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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.”

Decline in the number of students taking computer science and IT GCSE

By | Digital Britain, News

Figures released by Ofqual show that the number of year 11 students in the UK taking a GCSE in either computer science or information technology (IT) has fallen despite the 3% increase in the number of students who have registered to take their GCSEs in 2017. The British Computer Society (BCS) has expressed deep concerns about the latest findings, with its director of education Dr. Bill Mitchell saying that they “spell trouble for one of the most important subjects for the nation”. He also said: “We must ensure that schools are properly equipped to provide the best possible options for students at GCSE and that includes computer science.”

The latest findings are sure to prompt concerns about a looming “digital skills crisis” in the UK. In 2016, an inquiry with the science and technology committee at the House of Commons emphasised the exigency of young people acquiring digital skills. The committee also predicted 90% of all future jobs will need digital skills.

4G to come to the London Underground

By | Digital Britain, News
Transport for London (TfL) are due to hear bids from a number of telecommunications companies to provide 4G on the London Underground. It is believed that likely bidders include telecommunications companies BAI Communications, Wireless Infrastructure Group and Arqiva.

A TfL spokesman told Sky News that: “We are keen to offer full mobile phone coverage for our customers.