LINX selects IP Infusion for LON2 interconnect platform

14 September 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


London Internet Exchange (LINX) has signed a contract to use IP Infusion’s OcNOS network operating system in its secondary London interconnect platform (LON2).

After months of research and testing with prospective suppliers, LINX will leverage OcNOS and has also chosen to open networking switches hardware from Edgecore Networks, which will “enable more rapid deployment of carrier class services at reduced TCO [total cost of ownership]”.

“We selected IP Infusion because they are an established software house, their company DNA is being a protocol stack vendor, and their strategic focus on the service provider market. In IP Infusion, we’ve chosen a partner with the reputation in the open networking industry of providing carrier-grade quality network operating systems and having expertise in MPLS, VPLS, and EVPN,” said Richard Petrie, LINX CTO.

“Our decision to introduce a disaggregated platform with EVPN allows LINX to continue to deliver innovative technology to our members and allows us to continue our commitment to seek ever-greater levels of service quality and cost effectiveness.”

The news comes after LINX cut 40% off its LON2 port fees in July and one month after Telehouse Europe confirmed LINX as a partner to its new £135 million London Docklands North Two data centre.

Kiyo Oishi, CEO and president of IP Infusion, said that “fast growing network traffic levels are placing great demands on customers such as LINX to deliver new, innovative services at faster rates”. “With OcNOS, LINX can easily design their disaggregated network to meet their specific needs and deploy new services quickly,” said “We look forward to partnering with LINX to meet the growth requirements of their new platform and to help keep operating costs low.”

The Internet Exchange Point (IXP) services operator, which connects over 700 networks in over 65 countries, also announced that it will build the new LON2 architecture based on EVPN (Ethernet VPN) routing technology. This solution, employing EVPN over MPLS, leaf-spine topology, full automation and 100G ready, is the first IXP in the world to adopt all of these new technology concepts and features.

The disaggregated model consists of IP Infusion’s OcNOS network operating system, which supports physical and virtual environments, IP/MPLS routing, OpenFlow support, switching, and security, and Edgecore’s AS7712-32X 100GbE and AS5812-54X 10GbE open network switches.

Edgecore Networks CEO, George Tchaparian, added: “Edgecore Networks, together with IP Infusion, is proud to be an active partner with LINX as they migrate to this new open networking solution.”