The London Internet Exchange (LINX) today revealed that its successful network expansion to three new PoPs, in a shared-risk agreement with Equinix, Interxion and TelecityGroup, has resulted in further investment into these PoPs.
LINX made the significant investment in the new PoPs in 2008 and all three sites have now achieved a break-even run rate. As a result LINX is making further investment into these PoPs as it rolls out its new primary LAN based on Juniper routers.
“The last few years have been difficult for many companies and the economy as a whole. Achieving a break-even run rate proves that we made the right investment back in 2008 and it means we can continue to develop the network,” said John Souter, CEO of LINX. “I would like to thank our data centre partners, Equinix, Interxion and TeleCity Group for their help and support in this success story.”
“By partnering with LINX we have built successful sites and this means we are able to deliver even greater value to our clients,” said Greg McCulloch, UK Managing Director of Interxion, the European leaders in colocation, data centres, connectivity and managed services.
LINX's partner Equinix connects businesses globally through its platform of high performance data centres, containing dynamic ecosystems and the broadest choice of networks. John Souter said “I am confident that Equinix are also pleased they entered into this agreement, and agree that the risk sharing has paid off”.
The rapid growth of the LINX network, at a time when others were scaling back their infrastructure investments now means that further investment in these PoPs is assured. Adriaan Oosthoek, Managing Director of TeleCity Group, one of Europe's industry-leading provider of premium carrier-neutral data centres said “we are delighted that the 2008 LINX PoP is now so successful that they are bringing the new network to us in Powergate”.
LINX (linx.net) was formed in 1994 when five ISPs recognized that there were considerable operational benefits to exchanging traffic between their networks in the UK. LINX has a presence at ten London sites connected by secure fibre and DWDM links. The core of the network currently operates across a 16x10G Ethernet link. LINX now passes over 1.6Tbps over its network and has 800+ member facing ports. LINX has 361 x 10Ge ports. The company is investing $10m in its next generation network.
Interxion (interxion.com) is a leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving over 1,200 customers through 28 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion's uniformly designed, energy-efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With connectivity provided by 350 carriers and ISPs and 19 European Internet Exchanges across its footprint, Interxion has created content and connectivity hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest.
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects businesses with partners and customers around the world through a global platform of high performance data centres, containing dynamic ecosystems and the broadest choice of networks. Platform Equinix (equinix.com) connects more than 4,000 enterprises, cloud, digital content and financial companies including more than 675 network service providers to help them grow their businesses, improve application performance and protect their vital digital assets. Equinix operates in 38 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific and continually invests in expanding its platform to power customer growth.
TelecityGroup is the leading provider of carrier-neutral data centres in Europe, operating highly connected facilities in key cities.
These data centres are the places in which separate networks that make up the internet meet and where bandwidth-intensive applications, content and information is hosted. As such, they are the key network hubs, or enabling environments, of the European digital economy. TelecityGroup's customers take advantage of the highly connected facilities to run, store, share, distribute and access digital media, IT applications and information effectively and efficiently. TelecityGroup has an unrivalled multi-year announced capacity expansion programme in Europe. Capacity expansion is ongoing in all of the Group's key markets. This provides its growing customer base with visibility as to how their needs for capacity can be met into the future. This is important to many of the Group's customers as their needs for scalable capacity are expected to grow due to macro trends, such as the emergence of cloud computing, whereby an increasing amount of IT infrastructure is being migrated towards centralised, highly connected data centres. In addition to organic investments, TelecityGroup aims to make acquisitions within Europe, either for the purpose of entering new markets, or to provide growth capacity in existing markets where its data centres are fully occupied. Telecity Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: LSE.L - news) (LSE: TCY).