VIRTUS Data Centres sees LINX capability upgraded to 100G

Created July 22, 2019
Applications and Research

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has upgraded its equipment at the VIRTUS LONDON2 data centre to support data growth and enable 100G connections.

“Due to increased member and capacity demands LINX is pleased to announce considerable port upgrades to its VIRTUS Data Centres peering location,” said the international exchange.

VIRTUS’ LONDON2 facility in Hayes, Middlesex joined the LINX platform back in 2014 as an accessible (virtual) data centre facility, then being upgraded 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.

Darren Watkins, managing director at VIRTUS Data Centres, said, “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, resilience, transit performance and routing control, said the company. Increased capacity and redundancy at a lower cost are key benefits to joining LINX. 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 and LON2.

LINX head of sales Jennifer Holmes said, “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.”

LINX continues to expand its London presence with 16 locations 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. Earlier this year, LINX was selected to power a new IX for Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, called JEDIX.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation