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Telehouse’s commitment to the connected community

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Telehouse’s Mark Pestridge, Sales Director, and Nick Layzell, Head of Managed Services (centre and left) speaking with LINX’s Jeremy Orbell at LINX105.

Telehouse Europe were platinum sponsors at LINX105 at the Park Plaza Victoria in May 2019. During their presentation, Mark Pestridge and Nick Layzell explained how its connected community will continue to drive its future plans in the face of ever changing business requirements. Mark had this to say about speaking at the event:

“As a partner of LINX for some 25 years and as a Platinum Sponsor for LINX 105, we were very pleased to be able take up the opportunity to provide an update on how the world at Telehouse is evolving. We thought it was very important to emphasize to the audience how we will continue to invest in and enhance our Docklands Campus.”

“Our parent company KDDI is committed providing our existing and future customers will with the flexibility and agility to grow as their business requires within the Campus. We also thought it important to talk through what we are seeing in terms of the changing demand for take up in the data centre world; specifically around Enterprise demand for hybrid cloud services and also new technology developments such as IOT and 5G. Following our presentation, it was really good to be able to be able to discuss some of the topics we raised in more detail during the networking sessions.”

You can view the full presentation video of Mark and Nick’s talk below.

After the presentation LINX’s Jeremy Orbell caught up with Mark and Nick to discuss the talk and the reaction of LINX105 attendees. You can view the short video interview on the LINX YouTube channel via the link below.

LINX105 Catch Up: Mark Pestridge & Nick Layzell

Extracting economic and social insights from Internet traffic data

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Lead Data Scientist at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), gave a talk at LINX105 in May on a research project that’s exploring how different data sources can help gain insights into the data driven Internet economy.

Using data from the LINX traffic flow portal (https://portal.linx.net/) as a proxy/small window view of overall Internet traffic volume ONS have investigated the following:

  1. The potential to use traffic flow data to identify and measure Internet time-use
  2. Anomaly detection and traffic impact of large-scale events
  3. Relationship between traffic flow and various economic indicators

Philip commented:

“As part of our ongoing research in the newly formed Data Science Campus, part of the Office for National Statistics, we are currently exploring the wider theme of deriving social/economic indicators from alternative and novel data sources for potential use in new and experimental statistical outputs. One such project to emerge from this exciting research area aims to explore if it is possible to extract social and economic insights from real time internet traffic volume data. This talk summarises some insights discovered from data obtained from the LINX status monitoring portal which may be of interest to LINX members.”

The video of Philip’s talk can viewed in full below which led to much debate amongst those present at the event.

Philip Stubbings Biography

Philip Stubbings joined the ONS Data Science Campus in November 2016. He has since been applying computer vision and machine learning to image segmentation problems.

Prior to joining the campus, he had worked as a research software engineer in a number of areas including crop health monitoring, algorithmic trading, photometry, numerical control, optimisation and OR. He holds a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and MSc in Computer Science from the University of Essex.

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Zen’s Richard Tang on the future of Artificial Intelligence

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Richard Tang of Zen Internet recently gave a presentation at the LINX105 member conference on artificial intelligence, specifically focussing on when AI is likely to become super-intelligent.

In an industry where the pace of change is so great making predictions on this potentially globally life-changing subject isn’t easy but Richard takes an approach that covers human values as well technical enhancements. Richard told us:

“I very much enjoyed presenting my thoughts on the development of AI over the coming decades, and in particular the prospect of AI becoming super-intelligent. If my predictions are correct, then the changes we have ahead are much bigger than most people realise. There were some great questions and comments from the audience. I even accepted a bet from one member of the audience on what date AI would be clever enough to get rid of 100% of spam!”

You can view the video of Richard’s presentation on artificial intelligence below.

Richard previously spoke at LINX103 in November covering the development of the Internet since Zen’s inception in the mid-90s. An interesting aspect to that talk was the importance of staff when looking to grow a company.

“With Zen being privately owned I can simply decide I’m not going to take the usual approach. In a business sense we of course have sales targets but it’s not the be all and end all for us. What we want is happy staff, happy customers, and strong supplier relationships. Some say why would you put staff before customers but to me it’s clear that if you’re going to give an outstanding customer experience you have to start with your people.”

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Pete Stevens of Mythic Beasts speaks on network automation

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At the LINX105 member conference on the 30th May Pete Stevens gave a presentation entitled ‘I have pre-emptively replaced you with a very small shell script’.

In this complex, yet informative, topic Pete covered the multiple layers of automation and the code needed to create the config that automated customer deployments as well as Mythic Beast’s own auditing. Pete told us:

“The only way to handle scale is to automate. In recent times LINX has dramatically scaled the number of members, which in turn compels members to automate their operations in order to take full advantage. At Mythic Beasts we’ve been automating operations for a long time and it was great to present to the LINX community an overview of the tools we use and some of the technical details of how.”

Pete has spoken at LINX events on a number of occasions and his technical talks always offer a fascinating insight to the challenges that a network like Mythic Beasts face. You can view the video of his presentation below.

Pete Stevens Biography

After earning a MSci degree in Physics at the University of Cambridge Pete Stevens went on to establish Mythic Beats in the year 2000. The ISP handles anything from little websites like the Cambridge Beer Festival to domain names, right through to larger sites like Raspberry Pi, which has successfully been hosted on a Raspberry Pi cluster despite handling hundreds of millions of daily http requests.

In addition Pete has also acted as an advisor for PurrMetrix Limited and We7 and was a developer at both Hypertag and IDnet. His specialities include IPv6, Raspberry PI, Networking, Load balancing, Apache, Tomcat, Mysql, Postgresql, Java, Perl and Linux.

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London Colo Market – then, now and the future

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LINX105 presentation by Tim Anker, The Colocation Exchange (Colo-X)

At the LINX105 member conference on the 29th May Tim Anker of Colo-X presented a light-hearted but insightful analysis of the London colocation market over the past 20 years. Tim also looked at today’s key growth areas as well as offering predictions for future developments in the market. Among the questions covered in his talk were:

  • Why has total demand doubled in the past three years year-on-year?
  • Who are the new buyers and what impact is there demand having on the UK data centre market?
  • Who are the latest names and locations to enter the market?

Commenting on his involvement at LINX105 Tim said:

It was great fun to step back and go over what’s taken place these past 20 years. From the “dot-com” boom, when the price of 1Mbs was over £200 per month, to the post boom crash, the inevitable consolidation and then bringing things up to date, the evolution of the London data centre market continues to impress. With new entrants, new locations and some massive new hyperscale developments maintaining London’s position as the leading data centre market in Europe.

In delegate feedback the talk was rated as one of the best of the whole LINX105 meeting. You can view the full presentation below.

Tim Anker Biography

Tim Anker established The Colocation Exchange – or Colo-X as it is now known – in September 2004. Over the last 20 years, Tim has closed deals ranging from from 1U to 50,000 sq ft in locations all over the world, but with a focus on the retail colocation market in the UK. Tim also established a niche colocation business called Crosspoint Colocation which specialises in selling secure 1/4 and 1/2 racks in key London colocation ecosystems such as Telehouse or Equinix. At the end of 2018 Crosspoint became part of Amito Ltd who operate their own 1000 rack Reading data centre. Amito counts at least 40 LINX members as clients and continues to work closely with LINX.

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LINX publishes 2018 Annual Report at LINX105 member conference in London

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The London Internet Exchange (LINX) officially published its 2018 annual report and accounts at the exchange’s annual general meeting on the 29th May.

The new document features an introduction from LINX Chairman Simon Woodhead, who was separately re-elected to LINX Board during the AGM. Simon had recently taken over as Chair from Murray Steele, who had served as LINX Chair for the previous three years.

“Murray made a strong contribution to LINX, especially by lending his expertise in corporate governance to modernise the Board’s structure and working practices. He helped make the Board much more effective, both as a guardian of the membership’s interests and as a supervisor of the executive team, and we are very thankful for his contribution.”

Simon Woodhead, LINX Chairman

Adding Value and Creating Opportunities

2018 was a landmark year where technical innovation, changes in governance and a focussed marketing strategy combined to enhance LINX’s position as a world leading Internet Exchange Point. On the network side the disaggregated LON2 network infrastructure was introduced with all members migrated seamlessly.

LINX added 141 new 10GE ports and 40 new 100GE ports across all the LINX exchanges during 2018. One of these 100GE ports was the second such port to go live in Manchester, which is very encouraging and a sign of the growth we have seen across all LINX networks.

Also in the report LINX Chief Finance Officer, Malcolm Holt, gave a overview of LINX’s financial position. Despite cuts to the prices of LINX services, LINX managed to maintain its revenue levels and contain expenditure growth and this resulted in the reporting of a small surplus. As a not-for-profit member run organisation this puts LINX position for 2019 and beyond.

In summary LINX Chief Executive Officer, John Souter, reflected on a great 12 months for LINX but also looked ahead to some exciting new projects.

“I would like to say how proud I am of our staff, and the great commitment that they show to serving a membership organisation such as LINX. They have enthusiastically embraced an agile way of working across almost everything that they do, and I see improvement projects underway in almost every aspect of working life at LINX. Long may it continue!”

John Souter, LINX Chief Executive Officer

Download 2018 Annual Report

LINX head to Beirut for MENOG19

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MENOG19, the Middle Eastern Network Operators’ Group Meeting, begins on Wednesday 3rd April in Beirut. A total of 285 participants are registered with many having already taken part in a series of pre-conference tutorials.

The London Internet Exchange are proud to be silver sponsors for MENOG19. We are keen to meet with attendees to discuss peering and connecting to LINX plus answer any questions networks have on the recently established regional exchange, JEDIX.

Representing LINX at MENOG19 are Halil Kama and Jeremy Orbell of the LINX Marketing and Business Development team. In this short video blog Jeremy provides a brief insight into LINX’s involvement at this important, and growing, industry event.

For further information on the MENOG meeting and peering forum please visit the MENOG19 event page.

LINX Announce New Year Port Fee Reductions of 15% on its two London LANs and at US exchange LINX NoVA

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LINX Announce New Year Port Fee Reductions of 15% on its two London LANs and at US exchange LINX NoVA

LINX, the London Internet Exchange, have committed to significantly reducing 10GE and 100GE port fees on its LON1 and LON2 networks in London, and at its regional exchange LINX NoVA in Northern Virginia, USA. This was ratified by a vote by LINX members at an Extraordinary General Meeting in London on the 20th November.

As of 1st January 2019 prices on selected port sizes will be cut by 15%. On LON1 10GE fees will drop to £638 per month with 100GE ports priced at only £3596 over the same period. Meanwhile, the recently upgraded LON2 platform has new monthly fees of £360 for 10GE and £2277 for the 100GE port option.

Also taking effect in January is the end of promotional traffic based billing at LINX NoVA. The 15% cut will price 10GE ports at NoVA at an attractive US$425 while 100GE will be as little as US$2720.

LINX CEO, John Souter, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these price reductions for our members. It continues our long-standing policy of driving down costs which has seen fees reduced year-on-year for more than a decade. There’s never been a better time to connect to LINX.”

Pricing at LINX’s UK regional exchanges LINX Manchester, LINX Scotland and LINX Cardiff all remain unchanged for 2019. However, these still include the free 1GE port connection that comes as part of the annual £1200 membership fee.

LINX’s current pricing structure can be viewed on the LINX website

Service Fees

About the London Internet Exchange (LINX)

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is one of the largest Internet exchanges in the world, connecting over 850 member ASNs from 80 countries around the globe. LINX continues to expand their London presence with 16 locations across London 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.

Webcast facility offers remote access to LINX member conferences

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LINX has been webcasting its member meetings for 15 years since LINX41 in May 2003. The service, which is provided by LINX member Bogons, is an excellent way for LINX’s global membership to follow conference proceedings if they are unable to make the event in person.

LINX member conferences include operational and networking presentation, guest speakers, member technical talks and the latest updates on regulatory issues. The video below gives you a flavour of how these events can be seen by viewers.

The next event to be webcast is LINX103 which will take place at the Park Plaza Victoria, in London on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th November. Members can watch the live webcast on the day via the LINX member portal.

To access the live stream please click on the Member drop down at the top of the page and click on the Portal option. The webcast link can be found in the Events section. The direct link to the webcast facility is below but requires member authentication to be able to view the live stream.

If you are a LINX member and do not have a log-in please contact our Member Relations team.

2018 LINX membership survey

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The 2018 annual LINX membership survey has now closed.

Text updated on 5th November 2018

As per previous years we were grateful for members’ cooperation in providing 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 members think there is room for improvement. We can then consider your responses to help model future plans and developments.

New for 2018

For completing this survey members had the chance to win a Nintendo Switch Console with 2 x games (Sonic Forces & Mario Kart), Joy-Con Wheel and Memory Card. We accepted one response from each membership with the first response from each member was recognised for the survey.

If you have any queries about the questions, please email Member Relations or call us on +44 1733 207777