Following discussions with the US network community, and its own members, LINX has launched an open peering exchange in North America known as LINX NoVA. 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 has just received Open-IX certification.
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.
Bilateral & Multilateral Peering
To generate traffic in North Virginia you will need to set-up sessions with the other participating networks. Traditionally this was done via bilateral peering agreements. Networks would either meet face to face or request to peer via email. The administration of dealing with hundreds of peers lead to the development of multilateral peering (MLP). Instead of negotiating with each network present, networks can use a single agreement / BGP session to access tens of thousands of route prefixes. A network can arrange instant peering with a large group of peers. MLP is recommended for new members who want traffic flowing from day one.
Public Peering Consultations
The LINX mission has always been to keep traffic local. Over the years the Internet has evolved and access speeds have increased. The definition of what local means has also needed to be redefined. Responding to this challenge LINX has consulted with network operators all round the UK about enabling networks to publicly peer outside of London. We have called this the local peering initiative.
LINX NoVA Information Sheet
A document showing the services and benefits of LINX NoVA is also available to download.
Original LINX NoVA Prospectus
We have also produced a 12 page prospectus with lots of information about LINX NoVA. It is available as a printable PDF document.
- LINX NoVA Prospectus (PDF) - 7.9Mb
The video content from the prospectus can also be viewed separately using the links below: