A new partnership between industry leaders has led to the establishment of an alternative interconnection model in the Chicago metropolitan area. Expanding on its successful business model of AMS-IX in Amsterdam, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) recently announced that its U.S. subsidiary, AMS-IX USA Inc., has partnered with CME Group to open the first OIX-1-compliant AMS-IX Chicago Point of Presence (PoP) located inside the CME Group Cermak Hosting Facility at 350 E. Cermak.
This is AMS-IX USA Inc.’s third deployment in the states, building on the success of AMS-IX New York in Digital Realty’s 111th 8th Ave. data center; DuPont Fabros Technology’s Piscataway, NJ facility; Sabey’s Intergate Manhattan data center at 375 Pearl Street; and the 325 Hudson Street interconnection facility; as well as AMS-IX Bay Area in Digital Realty’s 365 Main Street, San Francisco facility. A second PoP for AMS-IX Chicago (to be launched with the support of another data center provider) is also expected to go live in 2015.
AMS-IX Chicago brings with it an affordable, neutral, and distributed Internet Exchange model, enabling connected parties of AMS-IX Chicago in one data center to exchange traffic with connected parties in another data center. Like its New York and Bay Area counterparts, the Windy City PoP is instrumental in increasing geographic diversity, simplifying connectivity and reducing costs for businesses and end-users. Furthermore, it serves as a key driver for economic stimulation in the Chicago metro area by attracting more business, stimulating both job growth and encouraging innovation.
The relationship between AMS-IX Chicago and CME Group provides companies connecting to the Chicago PoP the capability to interconnect and house their critical equipment in one of the world’s premiere data centers – a secure and modern facility located in downtown Chicago. The strategic partnership also offers AMS-IX Chicago the ability to tap into a new market segment in need of reliable, resilient Internet and data centers for its mission-critical operations – CME’s content and financial services’ clients. By peering directly with AMS-IX Chicago, these customers will benefit from reduced latency and transit costs.