IX-API Gains Momentum as Partners Build IX-API Ecosystem
At the end of 2021, the IX-API founders DE-CIX, AMS-IX and LINX organised a virtual consultation workshop for other global IXPs, member networks and customers. The session created a positive platform to share ideas, answer queries and as a working group, to take improvement recommendations away to work on.
Launched in 2019, version 1 of the API was the first of its kind for the industry. The IX-API was initially adopted and utilised by the founding IXPs, and a small handful of their common partners.
Version 2.1 was released last summer with the clear principle to drive wider adoption, and to benefit all types of IXPs, customers and members. This version updated schemas and the product offerings catalogue while at the same time included support for port management (incl. LOA handling), service decommissioning and account de-provisioning.
The goal of the workshop was to get feedback from the community for new features for a version 3.0 of IX-API.
Our future plans will centre around supporting 400GE in the core and the edge in LON1, testing and deploying 400GE in the Juniper MX10k platform and looking at the 400G transport to support traffic growth in our core especially growth in West London.
As for LON2 and the exchange networks based on our disaggregated Edgecore IP Infusion model (LON2, Manchester, NoVA), enable 400GE in the edge and the core.
If you would like to learn more about the integration of 400GE at LINX, and how your network can benefit, please contact our firstname.lastname@example.org team.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, LINX115will be another virtual meeting. LINX understand how important it is to share updates with our membership, but we also know spending hours on Zoom is not what our members want, so we are keeping this meeting short with just LINX updates.
As like previous virtual member meetings, LINX115 will be a Zoom meeting instead of a webinar format. This means that people have the option to be on camera, see who is in attendance and interact with the presenters.
If you have any questions regarding the event, please forward them to email@example.com and we will be happy to help.
LINX Round Up
LINX Member Portal Update
Have you seen the new LINX Member Portal yet? We’ve had great feedback so far from members which is great to hear. Users will need to set-up a new portal account to access the available features. Of course, if you have any questions or issues please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively please use the live chat function on the portal homepage.
Two tutorial videos have been added to the LINX YouTube channel which introduces some of the new features. These cover updating roles and permissions and how to MAC address changes on your peering ports through the portal.
Public Affairs News
Ukraine hit by ‘massive’ cyber-attack targeting Government and embassy websites
Ukraine has been hit by a “massive” cyber-attack, which took down more than a dozen government website including the ministry of foreign affairs and the education ministry, and also targeted embassies in the UK, US and Sweden.
It was unclear who was behind the attack, but officials pointed to a “long record” of Russian cyber-attacks against Ukraine. The attack comes amidst high tensions between the two countries with somewhere in the region of 100,000 Russian troops currently massed near its border with Ukraine. Ukraine’s SBU security service says it “neutralised” 1,200 cyber-attacks or incidents in just nine months last year.
A message was left on the hacked Ukraine foreign ministry website, which read: “Ukrainians!… All information about you has become public. Be afraid and expect worse. It’s your past, present and future.” The SBU said no personal data had been leaked, according to initial assessments, and no content has been changed.
The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, condemned the attack and said the EU would “mobilise all our resources to help Ukraine tackle this.”
For more information on LINX Public Affairs please follow the link below.
Series 2 Episode 12: Content Access: capacity planning, traffic delivery, and more
This episode of LINXcast is a panel session on content access. Moderated by Simon Beevers of the LINX Programme Committee, the panel features Ronan Mullally (Akamai Technologies), Ben Nicklin (Limelight Networks) and Tom Rigg (Broadband for the Rural North – B4RN). Among the questions covered were capacity planning: how do you manage it? Do service providers have the “tools” and processes to influence how traffic is delivered?, and what methods are content networks using to decide where and how to deliver traffic?
Series two of LINXcast has now concluded but take a look and a listen to the different topics we’ve covered over the past year. If you have any ideas for a future podcast or would like to join us to discuss a topic, why not reach out to us!