Monday Bytes: LINX, INAP, CenturyLink, Windstream

November 20th, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Some new interconnection technology and two contract renewals to start this shortened week:

The London Internet Exchange says it has successfully tested a set of new disaggregated networking technologies. They have been working on the architecture for their secondary LAN network LON2 since last August, leveraging gear from Edgecore Networks and software from IP Infusion. According to LINX, they have now deployed a new IX based on the work, and in December will be having members test it with an eye toward migrating in 2018.

Internap has won a multi-year contract renewal in the gaming vertical. Hi-Rez Studios will expand its use of INAP’s managed hosting and network services to power its video games, which include Smite, Paladins, and Hand of the Gods. As part of the renewal, Hi-Rez will be migrating from INAP’s secondary Atlanta facility into the primary one downtown, and will be leveraging the company’s new cloud connectivity services as well.

CenturyLink will be providing cloud connectivity for AWS re:Invent 2017, hooking up five facilities to each other and of course to AWS itself. The show takes place next week in Las Vegas on the strip, and has for the past 3 years used Level 3’s network to power the show’s AWS connectivity. I’m still getting used to the network world without the Level 3 brand, although the people and infrastructure are still there of course!

And Windstream won a contract renewal last week with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Windstream has been the Steeler’s provider for some 23 years, and will continue to supply an array of services from phone lines to Ethernet connectivity.  Pittsburgh is 8-2 so far this year, so it certainly hasn’t been hurting.

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