The London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the largest, global operators of Internet Exchange Point (IXP) services for Internet interconnection, has announced today their plans to redevelop their secondary London interconnect platform (LON2).
After months of research and testing with new suppliers, the decision was made to bring LINX to the forefront of technology by adopting a disaggregated format to LON2, sourcing hardware from Edgecore Networks, owned by Accton Technology Group and software to compliment this from IP Infusion. LINX will also build the new LON2 architecture based on EVPN routing technology, the first IXP in the world to announce this.
By introducing a disaggregated platform and using EVPN, LINX members will benefit from increased flexibility and ongoing value from their investment.
LINX CTO, Richard Petrie, says: "We are very happy with this decision as it allows LINX to continue to deliver innovative technology to its members. This decision also allows us to continue our commitment to seek ever-greater levels of service quality and cost effectiveness. By deploying this latest technology, and as the first in the world, it allows us to raise the standards even higher than before. Both Edgecore Networks and IP Infusion will support the full lifecycle product testing and IXP feature needs. They are also keen to participate in the LINX and IXP communities, which is important to us and our members."
LINX is the largest, solely membership based IXP in the world and has historically led the way by choosing a dual LAN architecture. The networks, referred to as LON1 and LON2 span 11 locations across London (PoPs). The new architecture continues LINX technology leadership, offering choice and a resilient and robust network for the growing membership base.
This news follows LINX's recent announcement of a 40% price reduction across LON2 ports, which came into effect on 1 August. LINX has a long history of driving prices down, as a consequence of its not-for-profit membership structure and its ethos of "Working for the Good of the Internet".
Note to Editors:
The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is one of the largest Internet exchanges in the world, connecting over 700 networks from over 65 countries around the globe. As a mutual membership organisation, whose members make up a large part of the global internet, the London based IXP is in a unique position to make a difference for all as it's mantra 'Working for the Good of the Internet' indicates. LINX continues to expand their London presence with over 11 PoPs across the capital 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. For more information about The London Internet Exchange please visit http://www.linx.net.
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