SINGAPORE — Epsilon was awarded Platinum status by the London Internet Exchange (LINX) under its ConneXions Partner Programme. The upgrade comes after a recent expansion of Epsilon’s managed capacity for connecting customers to the exchange via its Remote Peering service.

As a Platinum partner, Epsilon has been recognized 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 and northern Virginia (LINX NoVA).

In March 2020, LINX saw record-breaking peak traffic of 5.26 Tbps driven by growing internet usage in the wake of the 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,” said Mark Daley, director of digital strategy and business development at Epsilon. “We are enabling our customers to scale up to meet growing demand, ensuring they can continue to deliver an optimised end-user experience. 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.” 

IX-API was developed by LINX, 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,” said Jennifer Holmes, chief commercial officer at LINX. “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 organizations to benefit from peering 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 organizations 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.