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CEO Retires on a High as 25 Years of the London Internet Exchange is Celebrated

By | LINX News, News

LINX CEO Emeritus, John Souter as he took the stage during the LINX107 member conference to present on the history of LINX.

The London Internet Exchange, known as LINX, celebrated its 25th anniversary in style in front of a record 300 members, partners and special guests at its quarterly member conference in London this November.

LINX was established in November 1994 using a donated piece of equipment no bigger than a digital TV set top box and without any legal contracts, with the goal of keeping traffic local and avoiding costly transatlantic fees.

The five founding members of LINX were PIPEX, BT Internet Services, Demon Internet Services, EUnet GB and UKERNA/JANET and on the 8th November that year the first traffic was passed from network to network at the Telehouse campus in the Docklands area of London.

The LINX107 member conference in London was held on 11th & 12th November 2019 marked this milestone in UK Internet history. Over 20 global Internet exchanges (IXPs) were in attendance to celebrate LINX’s anniversary, but also to pass on their good wishes to John Souter, LINX CEO for the past 19 years, who will be retiring at the end of the year.

Mr Souter took the stage during the LINX107 event to present on the history of the Internet from his perspective during his time at the helm of LINX. The very first member conference he attended was LINX33 in Paris in 2001 and was present at 74 of the 75 events that followed missing just one due to illness. Even then he was able to follow the proceedings via webcast!

“We have seen some remarkable changes in the way the telecoms industry has operated over the years but to see that our neutral not-for-profit model remaining the preferred approach for peering is extremely satisfying. Our ethos of working for the good of the Internet has never been stronger and to have so many other IXPs join us for our celebrations at LINX107 was remarkable. It clearly demonstrates what a strong and collaborative industry we work in and long may that continue.”

LINX remains the largest membership owned Internet exchange in the World with networks connecting over 800 members from 80 countries. In fact, on the 25th anniversary itself the 900th network ASN was connected to the exchange, IP Integration (IPI), another milestone reached. Commenting on his appointment as LINX CEO Kurt-Erik Lindqvist said:

 “These are exciting times for LINX and I am extremely proud to be taking on this position at this time. John will be a hard act to follow but he leaves us with the exchange in extremely good shape. I’m really looking forward to leading LINX in the next stage of its development.”

LINX Prepare to Welcome TeleData as 4th LINX Manchester PoP

By | LINX News, Manchester, News

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) are pleased to announce they will be launching a 4th site at their regional Internet exchange in Manchester.

Launched in 2012, LINX Manchester has gone from strength to strength attracting a productive mix of content and access networks on a local, national and international scale, who value the approach of ‘keeping traffic local’. The exchange boasts over 140 connected member ports, peak traffic of over 100Gbps and greater than the coveted 99.999 % for reliability.

Currently located in 3 data centre facilities, LINX Manchester is taking the leap and extending its footprint to a 4th point of presence (PoP) as they plan to welcome long standing LINX member and reseller partner TeleData to the platform.

Jo Fereday, Product Manager at LINX says:

“LINX were aware of the need to increase the choice of data centre partners in Manchester. Teledata are a great partner for LINX, they are long standing members, have a clear understanding of peering and are true supporters of the LINX Manchester Exchange. We are pleased to be able to make Teledata a LINX PoP.”

Multi-site deployment is key for a successful Internet exchange and LINX try to adopt this neutral approach across their whole network. It offers members choice of not only location but of carrier partners too, and also increases redundancy and resilience which remain as primary factors for any network looking to peer.

Commercial Director Matthew Edgley says:

“We are thrilled that LINX Manchester has selected us as their 4th Manchester PoP. It marks a real quality stamp for us as a carrier neutral data centre operator and is great news for our network intensive customer base, who will benefit significantly from peering on the LINX Manchester exchange directly from our site.”

“We plan to make it as cost effective and simple as possible to become a member and join the exchange, by offering free of charge cross connects and discounted rack space for connected members.  We hope to play a key role in the future growth of the LINX exchange and help to develop Manchester’s connectivity capabilities even further.”

TeleData have had significant growth in 2019 including the recent launch of their cloud platform, CloudActiv and joining LINX Manchester’s physical network is another great achievement and will offer current and future customers fast and simple access to peering at the IX.

LINX Go LIVE with IX API

By | Europe, General, International, LINX News, News, Uncategorised

LINX Go LIVE with New Universal IX API

Following the announcement, presentation and live demonstration during the key networking event EPF14 last week in Tallinn, the London Internet Exchange (LINX) are pleased to  now share with the industry that the LINX API service is now live.

Richard Petrie, Chief Technology Officer for LINX says;

“With the IX-API initiative we welcome all IXs and partners to invest in the adoption of which we aspire will be an industry standard implementation in accessing IX peering services digitally.”

“With this being the first phase, I’m excited to see us continue to develop application level peering automation and other interconnection services for LINX, our member and partners, all to improve the membership experience, peering quality and the interconnection ecosystem as a whole.”

LINX members and partners are now invited to test the new IX API service directly by following the steps on the web site, ix-api.net. New networks looking to join the exchange and start peering services can now connect to LINX through either of the pilot partners, Epsilon and Interxion.

Read more about the project and the working partners here.

IX-API For the Good of the Internet

By | Europe, General, International, LINX News, News

Global Internet Exchange Leaders Develop Universal API

Today at EPF (European Peering Forum) taking place in Tallinn, Estonia, it was announced that the world’s leading Internet Exchange operators AMS-IX (Amsterdam), DE-CIX (Frankfurt) and LINX (London) have joined forces to develop a common Application Programming Interface (API) to provision and configure interconnection services. This so-called IX-API will improve productivity for their members, customers and partners alike. It allows users to self-manage their existing and new interconnection services such as peering more effectively, from ordering new ports to monitoring provisioning processes.

The consortium of the three Internet Exchanges also called on common member and connectivity partner Epsilon and data centre partner Interxion to act as pilot customers for the new software. Both partners’ tests came out with positive results and they will be joining the exchanges at the European Peering Forum (EPF) to present and demonstrate the tool to the rest of the Internet and telecommunications community.

Richard Petrie, Chief Technology Officer for LINX adds;
“Our software and engineering teams have collaborated, working hard to create this modern RESTful API based on OpenAPI Specification v3 for managing IXPs customers and services.”

Dr Thomas King, Chief Technology Officer at DE-CIX says;
“DE-CIX ambition has always been to make customers life easier and connect them anywhere needed on the planet. Therefore, we are pleased to have come together with our partners to create this IX-API from scratch. We are convinced that this new industry standard will be adopted by other Internet Exchanges and interconnection providers.”

Henk Steenman, Chief Technology Officer for AMS-IX says;
“At AMS-IX, we are very proud that the three largest exchanges join forces, collaborate and have reached consensus to deliver the common IX-API project. In a very competitive market, we have found a common ambition and drive for the greater good of the internet.”

There is a large percentage of member and customer crossover between all three exchanges, working with the same remote peering partners and data centres. Being able to work with and offer out to the community, a universal API tool is a huge step forward for the industry. Find out more about the IX-API collaboration project here: www.ix-api.net

Photograph to the left shows from left to right: Henk Steenman, CTO AMS-IX, Thomas King, CTO DE-CIX, Richard Petrie, CTO LINX as they prepare for their presentation at the European Peering Forum.

Photograph above shows the IX teams being joined by members of the team from Epsilon and Interxion as they conduct their live demonstrations of the tool at EPF14 in Tallinn on 17th September.

LINX to Recruit New Chair for its Executive Board

By | LINX News, News

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) are actively recruiting a replacement non-executive Chairperson for its Board of Directors.

LINX is the largest, solely member-run Internet exchange in the World, with over 880 network ASNs currently connected to one or more of their seven global interconnection points. Being a non- profit member owned organisation, the LINX Board plays a pivotal part in the running of the exchange, so finding the right candidate is crucial.

 

We are seeking a candidate that shows a good understanding of our industry sector and the role LINX plays in the ecosystem.

John Souter, LINX CEO

LINX is the largest, solely member-run Internet exchange in the World, with over 880 network ASNs currently connected to one or more of their seven global interconnection points. Being a non- profit member owned organisation, the LINX Board plays a pivotal part in the running of the exchange, so finding the right candidate is crucial.

The primary service LINX offers is to facilitate the passing of data, or Internet traffic, from network to network on a large scale over a secure, resilient platform. This process is called ‘peering’ and with the huge growth in data and Internet resilience set to multiply incredibly over the next few years, it’s an exciting opportunity for a new Chair to join the Board.

The Chair is expected to champion the vision, mission and core values of LINX both within the Board and when speaking on behalf of the Board. This includes ensuring that their strategy and key Board decisions are made with these fundamentals in mind.

LINX’s vision is to provide an open community of network operators interconnecting to maintain an “Internet for Everyone” all without interference. The mission of LINX is to provide world-leading Internet Exchange Points that provide increasing performance and value for its members. It also aims to represent their interests in matters of public policy.

The LINX Board, as it stands, has a varied wealth of experience within the Telecommunications and Technology industry including three internal LINX senior members of staff and representatives from high profile organisations Google, Facebook and BT, who are all active LINX members too. Meet the current Board and explore more information on the role here; https://www.linx.net/about/meettheteam-theboard/

LINX are working with specialist recruitment consultants, Expand, to explore a broad recruitment pool thus to ensure the right candidate is found.

LINX Upgrades Equipment at VIRTUS LONDON2 to Enable Growth & 100G Connections

By | Digital Britain, Europe, General, LINX News, News

Due to increased member and capacity demands, the London Internet Exchange are pleased to announce considerable port upgrades to their VIRTUS Data Centre peering location.

 

VIRTUS’ LONDON2 facility in Hayes joined LINX back in 2014 as an accessible (virtual) data centre facility, being upgraded then in 2016 to a ConneXions Access Point following member demand and LINX infrastructure being installed. A LINX ConneXions Access Point is based at a neutral data centre giving customers direct access to LINX infrastructure from within the data centre, thus improving performance of its peering connectivity.

Photograph features LINX Head of Sales, Jennifer Holmes
with
Kelly Scott, VIRTUS Account Director (Education)

Darren Watkins, Managing Director from VIRTUS Data Centres is pleased with the partnership and new upgrade:

Connectivity is key to the success of data centres and we are delighted that LINX has increased its capability for our customers at LONDON2. This industry critical peering service compliments our Cloud Connect services making LONDON2 a key hub for technology.

VIRTUS customers who become LINX members will also benefit from improved latency and resilience as well as transit performance and routing control. Increased capacity and redundancy at a lower cost are also key benefits to joining an Internet exchange such as LINX. The customers have the opportunity to peer with over 880 LINX member networks from over 80 countries worldwide across the dual LAN infrastructure in London, LON1 (Juniper) and LON2 (Edgecore Networks & IP Infusion).

LINX Head of Sales Jennifer Holmes says:

“We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest from new and existing members in connecting at the Virtus Hayes site. Our recent upgrade of equipment at this location allows networks to not only connect to our peering fabric in London but also gives them the option of larger port sizes and increased capacity – this is sure to encourage even more growth in the future.”

LINX Announces CEO’s Retirement and Names Successor

By | General, International, LINX News, News

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) announced today that their long-standing CEO, John Souter, has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2019. John has served as LINX CEO for the last 18+ years, whilst the exchange point has grown from around 100 to the 885 ASNs that are connected today.

Current CMO, Kurtis Lindqvist, has been confirmed as his successor. In announcing his impending retirement, John said: “It has been a great privilege to hold this position for so long in such an important part of the UK’s critical national infrastructure. The time has come to pass on the baton to someone new, to lead LINX to even greater success in the future. I would like to thank our members, our staff and Board for their support over the years, and for the great joy of working with them to develop LINX in the way that we have.”

Simon Woodhead, the Chairman of LINX said: “Any CEO wants to leave a business in a better shape than they found it, and any leader’s legacy is the culture and team they have built. John Souter has been tremendously successful in both respects, and has been a constant steady hand at the helm through a period of incredible change. John dedicated himself to LINX and the wider community and on behalf of both I wish to thank him for everything he has done and been. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him.” Simon Woodhead announced John’s successor in a statement to LINX members at their LINX105 quarterly member meeting on 29th May 2019: “I am delighted announce that we have appointed Kurt Erik (Kurtis) Lindqvist (the current CMO of LINX) to succeed John as CEO. They will work together in a handover relationship in the coming months, with Kurtis formally taking over in mid-September 2019. John will then step back into a supporting role, prior to his formal retirement from the business at the end of December 2019.”

Kurtis Lindqvist said: "I am very honoured to have been selected as the next CEO for LINX. Under John's leadership, LINX has become recognised as the worlds leading membership Internet Exchange and seen a tremendous growth. John has built a fantastic team at LINX and I look forward to leading LINX and the team, at a time when the interconnection market is changing."

LINX Welcome CNCI as 1st New Member to Connect in London from Japanese IXP Partner, JPIX

By | International, LINX News, News

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) and the Japan Internet Exchange (JPIX) recently entered into a new partnership agreement, a collaboration which stems from the knowledge that an increasing number of Asian networks are looking to peer in Europe, and in London in particular.

Community Network Center (CNCI) is the first member to join LINX in London from JPIX’s Tokyo PoP. CNCI, a large customer for JPIX, is the second-largest cable MSO in Japan, providing internet connectivity to businesses and consumers across central Japan. Reaching Europe from Asia was high on CNCI’s agenda in order to reduce latency and improve speed to European-based gaming content and streaming.

Takanori Furushio, VP-Strategy for JPIX says;

“We are pleased to be able to connect one of our largest customers, CNCI, with our new partners LINX in London. They wanted to be the first network to join LINX through this new partnership and lead the way for other networks to follow.”

CNCI’s port is now live and peering traffic and LINX are looking forward to welcoming more networks from the APAC region to peer in London.

Kurtis Lindqvist, CMO for LINX says;

With transport costs to the UK falling and London maintaining its position as a global hub for interconnection, there’s simply no better time to join LINX. We are pleased to be working alongside our partners in Japan and together ‘working for the good of the Internet.”

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LINX JPIX Partnership

LINX NoVA Celebrate’s 5th Birthday

By | International, LINX News, News

Our regional Internet exchange in Northern Virginia, LINX NoVA is celebrating it’s 5th birthday this week!

Until LINX NoVA launched in 2014, the Ashburn metro area, one of the largest interconnect locations in the world, was a single point of failure. Today our members can enjoy platform diversity as well as a choice of colocation providers in the region, which in turn has improved the Internet in general in the region.

LINX NoVA is located at three sites: Digital Realty in Ashburn, Coresite in Reston and EvoSwitch in Manassas and 5 years ago this week, member traffic started to pass across the exchange!

It’s been quite a year of success for LINX NoVA so far as they welcomed new member network, Charter Communications to the exchange at the start of the year followed by hitting their traffic high in March, peaking at 32.39GB, an increase of over 70% compared to March 2018.

As you can see the future is looking bright for LINX NoVA as it turns 5 years old… Watch this space!

Find out more about LINX NoVA here.

LINX Member take first 100GE port at JEDIX

By | LINX News, News

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and the London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced that Limelight has provided a Letter of Intent (loi) that they will take the first 100GE port at JEDIX.

JEDIX, the KSA Internet Exchange powered by LINX, is situated in Jeddah. The agreement, which is subject to finalising a commercial agreement, will also see Limelight deploy its first KSA node in STC’s datacentre MG1 (MENA Gateway) as part of forming a new partnership with STC.

“With the creation of JEDIX we believe this will help increase the flow of internet traffic within the KSA and the surrounding region. Therefore a new CDN PoP will help improve the delivery of Internet content,” said Limelight.

STC and LINX stated that they are very much looking forward to working with Limelight in support of their new node and the betterment of the KSA internet experience.

Photograph courtesy of Capacity Media

Enquiries about connecting at JEDIX are being taken now. To find out more about the exchange click here.