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LINX appoint Pieter Knook as New Chair for its Board

By | LINX News, News

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) have recruited Pieter Knook as non-executive Chairperson for its Board of Directors.

Pieter Knook has a very long and successful career at Microsoft and has served on a number of executive boards. A graduate from the University of Cambridge he is currently Chairman at Altitude Angel as well as a Director of both Pulsant and Bio-key.

Kurt Erik Lindqvist, CEO of the London Internet Exchange, said,

“The LINX Chair is expected to champion our vision, mission and core values ensuring that the strategy and key Board decisions are made with these fundamentals in mind. We needed someone with a good understanding of our industry sector and the role LINX plays in the ecosystem and Pieter was the perfect fit for that.”

The mission of LINX is to provide world-leading Internet Exchange Points that provide increasing performance and value for its members. It also aims to represent their interests in matters of public policy. The exchange’s vision is to provide an open community of network operators interconnecting to maintain an “Internet for Everyone” all without interference.

Simon Woodhead, longstanding LINX Board member and current LINX Chair, added,

“Being a non-profit member owned organisation, the LINX Board plays a pivotal part in the running of the exchange, so finding the right candidate was crucial. Pieter has a very impressive background in tech and I’m personally delighted that we can tap into his knowledge and expertise to help take LINX to the next level.”

LINX is the largest, solely member-run Internet exchange in the World, with over 900 network ASNs, from 80 countries, currently connected to one or more of their seven global interconnection points.

Commenting on his new role Pieter Knook said,

“LINX has an impressive track record of facilitating network interconnection for 25 years now. It is a globally established, secure and robust provider but with the huge growth in data and Cloud services expected over the next few years we have to look ahead, drive innovation, and develop our infrastructure to meet future demands. I am very pleased therefore to have been given the opportunity to be the new LINX Chair and I am really looking forward to meeting with members and partners to help fulfil long-term growth goals for our industry.”

The LINX Board already has a varied wealth of experience within the telecommunications and technology industry including three internal LINX senior members of staff and representatives from high profile organisations Google, Facebook and BT, who are all active LINX members.

The appointment of Pieter Knook as Chair is effective from December 1st 2019.

Further information

Meet the current Board and read more information on the Chair role here.

New LINX Chair, Pieter Knook

CEO Retires on a High as 25 Years of the London Internet Exchange is Celebrated

By | LINX News, News

LINX CEO Emeritus, John Souter as he took the stage during the LINX107 member conference to present on the history of LINX.

The London Internet Exchange, known as LINX, celebrated its 25th anniversary in style in front of a record 300 members, partners and special guests at its quarterly member conference in London this November.

LINX was established in November 1994 using a donated piece of equipment no bigger than a digital TV set top box and without any legal contracts, with the goal of keeping traffic local and avoiding costly transatlantic fees.

The five founding members of LINX were PIPEX, BT Internet Services, Demon Internet Services, EUnet GB and UKERNA/JANET and on the 8th November that year the first traffic was passed from network to network at the Telehouse campus in the Docklands area of London.

The LINX107 member conference in London was held on 11th & 12th November 2019 marked this milestone in UK Internet history. Over 20 global Internet exchanges (IXPs) were in attendance to celebrate LINX’s anniversary, but also to pass on their good wishes to John Souter, LINX CEO for the past 19 years, who will be retiring at the end of the year.

Mr Souter took the stage during the LINX107 event to present on the history of the Internet from his perspective during his time at the helm of LINX. The very first member conference he attended was LINX33 in Paris in 2001 and was present at 74 of the 75 events that followed missing just one due to illness. Even then he was able to follow the proceedings via webcast!

“We have seen some remarkable changes in the way the telecoms industry has operated over the years but to see that our neutral not-for-profit model remaining the preferred approach for peering is extremely satisfying. Our ethos of working for the good of the Internet has never been stronger and to have so many other IXPs join us for our celebrations at LINX107 was remarkable. It clearly demonstrates what a strong and collaborative industry we work in and long may that continue.”

LINX remains the largest membership owned Internet exchange in the World with networks connecting over 800 members from 80 countries. In fact, on the 25th anniversary itself the 900th network ASN was connected to the exchange, IP Integration (IPI), another milestone reached. Commenting on his appointment as LINX CEO Kurt-Erik Lindqvist said:

“These are exciting times for LINX and I am extremely proud to be taking on this position at this time. John will be a hard act to follow but he leaves us with the exchange in extremely good shape. I’m really looking forward to leading LINX in the next stage of its development.”

LINX Announce Significant New Year Price Cuts Plus New Incentive Programme to Encourage Growth in Bandwidth

By | LINX News, News
LINX CEO Kurtis Lindqvist and CFO Malcolm Holt at LINX107

LINX CEO Kurtis Lindqvist and CFO Malcolm Holt at the LINX107 member conference at the Park Plaza Victoria in London.

LINX, the London Internet Exchange, have committed to reducing the cost of 10GE and 100GE port fees by 15% on its LON1 and LON2 networks in London, with further reductions at its regional exchanges, LINX Manchester and LINX NoVA.

In addition a new incentive scheme is being introduced which will offer members 6 months free on 1GE to 10GE port upgrades as well as new 100GE ports for orders received during the first half of 2020. The new pricing structure and incentive scheme proposals were ratified by a vote by LINX membership at an Extraordinary General Meeting in London on the 12th November 2019.

Price Reductions

As of 1st January 2020 prices on LON1 10GE fees will drop to £542 per month with 100GE ports priced at only £3056 over the same period. Meanwhile, the LON2 platform has new monthly fees of £306 for 10GE and £1935 for the 100GE port option. Corresponding ports at LINX Manchester will be reduced to £230 and £1148 respectively.

The LINX NoVA exchange in Northern Virginia, USA, will see reductions of 10% on its 10GE and 100GE ports. Prices at LINX Scotland, LINX Cardiff and Saudi exchange JEDIX will all remain unchanged.

Incentive Programme

LINX are also to introduce an incentive scheme designed to encourage growth of bandwidth across the membership. The programme is available on all LINX LANs (excluding JEDIX), and covers the following options:

  • Upgrades from one or more 1GE ports to one or more 10GE ports
  • Purchase of additional 100GE ports

If a member places an order for either option between 1st January 2020 and 30th June 2020, and also commits to a 12 month minimum contract term, the member will receive the first six months free of the contract term, and subsequently pay normal port fees for the remaining six months.

LINX CEO, Kurtis Lindqvist, said:

Growth of traffic at the exchange benefits all members as this drives down unit costs but more importantly, it delivers more value to the members over their connected infrastructure. The incentive programme is designed to work for all members, whatever their size. For smaller members it offers a low-cost path to upgrade from 1GE ports but also provides an incentive for the largest members of LINX to keep growing at the exchange.

Lindqvist added:

LINX’s business model relies on a virtuous cycle where growth in demand for our services creates economies of scale that enable us to return value through reduced prices, enabling continuing growth. The new incentive scheme for additional ports is intended to further reinforce this virtuous cycle.

LINX’s current pricing structure and further details of the incentive programme can be viewed on the LINX website.

LINX Prepare to Welcome TeleData as 4th LINX Manchester PoP

By | LINX News, Manchester, News

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) are pleased to announce they will be launching a 4th site at their regional Internet exchange in Manchester.

Launched in 2012, LINX Manchester has gone from strength to strength attracting a productive mix of content and access networks on a local, national and international scale, who value the approach of ‘keeping traffic local’. The exchange boasts over 140 connected member ports, peak traffic of over 100Gbps and greater than the coveted 99.999 % for reliability.

Currently located in 3 data centre facilities, LINX Manchester is taking the leap and extending its footprint to a 4th point of presence (PoP) as they plan to welcome long standing LINX member and reseller partner TeleData to the platform.

Jo Fereday, Product Manager at LINX says:

“LINX were aware of the need to increase the choice of data centre partners in Manchester. Teledata are a great partner for LINX, they are long standing members, have a clear understanding of peering and are true supporters of the LINX Manchester Exchange. We are pleased to be able to make Teledata a LINX PoP.”

Multi-site deployment is key for a successful Internet exchange and LINX try to adopt this neutral approach across their whole network. It offers members choice of not only location but of carrier partners too, and also increases redundancy and resilience which remain as primary factors for any network looking to peer.

Commercial Director Matthew Edgley says:

“We are thrilled that LINX Manchester has selected us as their 4th Manchester PoP. It marks a real quality stamp for us as a carrier neutral data centre operator and is great news for our network intensive customer base, who will benefit significantly from peering on the LINX Manchester exchange directly from our site.”

“We plan to make it as cost effective and simple as possible to become a member and join the exchange, by offering free of charge cross connects and discounted rack space for connected members.  We hope to play a key role in the future growth of the LINX exchange and help to develop Manchester’s connectivity capabilities even further.”

TeleData have had significant growth in 2019 including the recent launch of their cloud platform, CloudActiv and joining LINX Manchester’s physical network is another great achievement and will offer current and future customers fast and simple access to peering at the IX.

Telehouse’s commitment to the connected community

By | LINX News

Telehouse’s Mark Pestridge, Sales Director, and Nick Layzell, Head of Managed Services (centre and left) speaking with LINX’s Jeremy Orbell at LINX105.

Telehouse Europe were platinum sponsors at LINX105 at the Park Plaza Victoria in May 2019. During their presentation, Mark Pestridge and Nick Layzell explained how its connected community will continue to drive its future plans in the face of ever changing business requirements. Mark had this to say about speaking at the event:

“As a partner of LINX for some 25 years and as a Platinum Sponsor for LINX 105, we were very pleased to be able take up the opportunity to provide an update on how the world at Telehouse is evolving. We thought it was very important to emphasize to the audience how we will continue to invest in and enhance our Docklands Campus.”

“Our parent company KDDI is committed providing our existing and future customers will with the flexibility and agility to grow as their business requires within the Campus. We also thought it important to talk through what we are seeing in terms of the changing demand for take up in the data centre world; specifically around Enterprise demand for hybrid cloud services and also new technology developments such as IOT and 5G. Following our presentation, it was really good to be able to be able to discuss some of the topics we raised in more detail during the networking sessions.”

You can view the full presentation video of Mark and Nick’s talk below.

After the presentation LINX’s Jeremy Orbell caught up with Mark and Nick to discuss the talk and the reaction of LINX105 attendees. You can view the short video interview on the LINX YouTube channel via the link below.

LINX105 Catch Up: Mark Pestridge & Nick Layzell

LINX Upgrades Equipment at VIRTUS LONDON2 to Enable Growth & 100G Connections

By | Digital Britain, Europe, General, LINX News, News

Due to increased member and capacity demands, the London Internet Exchange are pleased to announce considerable port upgrades to their VIRTUS Data Centre peering location.

 

VIRTUS’ LONDON2 facility in Hayes joined LINX back in 2014 as an accessible (virtual) data centre facility, being upgraded then in 2016 to a ConneXions Access Point following member demand and LINX infrastructure being installed. A LINX ConneXions Access Point is based at a neutral data centre giving customers direct access to LINX infrastructure from within the data centre, thus improving performance of its peering connectivity.

Photograph features LINX Head of Sales, Jennifer Holmes
with
Kelly Scott, VIRTUS Account Director (Education)

Darren Watkins, Managing Director from VIRTUS Data Centres is pleased with the partnership and new upgrade:

Connectivity is key to the success of data centres and we are delighted that LINX has increased its capability for our customers at LONDON2. This industry critical peering service compliments our Cloud Connect services making LONDON2 a key hub for technology.

VIRTUS customers who become LINX members will also benefit from improved latency and resilience as well as transit performance and routing control. Increased capacity and redundancy at a lower cost are also key benefits to joining an Internet exchange such as LINX. The customers have the opportunity to peer with over 880 LINX member networks from over 80 countries worldwide across the dual LAN infrastructure in London, LON1 (Juniper) and LON2 (Edgecore Networks & IP Infusion).

LINX Head of Sales Jennifer Holmes says:

“We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest from new and existing members in connecting at the Virtus Hayes site. Our recent upgrade of equipment at this location allows networks to not only connect to our peering fabric in London but also gives them the option of larger port sizes and increased capacity – this is sure to encourage even more growth in the future.”

Pete Stevens of Mythic Beasts speaks on network automation

By | LINX News

At the LINX105 member conference on the 30th May Pete Stevens gave a presentation entitled ‘I have pre-emptively replaced you with a very small shell script’.

In this complex, yet informative, topic Pete covered the multiple layers of automation and the code needed to create the config that automated customer deployments as well as Mythic Beast’s own auditing. Pete told us:

“The only way to handle scale is to automate. In recent times LINX has dramatically scaled the number of members, which in turn compels members to automate their operations in order to take full advantage. At Mythic Beasts we’ve been automating operations for a long time and it was great to present to the LINX community an overview of the tools we use and some of the technical details of how.”

Pete has spoken at LINX events on a number of occasions and his technical talks always offer a fascinating insight to the challenges that a network like Mythic Beasts face. You can view the video of his presentation below.

Pete Stevens Biography

After earning a MSci degree in Physics at the University of Cambridge Pete Stevens went on to establish Mythic Beats in the year 2000. The ISP handles anything from little websites like the Cambridge Beer Festival to domain names, right through to larger sites like Raspberry Pi, which has successfully been hosted on a Raspberry Pi cluster despite handling hundreds of millions of daily http requests.

In addition Pete has also acted as an advisor for PurrMetrix Limited and We7 and was a developer at both Hypertag and IDnet. His specialities include IPv6, Raspberry PI, Networking, Load balancing, Apache, Tomcat, Mysql, Postgresql, Java, Perl and Linux.

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London Colo Market – then, now and the future

By | LINX News

LINX105 presentation by Tim Anker, The Colocation Exchange (Colo-X)

At the LINX105 member conference on the 29th May Tim Anker of Colo-X presented a light-hearted but insightful analysis of the London colocation market over the past 20 years. Tim also looked at today’s key growth areas as well as offering predictions for future developments in the market. Among the questions covered in his talk were:

  • Why has total demand doubled in the past three years year-on-year?
  • Who are the new buyers and what impact is there demand having on the UK data centre market?
  • Who are the latest names and locations to enter the market?

Commenting on his involvement at LINX105 Tim said:

It was great fun to step back and go over what’s taken place these past 20 years. From the “dot-com” boom, when the price of 1Mbs was over £200 per month, to the post boom crash, the inevitable consolidation and then bringing things up to date, the evolution of the London data centre market continues to impress. With new entrants, new locations and some massive new hyperscale developments maintaining London’s position as the leading data centre market in Europe.

In delegate feedback the talk was rated as one of the best of the whole LINX105 meeting. You can view the full presentation below.

Tim Anker Biography

Tim Anker established The Colocation Exchange – or Colo-X as it is now known – in September 2004. Over the last 20 years, Tim has closed deals ranging from from 1U to 50,000 sq ft in locations all over the world, but with a focus on the retail colocation market in the UK. Tim also established a niche colocation business called Crosspoint Colocation which specialises in selling secure 1/4 and 1/2 racks in key London colocation ecosystems such as Telehouse or Equinix. At the end of 2018 Crosspoint became part of Amito Ltd who operate their own 1000 rack Reading data centre. Amito counts at least 40 LINX members as clients and continues to work closely with LINX.

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LINX publishes 2018 Annual Report at LINX105 member conference in London

By | LINX News

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) officially published its 2018 annual report and accounts at the exchange’s annual general meeting on the 29th May.

The new document features an introduction from LINX Chairman Simon Woodhead, who was separately re-elected to LINX Board during the AGM. Simon had recently taken over as Chair from Murray Steele, who had served as LINX Chair for the previous three years.

“Murray made a strong contribution to LINX, especially by lending his expertise in corporate governance to modernise the Board’s structure and working practices. He helped make the Board much more effective, both as a guardian of the membership’s interests and as a supervisor of the executive team, and we are very thankful for his contribution.”

Simon Woodhead, LINX Chairman

Adding Value and Creating Opportunities

2018 was a landmark year where technical innovation, changes in governance and a focussed marketing strategy combined to enhance LINX’s position as a world leading Internet Exchange Point. On the network side the disaggregated LON2 network infrastructure was introduced with all members migrated seamlessly.

LINX added 141 new 10GE ports and 40 new 100GE ports across all the LINX exchanges during 2018. One of these 100GE ports was the second such port to go live in Manchester, which is very encouraging and a sign of the growth we have seen across all LINX networks.

Also in the report LINX Chief Finance Officer, Malcolm Holt, gave a overview of LINX’s financial position. Despite cuts to the prices of LINX services, LINX managed to maintain its revenue levels and contain expenditure growth and this resulted in the reporting of a small surplus. As a not-for-profit member run organisation this puts LINX position for 2019 and beyond.

In summary LINX Chief Executive Officer, John Souter, reflected on a great 12 months for LINX but also looked ahead to some exciting new projects.

“I would like to say how proud I am of our staff, and the great commitment that they show to serving a membership organisation such as LINX. They have enthusiastically embraced an agile way of working across almost everything that they do, and I see improvement projects underway in almost every aspect of working life at LINX. Long may it continue!”

John Souter, LINX Chief Executive Officer

Download 2018 Annual Report

LINX Member take first 100GE port at JEDIX

By | LINX News, News

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and the London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced that Limelight has provided a Letter of Intent (loi) that they will take the first 100GE port at JEDIX.

JEDIX, the KSA Internet Exchange powered by LINX, is situated in Jeddah. The agreement, which is subject to finalising a commercial agreement, will also see Limelight deploy its first KSA node in STC’s datacentre MG1 (MENA Gateway) as part of forming a new partnership with STC.

“With the creation of JEDIX we believe this will help increase the flow of internet traffic within the KSA and the surrounding region. Therefore a new CDN PoP will help improve the delivery of Internet content,” said Limelight.

STC and LINX stated that they are very much looking forward to working with Limelight in support of their new node and the betterment of the KSA internet experience.

Photograph courtesy of Capacity Media

Enquiries about connecting at JEDIX are being taken now. To find out more about the exchange click here.