29 May 2018
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
Kao Data has expanded its high-speed network capabilities with its connection to the London Internet Exchange (LINX) through its partnership with Ai Networks.
The relatively new entrant to the wholesale data centre market has enhanced its carrier-neutral services, as a vPoP (virtual point of presence), from the Kao Data London One data centre through the UK internet exchange.
"This enhanced connectivity offering allows Kao Data to peer traffic through the LINX network,” said Jan Daan Luycks, CEO of Kao Data.
“Through our relationship with Ai Networks, we will have access to over 820 member ASNs from over 75 countries on LINX's dual peering LANs which offers immense opportunities to customers at our London One data centre."
Kao London One, as the first of four data centres to be built at the £200 million Kao Data Campus, opened for business in January 2018. Jo Fereday, product manager at LINX, said: "We are excited that Kao are on board and understand the benefits available to their customers as part of the LINX network and community."
The 150,000 sq ft site offers customers in the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor new opportunities for more reliable worldwide integrated services. As well as improved latency and resilience, Kao Data customers who become LINX members will benefit from improved routing control, increased capacity and redundancy. Peering is often a more cost-effective option for networks too. The capability to peer with LINX's global membership and its dual peering LANs, LON1 and LON2, is a facility unique to the UK.
"Ai Networks welcome the partnership with Kao Data, its campus location is situated in the UK's heart of high-tech and scientific development, which need this level of high-performance connectivity,” added Mark Boost, CEO of Ai Networks.
“Providing direct access to the UK's leading internet exchanges is a crucial element in the strategic development of the Kao data centre's capabilities and provides a critical platform to its customers."