The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has been thought leaders in the move toward open networking for several years. LINX is currently one of the largest neutral IXPs in Europe and provides peering services to a broad set of network operators.
Back in 2018, LINX shared part of their journey at the OCP Regional Summit in Amsterdam. Since then LINX has continued to accelerate their disaggregation to more connection points.
In this episode of Running on OCP, I speak with Richard Petrie, CTO and Executive Director, and Mark Lloyd, Principal Network Engineer in a wide ranging conversation about the ROI of open networking, LINX’s recent migration of their Manchester site and why they see open source as a catalyst for their community.
Richard Petrie - CTO and Executive Director
Richard has been with LINX since 2014, running the technology group, responsible for all of LINX’s exchanges across the UK and in North America. Previously, Richard has held senior operations and engineering positions with service providers, Colt Technology and IPC Network Services as well as within financial services companies such as Bloomberg and BGC Partners. He has over fifteen years experience in delivering high volume, low latency and agile network solutions.
Mark Lloyd - Principal Network Engineer
Mark has been with LINX since 2015 within the network engineering team. With an extensive background in networking and telecom industry, he leads the engineering effort responsible for shifting LINX to a successful disaggregated model.