About Hong Kong Internet eXchange

Hong Kong Internet eXchange (HKIX) is a layer-two settlement-free Internet exchange point initiated and coordinated by the Information Technology Services Centre (ITSC) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) since 1995. HKIX's goal is to interconnect Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Hong Kong and from other Asian countries so that they can exchange intra-Hong Kong and intra-Asia traffic locally without routing through the US. HKIX serves ISPs with proper licenses, local and international Research and Education networks as well as international network service providers.