US data centre business IO announced its partnership with the London Internet Exchange (LINX) to provide a direct route for its customers to local networks from its new Slough data centre IO London.
The partnership means that IO will become one of just four LINX vPoPs in the UK, providing a direct route to the main LINX exchange points and will give users of the data centre - including anchor business Goldman Sachs - improved Internet connectivity, latency and performance.
LINX is a mutually governed Internet exchange point (IXP) which operates peering hubs for over 650 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and network operators. This provides its member networks with the facility to peer their Internet traffic between one another. LINX helps distribute peering within the UK with multiple sites including regional exchanges in Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff, which allow ISPs and network operators to keep their traffic local. The partnership with IO London comes into effect immediately.
According to Nigel Stevens, IO’s UK Managing Director, this “transforms the data centre into a connected asset rather than a standalone house of data.”
IO launched its 10,000 metre square Slough-based data centre earlier this year and is signing up new users. The first anchor customer is Goldman Sachs who have a long-term relationship with IO and have places in IO facilities in the US. The company operates six facilities in Arizona, Ohio, New Jersey, Singapore and London, and includes two of the largest data centres in the world.