The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has chosen to expand its regional Internet exchange for Wales into NGD’s data centre facility. Recently rebranded from LINX Cardiff to LINX Wales, it was launched from the current BT Stadium House location five years ago - following initiatives and collaborations with the Welsh Government and a goal to meet the demand from the local community.
But it’s growing fast… so we’re delighted NGD is to be the new base for hosting and supporting LINX Wales. It underlines how NGD has evolved into an Internet hub and a major communications node for Wales and the South West of England…as well as already being a world-class colocation and hyperscale cloud hosting destination.
Our customers will now have even more connectivity options to choose from. A notable benefit of having LINX Wales on our doorstep is being able to keep data traffic local as and when appropriate; avoiding the inevitable delays where data has to travel back and forth to London. This means lower latency and an overall improved end-user experience.
Jo Fereday, the LINX Product Manager working on the new project alongside the Welsh Government says: “By adding an additional PoP (point of presence) to the exchange, we not only offer peering services to customers located within the NGD facility but also provide more options and opportunities for our current member base.”
“It’s a great step forward for LINX Wales and with the support we have from the local government it’s going from strength to strength.”
Established in 1994, LINX is one of the largest in the world, connecting over 900 member ASNs from over 80 countries. LINX provides interconnection services predominantly in London and in addition to Wales has further regional Internet exchanges in Manchester and Scotland. It also operates an Internet exchange in the USA, in the Ashburn metro area just outside Washington DC.
Look out for more communications regarding LINX Wales and NGD as the team prepare for an official launch in Q1-2 of this year.