Epsilon has been awarded Platinum status by the London Internet Exchange (LINX) under its ConneXions Partner Programme. The upgrade comes after a recent significant expansion of Epsilon’s managed capacity for connecting customers to the exchange via its Remote Peering service.
As a Platinum partner, Epsilon has been recognised by LINX for enabling regional and global network service providers and managed service providers to efficiently grow their presence with LINX and manage surging IP traffic demand.
The global connectivity provider serves a variety of customers which include gaming and digital media companies, over-the-top (OTT) providers and cloud computing service providers. Epsilon is able to bring global networks to two of LINX’s key interconnection hubs, London being one and also their exchange in Northern Virginia, LINX NoVA.
In March 2020, LINX saw a record-breaking peak traffic of 5.26 Tbps driven by growing internet usage in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Remote working, increased content consumption and growing usage of cloud-based applications and services have driven record-breaking traffic volumes across the world’s largest internet exchanges (IXs).
“Increased internet usage is driving the demand for remote peering. We are enabling our customers to scale-up to meet growing demand, ensuring they can continue to deliver an optimised end-user experience,” said Mark Daley, Director of Digital Strategy & Business Development at Epsilon. “IXs and the use of remote peering are critical for keeping the global internet running smoothly in challenging times like these. We’re proud to be playing a role in keeping people across the globe connected and helping our customers benefit from peering. Our Remote Peering solution provides secure and on-demand access to LINX at the click of a button thanks to the IX-API project.”
In September 2019, Epsilon became the first global connectivity provider to adopt the IX-API, developed by LINX alongside the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) and Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX). IX-API automates the provisioning and configuration of interconnection services for peering at these three IXs. Epsilon’s customers and partners can now use Infiny to order and provision on-demand connectivity to LINX, AMS-IX and DE-CIX in minutes.
“It is a unique and challenging time for businesses across the globe. The value of peering as well as partnership has come to the forefront of our industry. We are excited to see Epsilon become a platinum partner and continue to support more organisations to benefit from peering at LINX,” said Jennifer Holmes, Chief Commercial Officer at LINX. “The more peering options that are available to our members, the stronger our ecosystem becomes. It is great to have a partner like Epsilon to grow our exchange together and build on the initiatives that we’ve taken part in for the future.”
Epsilon offers remote peering at LINX via its software-defined networking (SDN) platform, Infiny. Remote peering allows more organisations to benefit from peering without the need to invest in physical presence at the IX. It brings users closer to where the content and services are hosted, keeping the traffic local to deliver a high-quality experience online.