Following discussions with the US network community, and its own members, LINX launched an open peering exchange in North America known as LINX NoVA in March 2014. We believe that the LINX mutual model for IXPs is the best for the good of the Internet. Supported by our members, the LINX NoVA exchange echoes the aims of the North American community as represented by the Open-IX initiative.
The exchange has been designed to conform to Open-IX standards, using systems and processes that have proved successful in Europe and the wider world for nearly 20 years, and LINX NoVA was the first Internet Exchange in the world to receive Open-IX certification.
Locations and Infrastructure
Based in the North Virginia/Washington DC area, LINX NoVA currently spans three data centres:
CoreSite in Reston
DuPont Fabros Technology in Ashburn
EvoSwitch in Manassas
These sites are connected by LINX, so that the peering mesh spans all three. Members can therefore connect anywhere they wish, and see peering partners at all LINX NoVA locations.
The LINX NoVA exchange uses MX960 router equipment from Juniper Networks capable of delivering 100G member ports. All NoVA locations are connected by diverse dark fibre lit by LINX.
LINX NoVA is based on the same architecture as the LINX primary LAN in London (VPLS) but it is important to note that it is not connected back to the peering LANs operated by LINX in the UK. A connection service to the LINX peering LANs in the UK is available from LINX ConneXions partners.
Prices & Services
Members can connect to multiple LINX peering LANs without needing to pay additional membership fees. This includes 1G ports at LINX NoVA.
Internet exchanges need critical mass to deliver value to participants and as such we are pleased to support the exchange with early stage promotional pricing for all members.
Participants at the exchange will not be billed anything for 10G ports until such time as they are passing a minimum level of traffic. This is average of 1Gbps of traffic at the 95th percentile (taken at 5 minute intervals).
Further, we will continue to subsidize the exchange after this point by discounting the port fee by 50% when it is billed, meaning a fully utilized 10G port will cost no more than $500mrc