Internet traffic passing through the facilities of The London Internet Exchange (LINX) – which handles up to 96 per cent of the UK’s Internet data flow – has burst though the level of 10 gigabits per second. That equates to 600,000 average e-mail messages per second and is twice the level at which it began the year.
John Souter, LINX chief executive, said: "We may be facing a recession - but the Internet seems not to have noticed. Internet traffic continues to grow at a phenomenal rate.
"We are anticipating this growth will continue, as the Internet continues to play a part in more and more lives daily and is being increasingly used in all areas of business."
LINX - a not-for-profit organisation owned by 120-plus Internet service providers (ISPs) and content delivery service providers (CDSPs) which connect their networks there - is investing heavily to meet the growing demand for its services. It recently announced plans for a £2 million infrastructure investment during its 2001-2002 financial year which begins in October.
“Our investment programme will enable us to handle the continuing growth in Internet traffic by adopting new technologies such as 10 gigabit Ethernet and to increase the reliability of the UK Internet by improving our network resilience,” said John Souter.
LINX uses switching equipment from two manufacturers – Extreme Networks and Foundry – which it houses in six different London-based ‘tele-hotels’. The arrangement builds redundancy into its infrastructure to protect it from network damage.
It is now building on this strategy by splitting its equipment into two discrete networks, each operating on switches from separate suppliers. Members who have a minimum of two network connections will therefore be assured of greater system security in the event of problems.
“The separation of Foundry and Extreme equipment in this way will improve vendor support by giving each exclusive responsibility for an entire network, will enable new features to be deployed more quickly and will improve traffic and failure management,” said LINX network architect Mike Hughes.
Note to editors:
1. One gigabit is 1,000 million bits of data. While Internet traffic consists of a wide variety of data, one gigabit is roughly equivalent to 60,000 average e-mail messages.
For further information contact:
Vanessa Evans, LINX
Telephone: 01733 207700
Michael Holland or Mike Lennox
Smye Holland Associates
Telephone: 01733 564906
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