Most Read

  • Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko to step down
    Telkom has announced that its CEO and executive director Sipho Maseko will step down on 30 June 2022. The telecoms company said the process to appoint a successor is well underway and a designated group CEO will be announced in the not too distant future.
  • How cooking oil brought a moment of joy during a dreadful week
    It is possible that cooking oil prevented more looting in South Africa in the last week than the president, the ANC, the intelligence community, the army and the police combined. This, without question, says something about the versatility of the product. It says even more about the state of the state. When you are shown up by canola, you might want to revisit your strategy. By Howard Feldman
  • Park Advertising launches digital performance unit, Lucid Media
    Performance Media across Search, Social and Programmatic platforms is the single fastest growing area of digital media in South Africa. Combine that with the detailed analysis of campaign management, tagging and ad operations, and it becomes apparent that these highly specialist functions require a highly specialised unit.
  • Transnet hit by cyberattack - Operations disrupted nationwide
    The Transnet Port Terminals website has been hacked, implying that all companies under Transnet have been affected. All Transnet websites were down at the time when reporting was done for this SA Trucker article. The publication cited sources who requested to remain anonymous because they are not allowed to speak to the media.
  • #BehindtheBrandManager: Meet Tamsin Darroch of Kellogg's South Africa
    Few food brands have the historical connection with consumers around the world as Kellogg's does, having held meaning at the breakfast table for over a century. By Lauren Hartzenberg
  • Business unusual for small enterprises on the road to recovery
    The Covid-19 pandemic has hit South Africa's small business sector hard and there are grim statistics to bear this out. Those statistics will not be repeated here. After all, if you are a small business owner setting out on the road to recovery, the last thing you probably want is more details of the toll the pandemic has taken on small enterprises. Far more useful would be some good, solid tips on how to build back better after any business setbacks. By Ameen Hassen
Show more
Advertise on Bizcommunity

Subscribe to industry newsletters

Jinx expands for lower costs, better performance

INX-ZA has for the first time expanded the Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX) beyond the Rosebank facility that has served Africa's oldest Internet exchange for twenty years.
JINX began as a project of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) and is now independently managed by INX-ZA which currently operates the only community-run, public Internet exchanges in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

This local Internet milestone follows an agreement between INX-ZA and leading web hosting company and data centre operator, Hetzner. The partnership has seen INX-ZA extend the reach of JINX to Hetzner's well-positioned, vendor-neutral and fully-redundant data centre in Samrand, near Centurion in Gauteng.

“This month's JINX multisite launch follows last month’s launch of a Durban Internet Exchange (DINX) multisite. This speaks to South Africa’s growing status within the global Internet community,” said Nishal Goburdhan, INX-ZA Manager.

Hetzner’s Data Centre Park is located close to major fibre routes and telecoms infrastructure, enabling effortless interconnects, lower latencies and better performance when connecting to the Internet exchange point.

“We’ve always been a big supporter of open peering with other network operators which is why we’re thrilled to be part of this initiative,” explains Juan van Zyl, Hetzner's data centre operations manager.

“Deciding on a location for server hosting or to establish a network Point of Presence (POP) is an important decision for colocation customers and network operators. Hosting the first JINX multisite node reinforces Hetzner as a business enabler, offering seamless connectivity into JINX from within our Samrand Data Centre Park,” adds Mr Van Zyl.

Internet exchange points enable ISPs to interconnect their networks so that domestic Internet users benefit from faster connections and more efficient access to online services. Network operators benefit from lower costs, resulting in more affordable bandwidth which is crucial for the development of the Internet.

Internet exchanges in South Africa have historically been limited to a single location requiring network operators using the exchange to invest in infrastructure connecting to that location. The extension of JINX makes it easy for Internet companies who already have infrastructure at the existing JINX location, to connect seamlessly to networks at the new locations. Peers at the new site will have the same peering experience and will be able to be directly link to all existing and future JINX peers, with no additional complexity.

The Johannesburg exchange point has provided continuous, uninterrupted services to users since June 1996. Plans are underway to extend multisite capabilities to the Cape Town Internet Exchange (CINX).
xneelo provides reliable hosting for your business. With a stable network and 24/7 support, we ensure that your website stays up, stays fast and stays supported.

Let's do Biz