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Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:17

US network peering provider opens Brisbane office


The US-based peering company International Internet Exchange (IIX) has announced that it is expanding into the Asia-Pacific region and opening an office in Brisbane.

IIX provides direct network peering services to content providers, internet service providers (ISPs), data centre operators, businesses, network operators, institutions and others. Peering can reduce latency and the likelihood of packet loss, leading to faster loading of web pages and higher conversion rates.

IIX's chief technical officer, the well-known Australian open-source personality Paul Gampe (above), told iTWire that the company was involved in creating the next generation of a software-defined inter-connection platform.

Given the congestion on the public internet and the increasing lack of security, Gampe said the time was right for a solution such as that which IIX was providing.

He said things were in "stealth mode" at the moment and the company would slowly, but surely, make its presence felt globally.

Some of IIX's customers include online file sharing and personal cloud content management service Box, the business-oriented social networking service LinkedIn and the American travel website Trip Adviser.

Gampe was for many years the vice-president of worldwide engineering services and operations at Red Hat, working from its Brisbane office. He left the organisation a few years ago and, after a short stint with data centre operator NEXTDC, joined IIX.

Gampe said that the software that was used for inter-connection would be open source and contributions from outsiders would be welcome. Asked whether he would be trying to attract people over to IIX from Red Hat, he laughed and said that would not be the case. "Though I do miss all the great people I used to work with at Red Hat," he added.

The Brisbane office will house mainly software and network engineers.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.





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