Nokia first began working with LINX when integrating 400GE ports onto the LON1 network in London nearly three years ago. Our first question to Mariano was to ask him to explain how this relationship first developed, and what the future plans are.
Mariano said:“We started working with Nokia by looking at ways of bringing higher density of 100GE ports to our routers in LON1. This initiative has resulted in an increase of capacity in our data centres in Slough. Throughout 2022, we have worked with Nokia to bring the technical features required to run an IXP to their family of data centre switches. The 7220 data centre switches from Nokia will be used to power LINX Nairobi.”
Other questions covered in the interview included:
How the relationship developed, and what the future plans are
Why LINX felt Nokia were the right partner for LINX in Kenya
The technical specification for the new exchange
Will African networks have access to the same services in LINX Nairobi as LINX’s other exchange platforms?
The agenda for LINX118 is still being developed and it’s not too late to be part of the programme. If you have a technical talk to present to the members we’d love to hear it. Maybe you’ve got a case study of a new innovation to share. All options are open from a two-minute lightning talk to a full 30-minute technical deep dive on a subject to our community.
Please submit your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be delighted to discuss them further.
LINX Network News
LINX Member Portal Self-Service Features
LINX has released a batch of complementary new features on its popular LINX Member Portal.
These changes ensure that LINX members, and ConneXions partners, all have even greater control over the provisioning of services on their ports. Enhancements include instant quotes, port management automation, plus Private VLAN and Closed User Groups ‘Invite a Member’ functionality.
Any queries, please reach out to our Member Relations team at email@example.com or our 24/7 NOC on the LINX Member Portal.
Vantage Data Centers Expands its Welsh Data Centre Campus
Exciting news for LINX Wales data centre partners Vantage Data Centers and their expansion in the Welsh capital, Cardiff. Its new campus is offering numerous connectivity options with low latency between Wales and London of less than 1.5 millisecond.
Vantage’s Chief Operating Officer for the UK and Europe, Justin Jenkins, said: “We are delighted to welcome customers to our newest data centre in Cardiff. The significant investment Vantage is making in Wales is transforming the area into one of Europe’s leading data centre hubs and a top cloud region in the UK…”
LINX has been working alongside its training partner, Systems & Network Training (SNT), for many years to deliver quality programs for the networking community. We also run our own sessions including this one on the Microsoft Azure Peering Service (MAPS) with Mike Hellers, Product Development Manager at LINX.
MAPS, the direct peering service with Microsoft
The Microsoft Azure Peering Service (MAPS) provides LINX members with a direct connection to any public Microsoft cloud service, including Microsoft Azure services, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, or any other Microsoft service accessible via the public Internet.
By routing direct through LINX’s infrastructure, you get a low latency connection, reliable uptime, and advanced security that simply isn’t possible when using public internet connections. You also get an end-to-end service level agreement that covers your peering services, giving you additional peace of mind that your applications are available exactly when you need them.
Benefits of the LINX Microsoft Azure Peering Service:
Fully automated ordering process via the LINX portal
Connect direct to any public Microsoft cloud service
From ordering to peering in five minutes (existing LINX connected networks)
Benefit from low latency, reliable uptime, and advanced security
Cover your peering services with an end-to-end SLA
If you have missed any of LINX’s live events or training sessions we make as many as possible available to watch again in our Learn with LINX section and LINX YouTube Channel.
If you are a LINX member and would be interested being featured in a future edition of the LINX newsletter please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What You May Have Missed
LINX Stats Update
As this newsletter was released we were delighted that LINX had connected its 400th 100GE port. With a further four 400GE ports these stats are subject to change should a member upgrade their connection, but it is still a remarkable number since BT took the very first 100GE port at LINX in 2012.
880 members based in 80 countries
897 member ASNs
5 new applications in 2023 (68 in 2022)
1772 connected member ports
1118 member-facing 10GE ports
400 member-facing 100GE ports
4 member-facing 400GigE ports
Over 7.424Tb/sec of peak traffic
53.03Tb of connected capacity
If you like stats like we do, take a look at the latest numbers on the LINX website.
Season Finale: LINX117 Keynote Speech with Olympian Chris Cook
This is special end-of-season episode of LINXcast features LINX117 keynote speaker, Chris Cook, a former double Olympian, and double Commonwealth Games swimming champion. His presentation, sponsored by MainStreaming, was called “Two Lengths – the Power of Keeping Things Simple”. We explore his introduction to swimming, questions from delegates on his motivation and the process of high performance, as well as how his learnings can be translated into the business world.