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LINX Confirms Successful Testing of New Disaggregated Networking Technology

By | LINX News
The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has announced a series of successful Proof of Concepts (POCs) following a decision just over a year ago, to adopt a new and revolutionary, disaggregated approach to their secondary LAN network architecture, LON2.
In August 2016, after months of research with potential new suppliers, a decision was made to source hardware from Edgecore Networks and software from IP Infusion to compliment this approach. The LON2 architecture programme has since gathered pace, particularly over the last six months, now bringing LINX to the point of deployment.When deciding on the disaggregated technology stack presented by Edgecore and IP Infusion, it was known that EVPN services would need to be built into IP Infusion’s OcNOS software. This was because the system has traditionally been a datacentre centric solution, so compatibility with LINX’s inter-site service provider type architecture using Edgecore hardware was required.A number of collaborative proof of concepts took place over the summer, resulting in a code base and hardware solution that is fit for purpose at a multi-site Internet exchange point (IXP). LINX moved through the deployment phase in October and November, leading to member testing in December. Work will continue through the customary change freeze period at the end of the year with the migration of services taking place as soon as practical at the start of 2018.

LINX Chief Technical Officer, Richard Petrie, says:
“In undergoing the process of selection, testing, refinement and deployment phases of these new systems, we faced a number of technical and non-technical challenges. The life cycle management of a disaggregated deployment is a new concept to us, as it is with many businesses coming under the service provider operating model. The performance and commitment of both IP Infusion and Edgecore Networks has been fundamental in allowing all three organisations to be able to collaborate, test and resolve complex issues effectively and efficiently.”

Mr Petrie added, “We are very pleased with the results so far and are excited to be implementing the technology and test our products and services in preparation for member migration.”

New partners Edgecore Networks and IP Infusion have now been awarded contracts following the series of successful PoCs and are looking forward to the next stage of the project;

“LINX is demonstrating that open network disaggregated systems are ready for deployment outside of the data centre, affording the benefit of data centre transformation to other network applications. IP Infusion and Edgecore Networks have worked closely with the LINX engineering team to test and validate the system can meet their member and operational needs. We are delighted to move to the next stage with LINX.” Mark Basham, Vice President Edgecore Networks EMEA.

“With OcNOS, LINX can easily design their disaggregated network to meet their specific needs and deploy new services quickly. We continue to look forward to partnering with LINX to meet the growing demands of their new platform and to help keep operating costs low.” Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion

LINX operates a unique, dual LAN network within the London metro LON1 and LON2, spanning 10 datacentre locations. The primarily London-based exchange strives to remain at the forefront of technology and therefore chose to lead the way by restructuring LON2, benefiting their members from both a resiliency and long-term value perspective.

LINX members and those interested in joining the exchange are attending the next quarterly member conference taking place in London on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st November, where a full update on the project will be presented. Find out more at www.linx.net/linx99

ENDS

November 2017

 

Note to Editors:

About The London Internet Exchange (LINX)

LINX is one of the largest Internet exchanges in the world, connecting over 800 networks from over 75 countries around the globe. As a mutual membership organisation, whose members make up a large part of the global internet, the London based IXP is in a unique position to make a difference for all as it’s mantra ‘Working for the Good of the Internet’ indicates. LINX maintain a heavy London presence with over 10 PoPs across the capital along with regional exchanges in Wales, Manchester and Scotland. LINX also operates an Internet exchange in the Ashburn metro area in the US just outside Washington DC.

For more information about the London Internet Exchange visit www.linx.net or email marketing@linx.net

About IP Infusion

IP Infusion, the leader in disaggregated networking solutions, delivers enterprise and carrier-grade software solutions allowing network operators to reduce network costs, increase flexibility, and to deploy new features and services quickly. IP Infusion’s OcNOS, the industry’s first enterprise and carrier-grade network operating system for Open Compute hardware, allows for easier implementation of large-scale IT networks, and offers customers white box solutions to deploy more quickly. VirNOS, a NFV-based software platform, provides a carriers and enterprises with a cost-effective network OS approach to implement and manage their networking services. With the OcNOS and VirNOS network operating systems, both powered by ZebOS, IP Infusion offers network operators, carriers, and enterprises with the physical and virtual software solutions they need to achieve the disaggregated networking model. Over 300 customers worldwide, including major networking equipment manufacturers, use IP Infusion’s respected ZebOS platform to build networks to address the evolving needs of cloud, carrier and mobile networking. IP Infusion is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and is a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of ACCESS CO., LTD. Additional information can be found at http://www.ipinfusion.com.

About Edgecore Networks

Edgecore Networks Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accton Technology Corporation, the leading network ODM. Edgecore Networks delivers wired and wireless networking products and solutions through channel partners and system integrators worldwide for the Data Center, Service Provider, Enterprise and SMB customers. Edgecore Networks is the leader in open networking providing a full line of open Wi-Fi access points, PON OLT, packet optical transponders, and OCP-ACCEPTEDTM switches that offer choice of NOS and SDN software for data center, telecommunications and enterprise networks. For more information, visit www.Edge-Core.com.

 

UK to tighten takeover rules to protect national security

By | News, Security
The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a Green Paper with plans to bolster government powers to intervene in corporate mergers and takeovers involving high-tech goods and services to protect national security, and is consulting on what other powers it might need.
In the short term, the government will reduce the turnover threshold that limits its existing powers to intervene in corporate takeovers. At the moment, the Competition and Markets Authority powers only apply to takeovers where the target company has a turnover of at least £70m per year. For companies producing goods and services for military use, or “dual-use” technologies that can be used for military purposes, this is to be reduced to cover any company with a turnover in excess of £1 million. It will also reduce the takeover threshold to £1million turnover per annum for companies involved in the creation, design or support of “multi-purpose computing hardware” and quantum-based technology.
 
In the longer term, the government is looking at a range of options, including

  • extending existing powers to intervene in corporate takeovers, so that they would also apply to new projects, the acquisition of land near sensitive locations, and the sale of “bare assets” (e.g. equipment, intellectual property, or divisions of a business) not involving the sale of the entire company; and
  • creating a mandatory obligation on companies to notify the Competition and Markets Authority when they are targetted for takeover.

The deadline for commenting on the changes to takeover thresholds is 14th November 2017, and for the longer term reforms is 9th January 2018.

UK Government publishes Internet Safety green paper

By | Content Issues, Malware and DOS attacks, News

The UK Government has announced proposals for a voluntary levy on Internet companies “to raise awareness and counter internet harms”. The government has said that the levy would target issues such as cyberbullying, online abuse and children being exposed to pornography on the Internet.

The levy is one of a series of measures proposed in the Internet Safety Green Paper, which is the result of a consultation launched in February. The other measures include:

·       A new social media code of practice to require more intervention by social media companies against allegedly bullying, intimidating or humiliating content

·       An annual Internet safety transparency report, to help government track how fast social media companies remove material that has been the subject of a complaint

·       Demands for tech and digital startups to “think safety first” – prioritising features to facilitate complaints content removal as functionality that must be into apps and products from the very start

All the measures will be voluntary although the government has not ruled out legislating if companies refuse to take part. In remarks that will be of concern to Internet companies, the Culture Secretary Karen Bradley hinted that the government could change the legal status of social media companies, to deem them publishers rather than platforms, which could mean even greater regulation of their users’ content.

“Legally they are mere conduits but we are looking at their role and their responsibilities and we are looking at what their status should be. They are not legally publishers at this stage but we are looking at these issues,” she said.

The consultation will close on 7 December, and the government expects to respond in early 2018.

51st edition of the LINX magazine, HotLINX, out now!

By | LINX News
LINX has published the latest edition of its membership magazine, HotLINX, the final issue in its current design. The lead story is an ‘In the Spotlight’ special with an interview with Dr Philip Smith, the man who installed LINX’s very first rack.
In August Dr Philip Smith travelled to the UK from Australia to speak at LINX98, and to run a specialist workshop on BGP. We ask Philip about the early days of LINX and his work with IXPs in Asia and Africa today. Read Philip’s insightful views on the industry on pages 10 and 11 of the following link.Download HotLINX51

This edition also features a preview of LINX99 and EGM which includes votes on key governance changes and the 2018 budget. Also in our LINX News section we have the detail behind LINX’s price cuts at IXManchester and of a new PoP for IXScotland. There is also a page dedicated to LINX activities in North America.

Here’s a selection of some of the other stories included in this issue:

INDUSTRY NEWS

In our industry news pages we have two important broadband stories. These include the Governemnt consultation on 5 year tax break for new full fibre networks plus the UK areas that will be trialing full fibre as part of new Government backed pilot schemes.

EVENTS

The Autumn is a busy time for events. We review EPF12 in Lisbon and NANOG71 in California as well as preview Capacity Europe in London and AfricaCom in Cape Town.

Finally there’s also round ups and articles from the Internet Society, RIPE NCC, DNS Belgium, Kentik, Netnod plus conference sponsors EPS Global and Finisar plus Ciena and ProLabs.

Amber Rudd focusses on Internet in conference speech

By | Content Issues, News
Home Secretary Amber Rudd focussed on Internet policy issues in her speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. The Home Secretary reiterated her demands for Internet platforms to do more to combat terrorism and child abuse.
Rudd announced plans to tighten terrorism laws to criminalise merely viewing terrorist content, as opposed to keeping a copy found on the Internet, as well as new legislation to criminalise publishing information about the police or armed forces for the purposes of preparing an action of terrorism.Internet companies, however, will be most directly concerned with the Home Secretaries demands directly of them.

“But it is not just Government who has a role here. In the aftermath of the Westminster Bridge attack, I called the internet companies together. Companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft. I asked them what they could do, to go further and faster.

They answered by forming an international forum to counter terrorism. This is good progress, and I attended their inaugural meeting in the West Coast.

These companies have transformed our lives in recent years with advances in technology.

Now I address them directly. I call on you with urgency, to bring forward technology solutions to rid your platforms of this vile terrorist material that plays such a key role in radicalisation.

Act now. Honour your moral obligations.”

— Home Secretary Amber Rudd

The Home Secretary announced that the government would be funding Project Arachnid, web-crawler software developed by the Canadian child protection Cybertipline, designed to search out child abuse imagery online.

“It is software that crawls, spider-like across the web, identifying images of child sexual abuse, and getting them taken down, at an unprecedented rate.

Our investment will also enable internet companies to proactively search for, and destroy, illegal images in their systems. We want them to start using it as soon as they can.

Our question to them will be ‘if not, why not’. And I will demand very clear answers.”

— Amber Rudd

Rudd also doubled down on previous attacks on end-to-end encryption in person-to-person messaging software

“But we also know that end to end encryption services like Whatsapp, are being used by paedophiles. I do not accept it is right that companies should allow them and other criminals to operate beyond the reach of law enforcement.”

— Amber Rudd

Speaking earlier at a conference fringe event, she hit back at critics who accuse her of fighting a war against mathematics, saying

“I don’t need to understand how encrpytion works”,

— Amber Rudd

And accusing tech experts of “patronising” and “sneering” at politicians who want to regulate technology.

Djibouti Telecom connects its IP network to LINX

By | LINX News
Djibouti Telecom, a leading East African telecom operator, has joined LINX, the first network from that country to do so
Djibouti Telecom, the sole voice and data services provider in Djibouti and a leading IP transit service provider in the East Africa region, have joined LINX. They are first member to join the exchange from the country taking the number of territories represented at the exchange to 75.

With this new membership, Djibouti Telecom IP networks and Internet service providers will have access to many of the most attractive peers at a lower cost. As a result, both new and existing customers will be able to experience reduced latency, increased resilience and reduced costs.

Djibouti Telecom say:

The massive data growth projections for East Africa have prompted a rethink of the industry’s business model, with Djibouti Telecom focused on ensuring Internet traffic is transported and managed across a reliable, diverse and secure network. That is why joining LINX is a key element to Djibouti Telecom’s strategy in providing greater value and a better Internet experience to its customers.

LINX met with Djibouti Telecom at the Capacity Middle East event in in March and following the application and connection process they were able to begin passing traffic at the exchange in September. They are connected at Telehouse North in the London’s Docklands on the LON1 network via LINX’s ConneXions programme.

For more information about Djibouti Telecom please visit www.Djiboutitelecom.dj

Capacity Events

LINX is a regular attendee and exhibitor at Capacity events around the World. The next such conference will be Capacity Europe 2017 which takes place in London on 24-26 October. If you would like to meet with LINX staff please contact us.

Websites discovered using their users’ computers to mine cryptocurrency

By | General, News

Two websites have been discovered to be using their users’ computers and phones to mine cryptocurrency without their consent in a bid to compensate for the continuing collapse in online advertising revenues.

The two sites, BitTorrent search engine, The Pirate Bay, and US video streaming service, Showtime, have now both removed the mining code from their sites after users noticed its existence. The Pirate Bay admitted the practice in mid-September posting that the code was “just a test” and that it was carried out with a view to removing all adverts from the site. Showtime has yet to answer questions about why it was using the code.

The practice is controversial, and has been compared to running malware on user’s computers, as it slows down user’s machines and can also drain their batteries or greatly increase their electricity bills. Meanwhile, the user receives no benefit as all the revenue generated by the mining is collected by the website. The question is whether users will see this as an acceptable trade-off if sites begin to use it as an alternative solution to online ads.

UK prime minister calls on internet firms to remove extremist content within two hours

By | Content Issues, International, News

The UK prime minister, Theresa May, has told internet companies that they need to go “further and faster” in removing extremist content in a speech to the United Nations general assembly. The prime minister said that terrorist material is still available on the internet for “too long” after being posted and has challenged companies to find a way to remove it within two hours. The material in question can include links to videos glorifying terrorism and material encouraging converts to commit terrorist acts.

In her speech, May said:

“Terrorist groups are aware that links to their propaganda are being removed more quickly, and are placing a greater emphasis on disseminating content at speed in order to stay ahead.

Industry needs to go further and faster in automating the detection and removal of terrorist content online, and developing technological solutions that prevent it being uploaded in the first place.”

The UK, together with France and Italy, is demanding evidence of progress by the time of a meeting of G7 interior ministers in Rome on 20 October.

Have your say: 2017 member survey

By | LINX News
The 2017 annual LINX membership survey is now open with respondents offered the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a DJI Spark video-drone.
We would be grateful for members’ cooperation in providing us with frank and honest answers to the selection of questions regarding LINX operations and the exchange’s position in the marketplace. It’s important for us to understand how members feel LINX is performing in all aspects of our work, and where you think there is room for improvement. We can then consider your response to help model future plans and developments.The survey process should take no more than 10 minutes.

New for 2017

For completing this survey members have the chance to win a video-drone, a DJI Spark! To be included in this competition please enter your email address at the end of the survey, where asked, and one lucky winner will be drawn once the survey closes on Friday 3rd November.

Please note that we will accept just one response per member with only the first received being recognised. However, all entrants to the competition will be included.

Once collated, the anonymous results of this survey will be analysed and presented by John Souter at LINX99 members meeting on 20th & 21st November 2017.

If you have any queries about the questions, please contact Member Relations or call Tel: +44 1733 207777

 

Electoral Commission proposes voting ban for social media trolls

By | News
The Electoral Commission has suggested social media trolls who abuse politicians should lose their right to vote, in a submission to the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
A voting ban could “could act as a deterrent to abusive behaviour”, the Commission wrote in comments on the CSPL’s investigation into intimidation in the 2017 General Election. The Electoral Commission is the UK’s regulator for general and local government elections.The Electoral Commission wrote
 

21. In some instances, electoral law does specify offences in respect of behaviour that could also amount to an offence under the general criminal law. This is often because electoral offences have special consequences, in that their commission could invalidate the election result and result in the person convicted losing their elected office and/or being subject to a period of disqualification from being registered as an elector, voting in an election and standing for election (section 173 RPA 1983). It may be that similar special electoral consequences could act as a deterrent to abusive behaviour in relation to candidates and campaigners.