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Linx sees Net traffic double

Antony Adshead
The London Internet Exchange (Linx) has increased its capacity to cope with a doubling of Internet traffic since last October from 4gbps to 9gbps.

Linx, which handles 90% of the UK's Internet traffic, has engaged network and telecoms provider Thus to supply additional dedicated Gigabit Ethernet fibre to link the exchange's four co-location sites in London.

Linx maintains substantial extra capacity so that traffic can be re-routed if a site is hit by IT problems.

Vanessa Evans, sales and marketing manager for Linx explained that the exchange aims to guarantee resilience by always trying to ensure that two discrete routes are
available via at least two co-location facilities with dual-supplier architectures - Foundry and Extreme.

By having separate systems, Linx can ensure availability in the event of software failure on one of them. Two power grids are also used and extra power supplies are in place, should these fail.

Linx is a not-for-profit organisation that provides interconnection facilities for its 120 ISP members, bringing improved efficiency and faster transmission times for Internet users.

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