AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) has announced that its newly-formed subsidiary AMS-IX USA Inc. has reached definitive agreements with Digital Realty , DuPont Fabros Technology, Sabey Data Centers and 325 Hudson in the New York/New Jersey area to build and operate a distributed Internet Exchange, named AMS-IX New York.
AMS-IX will also deploy distributed Internet Exchanges in the Chicago and Silicon Valley markets, which are currently planned to go live in respectively the first and second quarter of 2014. For its AMS-IX New York Internet Exchange, AMS-IX USA Inc. is accepting orders as of today.
Apparently there’s no conflict of interest between AMS-IX and Digital Realty initiatives, as Digital Realty itself also announced the set-up of a ‘Neutral’ Open Internet Exchange recently, an open-interconnect and peering environment for more independent peering options.
Additional locations may be added
In all three markets, AMS-IX will deploy an Internet Exchange spanning several locations with an initial deployment of AMS-IX New York in Digital Realty and DuPont Fabros Technology data centers in New York (111 8th) and New Jersey (101 Possumtown Road, Piscataway) respectively. Depending on the market demand and the willingness of other data center providers to partner with AMS-IX, additional locations may be added.
For the AMS-IX New York Internet Exchange the other two locations that have been selected are Sabey Data Centers’ new Intergate.Manhattan at 375 Pearl Street and the newly opened 325 Hudson interconnection facility. More locations will follow at a later stage.
AMS-IX strongly believes that a distributed exchange model offers the best value by enabling a choice of connectivity options in as many data center locations as makes business sense. In Amsterdam, the AMS-IX exchange platform is currently distributed over 12 different data centers serving well over 600 IP networks from around the globe, making it one of the largest Internet Exchanges in the world.
AMS-IX in Asia, the Caribbean and East Africa
AMS-IX already has experience in building and managing Internet Exchanges in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and East Africa. The organization has a blueprint available for rolling out new exchange platforms. All of
the configurations, management and monitoring systems are pre-defined and ready for deployment. The main priority is to extend the organization, the team and to deploy the equipment and local Dark Fiber between the several data centers, as well as with other companies that are willing to partner with AMS-IX.
“We believe our distributed internet exchange model will bring the North American IP interconnection market tremendous value by decreasing complexity as well as the associated costs,” said Job Witteman, Chief Executive Officer, AMS-IX. “AMS-IX is committed to bringing about this market transformation, and is pleased to have found initial partners in two major market participants Digital Realty and DuPont Fabros Technology.”