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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.

Internet Exchange Operators LINX and STC Establish Strategic Partnership

By | LINX News

London Internet Exchange (LINX) and Saudi Telecom Company (STC), on December 7th 2018 marked the start of JEDIX powered by LINX, an Internet exchange in Jeddah (JEDIX), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

John Souter, CEO of LINX, said: “JEDIX powered by LINX is a real step forward for the Internet community in Saudi and the GCC as a whole. The exchange will allow networks to stop ‘tromboning’ traffic to London and back again, and will help increase resilience by creating a new centre for interconnection in the KSA.”

Kurt Erik Lindqvist, CMO of LINX announced, “The new partnership between LINX and STC forms an exciting milestone in the expansion of LINX global presence and builds on LINX’s aim of ‘Working for the Good of the Internet’ globally.

LINX, one of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges, based in London, UK, has provided the expertise and will support the operation of JEDIX powered by LINX going forward. JEDIX is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform that interconnects global networks and, above all, network operators and content providers in the GCC region. The JEDIX is built on a fully redundant switching platform located in a neutral secure STC data center in Jeddah.

Alan Whelan, VP of STC Wholesale, commented – “STC’s ambition is to develop JEDIX into the leading internet and data hub in the MENA region. In LINX we have a global leading IX partner who will help accelerate the delivery of this ambition and create a thriving interconnection eco system in the Kingdom”

STC, Saudi’s incumbent operator and the largest operator in the MENA region, is pleased to announce its new partnership with LINX, as part of its initiative to deliver on its mandate to establish Saudi Arabia as the key Hub for telecoms connectivity, in the MENA region, as part of the Saudi Vision 2030.

Bringing Asia That Bit Closer: Japan IX and LINX Celebrate New Partnership

By | LINX News

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Japan Internet Exchange (JPIX), as they join LINX’s IXP Reseller Partner Programme.

LINX launched their IXP Reseller Programme back in 2017 when they welcomed Italian IX NaMeX to the LINX partner programme. The idea of the programme is to work collaboratively with fellow exchanges, which in turn, strengthens LINX’s overall ethos of ‘Working for the Good of the Internet’.

LINX has noticed a significant increase in members joining and peering from the APAC region since 2016. Reasons behind this include the growing interest in London as a global hub for peering, particularly for new and emerging segments such as finance, retail and enterprise. Transport costs for networks trying to reach the UK are falling, making London an attractive place to interconnect and peer.

LINX CMO, Kurtis Lindqvist says;

“We are pleased to be partnering with JPIX. This is a positive and natural move for LINX, following the increased interest and demand from networks in Asia wanting to connect and peer in London. We are excited for what the future holds!”

The new partnership will allow JPIX’s customers to connect directly to LINX’s LON1 peering platform in London via a sole carrier partner. The connection will be ordered and managed by JPIX, making it as simple as possible for their customers to connect to LINX. It’s simply an additional service the customer can take advantage of.

JPIX are excited to be the first IX in the APAC region to offer this service to their existing customers. Ryosuke Yamazoe, CEO of JPIX says;

“We have been in discussions for a partnership with LINX for quite some time and the members of JPIX have looked forward to peering with the members of LINX via the JPIX platform.”

“Users of JPIX, on the average, can achieve 60-70% peering of their overall traffic, but with the capability to interconnect with the LINX members, we believe that 80% of the overall traffic can be delivered directly, resulting in higher quality & lower delivery costs contributing to the overall efficiency to the business of our members. Through this partnership with LINX, JPIX and LINX will continue in collaborating and creating industry best solutions to the benefit of our mutual members.”

LINX is the largest, solely member-owned Internet exchange in the world, with over 850 member ASNs connected to date. LINX members have the opportunity to reach approximately 80% of the global Internet, making it an increasingly key location for networks to meet and exchange traffic.

For more information on this new partnership or future LINX projects check out www.linx.net or contact a member of the team via marketing@linx.net

 

Ends

 

Notes to Editors:

 

About London Internet Exchange (LINX)

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is one of the largest Internet exchanges in the world, connecting over 850 member ASNs from 80 countries around the globe. LINX continues to expand their London presence with 16 locations across London along with regional exchanges in Wales, Manchester and Scotland. LINX also operates an Internet exchange in the Ashburn metro area in the US just outside Washington DC.

 

About JPIX

Since JPIX was established in July 1997 as the first commercial IX in Japan, they have provided IX service from a neutral standpoint. They currently offer IX port service in Nagoya and Osaka, in addition to the Tokyo metropolitan area, customers in other regions can peer locally without having to longer to arrange for a circuit from their premises to Tokyo as in the past.

By having IXs in multiple regions, it also becomes possible to use them to secure backup routes in the event of a large-scale disaster. Fiber switches provide complete redundancy for the IX equipment, and the impact of an unlikely equipment failure is kept to a minimum by automatically switching to backup equipment.

The maximum volume of traffic flowing through JPIX’s IXs exceeded 1Tbps as of March 2018. With about 190 member companies, the most of any IX in Japan, JPIX play a vital role as the core of Japan’s Internet.

LINX appoints three Executives to its Board of Directors following extensive governance review

By | LINX News

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced the appointment of three executive directors from its senior management team to the LINX Board. Joining the chairman, six elected non-executive directors and LINX CEO, John Souter, on the Board are Chief Marketing Officer Kurt Erik Lindqvist, Head of Public Affairs Malcolm Hutty, and Chief Technical Officer Richard Petrie,

Kurt Erik Lindqvist

Chief Marketing Officer & Director

Kurt Erik “Kurtis” Lindqvist has a broad background in engineering and business development of ISP and worldwide carrier networks. He has spent the past 20 years working actively in the Internet community in several varied roles.

From 2002 to 2015 he was the CEO of Netnod. Kurt Erik has been the chairman of Euro-IX since 2003. He is also a dedicated WG Chair for RIPE where he has serve d as NCC-Services WG Chair since 2004. He is a regular and appreciated speaker at several International Internet conferences such as RIPE, APRICOT and Nanog.

Previously Kurt Erik has chaired the Multi6, shim6 and v6ops WGs in the IETF. He is also the co-author of two RFCs. Kurt Erik has served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board between 2005-2009.

Over the years Kurt Erik has participated actively in the development, standardisation and deployment of IPv6 in the IETF and various other operational forums. In addition Kurt Erik served as an adviser to the Swedish Minister of Information Technology and Energy cooperating with Anna-Karin Hatt and the Swedish Minister of foreign affairs, Carl Bildt.

Kurt Erik joined the LINX Board as an Executive Director in May 2018.

Malcolm Hutty

Head of Public Affairs & Director

Malcolm’s role involves liaising with government and regulatory authorities on behalf of the LINX membership, representing the interests of members to government and briefing members on regulatory developments.

Malcolm acts as Regulatory Affairs spokesman for Euro-IX, the European association of Internet Exchanges. He is a director of ISPA UK, and a member of a number of organisations relating to Internet regulation. He has acted as an expert witness in ground-breaking court cases concerning network blocking in the UK (the Newzbin2 case, BT’s challenge to the Digital Economy Act) and Ireland (EMI v Eircom), and has testified to Select Committee hearings of both the UK House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Malcolm has previously served as Chair of the Network Security Information Exchange, a Director of the Internet Watch Foundation and as an elected member of the Nominet Policy Advisory Board. From 2008-2013 he served as President of EuroISPA, the pan-European organisation of membership associations representing the interests of Internet Service Providers.

Malcolm joined the LINX Board as an Executive Director in May 2018.

Richard Petrie

Chief Technical Officer & Director

Richard has been with LINX since 2014, running the technology group, responsible for all of LINX’s exchanges across the UK and in North America.

Previously, Richard has held senior operations and engineering positions with service providers, Colt Technology and IPC Network Services as well as within financial services companies such as Bloomberg and BGC Partners. He has over fifteen years experience in delivering high volume, low latency and agile network solutions.

Richard joined the LINX Board as an Executive Director in May 2018.

The decision follows a thorough governance review process and the appointment of Murray Steele as LINX’s first independent Chairman in 2015. Proposals for changes for the LINX Board structure were initially put to the membership at the EGM at LINX95 in November 2016. These covered the change of name from LINX Council to LINX Board, term limits, and changes to the voting process of non-executive directors. Also proposed was an extended representation of LINX at an executive level.

Murray Steele said:

“At every stage this has been an open, democratic and transparent process and we have made every effort to consult thoroughly with members via all the available channels. We had to get this right and when the proposed changes to LINX’s Memorandum & Articles of Association were put to the vote in November 2017 they were formally approved.”

According to the UK Governance Code: “A good Board has effective representation of the executive body” and the new structure does just that. In addition, the inclusion of internal senior staff on the Board provides for future succession planning and helps with the development of potential future leadership.

Murray continued:

“The addition of these three new executive Board positions creates a forum for more engagement between LINX and its non-executive directors. They will also provide a functional perspective of the management team who oversee the day-to-day running of the exchange.”

“The procedures now in place fit well with good governance practices and helps us best represent what the membership expects of us. I am confident that we now have a structure in place which reflects the needs of LINX not only in 2018 but also well into the future.”

The Executive Board appointments came into effect on Friday 18th May 2018, and were first announced to members at LINX101 member conference at the Park Plaza Victoria in London on Monday 21st May 2018.