Answering demand from US Internet engineering community for a new peering model
AMSTERDAM, August 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —
EvoSwitch, a leading provider of sustainable and innovative carrier-neutral data center services, today announced it has reached an agreement with the London Internet Exchange (LINX) to house a point of presence for a new, neutral, multi-site Internet Exchange in EvoSwitch’s WDC1 data center in Manassas, VA.
The Exchange, called LINX USA, will be run by LINX and be closely modeled after their Exchange in London, currently one of the largest exchanges for Internet traffic worldwide. EvoSwitch’s WDC1 data center in north Virginia is the first of three data centers in the region to reach an agreement with LINX for its initial footprint as a multi-site Internet Exchange (IXP).
“Before we launched into the north Virginia market, we already knew we wanted a strong, neutral Internet Exchange partner to provide our customers with best-in-class peering services,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO of EvoSwitch. “The North American market for network interconnection services has developed very differently from Europe. In Europe, carrier-neutral data centers work closely with neutral IXPs to provide a layer of transparent peering services that are available from multiple, competing data centers in the same market. We feel that we are ideally positioned to leverage our partnership with LINX here in the US. Over time, it will provide our network and content provider customers with real choice on where to colocate, because their peering needs can be met from anywhere in any given metro market.”
The announcement was made at a time when Open-IX, an Internet community-derived effort to improve the landscape of Internet Peering in the United States, is looking to endorse data centers and IXPs to encourage and support neutral, public peering in the USA. Both EvoSwitch and LINX expect to receive an early endorsement and be first to market in northern Virginia, one of the United States’ most fiber network dense regions.
“EvoSwitch approached us early November 2012 with the idea to bring the powerful IXP model that LINX represents to theUSA,” said John Souter, CEO of the London Internet Exchange. “Out of those conversations, and in close collaboration with Open-IX since it was formed early 2013, we are now close to launching LINX USA in north Virginia. There is a strong demand for a change in the way networks interconnect across the United States. Neutral, multi-site IXPs where peers are members with a clear say in running the Exchange as stakeholders, provide real choice. They add resilience in the network, reduce latency and ultimately lower the cost of exchanging Internet traffic, which in the end stimulates growth which benefits all.”
EvoSwitch is a leading provider of secure and hyper-connected carrier-neutral data center services. With sustainable data centers at the internet’s major global hubs, EvoSwitch is home to the world’s leading content and network providers. EvoSwitch puts a strong focus on market development inside its data centers, creating tangible value for customers and partners alike.
About the London Internet Exchange
The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is the largest Internet Exchange Point in the UK, and is the country’s largest membership association for Internet Service Providers and other major network operators. We provide peering services and public policy representation to over 475 members across 58 countries. The LINX London network currently handles over 1.6 Tb/sec of peak traffic and covers more than 80% of the global routing table.