Mr Lawton joins following many years experience in the industry having previously worked as a Network Engineer for both Facebook and Microsoft. He joins Christian Dawson of ServInt, Michael Smith of Edgecast and Vinay Nagpal from DuPont Fabros who are already confirmed as LINX NoVA Advisory Board members.
The LINX NoVA exchange is the first neutral, mutually owned, Internet exchange in Northern Virginia offering ISPs, content owners and network operators with the ability to peer their Internet traffic. It is located across three different physical locations - Ashburn, Reston and Manassas - and is operated by data centre providers DuPont Fabros, CoreSite and EvoSwitch respectively.
LINX NoVA went into service in January and for the first year of operation it will have a co-opted board. It is expected that LINX NoVA members will have the opportunity to directly elect an Advisory Board from 2015 onwards. The initial terms of reference of the board are to advise LINX and its international members on all aspects of the operation of the LINX NoVA exchange.
John Souter, the CEO of LINX, said, "Our members endorsed the idea that LINX should build a neutral, member-governed Internet Exchange and that is precisely what we've done with LINX NoVA in North Virginia. The Advisory Board will play an important part in ensuring that progress remains consistent with our overall ethos of putting the member first and we are delighted that Will has agreed to be part of that."
LINX NoVA became an Open-IX certified IXP shortly after launch, the first such exchange in the world to do so. To achieve certification an IXP must fulfil a number of technical and operational requirements stipulated by the Open-IX Association, an Internet community-derived effort designed to improve the landscape of Internet peering and interconnect in the United States.
Notes to editors:
- The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is the largest Internet Exchange Point in the UK, and is the country's largest membership association for Internet Service Providers and other major network operators. We provide peering services and public policy representation to over 510 members across 60 countries. The LINX London network currently handles over 3.75 Tbps of peak traffic, nearly 2 Tb/sec of which is over public peering and covers more than 85% of the global routing table. For more information, see: www.linx.net
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