Kao Data has announced the expansion of its high-speed network capabilities with its connection to the London Internet Exchange (LINX) through its partnership with Ai Networks. As a vPoP (virtual point of presence) it has enhanced its carrier neutral services from the Kao Data London ONE data centre through the UK’s most dynamic Internet exchange.
Jan Daan Luycks, CEO, Kao Data states, “This enhanced connectivity offering allows Kao Data to peer traffic through the LINX network. 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.”
Peering allows networks to provide users with required data or services while using fewer network hops. This means networks can provide better performance using fewer resources. The routing protocol that allows peering between networks is Border Gateway Protocol (BGP).
With this capability, Kao Data’s London ONE site offers (potential) customers in the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor new opportunities for more reliable worldwide integrated services.
As well as improved latency and resilience, 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.
Jo Fereday, product manager, LINX comments, “We are excited that Kao are on board and understand the benefits available to their customers as part of the LINX network and community.”
Mark Boost, Ai Networks adds, “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. 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.”