AMS-IX, a non-profit and independent Internet Exchange based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with several additional Internet Exchanges abroad, has announced the expansion of its platform into Equinix AM6 – a colocation facility in the Amstel Business Park location in Amsterdam. The presence of AMS-IX in AM6 would provide global peering opportunities and “high quality, reliable” connectivity to Equinix customers.
“We want to prepare our Internet Exchange for future traffic and customer growth. That’s why it is important to expand our platform into a 12th location,” said Henk Steenman, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of AMS-IX. Equinix is a logical choice for the expansion. “We’ve been working with Equinix since 2008 and they have proven to be a valuable and reliable partner.” Production of the Point of Presence (PoP) is set for the second quarter of 2016.
The Internet continues to grow while the Dutch data center market is one of the strongest growing data center markets in Europe. That’s why AMS-IX is continuously seeking new opportunities to expand its peering platform. In 2015, the overall Internet traffic volume at AMS-IX increased by 27% from 7.1 to 9 Exabytes (around 9 million Terabytes).
AMS-IX is currently operational in 11 data centers in Amsterdam. The choice for Equinix’s AM6 colocation facility as the 12th data center location was self-evident, given the available data center capacity in the market combined with Equinix’ strong track record as an AMS-IX partner.
Partnership AMS-IX, Equinix
In their partnership, Equinix has helped AMS-IX to grow by attracting new clients as well as providing the required space to expand the platform. “In the last three consecutive years, we’ve been named Gold Partner by AMS-IX,” said Michiel Eielts, Managing Director of Equinix Netherlands. “We are proud that they have chosen to locate their 12th PoP in our newest data center. It’s a great expansion of our partnership.”
“Equinix data centers are energy efficient by design, provide high quality connectivity and the highest level of security,” added Henk Steenman. “They are suitable for mission-critical colocation and interconnection, which is why – after rigorous testing – they were awarded AMS-IX Certified status.”
The presence of AMS-IX in AM6 would provide global peering opportunities and high quality, reliable connectivity to Equinix customers. Mr. Eielts adds: “Our Amsterdam data centers are business hubs for companies and organizations that together define the digital economy. Connecting to AMS-IX allows them to improve network performance and redundancy, and gives them access to a diverse and international peering community.”
The AMS-IX platform is distributed over several data centers in the greater Amsterdam area. To see where it is located take a look at: the AMS-IX map.
AMS-IX also manages two additional Internet Exchanges abroad, AMS-IX Hong Kong and AMS-IX Caribbean on Curaçao. AMS-IX’s subsidiary company AMS-IX USA Inc. manages AMS-IX Bay Area, AMS-IX Chicago.