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London Internet Exchange (LINX) supports digital growth in Scotland with the addition of a second regional internet exchange
The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is set to add a second regional internet exchange in Scotland which it says will not only increase resiliency for current IXScotland users but add to the country’s overall digital attraction.
Its new exchange within the DataVita datacentre facility around 10 miles east of Glasgow will increase LINX’s IXScotland footprint in north of the border and is scheduled to go live in early November.
Kurtis Lindqvist, CMO at LINX, said: “We are pleased with the growth of IXScotland to date and are looking forward to once again, working with The Scottish Government to promote the benefits of regional peering further. Another datacentre location for LINX in Scotland means an increase in diversity and resilience for our members there and will encourage more of our members to choose Scotland as a peering location.”
LINX says it pioneered the concept of regional exchanges in the UK with the launch and success of IXManchester, which is now approaching 90 connected member ASNs (autonomous system numbers) and nearly 60Gb/sec of peak traffic, back in 2012.
IXScotland originated in Edinburgh’s South Gyle within the Pulsant datacentre facility and was the first LINX regional exchange to be established outside of England. The exchange currently has 25 member networks connected, generating a steady 700Mb/sec of peak traffic. The ambition to grow the exchange is something both LINX and the Scottish Government had on their agenda from the start, but this was ignited over the past year.
The Scottish Government’s Connectivity Secretary, Fergus Ewing, said: “I welcome this expansion of IXScotland, in partnership with LINX. We are committed to making Scotland a world-class digital nation and data solutions are key to our economic ambitions. As this latest investment demonstrates, Scotland is ideally placed to offer the connections, skills, capacity and physical space that tech providers need.”
IXScotland, which was initially established in 2013, is supported by a steering committee compiled of industry specialists who have also assisted LINX with the expansion discussions together with The Scottish Government and The Scottish Futures Trust.
It’s hoped that the development will help encourage more businesses and content providers to host their networks locally. The benefits are said to be improved latency and lower transport costs, resulting in both commercial and digital growth for the tech and business community in Scotland.
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