London Internet Exchange (LINX) Announces Plans to Redevelop Secondary London Interconnect Platform (LON2)

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The London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the largest, global operators of Internet Exchange Point (IXP) services for Internet interconnection, has announced its 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.

By introducing a disaggregated platform and using EVPN, LINX members will benefit from increased flexibility and ongoing value from their investment.

“We are very happy with this decision as it allows LINX to continue to deliver innovative technology to its members,” said Richard Petrie, CTO of LINX. “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 claims to have historically led the way by choosing a dual LAN architecture. The networks, referred to as LON1 and LON2 span 11 data center locations across London (PoPs). The new architecture would continue LINX’s 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.