LINX Newsletter (September 2020)

Next Generation Data Centre, Newport named ‘Home of LINX Wales’ as new LINX PoP Goes LIVE

It was announced on Thursday 3rd September that regional exchange LINX Wales now has a fully functioning point of presence (PoP) at the NGD hyperscale data centre near Newport. 

Launched in 2015, LINX Wales was present only at the Stadium House data centre facility in Cardiff with the expansion to NGD original due to go live in March of this year. However, the project was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the regulations put in place.

Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport Lee Waters said:

“I’m pleased to see that LINX have invested in Wales and that the new Internet Exchange is now up and running in Newport. The Welsh Government looks forward to LINX Wales and its new community of members developing as a valuable asset that will contribute to the broader digital economy in Wales.”

NGD, newly acquired by Vantage Data Centers, is home to UK enterprise, global cloud providers, global integrators and Fortune 500 companies. NGD’s out of town location is Europe’s largest data centre facility, offering vast amounts of space and totally renewable power. The facility supports the colocation and cloud hosting requirements of organisations of all sizes including the provision of bespoke data halls for larger customers.

Full Press Release

Industry News Briefing

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UK Government publishes call for views on amending the NIS regulations

The UK Government has published a call for views to solicit industry feedback on its proposed changes to the NIS Regulations.

Under the Government’s proposals, competent authorities will have new powers to conduct tests that would be required to make informed assessments as to an operator’s levels of security of network and information systems. Competent authorities will also receive new enforcement powers that will allow them to initiate civil proceedings to ensure compliance with enforcement notices. The penalty regime will be amended to introduce a two-step process where competent authorities may serve a notice of intention to impose a penalty before making their final decision through a penalty notice. Finally, a new statutory appeal route via the First-Tier Tribunal will be introduced, which will have the power to uphold or quash the whole, or part, of a decision and to subsequently direct the competent authority to reconsider its original decision.

Government NIS Proposals

Events – Meet with LINX (Virtually)

LINX presents…  The Distinguished Industry Speakers Series

We are pleased to announce a new addition our LINX presents series with talks by distinguished industry speakers. We have a number exciting names and topics lined up in September with more to follow in October:

Merike Kaeo – How Feel Good Security & Privacy Practices Exacerbate Cybercrime
Friday 4th September, 3:00pm BST

Jari Arkko – Evolving the Internet through COVID-19 and Beyond
Thursday 10th September, 10:00am BST

Geoff Huston – Technology Adoption in the Internet
Thursday 17th September, 10:00am BST

Steve Crocker – Rebuilding Whois from the Ground Up!
Wednesday 23rd September, 2:00pm BST

Todd Underwood (Google) – What on Earth is ML?
Wednesday 30th September, 3:00pm BST

Registration for all these events are open now either via the links above or through our events section on the LINX website.

LINX Events & Registration

Other Events in September

Virtual EPF – Virtual European Peering Forum
14th – 16th September
This will be a scaled down online event, with a limited presentation agenda and 3 days of meeting slots on our online improved meeting tool.

Capacity Middle East
Tuesday 15th September, 8:00am BST
LINX CEO Kurtis Lindqvist joins the Capacity Middle East Panel session on “Building a Stronger Peering Ecosystem in the Middle East”

Learn with LINX webinar playback: DNS and Video over IP Networks

During August Systems & Network Training presented two further training sessions presented by Rob Minshall. The topics were DNS and Video over IP Networks.

The DNS webinar covered What is DNS, Queries and Responses, Zones and zone transfers and DNSSEC.

The Video over IP Networks training covered RTP, Video and compression, MPEG streams plus OTT and ABR.

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 staged a special online member event on Wednesday 2nd September. This featured CEO, network and product updates from LINX while our Head of Public Affairs, Malcolm Hutty, presented details of an upcoming consultation on proposed changes to LINX’s Articles of Association.

Elsewhere on the programme LINX’s Head of Global Engagement, Nurani Nimpuno, moderated a panel session entitled The strength of the networking community during a crisis. Alex Kostiw, Operations Manager for Pinnacom, Marek Isalski , CTO for Faelix, and Andrew Fray, UK Managing Director for Interxion all shared their views on network resilience, remote hands, increased capacity and being flexible to help keep business networks afloat during the continuing pandemic.

We were also delighted to welcome TED speaker, and author of the book, Tubes, Andrew Blum, who gave a talk on the Supranet and how the global giants are changing the shape of the Internet.

Here is some of the feedback we received following the event:

  • “A great effort in these difficult times. Not the same as a ‘real meeting’ of cause but nice to catch up with developments none the less.”
  • “It was good to hear the (usual) updates, as and very interesting to hear Andrew Blum’s view/perspective. Looking forward to catching up remotely in the social!”

More information on this event can be found on the event page.

LINX LIVE Event Page

LINX Membership Survey 2020

The 2020 LINX membership survey is now open! For completing this survey you have a chance to win 1 of 3 webcam and microphone bundles. Three lucky participants will win a Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam with a Shure MV5-LTG External USB Microphone! If you would like to be included in this competition please enter your email address at the end of the survey via the link below. We will draw the three lucky winners once the survey has closed on Friday 16th October. Best of luck!

2020 LINX Membership Survey

Member & Partner News

LINX data centre partner Telehouse and customer and LINX member Voxility, have just released a new case study. It highlights the benefits London has as a key interconnection hub and also how being able to access the LINX ecosystem has improved network costs and performance.

Telehoyse Voxility case study

…interconnection opportunities also played a major role, with Telehouse North serving close to 400 global carriers of all sizes and purposes. By establishing direct peering links with other operators on-site, Voxility reduced its costs in terms of internet transit…

Full Case Study
August was a great month for new applications with networks looking to join us from South Africa, Columbia, Thailand, as well as from the UK.

Among the reasons for choosing LINX was to reduce transit costs and peer on our route servers. Networks looking to join LINX can do so directly or via our global ConneXions Reseller partner programme.

For example, Platinum ConneXions Reseller partner, Epsilon, helped LINX London members Asympto Networks begin peering at our US regional exchange, LINX NoVA. Thanks also go to Angola Cables and BICS for all their partnership work last month.

What you may have missed

LINX Products and Services and the Need to Keep Evolving

By Jo Fereday, LINX Product Manager

To serve our members better, we need to be attractive to all the different types of members that connect to the exchange. LINX needs to keep growing the long tail by attracting new members and also encourage loyalty amongst the existing membership. All members benefit from the diversity and volume of the potential peers at LINX. We appreciate that most businesses are always looking for efficiencies and more value from their existing assets.

Like it or not companies are run and judged on their financial performance, not the quality of their engineering department, hence LINX has to offer more value. If members use their resources and capital to invest in peering at the LINX platform then LINX needs to ask what else can we offer aside from peering in return for that investment.

Read Jo’s full blog via the link below.

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