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UK-based IX LINX Deploys Ciena’s Stackable DCI Platform

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UK-based IX LINX Deploys Ciena’s Stackable DCI Platform Image Credit: Ciena

To provide its member organizations with improved peering services, the London Internet Exchange (LINX) has deployed Ciena’s Waveserver stackable data center interconnect (DCI) platform, connecting its data centers throughout London.

According to Ciena, Waveserver enables LINX to support the growing traffic demands and dynamic applications of its internet content provider, service provider and wireless carrier members by quickly, reliably, and more economically turning up larger and multiple low-latency connections to its data centers.

A global leader of internet exchange points (IXP), LINX is one of the largest Internet exchanges in the world, connecting over 700 members from 70 countries around the globe with 11 points of presences (PoPs) across London. 

With Ciena’s Waveserver, LINX can provide multiple terabits of connectivity between its Harbour Exchange, Equinix LD5 and Interxion locations, enabled by the platform’s massive capacity and density - 400 Gb/s of line capacity plus any mix of 10G, 40G or 100G of client Ethernet services up to 400 Gb/s, in a compact, one rack unit form factor.

LINX also benefit from the openness and programmability of Ciena’s Waveserver to design and build unique and customizable applications to evolve services based on its members’ needs.In addition, to enable even faster turn-up of services, LINX utilized Ciena’s Emulation Cloud, an open application development environment, to accelerate the creation and testing of new applications and also prepare for the deployment before the equipment was delivered.

Richard Petrie, CTO, London Internet Exchange
We've built a strong relationship with Ciena very quickly after successful proof-of-concept testing last year. The company has been very supportive of our project time frames and clearly understands the IXP market. Additionally, Ciena is keen to engage with the LINX membership and as capacity grows we can see many benefits for all parties.

Keri Gilder, VP and GM, EMEA, Ciena 
The services LINX offers play a huge role in today’s interconnected, on-demand era, and Waveserver provides the underpinning network, using significantly less space and power, to cost effectively service its customers and rapidly scale so that all users benefit.

Ray is The Fast Mode's editor and content director. Ray has covered the wireless industry as a writer for more than 10 years, focusing on technology and business aspects of the telecoms sector. Ray can be reached at ray.sharma(at) Follow Ray at


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