We are thrilled to announce the launch of PacketFabric Quick Internet, a product that automates reaching the Internet. Quick Internet instantly enables high-speed Internet connectivity for all customers on the PacketFabric platform anywhere in the US and EMEA using PacketFabric Quick Connect.
AS1828 is an exceptionally strong transit network, and the PacketFabric portal experience is one that has fundamentally changed an entire industry. We are very excited to present to you the true combination of both: a self-service Internet product to capitalize on Internet growth, an exceptional transit network, and a superior user experience. You can buy the Internet on the Internet!
The (re)Rise of the Internet
Global internet bandwidth usage rose by 28% in 2022 and 29% in 2021. Interestingly, this is the exact amount that global Internet capacity grew in these years, meaning demand kept pace with supply. The growth trend for 2021 and 2022 is on par for trends from the last 5 years (the exception being 2019-2020 due to some pandemic growth).
Figure 1: Internet CAGR by region
In general, the same thing that has always happened to Internet speeds is still happening – customers are getting higher speed connectivity for less cost.
In 2023, we are likely to see stronger growth rate (CAGR) in 10G and 100G Internet than we’ve seen in the last 4 years due to a number of trends and factors. Cisco reports that 82% of Internet traffic came from videos in 2022. User-generated content, especially from mobile devices, is off the charts. The increase in consumer broadband speeds and mobile connectivity speeds around the globe is producing a positive cycle of reinforcement for people both generating and consuming video content. And augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are becoming more realistic for use in gaming, marketing, and education.
- The global AR gaming market size reached $8.4B in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach $43.1B by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 30.2% during 2023-2028.
- Marketing: 67% of advertising agencies say they are making more use of Augmented Reality.
- EdTech, the education technology industry, is expected to reach $680.1B by 2027, growing at an annual rate of 17.9%, and AR is contributing to approximately $6B in 2023.
The shift from 10G transit to 100G transit is already in motion. With data center-based Internet sales, we should expect to see 10G and 100G purchases rise.
As the internet’s reach expands, so does the need for a networking solution that is equal parts robust, agile, and forward-looking. Quick Internet provides a way to instantly quote and purchase the Internet, essentially a bridge connecting rapid Internet growth with the promises of instant provisioning, flexibility, and adaptability. Embrace a future where connectivity is not just a means but a strategic advantage to propelling your enterprise toward unparalleled success.
Improved and automated Internet connectivity
PacketFabric Quick Internet takes what used to be a complex and frustrating process to get the Internet and streamlines it into one easy-to-use product with a few clicks. There is no need to invest additional CapEx or operate an intensive routing infrastructure.
Quick Internet is also exceptionally easy to set up. We ensure improved application performance and data transfer performance by taking advantage of the lowest latency routing by ensuring that Traffic offloads to the Internet at the closest Internet on-ramp. Customers can rest easy knowing their connectivity solution is cost-effective, easy to manage, and high-performance.
Because of the robustness of the Cloud Router platform, customers can independently add more capabilities, such as: additional prefixes, additional geographic regions, or higher bandwidth connections from different cloud providers and/or dedicated ports.
The figure below shows how a customer can connect to the Internet from their colocation facility. Here, PacketFabric maintains the Transit Cloud Router. The customer adds Quick Internet on their cloud router connection which allows the default routes (0/0) to be shared between two cloud routers. The customer can now access the Internet.
Figure 2: PacketFabric Quick Internet
The Future Is Here
With Quick Internet, everyone has access to a fully automated product with zero software development costs, no capital cost, and very simple management. This product allows you to reach the Internet in a few clicks. Quick Internet is powered by the award-winning PacketFabric Cloud Router platform and AS 1828.
We look forward to seeing how Quick Internet will improve the connectivity landscape. Click here to request a meeting with our network experts to learn how Quick Internet can change the way your company connects.
Current PacketFabric Cloud Router customer? Here’s how to add Quick Internet:
1. Select the Cloud Router on which the service is needed. Click “Connect.”
2. Select “Quick Internet.” This service consists of the default route (0/0) from the PacketFabric Transit provider.
3. Select the connection(s) on which the service is needed. Here the customer has a 50 Mbps connection (from a dedicated port in a colocation facility).
Note: The connection can be a CSP connection, a dedicated port in a colocation facility, or an IPsec connection from a branch office. More details can be found here. The Cloud Router connections are capable of doing Ingress SNAT.
4. Add the Quick Internet service along with a return route – a public IP address that the customer owns or that can be leased from PacketFabric. Cloud Router connections are capable of doing Ingress SNAT.
5. Click “Place Order.”
*Pricing is subject to change at any time
6. PacketFabric receives the notification in the portal (and via email) with the request. Once the request is approved, the service gets provisioned and becomes Active. The customer can now reach the Internet on this connection.
Before the approval:
After the approval:
You can also provision the Quick Internet using our Terraform Provider.
Quick Internet provides all the benefits of PacketFabric Cloud Router – fully automated layer 3 connectivity between cloud providers. BGP sessions are automatically configured between PacketFabric and the cloud providers of your choosing after entering some configuration information into PacketFabric, and the cloud provider. Some examples are 4-byte ASN, BFD support for the connections etc.
Monitoring and Troubleshooting
There is a global routes view that shows the prefixes which have been received. In this case the default route (0/0).
All BGP logs from each distributed cloud router instance participating in your cloud router implementation are available and include the BGP Peer IP, as well as the raw log message. Current state of the BGP session is also visible on the portal.
Network Address Translation (NAT)
Customers can have their on-premise or cloud resources accessible via private IP addressing (RFC 1918). Due to the uniqueness of routes and ensuring private IP addresses cannot be used for Quick Internet service as part of the validation, Network Address Translation (NAT) becomes a very important part of the solution by letting customers to achieve reachability to and from private infrastructure via a public IP.
Quick Internet provides Destination NAT (DNAT) and Source NAT (SNAT) capabilities.
If you have any other questions about Quick Internet, please reach out to your account representative.