Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) Breaks 4 Terabits per Second Barrier

AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) has broken the peak Internet traffic barrier of 4 Terabits per second (Tbps). As one of the largest Internet Exchanges in the world, AMS-IX now has more than 700 connected IP networks – with 60 of them connected in the first half of 2015.

AMS-IX exceeded the 4 Tbps (4000 Gbps) of peak Internet traffic on September 16th at 8:30pm (CEST). AMS-IX reached the 3 Tbps in the same month last year and in November 2012 it hit the 2 Tbps. This demonstrates that the Internet traffic growth at AMS-IX has increased faster in the previous three years. 

There are several important drivers for this growth of Internet traffic. AMS-IX has seen a strong increase in orders for new port capacity, an indication that its members and customers have prepared themselves for sustained growth in Internet traffic. In 2014 almost 3.5 Tbps of new member and customer port capacity was added to the AMS-IX peering platform, whilst in June 2015 this had already reached 3 Tbps.

data-centersNext to this, the increasing use of mobile devices and data, cloud applications and online video have also contributed to driving IP traffic upward. 

“Our strategy is aimed at growth, both in new parties and traffic, because continuous growth is what defines the value of an Internet Exchange,” said Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. “To see AMS-IX breaking the 4 Tbps barrier after having already connected more parties in the first half of 2015 (60) than in the same period in previous years, makes us extremely positive about the future growth of the platform in the years to come.”

Established in the early 1990s, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral, non-profit and independent Internet Exchange based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. AMS-IX deploys two exchanges abroad: AMS-IX Hong Kong in the Asia Pacific region and AMS-IX Caribbean in Curacao. AMS-IX’s affiliate AMS-IX USA Inc. deploys AMS-IX AMS-IX Bay Area, AMS-IX Chicago and AMS-IX New York in the United States.