LINX Newsletter (March 2021)

LINX Global Traffic Grows by 38% in Less Than 12 Months

LINX has seen network data traffic passed by its members across its multiple peering LANS grow substantially over the last year. On the exchange’s primary LON1 platform in London, data traffic has increased by well over 40%. The figure is closely reflected across all of LINX’s interconnection hubs, both in the UK, and the US. Indeed, all LINX LANs have set traffic records since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the first UK lockdown commenced at the end of March 2020, LINX’s peak traffic record stood at 4.30 Terabits per second on the LINX public exchange. The second lockdown in November saw this increase to 5.64 Tb/s while in lockdown 3, in January and February 2021, that figure had reached 5.93 Tb/s. That’s a staggering increase of 37.8%, and it’s still rising.

Richard Petrie, LINX’s Chief Technology Officer, commented: “We continue to see strong traffic growth across both our London based exchange points with LON2 peaking well past the 800GE mark last month. With schools and many of the UK Universities now running 100% remote learning, LON2 traffic has surged in January. The disaggregated platform that uses hardware from Edgecore Networks and software from IP Infusion is performing fantastically, with our SLA exceeding 99.9999% across the last 3 months alone.”

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LINX Network News

Private Interconnect Service

LINX Adds Additional Route Server Features Improving Network Control

LINX connected members now have increased control when peering with the LINX Route Servers following the announcement they now meet the Euro-IX community standard, BGP for Large Communities (32 bit).

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The new feature is live now over at the LINX member portal and will allow all networks peering with the LINX route servers to choose who they announce their prefixes to as opposed to peering with all.

Mo Shivji, Senior Network Engineer at LINX said:

“We have met the BGP standard for 16bit communities for a while so to now being able to give the large communities the same service when peering with our route servers is a great achievement.”

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Events

LINX Presents…

A Focus On Regional Peering

LINX is proud to present a local exchange member meeting, plus two ‘Spotlight’ events highlighting the benefits of regional peering in the UK. We have two virtual gatherings scheduled for March, with another in April.

Spotlight on LINX Scotland
Wednesday 10th March, 10:00am GMT
The Benefits of regional interconnection. Join LINX and our guest speakers for an informative session about our regional IXP in Scotland. Join the LINX Team and special guests who will discuss the following topics: Unlocking the opportunity of Edge for UK business, The Celtic Norse Cable system and Data Centre Sustainability.

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LINX Manchester Member Meeting
Wednesday 31st March, 2:00pm GMT
Hear about all things LINX Manchester at this special local member meeting. A number of talks with a local focus are being prepared with LINX specific presentations and guest speakers.

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Spotlight on LINX Wales
Wednesday 21st April, 10:00am GMT
Join LINX and guest speakers for an informative session about our regional IXP in Wales. The agenda is still being finalised but will feature a LINX update, a local member talk from Parnet, a guest speaker presentation, and Q&A session.

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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 Jane Coffin’s talk The Power of Community Networks. We also have a group discussion and demo from David Teach, Philip Smith and Mo Shivji on RouteViews BGP Monitoring Infrastructure: New Features and Tools. Both are now 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

LINX to Deploy Interconnection Node in QTS Ashburn Data Center Campus

Responding to increasing demand for diverse, open interconnection in Northern Virginia, LINX and QTS Realty Trust, a leading provider of hybrid colocation and mega scale data center solutions, have announced a new strategic partnership.

The QTS Ashburn data centre campus will soon become a full LINX Point of Presence (POP) at LINX NoVA. Kendra Pignotti, LINX Interconnection Specialist for the US says: “Our interconnection hub continues to grow, providing a real organic mix of key networks from regional ISPs, international carriers and large CDNs. We’re looking forward to welcoming QTS and their customers to the LINX NoVA community and promoting the facility as a key location for hosting and interconnection for new networks.”

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From left to right – John Ferrel (QTS), Sean Baillie (QTS), Kendra Pignotti (LINX) and Kevin Loch (QTS)

Sean Baillie, Executive Vice President – Connectivity, QTS commented: “In the world’s largest and fastest growing data center market LINX is the ideal partner as we expand our carrier neutral connectivity ecosystem. By providing a crucial interconnection alternative to the current carrier hotel in Ashburn, LINX NoVA will provide our customers with a myriad of low latency network choices to distribute content to end users and de-risk their IT investment in Northern Virginia.”

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Industry News Briefing

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Australia Passes New Law Requiring Tech Giants to Pay for News

In an unprecedented move, Australia has passed a new law that will require tech companies to pay publishers for news content with other countries now potentially likely to follow suit.

The initial version of the legislation would have allowed media outlets to bargain either individually or collectively with tech companies and to enter binding arbitration if the parties couldn’t reach an agreement. It faced strong opposition from Google and Facebook with the latter even briefly shutting down news pages in Australia entirely before restoring them again after the Australian government made some amendments.

The amended law now includes a provision that “must take into account whether a digital platform has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry through reaching commercial agreements with news media businesses.” Arbitration will also now only be used as a “last resort” following a period of “good faith” mediation.

The law is seen as a test case for similar regulation around the world with Canada, the EU and the UK all expressing an interest in it.

What you may have missed

LINXcast Podcast Series Two Coming Soon!

The London Internet Exchange will shortly launch the second series two of its podcast, LINXcast.  

Each episode of LINXcast covers a range of telecoms and business-related topics relevant to the Internet community. The show features interviews with renowned industry professionals, with discussions on key technical issues, and much more besides.

The first full episode will published during the week commencing Monday 8th March. A teaser episode for series two can be heard in the podcast player below.

To preview the new series a blog was written to give more background to the upcoming shows. It also includes an overview of highlights from series one and a brief bio of LINXcast host, Jez Orbell.

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