Moscow Internet Exchange

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MSK-IX (Moscow Internet eXchange) is an Internet eXchange Point (IXP) with headquarters in Moscow, Russia. With over 500 connected networks and 2,8Tbps of peak traffic (October 2017), MSK-IX is one of the world's largest IXPs. MSK-IX operates Internet eXchanges (IXes) in 9 cities: Moscow, St.Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, StavropolSamaraKazanEkaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok and maintains an access PoP in Riga (Latvia). MSK-IX operates a distributed DNS platform, which provides authoritative name servers for the country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) .RU and .РФ for Russia[1]


MSK-IX was founded in 1995 pursuant to the treaty signed by 6 Russian ISPs willing to reduce IP-traffic latency and international backhaul costs. The treaty assigned the Russian Institute for Public Networks (RIPN) as the administrator of the forthcoming IP-traffic exchange and defined technical requirements for connecting ISPs. The first MSK-IX PoP was established by RIPN at M9 facility on Butlerova st., 7. In 2001, MSK-IX became an autonomous organization.  In 2002, MSK-IX joined Euro-IX, an international association of IXPs.   

Technical platform [edit]

MSK-IX operates a distributed Ethernet-based switching platform spanning 38 PoPs in 10 cities.  After the introduction of the "Dual Core" topology in Moscow in 2015, the total capacity of MSK-IX reached 8Tbps. 

MSK-IX maintains a dedicated public peering VLAN at each of 9 metro areas and supports arbitrary private VLANs. Inter-city connections are provided on-net by MSK-IX and via partner ISPs. Common interface speeds are 1, 10 and 100G. The route-servers provided at each of MSK-IX public peering VLANs allow for routing policy control and DDoS blackholing by use of BGP communities.  

The MSK-IX DNS Cloud is a distributed anycast DNS platform located in 7 federal districts of Russia, in Europe and in the Americas. It provides authoritative name servers for the country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) .RU and .РФ for Russia.

In Moscow, MSK-IX operates M9.PLUS colocation space of 200 racks located at M9 (Butlerova st., 7)[2]

Professional community support[edit]

MSK-IX is a regular host and organizer of events for telecoms community. 

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary in 2005, MSK-IX held its first Technical seminar.  Reincarnated a year later as "MSK-IX Peering Forum" , the event became a regular gathering of 500+ telecom professionals in Moscow with an agenda focused on network operations, security and peering[3].

In 2011, MSK-IX supported RIPE NCC in launching the ENOG (Eurasia Network Operators Group) conferences.  As of October 2017, MSK-IX sponsored 6 and was serving as local host for 5 ENOG events[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MSK-IX". MSK-IX. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  2. ^ "M9.PLUS :: MSK-IX". MSK-IX. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  3. ^ "MSK-IX Peering Forum". Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  4. ^ "ENOG | RIPE NCC Regional Meeting - Eurasia Network Operator's Group". Retrieved 2017-10-23. 

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