LINX Newsletter (January 2021)

LINX Implements 10% Reduction on 10G and 100G Port Fees Across the Network

We are pleased to announce, that once again we have lowered our port prices for our 10G and 100G ports across all our interconnection locations.

The LON1 and LON2 platforms in London as well as LINX Manchester, LINX Scotland, LINX Wales and LINX NoVA will see prices cut by 10% with the first 1G port remaining FREE of charge as part of membership. You can view our 2021 fees here via the link below.

2021 Service Fees

A New Year Messag​e from CEO, Kurtis Lindqvist

“With best wishes for the New Year, I hope that you all have had time to relax and spend time with your family over the holidays. Given the times we live in, taking time off to relax, recuperate and spend time with our loved ones as far as we can is important. While we still have challenges to overcome due to Covid I sincerely hope that 2021 will allow us all to meet our loved ones and our colleagues and friends soon again.”

End of 2020 Stats

You can view a wide range of data on the LINX network, including traffic levels and routes, on the LINX portal.

LINX Public Stats

LINX Network News

LON1 Juniper Upgrades

In early 2019 LINX and Juniper Networks successfully completed the MX10K POCs (proof of concepts) meaning our Technology team were ready to begin their deployment into the LON1 network.

Joe Jefford, LINX Senior Network Engineer, has produced a blog that explains the process in detail. The main aim of this project was to retire the existing PTX5000 devices in our core and replace them with Mx10008 routers. In doing so, we would also change the way 100G members connect to the network, by having them connect directly to the MX10K devices.

Topology Before

Topology After

You can read the full overview of the LON1 upgrade process in Joe Jefford’s blog which is linked below.

LON1 Juniper Upgrade Blog

Events – Meet with LINX (Virtually)

LINX Presents…

2020 was not a year we were expecting, but we didn’t let that stop us having our best year of content yet. We staged 17 ‘LINX Presents’ webinars, seven podcast episodes, plus six training sessions from Systems & Network Training. This equates to over 30 hours of valuable material for the Internet community.

The first LINX member meeting – LINX112 – will be staged online on Thursday 18th February. Before that we have four more virtual events lined up…

A Technical Demonstration on the new Nimbus Threat Monitor (James Shank)
Friday 22nd January, 3:00pm GMT
Many ISPs and hosting providers lack the advanced threat detection solutions and the human resources necessary to effectively defend their networks and prevent malicious abuse of their infrastructures. Join us for a live demonstration of the new Nimbus Threat Monitor. This no-cost service provides near-real-time threat detection and context around YOUR network traffic.

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RPKI – securing the Internet, one hop at a time (Nathalie Trenaman)
Tuesday 26th January, 10:00am GMT
RPKI is a security framework that allows network owners to validate and secure routing between networks on the Internet. It is said to be a key part of making the Internet more secure. But how does it actually work, what are the current challenges, and what does the future hold for RPKI? RPKI expert Nathalie Trenaman will share her insights and tell us what’s next for RPKI!

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How life, including COVID-19 vaccines, is digital (Bert Hubert)
Tuesday 2nd February, 10:00am GMT
In this talk, Bert will explain the fundamentally digital nature of life, and how even the new mRNA vaccines pack a 1 kilobyte/15 petabyte punch of life-saving information.

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The Power of Community Networks (Jane Coffin)
Thursday 11th February, 12:00pm GMT
Jane Coffin is responsible for the Internet Society’s Internet Growth project teams. The Internet Growth project teams are focused on Community Networks, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) & interconnection, peering, and community development, and a new critical project on measuring the health of the Internet. Her work also focuses on access and development strategy, where she and other ISOC colleagues and partners focus on coordination of collaborative strategies for expanding Internet infrastructure, access, and related capacities in emerging economies with partners.

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The Distinguished Industry Speaker Series… The Playbacks!

If you were unable to attend LINX’s recent Distinguished Industry Speaker webinars, including Jonne Soininen’s talk Riding the Industry Hype Curve: Where is Open Source in Networking?, and Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder’s presentation on Current Cyber Security Threats and What to Do, they are now both available to watch again on our YouTube channel. Why not take a look!

If you have missed any of LINX’s live events or training sessions we make them available to watch again in our Learn with LINX section and LINX YouTube Channel.

Video Tutorials & Webinars

LINX Round Up

LINX Member & Partner News

FAELIX Achieve Silver ConneXions Reseller Partner Status

Congratulations to LINX ConneXions Partners FAELIX | Reliable hosting, fast connectivity, secure networks on their silver reseller status.

Faelix CTO, Marek Isalski, said: “Internet exchanges bring huge benefits to access networks and hosting providers alike: lower latency, increased capacity, routing diversity and reduced operational costs.”

“We are proud to work with LINX and our customers to help them build peering relationships and look forward to bringing more members on the London and Manchester exchanges this year.”

Here at LINX we work with our members and reseller partners to assist new networks in their journey to reach a LINX PoP should they need it.

Connecting to LINX Remotely

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new networks who applied to join LINX in December. These networks are based Portugal, Angola in Africa, and from the UK. They are looking to peer at LINX in London on both the LON1 and LON2 platforms, and also at our regional IXP, LINX Scotland.

Among the reasons for applying to join LINX were “Improved performance”, “Increased routing control over our traffic”, “To increase capacity”, and  “For the unique peers at LINX”.

Industry News Briefing

If you are a LINX member and would be interested being featured in a future edition of the LINX newsletter please email us at newsletter@linx.net.

European Commission Proposes New Rules for Digital Platforms

The European Commission has published its Digital Services Act package which proposes two pieces of legislation: the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act.

The Digital Services Act will introduce a series of new, harmonised EU-wide obligations for digital services, such as rules for the removal of illegal goods, services or content online, safeguards for users whose content has been erroneously deleted by platforms, and new obligations for very large platforms to take risk-based action to prevent abuse of their systems.

The Digital Markets Act regulates the behaviour of platforms acting as digital “gatekeepers” to the single market. The Act prohibits gatekeepers from engaging in a number of practices, such as blocking users from un-installing any pre-installed software or apps, and requires gatekeepers to proactively put in place certain measures, such as targeted measures allowing the software of third parties to properly function and interoperate with their own services.

The proposals will now be discussed by the European Parliament and the EU Member States.

What you may have missed

New IP, China’s project to make new Internet standards – a discussion with Emily Taylor

In this episode of the LINX podcast, LINXcast, host Jez Orbell introduces Emily Taylor of Oxford Information Labs, and her talk on new IP. In her presentation Emily says that to understand China’s strategy for new Internet standards we need to ask questions like how would these proposals assist national strategies in the country? Could all this result in a splinternet, even if we don’t need one?

There are some great background papers available for those who want to read more about this topic. In particular of course, the article by Stacie Hoffmann, Dominique Lazanski & Emily Taylor herself:

Standardising the splinternet: how China’s technical standards could fragment the internet

More material on this topic from the RIPE NCC, the Internet Society, and ICANN can be found below.

LINXcast Podcast Page

LINX’s Social Media Platforms