LINX Newsletter (June 2020)

Virtual LINX109 Meeting & AGM watched by over 180 people from 115 organisations

LINX109, the very first online only member conference, took place on Wednesday 6th May. It was a compact two hour event featuring LINX operational talks from Kurtis Lindqvis, Malcolm Holt, Mike Hellers and Daniel Smith.

In addition to his regular regulatory update LINX Head of Public Affairs, Malcolm Hutty, chaired a panel session entitled Network Operations under Coronavirus: Operational Challenges and Government Oversight. This featured Mark Pestridge (Telehouse), Neil McRae (BT), Tom Rigg (B4RN) and Dave Freedman (Claranet).

Members can access videos of all presentations via the LINX109 event page.

LINX109 event page and video archive

LINX AGM & Board Election

The LINX Annual General Meeting was overseen by new LINX Chairman Pieter Knook. This constitutional session had two resolutions both of which were passed overwhelmingly by the members. These were for LINX’s 2019 audited accounts and the re-appointment of Price Bailey LLP as auditors.

In the Board election five candidates were standing for three places on the Board. In total 122 votes were received with the election conducted according to the ERS97 single transferable vote rules. Following voting Seb Lahtinen and Lee Hetherington were both re-elected, with Peter Stevens joining the LINX Board for the first time.

Details of all the candidates, their statements and video interviews, can be
seen via the link below.

2020 LINX Board Election

Industry News Briefing

In our Industry News Briefing we highlight a few of the current news stories relating to the telecoms industry.

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.

LINX incentive scheme extended until end of August

The LINX member incentive scheme which began in January has now extended until the end of August. This means anyone wanting to upgrade their ports before this date will receive the first six months FREE of the new contract term.

Further Information

Member offer with DataVita at LINX Scotland

DataVita have provided securely shared racks exclusively for LINX members to co-locate in Scotland’s most secure & resilient datacentre. With no set up costs or hosting costs, all you’ll pay for is the power consumed by your equipment. DataVita will provide two complimentary cross connects, one from each Meet Me Room to your equipment to provide redundant connectivity.

Further Information

LINX Round Up

Iron Mountain Data Centers Become 100G Reseller Partner at LINX in London

LINX are pleased to announce that Iron Mountain Data Centers, global provider of data centre and colocation services, has joined LINX as an official ConneXions reseller partner.

Iron Mountain’s 100G reseller port is now live at LINX in London, so customers can take advantage of Iron Mountain Data Centers’ remote peering services as well as new networks looking to connect.

Jennifer Holmes, CCO at LINX, said: “We’re really excited to have Iron Mountain Data Centers on board at our peering LANs in London. Here at LINX, our business model is to work closely with key partners, like Iron Mountain, to achieve growth in member numbers, traffic and opportunities.”

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LINX Welcome Reseller Port Upgrades as Increase in Demand for LATAM to London Routes Continue

Global operator Angola Cables, a registered ConneXions reseller partner of LINX has recently increased their port capacity to London from 10GE to 100GE.

Global networks have the ability to access LINX in London, a key hub for interconnection, via ConneXions’ partner Angola Cables from Africa and Brazil. This remote peering service makes it easier for networks to access the LINX locations should they not have their own bandwidth capabilities in place.

The port upgrade at LINX in London is expected to the increase traffic from South America considerably. Content networks in particular are realising the benefits of keeping their traffic closer to the end user. This has many benefits including reduced latency, improved overall experience for the end user – and with less buffering offers a more cost effective for the network concerned.

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Events – Meet with LINX (Virtually)

LINX Presents – Introduction to EVE-NG

Thursday 11th June 14:00 – 16:00 BST
In June LINX will be hosting another webinar in partnership with Systems & Network Training. This training session is ‘An Introduction to EVE-NG’ which will introduce participants to using EVE-ng Community and EVE-ng Professional to simulate networks for learning and testing purposes.

All our webinars with SNT will be broadcast using the Zoom platform.

Register Now

Industry Events & Webinars

If you miss any of LINX’s live events we will be making them available to rewatch shortly afterwards in our Learn with LINX section.

Video Tutorials & Webinars

Again, if you would like to catch up with LINX staff before, during or after these online meetings please let us know via the following email meetme@linx.net

An Introduction to BGP training webinar

In May LINX staged a webinar entitled An Introduction to the BGP routing protocol. This two-hour webinar introduces to the basic concepts of BGP, configurations and usage. The training was presented in partnership Systems & Network Training with trainer Rob Minshall.

We’ve had some great feedback on this webinar so we would really recommend watching the playback.

What you may have missed

LINX Network News

LINX recently began a technical blog on the LINX website. In this section we cover some of the background developments on the LINX network, specifically on LON2 and route server automation as well as the recent completion of the RPKI project. Take a look!

  • LINX Complete RPKI Project
    • LINX have recently completed the roll out of RPKI framework for all of their LINX route server locations in the UK and US. LINX is one of a handful of IXPs and networks globally who have now adopted this additional security layer for their members and customers
  • Route Server Automation
    • The LINX Software team have designed and built a dedicated automation platform for LINX route servers.  LINX route servers provide members direct access to the prefixes of any other member using them, sparing them the need to set up individual BGP sessions
  • LON2 Automation Development Project
    • LINX and IP Infusion have made considerable effort to provide the same level of automation currently offered in LON1. To speed up and optimise as the collaboration LINX have implemented a shared automated testing environment to validate OcNOS™ integration readiness with LINX Network Configuration Automation (NCA) platform

To keep up with the latest LINX news visit the LINX website.

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