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.
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.