Today we’ve upgraded both of our connections to the London Internet Exchange (LINX) from 1Gbps to 10Gbps.
Over the past few weeks we’ve repeatedly broken the company bandwidth record. And since we’ve recently secured more peering agreements — including every major UK connectivity provider — a greater proportion of our traffic is now going out over LINX. So at peak times our bandwidth usage has been enough that in the unlikely event of a failure of one of the LINX LANs, we would have come close to running out of capacity on our other link. Clearly an upgrade was in order!
Our network engineers performed the upgrade this morning, with no disruption as traffic was automatically and transparently rerouted during the brief down time. After the upgrade, we have 10Gbps from our data centre in Telecity Sovereign House to LINX Juniper; and 10Gbps from our Harbour Exchange data centre to LINX Extreme.
In the event of the failure of either link or router, traffic will automatically reroute around our internal fibre ring to our other site and out to the peering exchange via our other connection. And, for the time being, we have plenty of capacity to spare.