Telehouse and the London Internet Exchange enable 20 years of Internet progress

During this time, the partnership between Telehouse and LINX has been instrumental in the evolution of the Internet. From becoming the first Internet Exchange in the world to deploy a 100-megabit switch in 1996 to being the first exchange to introduce 10G Ethernet operation, LINX and Telehouse have constantly been at the forefront of advancements in Internet technology. To give a graphic example of the scale of change in this timeframe; 20 years ago the Internet consisted of around 2,700 websites worldwide, today there is close to a billion.

Having constructed its first purpose built data centre in 1989, Telehouse has grown to be one of only two carrier neutral providers with strategically located  data centres allowing clients to access more than 60 per cent of global GDP. As the partnership grows innovation continues to be a central focus. Telehouse North Two, its latest development, will incorporate a Vertical Indirect Adiabatic and Evaporative cooling system, delivering a PUE of 1.16. The new data centre will take the London campus to an impressive 73,400m2 of space, and to reflect the importance of the partnership, will be LINX enabled from day one.

LINX has over 600 members from around the globe and Telehouse hosts the vast majority of this UK Internet peering traffic through its Docklands campus. With this movement of data, a nano-second delay can cost millions. To combat this, low latency requirements for networks and financial services have been prevalent for years. However increased performance pressures for video streaming and gaming for example, means that proximity, latency and interconnects are more critical than ever. Telehouse has prepared fully for this inevitable upsurge by hosting the 100G routers that will facilitate this increased demand.

John Souter, CEO of LINX said, ‘The relationship with Telehouse has enabled us to transform London’s Docklands into one of the world’s leading global Internet hubs. This partnership is only going to grow in importance as the introduction of 100G technology takes hold and the UK requires ever greater connectivity and capacity as traffic grows.’

Hiroyuki Soshi, managing director of Telehouse Europe, commented, ‘The partnership between Telehouse and LINX has driven innovation and progress in the UK and worldwide over the past 20 years. The construction of North Two will further drive the industry to reach new heights and allow businesses to grow exponentially.’

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