AMS-IX Upgrades Switching Platform with Quanza

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AMS-IX, one of the world’s major Internet exchanges, is currently upgrading the exchange’s switching infrastructure with Quanza. The migration will start in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where both organizations are based. Benefiting Internet users, the new platform will be connected to sixteen co-locations throughout the Netherlands.

Quanza is a network and cloud operator that offering managed infrastructure solutions to organizations that choose to outsource the management of their network.

In the future years, AMS-IX will deploy the Juniper MX routing platform, which features 400G ports, supports open standards, and is simple to connect with the management and automation tools that AMS-IX uses and creates. Quanza will be in charge of deploying the platform and monitoring it 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Internet traffic is increasing by about 20 percent annually,” said Ruben van den Brink, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at AMS-IX. “AMS-IX is continuously investing in the capabilities and capacity of its platform to facilitate this growth. Today we are announcing an important step to future-proof our platform.”

35% Increase in Traffic

AMS-IX creates and administers Internet hubs in various locations throughout the world, and plays a critical part in the global Internet’s operation. At peak periods, the platform in Amsterdam can handle more than 10 Terabits of Internet traffic per second, making it one of the world’s largest IP traffic centers.

Quanza’s 24×7 NOC as a Service has been serving AMS-IX for over seven years. The next obvious step in the partnership was to future-proof the infrastructure.

“We noticed an unprecedented 35 percent increase in traffic at AMS-IX at the start of the pandemic,” said Frans ter Borg, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Quanza. “A defining moment when you realize that network scalability has a big impact on people’s daily lives.”