London Internet Exchange

LINX to deploy interconnection node in QTS Ashburn Campus

17 February 2021 | Melanie Mingas


London Internet Exchange (LINX) is to deploy an interconnection node at QTS' Ashburn Campus.

Under their strategic partnerships, the data centre campus is to become a full LINX Point of Presence (POP), meaning networks hosted across the campus will have access to the interconnection services that LINX provides, as well as the LINX NoVA community.

LINX NoVA is the regional Internet exchange point for LINX in the US, located currently in multiple data centre locations across the Ashburn, Manassas and Reston areas of Northern Virginia.

LINX said the deployment will help Northern Virginia to respond to the growing demand for diverse, open interconnection in the area.

Kendra Pignotti, LINX interconnection specialist, said: “Our interconnection hub continues to grow, providing a real organic mix of key networks from regional ISPs, international carriers and large CDNs. We’re looking forward to welcoming QTS and their customers to the LINX NoVA community and promoting the facility as a key location for hosting and interconnection for new networks.”

The LINX NoVA IXP enables one to many connections in Northern Virginia which is considered to be the communications gateway to Europe with 70% of the world’s Internet traffic passing through, and nine out of 10 of the top global content networks located there.

Since launching in 2014, LINX NoVA has experienced its largest year on year growth for maximum traffic, climbing from 44.65Gb/s in October 2019 to a new peak of 79.29Gb/s in October of 2020.

“In the world’s largest and fastest growing data centre market LINX is the ideal partner as we expand our carrier neutral connectivity ecosystem,” said Sean Baillie, EVP of connectivity at QTS.

“By providing a crucial interconnection alternative to the current carrier hotel in Ashburn, LINX NoVA will provide our customers with a myriad of low latency network choices to distribute content to end users and de-risk their IT investment in Northern Virginia.”