Published 21 Jul 2021

Pulsant and LINX renew their partnership to support the growth of regional peering in Scotland

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The IT infrastructure provider has renewed LINX’s two PoP racks in Edinburgh’s South Gyle data centre


Maidenhead, UK – 21 July 2021: Leading IT infrastructure provider, Pulsant, has today announced that The London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the world’s largest member owned interconnection facilities, has renewed two PoP racks at its LINX Scotland regional interconnection point within Pulsant’s South Gyle data centre as part of both companies’ continued commitment to the partnership.

This is the latest development in Pulsant and LINX Scotland’s longstanding relationship, which began in 2013 when Pulsant became the first data centre provider to host Scotland’s first dedicated Internet Exchange Point (IXP). The strong partnership is rooted in a common mission to enhance the UK’s internet infrastructure by keeping Scottish traffic local to Scotland, and therefore, provide faster internet access for local businesses, individuals, and larger enterprises looking to regionalise.

Pulsant and LINX Scotland have recognised a growing number of larger enterprises starting to exchange internet traffic at a local level. The partnership aims to support the emerging trend of edge computing and bringing data closer to the end-user.

Over the coming years both companies will continue working together to enable and support the growth of regional interconnections, which have increased during the pandemic as more people worked from home. Without the need to go back and forth between London and Scotland, regional peering enables businesses to benefit from better connectivity with reduced latency and improved resilience.

Gary Sibley, client manager at Pulsant says: “Our partnership represents a joint commitment to support businesses in Scotland and is reflective of Pulsant’s dedication of regionalising traffic. As more companies look to adopt hybrid working or remote working models, we want to accelerate regional peering growth to provide a fertile environment for businesses and individuals to thrive and rebuild after the pandemic.”

Jennifer Holmes, CCO for LINX says: “We appreciate working with Pulsant to enable more networks to connect to LINX Scotland from its South Gyle facility. We have welcomed some really interesting applications recently including enterprise networks and a large access network wanting to interconnect locally, which is fantastic. It’s our continued joint mission with Pulsant to enable these regional interconnections and continue growing the digital identity footprint in Scotland.”

About Pulsant

Pulsant are the UK’s hybrid cloud specialists, providing secure, scalable and resilient cloud, colocation and networking services to help organisations reach their digital goals.

Pulsant connects organisations to a secure, scalable IT infrastructure and the UK’s digital edge through a national network of data centres and cloud platforms to navigate continuous digital disruption and accelerate growth.

The business provides a comprehensive portfolio of services deployed in standardised or hybrid models whilst ensuring the security, compliance and resilience of business-critical applications.

Established in 1995, Pulsant has over 25 years’ of experience working with organisations to achieve their digital goals across the private and public sector. It also has a number of key accreditations including ISO27001.

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About LINX

LINX was established in 1994 as a membership organisation by a group of local Internet service providers (ISPs). The organisation is owned and run by its members on a not-for-profit basis, with the aim of providing services for its members and working for the good of the Internet.

LINX Scotland is located at two sites, Pulsant in South Gyle near Edinburgh, and DataVita Fortis in Airdrie, close to Glasgow, and is not connected back to the LINX exchange in London to keep Scottish traffic in Scotland. The exchange is managed in consultation with a local steering committee of connected member networks.

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