Why avoid London? Part 2

27 April 2012 | by Rob Greenwood

Earlier this week I blogged about the launch event of IXManchester, a regional Manchester peering network facilitated by the operators of the London Internet Exchange (LINX).

The event was held at the BBC's new headquarters in MediaCityUK and included presentations from a number of key players in the North West's ISP sector, as well as LINX and the BBC.

The talks were varied, but the resounding message was clear: regional peering is a necessity for the UK to continue keeping its traffic local.

At its peak, LINX has handled network traffic in the region of 1.2 terabits per second. That's nearly 155 gigabytes of data transferred across their network every second. Simply put, LINX are pushing the boundaries of what even the most bleeding-edge equipment can handle.

Right now, data sent between two servers in the North West will most likely use LINX. Why should local traffic be shipped to London just to come straight back? At Melbourne, we work around this dependancy on LINX by having transit providers with routes away from London, but that's not to say every ISP goes to the same extent that we do.

This is why regional peering makes sense. Lots of smaller, regional networks are not only easier to maintain, they offer reduced latency, redundant paths, better communities and most importantly a further reduced dependency on London.

Needless to say, we have already placed our order for IXManchester connectivity and can't wait to start peering directly with local Manchester networks.

Technical Director @ Melbourne

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