The London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the largest Internet Exchanges in the world, has announced the launch of IXCardiff, its newest UK Internet Exchange located in Wales. The new Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is the latest stage in LINX’s mission to distribute and decentralize peering within the UK.
Hosted in a carrier-neutral facility managed by LINX within the BT Stadium House data center, IXCardiff launches on 15th October following an extensive period of consultation to establish a local community of interest among network operators, and with the support of the Cardiff City Council and the Welsh Government.
IXCardiff is a single-node IXP built using hardware from Extreme’s Summit X460 Series, and functions independently of LINX‘s other networks in London, Manchester, Scotland and North Virginia. The exchange is managed in consultation with a local steering committee of connected member networks.
“We believe that the time is right for a fresh approach to peering in the UK,” said John Souter, CEO of LINX. “Local support is key for the success of any regional Internet Exchange, and the South Wales Internet community has demonstrated an overwhelming enthusiasm for a new exchange point in the region, and for the benefits regional peering can bring to their businesses, the local economy and the people of Wales.”