LINX EGM

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LINX EGM 20th November 2018 at 2:30pm

The 2018 LINX EGM is scheduled for 2:30pm on Tuesday 20th November 2018, part of the LINX103 Member Conference. This allows the LINX membership to participate in the governance of LINX by voting on resolutions which affect how the company operates.

Resolutions at the EGM cover:

  • Ratification of the reappointment of the LINX Chairman.
  • Two changes to the LINX MoU – see the consultation.
  • Approval of the LINX fees and budget for 2019.

Voting on the resolutions is open online until 2pm on 20th November. All members’ representatives have been sent details of how to vote and voting codes. If any member has not received a voting email, they should contact the LINX 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

LINX Join the MANRS IXP Programme

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Today the London Internet Exchange announced that it has joined the MANRS IXP Programme and will be supporting the MANRS initiative.

MANRS (Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security) was created by members of the network operator community as an initiative to promote good practices in routing security. Weaknesses in routing security can lead to route leaks, IP address spoofing and even route hijacks, facilitating DDoS, traffic inspection and other security breaches. MANRS provides crucial fixes to reduce the most common routing threats.

MANRS Actions outline simple but concrete actions network operators should take. Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) are important partners in the MANRS community. The MANRS Actions were initially designed for network operators, but IXPs can serve as a collaborative focal point to discuss and promote routing security. To address the unique needs and concerns of IXPs, the community created a related but separate set of MANRS actions for participating IXPs.

Malcolm Hutty, Head of Public Affairs at LINX says;

“MANRS is an important initiative for promoting best practices for routing security. LINX is pleased to support it, and to encourage others to follow its guidance, for all our protection”

Andrei Robachevsky from ISOC, which provides organisational support for the MANRS programme, will be presenting at the forthcoming LINX102 member event in Manchester next week.

For more information, please refer to the MANRS website www.manrs.org or contact publicaffairs@linx.net

Migration of LINX’s LON2 Network to disaggregated model now complete

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The London Internet Exchange (LINX) have completed the migration phase of its LON2 network architecture refresh, a radical solution which uses EVPN routing technology and open network hardware.

In this video LINX Chief Technology Officer, Richard Petrie, and LINX Lead Architect, Flemming Heino, explains how long has the migration process took, what infrastructure changes have been made to the LON2 network and how it differs from other Internet exchanges.

Richard also covers what this new approach could mean for the LON1 platform while Flemming adds a few final thoughts on the project now that the migration has been completed.

Read more about the LON2 migration project

LINX awarded Best Internet Exchange Operator of the Year at 2018 Carrier Community Global awards

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LINX has been presented with the Best Internet Exchange Operator of the Year award 2018 at the Carrier Community Global awards in Berlin.

Carrier Community Global Awards 2018 - Best IXP

Independently judged by a panel of telecoms analysts and industry experts, the CC-Global Awards are Carrier Community’s official recognition of innovative achievements among the telecom wholesale operators, both regionally and globally.

The Best Internet Exchange Operator of the Year category seeks to recognise IX-operators who have shown high levels of network innovation and creativity with their service offering. LINX CMO Kurtis Lindqvist was on hand to receive the prize at a special ceremony at the Central and Eastern Europe “CEE” 2018 GCCM event on the 18th June.

“It was a great honour to accept this award on behalf LINX and comes at a very exciting time for the exchange,” said Lindqvist. “We have just completed the migration phase of our LON2 platform in London using a radical new disaggregated network model using EVPN routing technology on open network hardware.”

“We feel that this award is recognition of our long-standing commitment to delivering long-term innovative technology to our members, as well as increased levels of service quality that allows us to provide services at a greatly reduced cost.”

The GCCM Awards were introduced by Wida Schmidt, CEO at Carrier Community, and moderated by Erik van Stokkom from VS Consulting with Viktoria Mincheva from Leixico. Many leading telecom companies were nominated for the 30 different award categories.

World first as LINX completes migration to new disaggregated LON2 network model using EVPN routing technology on open network hardware

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The London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced that it has completed the migration of its LON2 platform to a new disaggregated network model that uses EVPN technology, the first IXP anywhere in the World to do so.

The new LON2 architecture employs EVPN over VXLAN, leaf-spine topology, full automation and is 100G ready. The solution, which uses IP Infusion’s OcNOS™ network operating system and switch hardware from Edgecore Networks, became fully operational on 5th June following an extensive testing, proof of concept, and migration process lasting nearly two years.

 “By introducing a disaggregated platform, LINX members will benefit from increased flexibility plus continued value from their investment,” said Richard Petrie, LINX CTO. “The EVPN technology allows LINX to deliver long-term innovative technology to our members, a commitment to ever-greater levels of service quality and to allow us to provide services at a greatly reduced cost base.”

LINX Lead Architect, Flemming Heino, added, “With EVPN everything is programmed. Switches talk to one another, they are synchronised and ultimately more predictable and stable. The system offers many benefits and the flexibility for more features to be added such as multi-homing.”

George Tchaparian, CEO, Edgecore Networks, said, “There are many operational and cost benefits of the new architecture model and Edgecore are extremely proud to have worked with LINX on this ground-breaking project. We’ve clearly demonstrated that open network systems are ready outside of data centre applications and are viable solutions for mainstream telecom service providers. With our industry proven open networking switches and IP Infusion’s robust, high function NOS, LINX will be able to deliver the flexibility of an open network architecture with additional value-added services at a lower cost.

“Growing network traffic levels are placing great demands on networks such as LINX to deliver new, innovative services at faster rates,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “The OcNOS and Edgecore switch solution has meant that LINX could more easily design and migrate to their disaggregated LON2 network model ensuring it meets the specific and exacting needs of its membership.”

LINX is one of the world’s largest operators of Internet Exchange Point (IXP) services, connecting over 820 networks in over 75 countries. It operates a dual-LAN infrastructure in London with regional exchanges in Manchester, Cardiff and central Scotland. It also operates an exchange in Northern Virginia, USA.

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 WiFi access points, packet transponders, virtual PON OLTs, and 1G, 10G, 25G, 40G, and 100G OCP-ACCEPTEDTM switches that offer choice of commercial and open source NOS and SDN software. For more information, visit www.edge-core.com.

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.

IP Infusion, ZebOS, VirNOS and OcNOS are trademarks or registered trademarks of IP Infusion. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Deploying a Disaggregated Model on LINX’s LON2 Network using EVPN

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The London Internet Exchange (LINX) have refreshed its LON2 network architecture using EVPN routing technology, the first IXP in the world to do so.

In this video LINX Chief Technology Officer, Richard Petrie, and LINX Lead Architect, Flemming Heino, explain the process in detail including why LINX decided to implement a disaggregated model, the benefits of EVPN, the challenges faced during the project and what it all means to LINX members. Also covered is why LINX selected Edgecore Networks and IP Infusion as project partners.

LINX appoints three Executives to its Board of Directors following extensive governance review

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The London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced the appointment of three executive directors from its senior management team to the LINX Board. Joining the chairman, six elected non-executive directors and LINX CEO, John Souter, on the Board are Chief Marketing Officer Kurt Erik Lindqvist, Head of Public Affairs Malcolm Hutty, and Chief Technical Officer Richard Petrie,

Kurt Erik Lindqvist

Chief Marketing Officer & Director

Kurt Erik “Kurtis” Lindqvist has a broad background in engineering and business development of ISP and worldwide carrier networks. He has spent the past 20 years working actively in the Internet community in several varied roles.

From 2002 to 2015 he was the CEO of Netnod. Kurt Erik has been the chairman of Euro-IX since 2003. He is also a dedicated WG Chair for RIPE where he has serve d as NCC-Services WG Chair since 2004. He is a regular and appreciated speaker at several International Internet conferences such as RIPE, APRICOT and Nanog.

Previously Kurt Erik has chaired the Multi6, shim6 and v6ops WGs in the IETF. He is also the co-author of two RFCs. Kurt Erik has served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board between 2005-2009.

Over the years Kurt Erik has participated actively in the development, standardisation and deployment of IPv6 in the IETF and various other operational forums. In addition Kurt Erik served as an adviser to the Swedish Minister of Information Technology and Energy cooperating with Anna-Karin Hatt and the Swedish Minister of foreign affairs, Carl Bildt.

Kurt Erik joined the LINX Board as an Executive Director in May 2018.

Malcolm Hutty

Head of Public Affairs & Director

Malcolm’s role involves liaising with government and regulatory authorities on behalf of the LINX membership, representing the interests of members to government and briefing members on regulatory developments.

Malcolm acts as Regulatory Affairs spokesman for Euro-IX, the European association of Internet Exchanges. He is a director of ISPA UK, and a member of a number of organisations relating to Internet regulation. He has acted as an expert witness in ground-breaking court cases concerning network blocking in the UK (the Newzbin2 case, BT’s challenge to the Digital Economy Act) and Ireland (EMI v Eircom), and has testified to Select Committee hearings of both the UK House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Malcolm has previously served as Chair of the Network Security Information Exchange, a Director of the Internet Watch Foundation and as an elected member of the Nominet Policy Advisory Board. From 2008-2013 he served as President of EuroISPA, the pan-European organisation of membership associations representing the interests of Internet Service Providers.

Malcolm joined the LINX Board as an Executive Director in May 2018.

Richard Petrie

Chief Technical Officer & Director

Richard has been with LINX since 2014, running the technology group, responsible for all of LINX’s exchanges across the UK and in North America.

Previously, Richard has held senior operations and engineering positions with service providers, Colt Technology and IPC Network Services as well as within financial services companies such as Bloomberg and BGC Partners. He has over fifteen years experience in delivering high volume, low latency and agile network solutions.

Richard joined the LINX Board as an Executive Director in May 2018.

The decision follows a thorough governance review process and the appointment of Murray Steele as LINX’s first independent Chairman in 2015. Proposals for changes for the LINX Board structure were initially put to the membership at the EGM at LINX95 in November 2016. These covered the change of name from LINX Council to LINX Board, term limits, and changes to the voting process of non-executive directors. Also proposed was an extended representation of LINX at an executive level.

Murray Steele said:

“At every stage this has been an open, democratic and transparent process and we have made every effort to consult thoroughly with members via all the available channels. We had to get this right and when the proposed changes to LINX’s Memorandum & Articles of Association were put to the vote in November 2017 they were formally approved.”

According to the UK Governance Code: “A good Board has effective representation of the executive body” and the new structure does just that. In addition, the inclusion of internal senior staff on the Board provides for future succession planning and helps with the development of potential future leadership.

Murray continued:

“The addition of these three new executive Board positions creates a forum for more engagement between LINX and its non-executive directors. They will also provide a functional perspective of the management team who oversee the day-to-day running of the exchange.”

“The procedures now in place fit well with good governance practices and helps us best represent what the membership expects of us. I am confident that we now have a structure in place which reflects the needs of LINX not only in 2018 but also well into the future.”

The Executive Board appointments came into effect on Friday 18th May 2018, and were first announced to members at LINX101 member conference at the Park Plaza Victoria in London on Monday 21st May 2018.

LINX Publishes 2017 Annual Report

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London Internet Exchange (LINX) has published its 2017 annual report online ahead of its annual general meeting on 22nd May 2018.

The new document features a welcomeLINX Annual Report 2017 cover message from LINX Chairman Murray Steele. Mr Steele reiterates LINX’s pledge to provide an exchange platform that meets members’ high expectations for both reliability and performance. He noted how this had been reflected both in member satisfaction surveys and performance indicators such as member numbers and traffic volumes.

“I am ever conscious that LINX is organised around the principle that the membership is central to everything we do, with a fundamental commitment to the concept of mutuality and the commercial and strategic trust that builds. That means our members can have confidence in LINX as a business partner, so essential when we are a long-term part of your infrastructure strategy.”

Murray Steele, LINX Chairman

Network Stability and Investment

Overall 2017 was a year of stability and investment for LINX, both in terms of operational stability and the range of member services. Investment was focussed on improving internal efficiency, new automated configuration management systems while preparing for a future disaggregated model on LON2 network in London.

There were some notable successes throughout the year. LINX connected its one hundredth 100GE port, exceding 800 connected ASNs and passed one thousand 10GE ports in use across all exchanges. In addition a new product, Bi-Directional Optical Transceivers, was launched at the LINX Manchester exchange which is set to be rolled out across other sites in the coming months.

Internet Governance

Malcolm Hutty, LINX’s Head of Public Affairs, addressed global Internet governance and domestic and European policy in the governance section of the report. Brexit continued to dominate thinking in policy-making circles, perhaps distracting government from bringing forward many substantial new legislative initiatives. For LINX, the most important regulatory developments were the Network Information Security Directive and preparations for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation.

In summary LINX Chief Executive Officer, John Souter, reflected on a strong 12 months for the exchange but also looked ahead to the future.

“As I look to 2018, I expect to report much more visible changes, when our investment in our partnership with EdgeCore and IP Infusion pays off and we deploy a fully disaggregated exchange on LON2. In the meantime, we can be very satisfied that in 2017 LINX has done what it does best, quietly delivering increasing performance and value for members.”

John Souter, LINX Chief Executive Officer

LINX101 Member Conference and AGM

Printed copies of the 2017 annual report will initially be available at the LINX101 conference and AGM on the 21st and 22nd May. For those unable to attend this event the report will also be mailed out with the next edition of LINX’s news magazine, HotLINX, in July.

Download LINX 2017 Annual Report

The London Internet Exchange to Deploy IP Infusion’s OcNOS™ Network Operating System in New London Interconnect Platform

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OcNOS running on Edgecore Networks switches, powered by Broadcom Tomahawk, enables migration to 100G services for one of the world’s largest Internet exchanges

IP Infusion, a leading provider of disaggregated networking solutions and intelligent network software, today announced that London Internet Exchange (LINX) deployed IP Infusion’s OcNOS™ network operating system in their secondary London interconnect platform (LON2).

LINX, one of the largest operators of Internet Exchange Point (IXP) services connecting over 820 networks in over 75 countries, is the first IXP in the world to adopt a disaggregated model that employs EVPN over VXLAN, leaf-spine topology, full automation and is 100G ready to deliver reduced total cost of ownership and bring greater levels of service quality to their customers.

LINX is confirming that they have deployed the OcNOS network operating software on open network switches from Edgecore Networks – AS7712-32X 100 GbE and AS5812-54X 10 GbE based on Broadcom Tomahawk and Trident II+ silicon respectively – to build the disaggregated model for their LON2 network. The member migrations to LON2 are in progress and are expected to be completed in June.

“As a result of our extensive testing, we are moving forward with the OcNOS network operating system for our disaggregated platform to allow LINX to deliver the latest technologies of OcNOS from IP Infusion and open network switches from Edgecore Networks,” said Richard Petrie, LINX CTO.

OcNOS now supports a highly scalable 100G interconnection fabric for connecting multiple distributed locations. The solution uses control plane learning using EVPN, network segmentation and virtualization using VXLAN, multihoming for redundancy, ACL/QoS policies for fine grained control of member traffic, support for sFlow and management automation.

“The OcNOS and Edgecore switch solution helped LINX to migrate their LON2 network and provided a key validation of the disaggregated model for mission-critical applications,” said Atsushi Ogata, CEO and president of IP Infusion. “This validated solution can be adopted by other internet exchange providers who are looking to upgrade their existing networks as well as for data centre interconnect use cases to adopt acceleration of disaggregated network.”

“Edgecore Networks continues to be a dedicated partner with LINX as they deploy their new open disaggregated networking solution,” said George Tchaparian, CEO, Edgecore Networks. “With Edgecore’s open network switches and IP Infusion’s robust, high function NOS, LINX will now be delivering more services, at lower costs, with the flexibility of an open network architecture at 100G.”

 

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 WiFi access points, packet transponders, virtual PON OLTs, and 1G, 10G, 25G, 40G, and 100G OCP-ACCEPTEDTM switches that offer choice of commercial and open source NOS and SDN software. For more information, visit www.edge-core.com.

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.

IP Infusion, ZebOS, VirNOS and OcNOS are trademarks or registered trademarks of IP Infusion. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.