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LINX Newsletter (August 2021)

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LINX Port Promotion Goes LIVE

A new promotion has been announced this month from LINX as they continue to support the network community. This incentive is valid for existing member networks looking to upgrade or new networks looking to join LINX between 1st August 2021 to 31st December 2021.

Jennifer Holmes, CCO at LINX says:“We’re really pleased to follow on from the success of our 2020 promotion by offering our members a further promotion for the end of 2021. Members can now order 10GE and 100GE ports and receive six months for free if they order before the end of the year. We hope that our members are able to make the most of this offer which has been designed to assist networks in these times when we are still seeing a huge increases in internet traffic, with more increases predicted after the typically quieter summer period”.

This promotion is available on the following categories of ports:

  • Upgrades from one or more 1GE ports to one or more 10GE ports.
  • Upgrade from one or more 10GE ports to one or more 100GE ports.
  • Orders for additional 100GE ports, whereby a member already has a live 100GE on any LINX LAN.

Members wanting to take advantage of this promotion can complete their order or upgrade via the portal. More more details, including full terms and conditions, please follow the link below.

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LINX 2021 Membership Survey is now OPEN!

We would be grateful to members who complete the 2021 LINX membership survey. For those completing the survey we will draw a lucky winner of a SONY PlayStation 5 Disc Console once the survey has closed on Friday 29th October.

2021 LINX Member Survey 

Once collated, the anonymous results of this survey will be analysed and presented at the LINX114 member meeting on the 10th and 11th November 2021.

LINX Network News

100GE Member Facing Port Milestone Reached

While many of the LINX team were attending our hybrid staff meeting of the year recently, our 24/7 on call team pushed through our 300th 100GE port order. The first went live in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics so it was fitting to hit the new milestone as the games in Tokyo were getting underway. 

Industry News Briefing

Events

Virtual European Peering Forum

AMS-IX, DE-CIX, LINX and Netnod are to host the virtual European Peering Forum (EPF) 2021 from the 20th – 22nd September 2021.

The event will welcome peering managers and coordinators from networks connected to the host Internet exchanges. Besides some interesting topical agenda, the three-day event accommodates room for attendees to virtually meet on a one-to-one basis to discuss bilateral peering business opportunities.

New EPF Website Goes Live

More information about the 2021 virtual EPF, including agenda and registration details, can be found on the EPF’s new website.

European Peering Forum Website

In addition, please look out for the EPF Facebook Group which has up to date information on all activities surrounding this event.

Call for Presentations

The programme committee are still looking for presentations and related to peering and technical topics of interconnection. Presentations must be of a non-commercial nature with product or marketing heavy talks strongly discouraged. Submissions of presentations should be made to the programme committee and should include the following information:

  • Author’s name and email address
  • Presentation title
  • Abstract
  • Slides (if available)
  • Time requested (max. 30 minutes but preferable shorter)

Please send in your presentation asap. We decide on a first come first serve basis.

LINX Virtual Events… The Playbacks!

Does The Internet Route Around Damage?

At the last LINX member meeting Emile Aben, System Architect at the RIPE NCC, presented a talk which asked the question ‘Does The Internet Route Around Damage?’. It was an interesting case study which explained what we can learn about Internet robustness. It is well worth watching if you didn’t get chance to watch when originally broadcast.

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

The LINX114 member conference and EGM will take place at the Park Plaza Victoria, in London on Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th November 2021. It will be our first in-person member meeting since February 2020 – we hope to see you there! Registration details will be announced in due course.

LINX114 Event Page


LINX Round Up

LINX Staff News

Qualification and Long Service Awards for LINX Technology Team Members

Esther Cobbinah and Shahbaz Tariq

Congratulations to our very own Esther Cobbinah, Network Engineer and Shahbaz Tariq, NOC Engineer, who have both passed their LAIT 3 (LINX Accredited Internet Technician) qualifications.

The LAIT programme was initiated to help raise the skills of those involved in installing, operating and maintaining Internet hardware and software.

LAIT 3 covers a detailed study of BGP and core MPLS, from the basics of how it works through to advanced issues such as route reflectors, policy, filtering, route selection and routing registries. Practical hands on with Cisco routers follow the major sessions to reinforce the theory. Juniper Networks configurations are also explored in the theory sessions.

Learn more about our LINX training programme with Systems & Network Training Ltd here:

LINX Accredited Internet Technician Training

Steve Ellis

Well done also goes to LINX Senior NOC Engineer, Steve Ellis,  on his high scoring ITILv4 foundation exam pass! ITIL is a set of detailed practices such as IT service management and IT asset management that focus on aligning IT services with the needs of business.

Mo Shivji

Last but not least we must also congratulate Senior Network Engineer, Mo Shivji, for 20 incredible years at LINX. Here’s to many more!

Public Affairs News

UK Launches £4m Fund to Deliver Broadband Connectivity Through Water Pipes

The UK Government has launched a £4m fund to back projects trialling running fibre optic broadband cables through water pipes to help connect homes, businesses and mobile masts without the disruption caused by digging up roads and land.

The money will also be used to test solutions that could reduce the amount of water lost due to leaks, which is estimated to be about 20% of the total put into the public supply every day, by placing connected sensors in the pipes that can help water companies identify and repair leaks more quickly.

The digital infrastructure minister, Matt Warman, said: “The cost of digging up roads and land is the biggest obstacle telecoms companies face when connecting hard-to-reach areas to better broadband, but beneath our feet there is a vast network of pipes reaching virtually every building in the country. So we are calling on Britain’s brilliant innovators to help us use this infrastructure to serve a dual purpose of serving up not just fresh and clean water but also lightning-fast digital connectivity.”

The government has launched a competition to select a consortium, which could comprise telecoms companies, utility providers and engineering companies, to lead and deliver the project.

Public Affairs Activities Explained

In the coming weeks we will be sharing a number of short explainer videos on the responsibilities of the LINX Public Affairs teams. The first will cover the different geographies and how LINX can represent the members in those areas.

For more information on LINX Public Affairs please follow the link below.

LINX Public Affairs


What You May Have Missed

LINXcast: Cloud Computing for Business, FinTech and Enterprise

This episode of LINXcast focuses on the topic of cloud computing and its role in the FinTech and Enterprise sectors. Our guest is LINX Senior Peering Advisor, Halil Kama. The discussion covered how the cloud market is developing, issues such as resilience and security, and how peering with an Internet exchange like LINX can help businesses keep control of their data.

To listen to previous shows in the series please visit the LINXcast page on the LINX website.

LINXcast Podcast Page

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