Equinix partners with LINX

Network-neutral data centre and Internet exchange services provider Equinix and the London Internet Exchange exchange point has announced a partnership agreement that will extend the LINX peering fabric into Equinix's London-4 Internet Business Exchange data center located in Slough in South East England.

According to the announcement Tuesday, the partnership will enable London Internet Exchange, or LINX, members to access Equinix's colocation services.

In exchange, Equinix customers joining LINX will be able to connect on location to directly exchange traffic, or peer, with LINX's member base. According to the company, this will increase reliability, improve performance and reduce the costs of network traffic exchange.

"We believe that this relationship will ensure the efficient and reliable exchange of data between some of the largest networks in the world for many years to come," LINX chief executive officer John Souter said in a statement.

A mutual, non-profit organisation LINX provides the interconnection infrastructure more than 280 members including almost all the major UK Internet service providers and content delivery networks plus many worldwide members.

According to the company, the LD4 data centre has advanced infrastructure for industry-leading resilience and operational efficiency, offering over 100,000 square feet of space with 24 megawatts of power, providing members with access to the colocation capacity needed for high density installations.

"Network peering continues to be the primary method for data transfer between the world's networks, providing the foundation for the efficient flow of Internet traffic, from email to video," Equinix Europe president Eric Schwartz said.

"Partnering with Internet exchanges like LINX, who have an existing critical mass of quality ISPs and connected parties operating within their network, is an important element of our global service offering, providing customers with the highest-performance platforms for exchanging Internet traffic," Schwartz said.

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