Become a LINX Partner
LINX ConneXions partners have to be a LINX member and have their own traffic to exchange on one of the LINX networks. The port used is known as a reseller port and it can be configured into multiple VLANs. The reseller port is then used to deliver members to the exchange. The ConneXions partner owns the relationship with the member, providing first line support and invoicing.
Internet Exchange Partner
LINX works with other mutual not for profit internet exchange points (IXP) to facilitate peering globally. The partner internet exchange is known as an IXP Reseller and can connect to LINX using an existing reseller partner or through a dedicated connection. The IXP Reseller does not have to peer any traffic of their own and connects members using VLAN technology. The IXP Reseller is the first line of support for the connected member and also invoices the member.
Data Centre Partner
LINX offers Data Centres the chance to become virtual points of presence within a LINX exchange. These are known as vPoPs and there are two main types
Virtual PoP - Branded
The branded vPoP solution is a carrier neutral data centre but with no defined range. The data centre has full responsibility for the member connection but there is no resiliency available. To become a branded vPoP the data centre must pay a small fee to LINX for the use of the LINX branding. The data centre must commit to marketing activity and anticipated performance levels. It must also demonstrate its ability to connect to a full LINX PoP via an authorised third party. LINX provides first line support and will invoice the member directly.
Virtual PoP - Transmission
A Transmission PoP is based at a carrier neutral data centre operating within a defined range of a LINX PoP. Packets are not switched there but sent via a resilient DWDM connection to a switching PoP instead. The equipment and the DWDM connection are all owned and managed by LINX. To be a transmission PoP the data centre must provide to LINX an onsite ODF, rack space and power for the equipment and the optical transport layer to the identified LINX PoP. The cost of the equipment is funded jointly by LINX and the data centre on a sliding scale based upon the number of new members connected at the transmission PoP site. The ultimate aim is for the data centre to have sufficient members connected at the site to warrant becoming a full LINX PoP.