To provide its member organizations with improved peering services, the London Internet Exchange (LINX) has deployed Ciena’s (NYSE: CIEN) Waveserver stackable data center interconnect (DCI) platform, connecting its data centers throughout London.
The Waveserver solution would enable LINX to support their growing traffic demands and dynamic applications of its Internet content provider, service provider and wireless carrier members by “quickly, reliably, and more economically” turning up larger and multiple “low-latency” connections to its data centers.
As one of the largest Internet Exchange platforms in the world, LINX has 11 points of presences (PoPs) across London, with more than 740 members connecting more than 70 different countries. LINX offers its members high-capacity links between its data centers to efficiently exchange traffic between a large number of diverse international peering partners.
With Ciena’s Waveserver solution, LINX can provide multiple terabits of connectivity between its Harbour Exchange, Equinix LD5 and Interxion locations, enabled by the platform’s massive capacity and density – 400 Gb/s of line capacity plus any mix of 10G, 40G or 100G of client Ethernet services up to 400 Gb/s, in a compact, one rack unit form factor.
“We’ve built a strong relationship with Ciena very quickly after successful proof-of-concept testing last year,” said Richard Petrie, Chief Technical Officer, London Internet Exchange. “The company has been very supportive of our project time frames and clearly understands the IXP market. Additionally, Ciena is keen to engage with the LINX membership and as capacity grows we can see many benefits for all parties.”
LINX would also benefit from the openness and programmability of Ciena’s Waveserver to design and build unique and customizable applications to evolve services based on its members’ needs.
In addition, to enable even faster turn-up of services, LINX utilized Ciena’s Emulation Cloud, an open application development environment – to accelerate the creation and testing of new applications and also prepare for the deployment before the equipment was delivered.